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February 04, 2007

Farmers' Market Haul - 2/4/2007

The farmers' market was not nearly as dismal as I'd expected it to be after hearing so much about the recent freezes that have affected farmers in California. It certainly wasn't as exciting as the farmers' markets at the height of summer, but there was a pretty good selection of your basic lettuces, root vegetables and other produce.

There was even some citrus fruit, though it didn't all look very pretty. My usual fruit vendor (Lujan farms) had some very sad-looking tangerines. Fortunately, they put out samples, and though the tangerines looked sad, they tasted very good. As I was picking out my tangerines, a little old Japanese lady came by, tasted, and announced, "They don't look good, but they are good. Just like people. We don't look good, but we are good!" She was still tasting the tangerines and announcing their goodness to all and sundry when I left.

My usual vegetable stand had a display of vegetables that looked like small turnips. They were pale green on the outside (roughly the color of wasabi paste), and white shot through with deep pink on the inside. "What is that?" I asked the farmer. "A turnip?" He shrugged, cut off a wedge, peeled it, and handed it to me to taste. It was a radish, with a very sweet, not peppery flavor. I bought some. I later found out that they're called watermelon radishes. They're very pretty.

I rounded out my haul with some carrots, onions, and walnuts. Not bad for a February market at all.

Posted by spaceling at February 4, 2007 06:35 PM

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