May 8, 2011

What to watch for at the farmers market, Week of 5/8

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:

  • Lettuce and salad greens of all sorts, including spinach and kale
  • Southern greens, such as collards and turnip greens
  • Chard/Swiss Chard
  • Green or Spring onions
  • Small cabbages
  • Broccoli
  • New potatoes
  • Sweet potatoes—at least one farmer had these.  Note that these will be last year’s crop, as they are ready for picking at late summer, early fall.  Even still, I would guess that they are much better and sweeter than the ones at the grocery.
  • Sugar snap peas
  • Herbs
  • Cut flowers
  • Dried peppers and garlic
  • Home canned items such as salsas, jellies, jams, chow chow, salad dressing, pickles, etc
  • Carrots
  • Radishes
  • Asparagus, limited quantities
  • 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—if you see grits at the local markets BUY THEM!  They were so fantastic that I will have to stock up to feed my new addiction!  Smile

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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