A pile of the first, tender spring roots in our glorious valley never ever fail to make me all daffy. You can keep your Jesus miracles. I like natural ones. So I captured a bunch of the beauty at the Lane County Farmers Market today (with a few thrown in from last week). Click the thumbnails to enlarge.
Lots of radishes: elongated French breakfast, bright pink ruby, and red ones. Hey Bales is growing daikon and has bunches of little ones about 4 inches long. They’ll make wonderful pickles.
Tiny creamy-white turnips are a fleeting treat — they all too soon grow up, oy. Pickle them whole or braise in a slightly sweet, buttery broth. Spring onions are garlic are beginning to give way to leeks, and raabs are on their way out.
I saw one vendor with snap peas (the Organic Rednecks). Beets in a rainbow of reds and yellows, from tiny to large, are all over the market. You should retain the greens for beets and turnips; steam or saute them after washing, and dress with a little butter and garlic or with dashes of soy and rice vinegar and a sprinkle of sesame seeds.
Many vendors are selling tomatoes and peppers. Unless you have a greenhouse, DO NOT give in to the temptation. Every year I get closer and closer to the old timers who don’t plant tomatoes until mid-June. Egads, who can wait that long! But then I watch their tomatoes grow faster and better than mine. So. Food for thought.
I also saw the first artichokes, new potatoes, many more eggs than last year, tender zucchini, napa cabbage, dried beans and grain, and flowers galore. Those cherry blossoms are so gorgeous. Too bad they’re so fragile. SLO farm (who is selling the cherry blossoms) is also selling my absolutely favorite dark purple lilacs.
Enjoy the weekend and don’t forget to listen in to Food for Thought on KLCC (89.7) tomorrow, Sunday, April 29, at noon! We bring you urban chickens and campus food pantries.