3 Things to Pick Up at the Market This Weekend

August  2, 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. 

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It’s August, and we’ll admit we’re a little in shock that the end of summer is in sight. So this week, take the time to soak in the summer air and stop and smell the flowers -- and treat yourself to a little bouquet to take home, too. Here’s what else the Food52 editors can’t wait to pick up from the market -- and why you should be adding it to your bag, too.

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Bowl of Green Beans

Green Beans
Keep it simple and let your green beans (and purple beans and all of their bean cousins) shine in a sauté with only four ingredients. Or copy Catherine and make a green bean salad -- try dressing them in a salty, mustardy vinaigrette.

So refreshing, they’re like “crisp, cool white ice.” Chop cucumbers for a crunchy salad, blend them into a chilled soup, or make quick pickles. Easiest of all -- sprinkle with salt and munch on one whole.

Wild Blueberries
These tiny, flavor-packed berries are perfect for eating by the handful or for throwing into a quick bread or muffins, as Julie’s planning on doing this week. (Have we mentioned that we also like to put them in a schlumpf? We have? Good.)

Tell us: What are you adding to your market bag this week?

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Winifred R. August 5, 2014
From my personal garden this has been the year of the cucumber. Good lord I've made two batches of bread and butter pickles with and extra kick (hot peppers), and refrigerator pickles. Tomatoes have also done well. Blueberries are doing fine but actually a little late as are the figs which have just started to ripen but that means I went from none to a quart in a day. So I'd say look for figs next in the DC area since I live in the Tidewater.
kimikoftokyo August 3, 2014
( these things are at union market dc) since im going back to the east coast to visit for a few weeks( home sick) i am getting these things. yes they are off the wall but I promise you they sale all of this there. kimichi, organic olive oil, ground lamb, squid, pesto, rose wine (sweet) organic kitty food. oh and bright color fruit like dragon fruit and cherries for the no bake cookie based tart. spring onions for Korean pancakes oh and cheese.
Susan W. August 2, 2014
Hermiston, Oregon melons are in peak season. I look forward to them every year. Kookoolan chickens are in season as well. They are true pastured chickens, so they have a season. No Kookoolans from Oct-May.
Jan W. August 2, 2014
Not quite what I thought of when I went to the Greenmarket this week/week end. This is totally prime melon time, also field peppers, eggplant and fresh soybeans. Huge piles of pimiento de Padrón and shishito chilies. However, my best haul was the above average sized Charentais cantaloupe that has been perfuming my entire flat ever since I brought it home, unbelievably fragrant. Will try it tonight.
Catherine L. August 1, 2014
Those deep-fried green beans are catching my eye as well...