Charlottesville City Market, Charlottesville, Va.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
bamboo shoot from the market photographed at a Shenandoah Valley overlook in Shenandoah National Park
Water Street and 1st Street
Saturdays, 7 a.m. to noon April-Oct.
What I Bought
rhubarb and bamboo shoot (lower right and below)
I had never seen bamboo shoots in a farmers market before. After using them as a catchy prop for my photographs of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah Valley, I prepared the shoots for eating by following the instructions of the grower who was selling them at the market. I boiled them whole for about 10 minutes, then let them cool and peeled off the outer leaves, leaving a tender, fresh-tasting, parboiled bamboo shoot, ready to stir fry or add to a soup.
Price: $3/bunch for rhubarb $1 for bamboo shoot
Price: $3.50/pint basket
sugar snap peas
Price: $2.50/small bag