Here at Food52, we like to talk about what we’re buying at the market: what’s new, what’s exciting, the market's best finds. This is our water cooler talk. And now, we want you to join in.
Today is the first day of summer, and we think the most appropriate way to celebrate is to go buy some vegetables. Here’s what the Food52 team can’t wait to pick up from the market this week -- and why you should be adding it to your bag, too.
Scattered on top of a potato or grain salad, sliced radishes add a peppery bite and a cheery pop of color. If you like radishes raw, it's pretty hard to beat eating them with butter and salt -- either straight up, or sliced on toast -- but they can, and should, be cooked too. It will soften their aggressive edges and bring out their sweeter side: Try sautéing your radishes, or roasting them for a pizza topping.
Sweet summer turnips aren't as flashy as other types of emerging produce, but nevertheless are worth popping a bundle in your bag. Marian's picking up little Hakurei turnips for roasting, and Kristen is going for pink turnips with long stick-straight greens -- the bottoms will go into salads and tartines, and the greens are destined for garlicky wilted glory.
It's time for asparagus' last hurrah: We're getting a few bunches and saying goodbye to spring with a week's worth of asparagus-filled meals.
What’s in season in your neck of the woods? Tell us in the comments!
Photos by James Ransom and Mark Weinberg