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Farmers' Markets 2021—


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Not technically a Farmers' Market, but the young disabled man who collects parking fees at a pop-up lot on weekends was selling ciruelas that he and his brother plucked out of the plum trees on our street.  

 

For 10 pesos (50 cents, US) I got a large container.  They were a mix of ripe and green; the green ones are turning nicely. 

 

These are not cultivated plums, though we wonder if there was an orchard here long ago.  Across the street from my house is a large former hacienda named La Ciruela and the plum trees are in neat rows on our street and 2 adjacent streets. 

 

The fruit is extremely sweet--surprise!  Not much edible fruit as the pit is about 75% of each plum.  Most of the trees are quite tall, though locals manage to pick them using make-shift baskets on bamboo poles, some use swimming pool skimmers.  Many stand on the roofs of their cars to pick, have seen some horseman stand on their saddles!

 

 

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4 minutes ago, gulfporter said:

Not technically a Farmers' Market, but the young disabled man who collects parking fees at a pop-up lot on weekends was selling ciruelas that he and his brother plucked out of the plum trees on our street.  

 

For 10 pesos (50 cents, US) I got a large container.  They were a mix of ripe and green; the green ones are turning nicely. 

 

These are not cultivated plums, though we wonder if there was an orchard here long ago.  Across the street from my house is a large former hacienda named La Ciruela and the plum trees are in neat rows on our street and 2 adjacent streets. 

 

The fruit is extremely sweet--surprise!  Not much edible fruit as the pit is about 75% of each plum.  Most of the trees are quite tall, though locals manage to pick them using make-shift baskets on bamboo poles, some use swimming pool skimmers.  Many stand on the roofs of their cars to pick, have seen some horseman stand on their saddles!

 

 

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And doesn't natural found fruit like that always seem to taste better? When we got huge pit ones like that as kids we'd keep the pit in out=r mouths and and keep sort of sucking on them - we looked like juvenile delinquents with wads of chewing tobacco in cheeks. 

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Lovely day for the farmers market today. Sunny but not hot or windy. Should have taken some photos but it's just a shopping mall parking lot.  Here's the haul:

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From 12 o'clock, we have eggs, an oro blanco grapefruit (yes, still green, very early in the season but I have a recipe that calls for grapefruit zest so I got one), a nice hunk o pork (labeled side slab rather than belly, but similar, I think, some will be ground and mixed with ground pork for chorizo), Meyer lemons, four small blood oranges plus two larger cara cara oranges, holiday wurst from the German sausage peeps (I'm told they are seasoned with nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon and should be excellent cooked with sauerkraut, that's a 1 lb pack of 3 links), three small-ish heirloom tomatoes, two watermelon radishes, a bag of baby kale mix (nice as it can be used in salads or cooked), a massive bunch of flat-leaf parsley, a generous, but more normal-sized bunch of cilantro, sage & thyme and a jar of buckwheat honey. 

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I go to the local market pretty much every week but obviously don't post about it all that often.  Here's today's haul:

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Going clockwise from the eggs in the middle, we have beets, avocados, cilantro, parsley, mint, mizen, dill, dandelion greens and red romaine.  The basket of citrus contains Eureka and Meyer lemons, pink grapefruit and Cara Cara oranges. 

A local sausage seller was offering these German-style pork roasts.  I was very tempted but resisted. 

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Went to my first farmers market of the season today. Sadly, I had put everything away before it occurred to me to take a photo. Nevertheless, there were early peas, bagged lettuces, tomatoes, strawberries, and the lady in front of me in line got the last of the asparagus. 🥲oh, and broccoli. I think tonight’s dinner plans may include a big salad of early peas, some green beans from the crisper, broccoli and artichoke hearts.

 

 

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I would kill for some fresh young peas in the pod, I like to eat them raw. I tried to get my gardening co-worker to plant some for me, but he said they are too difficult to grow since they need particular temps to flourish, so if Mother Nature doesn't cooperate in early Spring (which she rarely does around here), no go.

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33 minutes ago, BeeZee said:

I would kill for some fresh young peas in the pod, I like to eat them raw. I tried to get my gardening co-worker to plant some for me, but he said they are too difficult to grow since they need particular temps to flourish, so if Mother Nature doesn't cooperate in early Spring (which she rarely does around here), no go.

I grew  tried to grow peas for a lot of years.  I love 'em too.  SO good just raw out of the garden, but they didn't do well here, either.  I was lucky to get a handful out of the whole thing lol.

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@Shelby

the 'heat tolerance' of pea varieties varies wildly.  "Early Frosty" does well for me here (mid-PA) but they peter out quickly if the weather goes unusually warm.  basically, some years it's a bounty, sometimes it's a near bust....

 

https://morningchores.com/best-pea-varieties/

lists varieties and where/how they do best . . .

 

a day's picking...

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1 minute ago, AlaMoi said:

@Shelby

the 'heat tolerance' of pea varieties varies wildly.  "Early Frosty" does well for me here (mid-PA) but they peter out quickly if the weather goes unusually warm.  basically, some years it's a bounty, sometimes it's a near bust....

 

https://morningchores.com/best-pea-varieties/

lists varieties and where/how they do best . . .

 

a day's picking...

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That looks heavenly.  

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On 5/14/2022 at 10:28 AM, kayb said:

I think tonight’s dinner plans may include a big salad of early peas, some green beans from the crisper, broccoli and artichoke hearts.

 

My first thought was to wonder how you came by artichoke hearts out there, this early! I think you listed them from your pantry items? At any rate...if you cooked this dinner, I'd love to see how it came out. The elements sound delicious.

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10 hours ago, Smithy said:

 

My first thought was to wonder how you came by artichoke hearts out there, this early! I think you listed them from your pantry items? At any rate...if you cooked this dinner, I'd love to see how it came out. The elements sound delicious.


I didn’t. Dinner consisted of liquid fruit. 
 

Salad did not get made because the green beans had gone south. Some of the peas made it into the broccoli and cauliflower salad. The jarred artichoke hearts did not.

 

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