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Market Watch: Grapes

by in Farmers' Market Finds, September 9, 2009

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You might think grapes aren’t anything special to find at the farmers’ market, but locally grown grapes look different than anything I’ve seen at the grocery store. I picked some up this week to see what they were all about.

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Market Watch: Purple Potatoes

by in Farmers' Market Finds, September 2, 2009

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Potatoes already? Spuds may seem like a fall goodie, but young varieties have started showing up at markets now. This early maturing variety (named “Caribe”) is a real summer treat — their bright purple skin always makes me smile.

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In Season: Onions

by in In Season, August 31, 2009

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We take onions for granted because you can find them in the supermarket year round. Freshly picked, however, they’re quite a flavorful treat. From shallots to Vidalias, there’s a variety for just about every savory dish you want to cook up.

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In Season: Green Beans

by in In Season, August 29, 2009

Green Beans
I love it when my 7-year old son asks for veggies. Green beans are one of the most popular requests. Maybe he only likes the crunchiness or bright color, but I’m content just knowing he wants some. For you other green bean lovers, here are some basics and fun ways to prepare this summer crop.

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Market Watch: Shell Beans

by in Farmers' Market Finds, August 26, 2009

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Also known as “cranberry” beans, these red and beige beauties are all over my market right now. They made an unusual but delicious addition to my summer succotash.

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In Season: Eggplant

by in In Season, August 25, 2009

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There aren’t many vegetables I don’t love, and it would be tough to narrow my favorites down to a top 10 list. If I had to, though, eggplants would definitely make the list. Friends often ask, “Are there ways to prepare them other than fried eggplant?” Yes, of course!

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Market Watch: Peppers (& A Cheesy Flatbread)

by in Farmers' Market Finds, Healthy Recipes, August 20, 2009

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Did you know that one bell pepper has more vitamin C than an orange? I picked up five pepper varieties from the farmers’ market this week and transformed them into a yummy flatbread. Pepper season is just starting — I can’t wait to see what else comes along.

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In Season: Cantaloupe

by in In Season, August 14, 2009

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Growing up, I had a pet cat who was obsessed with cantaloupe. I was never sure if cantaloupe was acceptable feline fare, but she lived to be 14, so I guess it didn’t hurt. One thing I do know is that the cool, juicy melon is definitely good humans! Scoop some up now while it’s in season.

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Market Watch: Red Plums

by in Farmers' Market Finds, August 12, 2009

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Stone fruit like peaches and plums are showing up at farmers’ markets and CSAs right now. This week, my CSA box came bearing these ruby red plums — petite and perfect for snacking.

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In Season: Corn

by in Healthy Recipes, In Season, August 11, 2009

Charm City Corn
Each year, when corn season arrives, I take my kids to the local market to pick up some fresh ears. Together we remove all the husks (they always end up dropping an ear or two into the garbage pile but, hey, that’s part of the fun!). Then, we take them home and cook them up. I love watching my kids gobble down what they picked out. Our favorite is eating fresh corn straight off the cob, but there are tons of ways to enjoy these sweet summer kernels.

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