More about our recent mini-vacation to Cape Cod…

fm1While we were strolling up and down Commercial Street – the main thoroughfare through the hip charming seaside village of Provincetown , MA – we spotted signs for a farmers’ market. We just had to stop and check it out – as both Sophie and I love the whole idea of farmers’ markets.

We strolled through the small market checking out the fresh veggies and other products for sale. We had been discussing what to do for dinner on what was to be our last night together. We had reservations for a restaurant but also had just finished a big relatively light lunch.

So there we were in the midst of the bustling market discussing our options.  One of us suggested that we try to find something to make for dinner at the market.  We turned to our companion Wayne to seen how much money we had left in the “kitty.”  We had decided at the start of the trip that each of us would pay into a common kitty and all our joint meals and activities would come out of that.  Wayne reported that we had about $14 left.  So we thought it would be fun to see what kind of meal we could put together without breaking the bank.

fm2We didn’t realize that we were making a little bit of a scene in the crowded confines of the market.  But it turns out one of the vendors overheard us and called us over.  The vendor was selling a collection of high-end olive oils and other products and offered us his suggestion for what we should do:

  • Buy some fresh goat cheese (which he sold)
  • Purchase a loaf of French bread from the baked goods vendor in the next booth
  • Find a large just ripened tomato and some basil from one of the farmers

The plan he laid out was to take the bread, cut it lengthwise, spread the cheese – the whole container – on the bread, slice the tomato an lay the slices on the bread over the cheese, sprinkle with the basil and then – to top it off:

  • drizzle one of the fine olive oils over it – and that would be a perfect late summer meal.

The four of us looked at each other and said “let’s do it!”

We tasted the various oils and picked one and then went about purchasing all of the items.

I spotted the group the cost of the olive oil – as it was well over our budget.  But we put the $14 to good use buying the other items and a fresh baked tart for dessert.  After that we still had 67 cents in the kitty.

More than anything, we were excited about what we were doing and looked at it as a little adventure.  We drove back to the house – treating the fresh goat cheese like a delicate flower and savoring the lovely smell of the basil.  After walking down to the harbor for drinks and to watched the sunset, we went back to the house to assemble our dinner.

We did exactly what the olive oil man told us to do – and I am here to report the result was SUPERB!  The best meal we had on this trip

The “olive oil” man turns out to be Tony from Olio Di Melli, who was so nice to us and said he had so much fun with us.  We owe Tony a huge thanks for his fine products and dinner suggestion.

LC3AAbout Olio Di Melli: “Olio Di Melli, LLC. is a small company, committed to finding the best specialty foods from Italy . They are unique because they personally take the time and trouble to go to the sources. Their size enables us to maintain control over the quality of their imports. Tony and Rosemary seek out and get to know the producers, and in time, build a relationship with them. They are usually family farms or family run businesses. Then Tony and Rosemary taste their foods, and select them only if they are truly delicious and meet their criteria for best among similar items. They also observe production techniques, so they can assure quality, purity, and when applicable, organic certification. Each year in the autumn, before and during the harvest, they visit each of the farms. They must be satisfied as to the continued quality and taste of each food they have selected.”

See the Olive oils and other products offered by Olio di Melli here.