Farmers Markets

4 Things to Pick Up at the Market This Weekend

August 30, 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. 


We've reached the end of August, and if you're feeling down about summer's impending end, we prescribe a visit to the farmers market -- it's positively brimming with produce and sure to put a swing in your step. Here’s what the Food52 editors can’t wait to pick up this weekend -- and why you should be adding it to your bag, too.

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Warm weather often makes us walk right past root vegetables at the market. It’s easier to slice a tomato, cover it with a flurry of salt, and polish it off in one sitting, rather than figure out what to do with carrots -- even eye-catching, vibrantly colored carrots. But carrots can be summery too: in a cold noodle salad, or even gently cooked -- try them with butter and honey or in an avocado salad.

Spaghetti Squash
Hollis was extremely excited about the first sighting of spaghetti squash at the greenmarket; it gets its name because once cooked, the flesh comes apart in spaghetti-like strands. Top the strands with your favorite pasta sauce (tomato, pesto, or butter and grated cheese) and dinner is served. 

Lemon Cucumbers

Lemon Cucumbers
You’ll pick them up because they’re cute -- they look like plump mottled lemons -- but you’ll quickly become a fan of their thin skin and individually sized packaging. We’re thinking of taking thin slices off of their tops, scooping out the seeds, and using them like tiny bowls for appetizer servings of gazpacho

Catherine's buying “really good fancy milk” and making ricotta to put on squash blossom pizza. Just like the difference you'll notice after buying eggs at the market, once you pick up milk from a local farmer, you just might become a weekly convert.

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

Photos by James Ransom

See what other Food52 readers are saying.

  • Jan Weber
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    Stefanie Samara Hamblen 1
I like esoteric facts about vegetables. Author of the IACP Award-nominated cookbook, Cooking with Scraps.


Jan W. August 30, 2014
Some of the best Green Gage/Reine Claude plums I've ever seen/tasted were at the Union Square Greenmarket this Friday. Golden-yellow with a tinge of chartreuse green, perfectly ripe, and so fragrant you can smell them from several feet away. I bought 2 kg of them in one go, and I was tempted to go back for more. The plums are from Tree-Licious Orchards of Warren County, NJ.
Stefanie S. August 30, 2014
Well, it is end-of-the-season here in Florida - with our heat and humidity, August and September are resplendent with eggplant, tomatoes, okra, and peppers, hot and sweet. The last of the figs, the first of the muscadines, and a few "winter" squash (native calabasa or seminole pumpkins) to put away for October cooking classes and demos!
Jan W. August 30, 2014
I am going to Charleston, SC in two weeks. I can't wait to get my hands on some muscadine/Scuppernong grapes, and also fresh peanuts of course.