4 Things to Pick Up at the Market This Weekend

August 23, 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. 


With September rapidly approaching, it's time to stock up on summer's bounty while we still can. 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.

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Sweet Corn
Merrill's headed to the Jersey Shore this week, where the late summer triumvirate of peaches, beefsteak tomatoes, and corn reigns supreme: "Yes, NJ has its detractors, but they do these three things as well -- if not better -- than anyone." Corn cobs growing everywhere else: You've just been challenged.

We know we've talked about buying sweet corn before, but consider this a friendly reminder to continue enjoying it before the season ends. We've been so busy shaving it into soups and salads and puddings, that we're resolving to simply roll hot cobs on sticks of butter, embrace kernels in our teeth, and savor every bite.

Yes, you could head out into the great outdoors and forage purslane for yourself, or you could go to your farmers market and just pick up a bag of it. Purslane's become popular enough that farmers are harvesting this weed to bring to market, or even growing it on purpose. It's a sturdy addition to a summer salad: Try it paired with melon or peaches.


All of the other berries have had their moment in the sun this summer -- now it's time to gorge yourself on blackberries. We've got ideas for sweet and savory ways to use them, but really, they're happy in almost any berry-centric recipe.

Summer Squash
If you're in need of recipe inspiration to get excited about yet another round of summer squash, Kenzi's got you covered -- shred it into pasta. For an editorial-team-approved modification to this recipe: Add a giant dollop of ricotta to your bowl. Sharing is encouraged, but not required.

Tell us: What are you hoping to pick up at the market this week?

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