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Sampling at the Greater Polk County Farmers Market

We grilled up some fajitas at the Greater Polk County Farmers Market recently and they were a hit with the crowd and vendors!

A vendor that raised Belgian Blue cattle provided fajita meat that was lean and already thinly sliced that was perfect for fajitas.  Goes to show…never know what you will find at the market.

The term Fajitas refers to any grilled meat that is served on a flour or corn tortilla and also goes back to the cut of beef used in making this dish.  Typically you will see skirt steak used when making fajitas, but don’t be afraid to use shrimp, pork or even chicken.

Market Steak Fajitas Recipe
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 lb of flank steak, skirt steak
1 large onion, peeled and sliced with the grain
2-3 bell peppers of various colors, stemmed, seeded, de-ribbed, sliced lengthwise into strips
Juice of 1 lime
Salt
3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced fine
½ cup fresh chopped cilantro

Sauteing peppers and onions for the fajitas

Now, I just used prepared meat, but you can season your own skirt steak with a simple  marinade and letting your steak sit at room temperature for about an hour, or longer in the refrigerator.  Be sure and wipe the marinade off the meat, before you cook it.

Heat up a large cast iron skillet and add a couple tablespoons of oil to the pan.  Add the steak, frying on each side for 2-3 minutes or medium rare.  You want the meat to be browned, but not burned.  When the meat is done, remove from skillet and let rest.  Resting allows the meat to redistribute the juice throughout.

Next, cook the vegetables in the same skillet while the meat is resting. Add a little more oil to the pan if necessary, then add the onions and bell peppers. Let these sear for 1 minute before stirring, then stir so as the veggies sear. Cook for about 5 minutes.

Slice the meat against the grain into thin slices. If you slice the meat at an angle, you will be able to get your slices pretty thin. These cuts of steak are flavorful but can be a little tough, so thin slices will really help make it easier to eat.

The Market Lady talking with consumers at the market

Popular condiments are shredded lettuce, sour cream, guacamole, salsa, pico de gallo, cheese, and tomato.

We were lucky enough to have freshly made flour tortillas and homemade blueberry banana bread supplied by The Berry Patch from Bolivar, Mo.  Thanks to all the vendors that supplied products for our cooking demos.

Lots of folks showed up to ask questions and sample the fresh food we prepared.  A great community with a strong market presence.

The farmers market offers an array of tastes and colors that will make every dish special.

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