A cherimoya from the market, photographed in the Santa Ynez Valley
Saturday, March 20, 2010
– Mark Thompson
What I Bought
Price: $2.50 lb.
Long stemmed artichokes are one of those things that you can’t readily find except in good farmers markets. Artichokes with long stems couldn’t get packed and shipped as easily, depriving supermarket shoppers of one of the best parts of the artichoke: the stems, peeled with a vegetable peeler, sliced and simmered in butter, lemon juice and garlic.
(top photo) tangerines, satsumas, grapefruit, blood oranges, lemon, lime; (right) strawberries
Price: $2/lb. for citrus fruit
$3 for basket of strawberries
cherimoyas, atemoyas, guavas and avocados
Price: $6 for largest cherimoya; $2 each for smaller ones
$3/lb. for pink guava
pea shoots, money beans, fava beans leaves
Price: $2.25/lb. for fava leaves
$7/lb. for pea shoots
$5/lb. for money beans
The fava clippings, from plants that will soon produce beans, were offered for sale by Fairview Gardens, in Goleta, for use as a salad green, stir fry vegetable, or pesto ingredient. I had never seen fava leaves for sale, but why not? Pea shoots have a devoted following, and the leaves of other legumes are nutritious. I took home a bag full of fava shoots and found them to be a revelation, especially, in my opinion, in pesto.
frilly red mustard, baby scallions, dandelion greens
Price: $2.25 each for bunches of scallions and mustard
$1 for bunch for dandelion leaves
grapefruit from market on Santa Cruz Island