3 Things to Pick Up at the Market This Weekend

September  6, 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. 

Farmers Market Tote

Whether you're not ready to let go of summer, or are embacing the onset of fall, the farmers market has something for everyone right now. 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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Bell Peppers
Buy up a rainbow of peppers and add color to your meals all week long. Marian’s making an Italian spin on fajitas by sautéing onions and peppers, and then adding chickpeas, lemon juice, and finely shredded Parmesan. And now’s the time to make ratatouille while tomatoes and summer squash are still available -- don’t forget to make extra to pack for lunches

These fuzzy pods are always welcome in gumbo and succotash, but if you’ve made it a point to avoid okra due to the notorious slime factor, give them another shot -- try them grilled or roasted.

Mexican Sour Gherkins
They look like doll-sized watermelons, but these teeny fruits are actually similar to cucumbers -- with a tart, tangy edge. Sarah is picking some up to use in a cucumber gin gimlet (use Hendrick’s gin to bump up the cucumber flavor).

Tell us: What are you buying at the market this week?

Market tote photo by James Ransom, Pepper photo by Alexandra Stafford

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1 Comment

Phillippa C. September 7, 2014
We have lots of peppers at Chicago's Green City Market right now too. At this time of year I like to make roasted poblano peppers, stuffed with fresh goat cheese over polenta or rice. We have lots of interesting tomatoes, so I might make a tomato tart. My friend Heidi gave me her Indian mother-in-law's recipe for spicy, grilled okra -- crispy on the outside, not slimy. I haven't yet made it, now may be the season for it.