Mac and I love farmers’ markets. There’s nothing like strolling along a phalanx of booths boasting fresh fruits, veggies, breads, pickles, jams, soaps, etc. The array of colors and aromas can overtake your senses. When we found out that Rye, New York was hosting a weekly one, we had to hop in the old 4-door and check it out.
Despite this market’s modest size, there were some quality goods to be snapped up. As we ambled along, Mac and I came across a stall for Flour City Pasta from Fairport, New York. After the obligatory question “Are your pastas, vegan?” was posed, the vendor assured us that all products were vegan and organic. Time to pounce!
Flour City Pasta
makes handmade traditional and specialty pastas. They use a wide range of ingredients and pasta types, many of them being vegetable-based. With their unique offerings, the $10.00 per pound price (2 pounds for $18.00) didn’t seem overpriced for the quality. I have to say we’re glad they came down to Rye! You also can order from them online at http://www.flourcitypasta.com
After ogling a myriad of colorful and fragrant pastas, we settled on 1 lb of “All Mixed Up” (spinach radiatore, parsley dill rigatoni, plain fusilli and beet spinning tops) and 1 lb of “Rasta Pasta” (sweet potato shells, lime rigatoni, carrot thyme radiatore and cayenne fusilli). Naturally, I dominated our homeward conversation with talk of how good this pasta will be and what to use for substitutions for the recipes that were included with each pound. Several hours later, I whipped up a salad using their “All Mixed Up” pasta. We’ll be making a “Rasta Pasta” dish really soon!
Our “All Mixed Up” Pasta Salad
- 1 pkg. gardein Crispy Tenders, prepared according to pkg directions
- 1 lb. Flour City Pasta’s All Mixed Up Blend, cooked and rinsed with cold water
- 1 c. peas
- ½ c. Vegenaise
- 1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
- 2 tsp. cayenne
- 2 tsp. dried oregano
- 2 tsp. garlic powder
- 2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
- 2 tsp. of sea salt
- 3 tsp. of paprika
- 2 tsp. of dried thyme
- Roughly chop the Crispy Tenders and place in a large bowl
- Add pasta, peas and Veganaise. Gently toss
- Stir in spices
- Serve as a side or main dish