Sunday, May 11, 2008

What's At The Market?

It was a great day at the market! It was hard for me to imagine what could possibly grow during the cold weather we have been getting. I was pleasantly surprised at all the wonderful looking produce!

Up front is cabbage raab. Raab is the name used for the part of the plant that grows after the head of cabbage is picked. It is the leaves with the seed stalks before blooming and is very sweet.
Behind the cabbage raab are some new potatoes called red golds, some green garlic which is the garlic stalks before the bulb is formed that can be cut and used the same as a clove of garlic. Then there are some lovely bunches of carrots. On the far table and below you can see potatoes that have been wintered over from last seasons harvest.

Leeks and potatoes, a classic pair. The potato varieties are butter ball on the left and the red are desiree.

And look at these! Can you believe it? I knew that Denison Farms grew ever bearing strawberries, but I was still surprised to see them. Of course, these were gone in the first 30 minutes!

There were 7 or 8 varieties of lettuce and some spring onions.

On the left are bunches of spinach, red chard, yellow chard and some red spinach.

The first thing in my bag was a couple pints of strawberries. I had to try some cabbage raab, I'm going to sauté it with a bit of green garlic. I've never made potato leek soup (believe it or not!) so I got some butter ball potatoes and leeks that I'm going to roast for soup. I also brought home some red and yellow chard that are going to be sautéd with green garlic, then simmered in chicken stock and served up with pasta, fontina cheese and bacon. I grabbed a couple heads of lettuce for Cobb salad. Now I just need to finish up the weekly menu and write a grocery list.


Tizzalicious said...

Hmm, those strawberries look good!

SisterDG said...

OMG, we went to the Hillsboro market on Saturday, and there was no produce at all there! Now I see that I should be going to Beaverton instead. Next week, I'm jockeying for strawberries!

Amy said...

Wow, what beautiful shots of all that lovely produce. I keep looking out at my little garden wishing it would warm up and grow me something :) Patience was never a strong quality for me.

Great pictures!