3 Things to Pick Up at the Market This Weekend

June 21, 2014

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. 

3 Things to Pick Up at the Market This Weekend, from Food52

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. 

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3 Things to Pick Up at the Market This Weekend, from Food52

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

See what other Food52 readers are saying.

  • kasia S.
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    Lindsay-Jean Hard
I like esoteric facts about vegetables. Author of the IACP Award-nominated cookbook, Cooking with Scraps.


kasia S. June 21, 2014
I always visit Food52 on the weekends before I head out to the store, half the time I pick up a new idea or a recipe, I chuckled when I saw Radishes with salt and bread and butter, I have them on my list as I all ready bought an amazing sour dough bread yesterday so that will be my lunch and I have asparagus on my shopping list for the dinner ( part of my steak and shrimp surf and turf)... so spot on :)
Lindsay-Jean H. June 23, 2014
So glad to hear we're on the same page. :)
Marian B. June 21, 2014
More news on the turnip front: I just presto-change-o-ed (yes it's a word) a handful of wilty turnip greens and half a red onion into a slouchy sauté for dinner last night, atop which I slid a fried egg and a few errant crumbles of gouda. And saved myself from eating cereal for dinner.
Lindsay-Jean H. June 23, 2014
Yum. (But I'm also in favor of cereal for dinner. Especially if you mix multiple kinds.)
Marian B. June 23, 2014
Preach! I'm on a cinnamon puffins kick.