June 19, 2011

What to watch for at the farmers market, Week of 6/19

0439492092_rgb7_xlg 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
  • Green tomatoes and the start of the red tomatoes
  • Lettuce and salad greens of all sorts, including spinach and kale
  • Hot peppers and bell peppers
  • Beets and beet greens
  • Kohlrabi
  • Lambs quarters
  • Raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries—maybe some strawberries from a few farmers
  • Southern greens, such as collards and turnip greens
  • Chard/Swiss Chard
  • Green or Spring onions and the start of some bulb onions
  • Cabbages and Chinese/Napa Cabbages
  • Broccoli and Cauliflower—will be more limited as the summer continues
  • New potatoes
  • Sugar snap peas and snow peas—will be more limited as the summer continues
  • Beans (shelling and green beans)
  • Herbs
  • Cut flowers
  • Dried peppers and garlic
  • Home canned items such as salsas, jellies, jams, chow chow, salad dressing, pickles, etc
  • Carrots—watch for some really beautiful shades of yellow, purple, reddish pink, and of course orange
  • Potted plants, shrubs and trees
  • Cheeses, butters, local milk, locally made ice cream, cream
  • Beef, pork, chicken, and related meat products such as sausages, cured meats, and jerkies
  • Eggs (chicken and duck)
  • Sprouts
  • Dog and cat treats
  • Baked goods of all sorts
  • Grits, corn meal, flour

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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