The Magic of Spices and Farmer's Markets on GREAT TASTE this Wednesday and Friday

  • Wed
    May 21
    7:00 pm -
    8:00 pm
  • Fri
    May 23
    7:00 am -
    8:00 am

“Each spice has a special day to it. For turmeric it is Sunday, when light drips fat and butter-colored into the bins to be soaked up glowing, when you pray to the nine planets for love and luck.”
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, The Mistress of Spices

Claire CheneyClaire Cheney shares her love of spices wPeppercorns/Sri Lankaith GREAT TASTE listeners in the first part of this week's show.  Claire recently returned from another journey to Asia where she engaged in numerous intimate exchanges of information with sustainable spice growers.  Our visit with Claire will spice up your cooking adding new layers of flavor to favorites like guacamole and enhance your knowledge of cinnammon, saffron, star anise, and other exotic spices.

Her blog, Aromatum, is beautifully written, enchanting and transporting the reader to exotic locales perfumed with the essence of each particular spot.

Ernie HinkleDean GoodaleIt's outdoor Farmers' Market season and the Fairfield version is open from 3:00 pm-6:00 pm Wednesdays, and 8:00 am-1:00 pm on Saturdays at the corner of Court and Grimes in Howard Park.  Distinctive personalities and an amazing variety of food products abound there.  I chatted with a few folks, including 90 years young Ernie Hinkle, but there are plenty more farmers and artisans for you to enjoy. 

Sustainable Farms' Dean Goodale told me, "All the growers here are really excited to see so many spring items springing out of the soil.  I really encourage everyone who shops at the market to get to know all their farmers, ask questions, and tell us how you are using the different types of produce or other items."

For the Farmer's Market near you check out the Local Harvest site.