I’m starting to remember how much self-control is necessary this time of year. Not only is the market exploding with a zillion varieties of perfect stone fruits (the kind with pits), but the vegetable options are still somewhat limited.
Stone fruits are wonderful, and I know that cherries and apricots will be gone in a few weeks. The problem is they are not cheap ($3.50 – $7/lb) and are not something you can base a meal around. Dessert, obviously, is another story.
Late spring is filled with gorgeous herbs and lettuces, and I am loving it. But I noticed last week that I was getting a little tired of eating salad for every meal. My limit is about 10 salads per week.
As a result I have been relying primarily on summer squash for my warm meals. Last week I bought some baby eggplant and made a delicious ratatouille. The baby savoy cabbages I got were wonderful pan-fried with spring onion and served on rice and lentils.
Artichokes are awesome right now, as are the fava beans, but both are a bit labor intensive.
I make an effort each week to buy some kale or chard so I have some nice hearty greens to eat. Today I splurged on some squash blossoms, which are wonderful with eggs or stuffed with cheese and rosemary and fried tempura style.
I’m very much looking forward to the arrival of sweet bell peppers (a few did actually pop up this week at Happy Quail Farms), which I have no trouble eating every single day in the summertime. Mmmm….roasted peppers.
If you’re a flower person, now is the time to buy fresh lavender.
What vegetables are you finding at your farmers market these days? What do you do with them?
- Bing and rainier cherries (Paoletti Farms)
- Tomatoes (Madison Growers)
- Mediterranean cucumbers (Madison Growers)
- Boysenberries (Glashoff Farms)
- Summer squash (Lucero Organic Farms)
- Squash blossoms (The Peach Farm)
- Plums (Paradez Farms)
- Padrones (Happy Quail Farms)
- Green shallots (Dirty Girl Produce)
- Live basil (Dirty Girl Produce)
- Treviso (Dirty Girl Produce)
- Gem lettuces (Marin Roots Farm)
- Kale (Green Gulch Farm)
- Baby artichokes (Iacopi Farms)
- Garlic (Chue’s Farm)
- Fresh lavender (Eatwell Farm)
- Soul Food eggs (Prather Ranch)