Charlottesville City Market, Charlottesville, Va.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

bamboo shoot in Shenandoahs bamboo shoot from the market photographed at a Shenandoah Valley overlook in Shenandoah National Park

farmers market in Charlottesville, Virginia

Charlottesville farmers market

Water Street and 1st Street
Charlottesville, VA
Saturdays, 7 a.m. to noon April-Oct.
(434) 970-3371

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What I Bought

rhubarb and bamboo shoot 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

half a bamboo shoot

strawberries strawberries
Price: $3.50/pint basket

sugar snap peas sugar snap peas
Price: $3/basket

peanuts peanuts
Price: $2.50/small bag