The Farmer’s Table – Strawberry/ Rhubarb Compote

Sweet “in season” Strawberries

Our little Farmer’s Market opened on June 4th…..if I recall, the day was cold,rainy and windy with lightening clouds darkening the sky. In spite of this inclement weather, it was encouraging to find a half dozen stalls with their proud owners huddled under tents waiting to sell their home grown produce. My favorite farmer is a tall gentleman who always wears a leather, brimmed farmer’s hat and jeans. He’s usually there with one of his teen-age kids and he always has a warm smile on his face.
On this particular week-end his tables were loaded with fresh young asparagus, red rhubarb,golden honey and tiny baskets of plump, sweet strawberries….my nose was immediately drawn to his stall because of the  strong,fragrant “in season” strawberries.
I bought a bunch of rhubarb and 2 pints strawberries to take home and stew into a warm delicious compote. I couldn’t think of anything better to savour on a damp, miserable, rainy day.
Our local farmers work so diligently to bring us quality food, the least we can do is support them and in return I guarantee, you will think twice about buying strawberries in a plastic carton in the dead of winter.
Strawberry/Rhubarb Compote
5 fresh rhubarb stalks cut into 1/2 inch pieces.
2 pints farm fresh strawberries sliced in half.
about 1/4 cup raw sugar or honey ( more or less depending on taste)
pinch of salt and a dash of vanilla extract
Simmer all the ingredients in a saucepan, add a touch of water or juice  to the mix until the fruit is soft and well blended. Serve plain or over french vanilla ice cream.
Keep checking back as I write about what else I stumble upon this summer at the Farmer’s Table.

© 2011Ann Ivy Male

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