Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011
– Mark Thompson
What I Bought
Satsumas and strawberries
Price: $4 for 3 lb. bag of satsumas
$3/basket and $5/plastic container of strawberries
Temperatures were dipping below freezing at night at the start of my five-day visit to New Orleans, imperiling the region’s citrus and strawberry crops. Growers resorted to pulling row covers over their berries and using giant fans to stir up air in the orchards, largely averting serious damage, as these strawberries from Ponchatoula, north of Lake Pontchartrain, and satsumas from Plaquemines Parish, alongside the Mississippi River south of New Orleans, could attest. I’m leaving town tomorrow, bound for New York on Amtrak’s Crescent train, and stock up on these to eat along the way.
two types of mustard greens
These aren’t exactly train food, but I figure they’ll easily survive the trip, bundled up in my checked-in bag, in a cold baggage car. Besides, these gigantic, succulent greens, look too good, and are too attractive a bargain to pass up.
turnips with greens
This gigantic head of romanesco broccoli won’t easily fit in my luggage, and is likely to suffer en route to New York, but it’s the largest more gothic-looking head of this vegetable that I’ve ever seen. And it will make a perfect, characteristic crop from this farmers market around this time of year to photograph in situ around the city.
romanesco broccoli in the Lower Irish Channel