Tomatoes, corn, melon and eggplant: It’s mid-August at the Irvington Farmers Market! Summer is slipping away; invite friends over for dinner this week!

I swore to myself that I would try and get this e-blast out earlier today. But a dear friend who is moving back to Sweden for good is coming over for dinner in, well, just a few minutes and I’ve spent the last few hours preparing. I really wanted to give her a true farmers market sendoff.
My daughters, Mina, 8, and Sabine, 7, offered to help with the chopping  because there was a lot of chopping. In the last stretch, I kept saying that I had to tear myself away from the kitchen so that I could write  but that I wasn’t sure what to write about this week and there was still so much to do before said friend arrived!
In all her wisdom, Mina looked at me with a cocked eyebrow and a sprig of mint in hand, and said: “Mom, this is a farmers market dinner from beginning to end…Why don’t you write about that?”
So here goes, my menu for tonight:

chilled cucumber gazpacho made with yogurt (and a hit of jalapeno)
 http://foodandstyle.com/2009/08/08/a-green-gazpacho-chilled-cucumber-soup-with-yogurt-and-fresh-mint/

Panzanella Salad from www.irvmkt.org

Lamb Burgers from Saveur Magazine
(mixed with spices, mint and parsley) and topped with feta, arugula black olives and sun-dried tomato paste (from Picklelicious!)
http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Lamb-Burger

medley of different eggplant varieties (Japanese, white, baby…) baked with olive oil, salt and lemon
(my mom)

Plum Cobbler with a hint of candied ginger and Johnny Gelato Vanilla Bean ice cream
http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/plum-cobbler

Hope you get inspired to shop the market tomorrow and cook for a, or some, dear friends…
Gotta run…doorbell’s ringing!

See you at the market!