I am so lucky to live in a city with a farmer’s market that’s open four days out of the week, 52 weeks a year.
You might think that a farmer’s market during the winter might have less activity than at other times. You’d be wrong. I daresay that our winter Greenmarket is just as beautiful as our spring, summer and autumn markets. It’s a different kind of beauty … more intimate, I guess, is the word I’m looking for.
If a picture tells a thousand words, then a food blog that extols the beauty of food wouldn’t be complete without a photo essay on what makes this blog thingy tick.
Mutsu apples — This is an heirloom apple that looks like a Golden Delicious apple but originally hails from Japan. It has a lovely sweet flavor reminiscent of honey, and is particularly delicious in pies.
Fuji apples — Originally developed in Japan during the 1940s, Fuji apples are a cross between Red Delicious and Ralls Janet apples. They have a predominantly sweet flavor, with crisp, white flesh.
Jerusalem artichokes — Also called sunroots, sunchokes or earth apples, Jerusalem artichokes are a species of sunflower cultivated throughout North America and grown specifically for its tuber which is eaten as a root vegetable.
La Ratte fingerling potatoes and sign
Mixed heirloom fingerling potatoes — I love these fingerlings, roasted with extra-virgin olive oil, fleur de sel or sea salt and rosemary, and served with a salad and a glass of white wine for a light lunch or dinner. They’re beautiful and satisfying in their own way.
Carrots — Ranging from typical orange, to pale-white, to gold with overtones of green and pale-green, carrots are the most under-rated of winter vegetables, and lend themselves to numerous dishes. I love them simply steamed, then cooked with unsalted butter and chopped herbs, or cooked in chicken or vegetable stock, then puréed and mixed with unsalted butter, and a touch of cream, cinnamon or nutmeg. Sometimes simple is the way to go.
I hope you have a lovely Saturday, wherever you happen to be in the world.