Sunday, August 8, 2010

Farmer's Market Day, Crispy Fried Muskrat and Cherry Muffins

Flathead Cherries are the Best
Yesterday was Farmer's Market day, which meant it was time for me to get food.  At the same time, there was a antiques and weapons show we wanted to go to, so I had to hurry up and make dinner for Saturday night, which was throwing a chicken in the crockpot for chicken and dumplings (I will write up my recipe later), and hurrying off to the market.

We arrived late, but that didn't mean I didn't get good stuff.  Flathead cherries are in full swing, which means that everyone is selling them and the prices are dropping.  Cherries are about $2 a pound and you can get a big bag for $5.  With so many cherries, you either have to freeze them or make something out of them.  I made some yummy Flathead Cherry Muffins.  They're great.

I also picked up cheese, butter, lettuce, sugar snap peas, green beans, purple beans, red new potatoes, strawberries and carrots.

At the show, there was a vendor selling basic homesteading books from Storey publications.  I picked up three on making homemade wine (I'm going to break down and make mead again), game recipes and quickbread recipes.  Under the game recipes, they had a bunch of small game recipes that included Squirrel Skillet Pie, Roasted Raccoon, Barbecued Opossum and, yes, Crispy Fried Muskrat.  Now, I'm not against eating game, or even small game, but I think I would be pretty hungry to fry up a muskrat.  I'm just saying.