May 29, 2011

Farmers Market, Week of 5/29

msd-banner-farmers2 Last year, I incorporated into my weekly matchups post information about what to find at farmers markets.  Many readers said that it was helpful, as they weren’t yet familiar with what is in season and when.  I thought I would make them a separate post each week to give you an idea of what you might find at the markets.  Note that farmers markets in different areas of the country vary greatly.  What is ripe in East TN is not going to be what is ripe in AZ or CA. 

What to watch for at the farmers market this week:

  • Summer squashes, I saw the first of these this week at the market.  They’ll most likely be smaller until later in the season.
  • Green tomatoes
  • Lettuce and salad greens of all sorts, including spinach and kale
  • Hot peppers
  • Beets
  • Kohlrabi
  • Lambs quarters
  • Garlic scapes
  • Raspberries, and you’ll probably start to see blueberries and blackberries by the end of this week at some local markets
  • Southern greens, such as collards and turnip greens
  • Chard/Swiss Chard
  • Green or Spring onions
  • Cabbages and Chinese/Napa Cabbages
  • Broccoli and Cauliflower
  • New potatoes
  • Sugar snap peas and snow peas
  • Herbs
  • Cut flowers
  • Dried peppers and garlic
  • Home canned items such as salsas, jellies, jams, chow chow, salad dressing, pickles, etc
  • Carrots
  • Radishes
  • Strawberries
  • Potted plants, shrubs and trees
  • Cheeses, butters, local milk, locally made ice cream
  • Beef, pork, chicken, and related meat products such as sausages, cured meats, and jerkies
  • Eggs (chicken and duck)
  • Sprouts
  • Bok choy
  • Dog and cat treats
  • Baked goods of all sorts
  • Grits, corn meal, flour

Note that as the weather becomes warmer, cooler season crops will start to bolt (shoot up seed pods).  Therefore, you’ll start to see more limited quantities of foods like radishes and bok choy as the season progresses. 

I usually shop at the farmers markets downtown and at New Harvest Park.  If you are in another part of Knoxville and saw something I missed, be sure to include it in the comments section.  If you are in different parts of the country, I’d love to hear what other things you have at your markets.

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