A girl can only handle so many baby lettuce vendors. Last Saturday on my visit to Carrboro Farmers’ Market, I found two new products that keep this market feeling fresh.
Big Spoon Roasters - Locally crafted nut butters blended with a beautifully brief ingredient list. Vic Pop fave, Peanut Cashew, contains peanuts, cashews, wildflower honey and sea salt. We already need a new jar. I’m not the only fan, these guys have already caught the attention of Bon Appétit’s Foodist, natch.
Melina’s Italian Kitchen - The guys on the Cooking Channel make homemade pasta look so easy, but even though I’ve dabbled in homemade ricotta, I still don’t have the meatballs to make my own pasta. Melina’s makes the cheater in me smile between mouthfuls of spinach and cheese raviolis, and it soothes the planner in me as well–those not willing to hear the words, “Sorry, we ran out” can pre-order her pastas and sauces by 6:00pm each Friday.
Perhaps the best news is that Melina offers traveling pasta making classes, and she brings the tools to you. We’re not talking about a Kitchen Aid attachment. She’ll bring her “collection of traditional pasta making tools from Italy from the Matterello rolling pins to the ‘Pettine’ or looms for making Garganelli to the gnocchi makers and special pasta rolling boards.” Sign. Me. Up.