Saturday, April 28, 2012

Union Square Farmers Market


A-marketing we go, in this crazy April. Loads and loads of lilac.


Crates and crates of asparagus, from New Jersey.


Bunches and bunches of...POKEWEED!? Lanis Farms: the coolest stall of all award. Who needs to forage anymore? Not only misunderstood pokeweed but ramps and claytonia (which I didn't know grew here; it is at home in Califorian climates).




And at Paffenroth's, below...FIELD GARLIC! Forgive me for shrieking, but I've been muttering out loud here and on Facebook about this for weeks: why don't farmers sell field garlic???

Well, they do. They also had crates of chickweed and nettles. Foraging has arrived. The nettles we bought were turned into a sauce-bed for crabcakes with ramps. The sauce needed work.


Beautiful stuff everywhere - this was at Lanis Farms, again. Tatsoi flowers.


Garlic scapes. They became a crunchy bed - with ginger -  for chicken steamed on ramp leaves over a soy and ginger bath, the chicken then crisped under the grill. 


Rivers of greens.


More ramps.


Some tulips.


Rose Meadow Farms' exquisite anemones.


And sweet peas.


And then a long break at the popular, unpopular Coffee Bar where I still love their Pasiosa - passion fruit juice and prosecco, and some very good pancakes and crispy bacon. Skip the huevos rancheros.

5 comments:

  1. You are weeks ahead of us here in the Midwest!

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  2. Sweet Peas?!!

    I just planted mine out today (in Scotland) - they are about four inches high and won't flower till June at the earliest. I know these must be grown under cover, but even so....

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  3. That was a great tour of the market, this year I will eat some of the tatsoi flowers.....x

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