3 Things to Pick Up at the Market This Weekend

May 24, 2014

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. 

Yes, we know your market tote is bursting forth with ramps. There are probably a few stalks of rhubarb in there, too, snuggled in next to a punnet of strawberries. No one needs to tell you to buy these things -- the season does it well enough alone. 

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But 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-kept secrets, produce and otherwise. This is our water cooler talk. And now, we want you to join in. 

Here are the things on our list this weekend -- you’d do well to add them to yours, too.


Sunflower Shoots
Refreshing and pleasantly crunchy, we buy these for snacking on while walking around the market, but also for every salad and sandwich we’ll meet this spring. (Think of them as alfalfa sprouts, much improved.) 

As a rule of thumb, you should generally be buying all the herbs, always -- spring food demands them, and you can never really go wrong. But this week we’re making sure not to miss tarragon: With Memorial Day right around the corner, here begins the season of picnic salads -- think potato, white bean, green bean -- and tarragon has never met a single one of these it didn’t like. 

Squash Blossoms
Believe it or not, these are here. (Haven’t seen any? Check out Real Time Farms to look for markets near you that may have them.) Yes we’ll be stuffing them with ricotta and frying them; yes we’ll be putting them in a frittata; but we’ll also be slicing them up for salads and quick, one-pan pasta dishes. You should, too. 

What are you picking up this week? Tell us in the comments!  

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Kenzi Wilbur

Written by: Kenzi Wilbur

I have a thing for most foods topped with a fried egg, a strange disdain for overly soupy tomato sauce, and I can never make it home without ripping off the end of a newly-bought baguette. I like spoons very much.


LauriL June 21, 2014
I'll keep my eyes out for the sunflower sprouts!! Maybe I should make my own?
H I. May 26, 2014
Can't wait to try the shoots! I've never had them before, will definitely be keeping an eye out for them!
Poppies A. May 24, 2014
I made a roasted radish salad with sunflower shoots and arugula...because those were the items that caught my eye when I was at the farmers market. Absolutely relish!
Liz B. May 24, 2014
I'm headed to the farmer's market in ten minutes! Will def keep an eye out for the sunflower shoots! - a clean eating bento blog. Japanese or Asian-inspired.