You know when you move to a new place, meet tons of people right away, but soon realize that even though you’re surrounded by new “friends” you don’t really know anyone yet at all? This is my 4th week in Portsmouth, NH and I suppose one could say that I’ve “settled” in quite nicely. There’s been plenty of bicycling, yoga’ing, working, and figuring out which coffee shops/pubs are my scene. Yet that unsettling feeling of constant state vacation hasn’t lifted just yet. With the warmer temperatures, landscapes, farmers’ markets, and festivals in full bloom I’m not sure the feeling will cease till winter returns. Getting to the point, I’ve found it more healthy to not flounder in that unfamiliar feeling, but rather direct that energy towards work and canning! I’m pretty excited to delve in and share all my bountiful summer creations, seeing that this time last year the blog wasn’t even on my radar.
Saturday morning kicked off the first week of the Portsmouth Summer Farmers’ Market. In a sentence, it was small, cute, super friendly, and as expected, booming with spring greens. In the spirit of local, in season, and organic preserved goods I scoured the market for a little putting up inspiration. Greens among greens… I spotted several bountiful bunches of pac choy (bok choy) from Riverside Farm and decided I’d go for kimchi rendition number 3. A modification on Doris & Jilly’s bok choy kimchi, I paired this super fresh bok choy with some watermelon radishes from Garen’s Greens at Riverside Farm (aren’t they beautiful??), and carrots from Heron Pond Farm.