Farmers Market Report: May 21st

May 21, 2008

The Green City Market was dominated by asparagus today. I paid $3.50 for a bunch--I plan to gently steam it and then dip it in butter and lemon. I went out to farmer David Cleverdon's farm last year around this time to talk about organic farming and asparagus--the story includes some great audio of squeaky fresh asparagus stalks & Cleverdon's recommendations for picking the freshest asparagus. If you're one of those people who just can't get enough asparagus, there are all sorts of asparagus-themed activities in nearby Michigan, including U-pickfarms and the National Asparagus Festival. Also at the market today--rhubarb (but still no strawberries), onions, fresh garlic, chives, boc choi, lettuces, potatoes, lots of potted vegetable and herb plants. Last week I cooked my fresh garlic and spinach up together: (heat, nice olive oil, add sliced fresh garlic for a minute or two, add rinsed spinach and a pinch of salt and steam until spinach wilts.)