Fairmount Farmers Market, Philadelphia

Thursday, Oct. 7, 2013

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The Fairmount Farmers Market sets up every Thursday, from spring through fall, along a sidewalk next to the looming gray stone western wall of the old Eastern State Penitentiary building a few blocks from the Schuylkill River and the Philadelphia Art Museum.

It is one of 25 markets in the Philadelphia area that are managed by the Food Trust.

– Mark Thompson

22nd Street and Fairmount Avenue
3 to 7 p.m.

What I Bought

sweet dumpling and butternut squash

I tried out a recipe I saw recently in the New York Times on this butternut squash. I cut it into pieces, tossed them in olive oil, baked them until the began to brown and drizzled them with tahini-lemon sauce, made by blending a quarter cup of tahini with three tablespoons of lemon juice, thinned with a little water. The most surprising thing I learned from this recipe is that you don’t have to peel butternut squash. Who knew!

brussel sprout stalk and tatsoi
Price: $5 for brussel sprouts

This is one of the plushest heads of tatsoi that I’ve ever seen.

daikon and watermelon radishes

I cut these into wedges and quickly pickled them kimchi-style. I pickled the tops using a technique I first heard about from a Japanese American farmer at a farmers market in Los Angeles. I washed,chopped and salted them, then pressed with a weight for at last a day. I then give them a quick rinse to remove some of the salt and press them dry.



Tatsoi from the market, on a bridge over Wissahickon Creek