Berry Basil Smoothie

Strawberry blueberry basil smoothie

I’ve done a pretty good job sticking to my local food challenge. Aside from having a mental breakdown yesterday and drowning my sorrows in a vat of brownie batter made from sugar, oil, flour and cocoa powder from who-knows-where, my food has been decidedly Carolinian.

I had nothing much to report from yesterday since I’ve been working my way through leftovers but…

Breakfast was sweet potato cornbread muffins with pecan milk peanut butter sauce.

Sweet potato cornbread muffins with PB sauce

Lunch was more harvest soup with rice, pecans and goat cheese. And dinner was stewed black-eyed peas with rice. And maybe, like, half a pan of brownies.

I wanted to clear out my produce from my first shopping trip so nothing would spoil and to make room for new goodies from Atherton Mill Market, which I visited yesterday.

Atherton Mill Market

I got so much good stuff:

  • Spaghetti squash (!)
  • Basil
  • Okra
  • Chard
  • Blueberries
  • Tomatoes
  • Black-eyed peas
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Potatoes
  • Yogurt

Atherton is an urban farmers market in South End Charlotte so it’s a bit on the uppity side, which means prices are higher than they need to be. But that’s because people in this area are willing to pay them. Don’t get me wrong, the produce is great quality and the vendors are wonderful; I’m just cheap.

For breakfast today I’m having a strawberry blueberry basil smoothie made with strawberries from Miller’s Farm that I froze back in May, blueberries and basil from the market yesterday and New Terra Farms Greek yogurt.


Yogurt is one of those things that can really make me queasy at times but I found myself dipping blueberry after blueberry into the tub to “sample” more. It’s definitely the best yogurt I’ve ever had.

And with that… I’m off to pack up brownies to take to work so they can burden someone else.

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