Wednesday, August 4, 2010

July Farmers Market Hauls and Heirlooms

July is the delicious month when all the summer bounty appears at New York farmers markets. I missed a few markets this month due to camping trips and moving apartments, but let's reminisce on how happy I was to see tomatoes, corn, and peppers!


July 17: Bluberries, raspberries, baby-sized carrots, and Cato Corner Bloomsday Cheese (their sharpest and nuttiest cheese, my personal favorite) for a picnic on Governor's Island. First peppers and eggplant of the season! Corn in the second week of its season, and tomatoes in their third. Eggs, milk, broccoli, and peaches, as well.



July 24: A smaller haul because of my nomadic nature that week in between apartments. This was my first time buying okra for making southern-style fried okra. That big pink tomato at top is Brandywine, an heirloom variety, best sliced and eaten simply with salt, pepper, and a drizzle of olive oil to savor its sweet flavor. Unlike the majority of tomatoes found in supermarkets everywhere, which have been bred to withstand long travel and still look uniformly round, heirloom tomatoes are unique varieties that were historically cultivated by small farms for their unique tastes. Commercial hybrid varities have come to dominate the market, edging out small farms and heirlooms, which offer greater diversity of pest and disease resistence and adapation to specific growing conditions. Buy some to help preserve biodiversity and to support farmers! Coming up are recipes to highlight these stars of summer produce!

7 comments:

  1. Ahh, recipes. Now that I'm doing single lady cooking during the week again, lay it on me!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Oh, yum! I'm experimenting with a new CSA and I get the biggest thrill opening it every week to see what's come into season. They're much better about giving a variety than my last CSA, and I'm loving it.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Julia, thanks for posting this... you just reminded me that my local farmers market takes place on Wednesdays... I think I will stop there after work. Perfect timing!

    ReplyDelete
  4. oh I love that you post your farmer's market treats! YUM! I haven't found a farmer's market in our new town....thank goodness we have a Wegmen's in town (their produce is gorgeous...but hella $$$!)

    ReplyDelete
  5. Yummmm. I had some fried okra for lunch today. One of my favorites. My Papaw grows Israeli tomatoes. If you ever run across any, be sure to snatch one up. They are delish.

    ReplyDelete
  6. ouuu yummy!! they look beautiful :)

    ReplyDelete
  7. agirl - i'm learning how to do single lady cooking again so i think there will plenty of that here to come.

    ReplyDelete