The Dirt: What To Get At The Farmers Market This Weekend

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If death and taxes are two of life’s certainties, then produce seasonality is the opposite. Every week in this column we try to offer an up-to-the-minute view of what’s growing and showing up at area farmer’s markets, based on reports from market managers, farmers, and what we ourselves are buying and eating. Every once in a while though, we get it wrong. As with all things pertaining to seasonality, consider what follows to be a fingers-crossed scenario. The weather could change in a moment, or the harvest schedule could be thrown off by a broken-down piece of machinery, or the chef could see something on a farm’s instagram feed and snap it up before it makes it to market. The one certainty in agriculture? That whatever does make it from field to farmer’s market will be delicious.

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The Dirt: What To Get At The Farmers Market This Weekend

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Locally grown produce represents a season’s worth of hard labor for area farmers, and the most rewarding moment of all happens when a customer takes the literal fruits of those labors home to enjoy. Observe this Labor Day by filling your long weekend with gorgeous things to eat! Summer favorites are still going strong along with some new arrivals to market and fall favorites just beginning to appear.

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The Dirt: What To Get At The Farmers Market This Weekend

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Happy National Farmer’s Market Week, everyone! If your meals at this time of year aren’t positively bursting with locally grown goodness, you probably need to examine your life. Not sure where the market most convenient to you is? Check out this handy map of markets run by The Food Trust or Farm to City’s comprehensive listing. Once you’ve found your market, you might also be lucky enough to find some of these local treats as well.

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The Dirt: What to Get at the Farmers Market This Weekend

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To be honest, you don’t really need me this week. Between the buckets of gladiolas, piles of peppers and cucumbers, and box after box of fragrant tomatoes, it’s kind of impossible to go to a farmer’s market this week and not immediately see how much good stuff is out there. Here are a few things that you should make sure not to overlook.

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The Dirt: What To Get At The Farmers Market This Weekend

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Between berries. stone fruits lush handfuls of basil, brightly colored bouquets of zinnias, and ever more tomatoes cropping up, this is one of the most pleasant times of the year to check out a farmer’s market. You have my permission to overwhelm yourself with zucchini, to opt for a full dozen ears of sweet corn, and to throw in that extra pint of cherries, because if we know anything it’s that summer isn’t without end and for now, it’s high July and all those vegetables aren’t gonna eat themselves.

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The Dirt: What To Get At The Farmers Market This Weekend

 

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Break out the giant scissors again because The Food Trust is celebrating the opening of another new farmer’s market this weekend! This one, the product of a partnership with Congregation Rodeph Shalom, is at Broad and Mount Vernon on Sundays from 10 to 2. In addition to the usual fruits and vegetables, they’ve also got a bagel vendor and a dazzling array of smoked fish from Neopol’s Smokery! There may be no more perfect brunch than a bagel with smoked fish and a schmear–unless it also includes a few capers and cucumbers. Here are a few more suggestions for what to eat alongside…

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