Weekly Haul From the Farmer’s Market

Saturday Morning Shopping at the Farmer’s Market: May 3, 2012

Every weekend, typically Saturdays, I go to the local Farmer’s Market for the grocery shopping. It’s nice to walk around, shop outdoors, do our part for the environment and for local farmers — and the food actually tastes like what it’s supposed to taste like. This Saturday the weather was slightly overcast, but the local markets say “Rain or Shine,” so there you have it. Business as usual.

Organic Artichokes

I’ve decided to share every week (I’ll try to get it done for Monday mornings) the weekly haul from the Market. I encourage all of you to get involved and send your own Farmer’s Markets stories — I can post them, or you can talk about your local in the Comments Section. Eventually, it would be a great thing to include a directory of local (by state or city) Farmer’s Markets, so if you drop us a line, we’ll start to compile the info — I think location, intersection or address, day and time when it’s open, any highlights — that should be enough.

So this week, my personal favorite — the purple cauliflower. Apparently the colored varieties are actually more abundant than the white, which has made it into the grocery store purely for simplicity’s sake and there it has stayed. Purple has infinitely more flavor. Simple recipe from the farmer on this one — cut the florets off, bake them in olive oil and garlic for about 20 minutes at 375 degrees. Seriously amazing.

purple cauliflower

Also this week leeks and white cauliflower for soup, some beautiful kale for smoothies and a little wheatgrass plant for shots in the morning. A couple of onions, cilantro, fresh salad greens, asparagus, green cabbage, Thai broccoli, an artichoke and a daikon radish, great for stir fry.

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