5 Things to Pick Up at the Market This Weekend

November 15, 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. 

Winter Squash

Your regular famers market might close down for the season in early fall, but chances are, there's another one open within striking distance. Farmers markets don't all stop during the cold stretch between November and March -- there are nearly 2,000 winter farmers markets around the country. Find one near you and join the Food52 editors for a shopping excursion. Here's what we can’t wait to pick up this week -- and why you should be adding it to your bag, too.

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Winter Squash
Don't play favorites this week: butternut, acorn, whatever catches your eye should go in your tote -- all destined for a batch of pumpkin butter. Kristen's working hard to convince us all that the best way to eat it is slathered on top of a thick slice of olive-oil fried toast.


Red Onions
You already know they store well, so stock up. That way you'll be ready to make bowl after bowl of this salad and a big batch of red onion jam -- the latter of which you'll want to use for topping crostini and tossing into a bowl of pasta.

White Onions, Carrots, and Celery
Pick up the mirepoix trifecta for vegetable stock and this farro soup. Marian's determined to start keeping mirepoix vegetables on hand at all times, explaining: "it's the sort of thing I need to do to consider myself a grown woman, like owning lipstick and having clean socks." Not a bad plan -- the vegetables or the clean socks.

Tell us: What are you picking up at your farmers market?

Photos by James Ransom

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