FINALLY! I’m back at the farmers market. It’s been so long. After going to Maui, New York, Paris, Las Vegas, LA and Disneyland, I couldn’t be happier to be back in SF with my beloved local produce.
I feel like I missed the fall altogether, but the winter seems to be going along splendidly without me.
This time of year, apples and pears are winding down and citrus fruits will be the center of attention for awhile.
I got myself a stack of blood and navel oranges, and of course some Meyer lemons.
But I’m just as excited about the rest of the winter produce. Something amazing happens to vegetables this time of year. Though I can usually find tasty kale and cabbage year round, in the winter they become sweeter and their flavor becomes irresistible. Same is true for broccoli and cauliflower.
Root vegetables also make a turn for the sweeter side. Though you are probably already familiar with carrots and beets, this time of year you should branch out and try turnips, rutabagas, and radishes.
Just like the leafy greens mentioned above, root vegetables that can get very spicy and hard to eat during the warmers month, but become sweet and crisp when the weather cools.
I love to slice up a small radish or turnip and add them to my kale to add an extra dimension of flavor and texture. But many of the root vegetables can also be eaten raw. Daikon, a large Japanese radish, is one of my favorites.
And though I prefer purple kohlrabi slightly cooked, I had to show off how huge these guys were. They’re normally the size of a baseball or smaller. Not today!
I picked up a few other odds and ends today as well, including some fresh bay leaves to use in the slow cooker this weekend.
I can’t tell you how excited I am to be back at the market and back in the kitchen again.
- Lacinato kale (Capay Organics)
- Carrots (Capay Organics)
- Radishes (Capay Organics)
- Bloomsdale spinach (Heirloom Organic Gardens)
- Brussels sprouts (Iacopi Farm)
- Blood oranges (Hamada Farms)
- Navel oranges (Hamada Farms)
- Meyer lemons (Hamada Farms)
- Onion (Chue’s Farm)
- Canned early girl tomatoes (Dirty Girl Produce)
- Bay leaves (Thomas Farm)
- Bacon (Fatted Calf)
- Pork rib roast (Fatted Calf)
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