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Midtown Farmers’ Market: Week 16—Pleasant Surprises

My parents are in town visiting this weekend, so I don’t have time to elaborately describe what’s going on in the Midtown Farmers’ Market this week—we’re just too busy enjoying the sights of Minneapolis! But that doesn’t mean I didn’t have time to go, and bring back a pretty impressive haul.

The Good Lord has Blest us with a copious bounty

With the hot weather we’ve been having this past week, tomatoes are finally ripe. Like crazy. I bought some delicious golden cherry tomatoes and assorted heirloom tomatoes from Honey Creek Farm (as well as some romas from another vendor). As great as tomatoes are, I was much more excited by another vegetable on offer from Honey Creek: fresh edamame. The farmer said he and his friends was tired of eating the frozen ones so they decided to grow them, and luckily they were willing to share their good fortune. Boiled for two minutes and popped out of the shell into your mouth, these are green candy.

These soybeans are so immature These okra are no jokra. FAFA

It was also nice to see okra, much larger than the stuff you can sometimes find in the supermarket. I expect to pickle some of this because I love pickled okra (the spicier the better), and some might find its way into a curry. Maybe I’ll make gumbo.

Many of the things I bought — cucumbers, tomatoes, radishes, broccoli, green onions, basil — have been around for weeks and are more or less what you would expect this time of year — not that that makes them any less delicious. The fun part are the surprises — the edamame and the okra — these are what keep my weekly trips to the farmers’ market in late summer so exciting.

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2 comments on “Midtown Farmers’ Market: Week 16—Pleasant Surprises”

  1. Kris 17 August, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    Edamame and okra – I’m jealous! I’ve been waiting for the okra for the exact same reason.

  2. Tom 17 August, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    The edamame were a complete surprise and were delicious. Actually it was only due to a cherry tomato recommendation from the Fireroast Mountain Cafe people that I even saw them. Pickled okra needs to happen soon since my dill from two or three weeks ago is not long for this world.

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