This Sunday, John and I went to the Dekalb World Farmer’s Market- and “world” is not a misnomer. There are fruits, vegetables, spices, etc. from all over the world, some that I haven’t even heard of or seen before. I also felt like we took a mini-trip to a foreign country as I perused fresh parsley, pears, and romaine lettuce aside Korean, Mexican, Chinese, Vietnamese, Indian, Central American, and Ethiopian families.
Though the market was extremely crowded (we made the mistake of going on a Sunday!), both the employees and the customers were very friendly, happy to point me in the right direction (as the market is very large) and grab me plastic bags when my brussels sprouts tumbled to the ground.
It was so interesting to see what foods various ethnicities gravitated toward, so John and I decided to be adventurous ourselves and buy fresh mussels.
When I got home, I realized that I’d never made mussels before… and then remembered having delicious mussels at my grandmother’s house in St. Petersburg Beach through the summers growing up.
Below is the recipe she gave me (thanks Nana!), with some changes that I made based on ingredients I had on hand. They were delicious, and I served the mussels and broth over fresh linguine that we bought at the market as well (a huge difference from the typical dried pasta).