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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.
After a holiday filled with family time and endless activities, you might be looking for a brief respite. The farmers market is just the thing: You can stock up on supplies for the remainder of the weekend, and get a mini mental break to boot. Here’s what the Food52 editors can’t wait to pick up from the market -- and why you should be adding it to your bag, too.
Hopefully you don't shop at the same markets we do, because we are buying all of the sour cherries (and making small sacrifices like foregoing afternoon coffee runs just so we can afford to go buy even more). We're using ours in pies, compotes, and crumbles -- and treating a select few to a boozy bath.
Use this with fish, or vegetables like summer squash -- really, anywhere you'd use regular thyme and would like a little extra burst of citrus. And if peaches are already available in your area, you should be combining the two in a galette.
They've only recently arrived at the market, but if you saw our kitchen counter, you'd think we were deep into August, and a generous neighbor has unloaded a garden's worth of zucchini upon us. We're mainly making batch after batch of zucchini butter for every social gathering we attend -- but we're also baking, sautèing, frying, and shredding them.
It sucks you in with its technicolored stems, and you feel a bit smug about the virtuous addition to your bag, until you get home and wonder what to do with it. Fear not: Swiss chard is just as versatile as it is pretty. Eat it raw or cooked, and don't toss those stems!
What's catching your eye at your farmers market? Tell us in the comments!
Photos by James Ransom