Every once in awhile, I stumble upon a hidden treasure in Toledo. A few weeks ago, it was Rhodes' Garden Fresh Market. In all honesty, it has probably been around since before I was born. But I missed it. The worst part is that I lived within walking distance of this fine produce oasis for almost two years. It is on a busy road, hidden behind a chain link fence and tons of outdoor garden supplies. I always assumed it was a nursery. But, thanks to the Food Momiac...www.foodmomiac.com, I now know better!
The beauty of Rhodes' is the fresh produce and special labels to designate locally grown products. Apparently, government assistance programs for seniors and WIC favor locally grown produce. This is refreshing news. It also affords Rhodes' to have a large selection of these delicacies.
On my first visit, I stuck to the local products and managed to bring home a few pounds of Catawba Island free stone peaches, some healthy looking broccoli, Michigan blueberries, a pint of raspberries, and some vine ripened tomatoes. The peaches and raspberries were transformed into a fresh baked pie. The rest became a part of a very healthy week of menus at my apartment.
Today, I went back to Rhodes' and picked up some leeks, fresh basil, more of the succulent vine ripened tomatoes, and a nice compliment of locally grown berries. Recipes to follow.
Rhodes' Garden Fresh
4171 Monroe Street
Toledo, OH 43606
“Glass City Gourmet” is a chronicle of one woman's attempt to cook, eat, diet and entertain with both flair and whimsy while based in Toledo, Ohio. I encourage you to read on as the "Glass City Gourmet" attempts grand recipes, samples locally owned restaurants, visits indigenous markets and humbly pursues her quest to be formally recognized as the official "Glass City Gourmet".