Martha+Tom

Farmers Market

Asparagus and steak

Asparagus, again

We got a little surprise at the  Midtown Farmers Market yesterday. Only the second week in May, but Peter and Carmen had a few small bundles of asparagus. We almost missed them — it pays to make a couple of passes through the market. The first asparagus of the year is always a cause for […]

No comments | , ,

You simply won't go wrong with reduced cream

Shells with pea shoots and cream

In the early season, when trips to the farmers market yield just a few bits of local produce, the pressure’s on. As a cook, you’ve got only one or two chances to enjoy the fruits of the land before it’s back to the winter slog of canned whatever, dairy, starch and meat. So you’d better […]

No comments | , , , , , ,

Rainy day

Midtown Farmers Market 2013 season opens with a splash

I know, I know, Minnesota, you’re tired of hearing about how crappy the weather has been. So I won’t dwell on the fact that today, May 4th, the opening day of the 2013 Midtown Farmers Market season, didn’t exactly present us with “farmers market weather.” 35° and rainy isn’t unbearable but it doesn’t make you […]

4 comments | , ,

Making Applesauce

Ingredients 3 pounds apples, quartered Honey or sugar (optional) Lemon juice (optional) 1/2 teaspoon of your favorite spice: cinnamon, cardamom, allspice, cloves (optional) Now, to begin. Step 1: Get thee to the Kingfield Farmers Market/Fulton Farmers Market Holiday Market… Market Market Market this Sunday and grab a peck of apples. These beautiful Ruby Jons originated there this time […]

1 comment | , ,

2012 farmers market season has me wondering what state I’m in

Just a few weeks ago it seemed like the farmers markets would never open, and now here we are already two weekends into the season at the Midtown Farmers Market. And what a season we are having! May farmers market shopping in Minnesota in any normal year is an affair for the die-hards, an exercise […]

No comments | , , , , , ,

Growing Strong farmers market exhibit opens at the Mill City Museum

Is it still not farmers market season yet? It feels like it’s been warm enough for a month now — with the occasional frost thrown in for variety — but our market still won’t be open for weeks. To help manage the market jones — or, I guess, to make it much worse — Martha […]

No comments | , , ,

This Guy Likes Pig’s Eye

It’s no secret to regular readers of this blog, or regular readers from the summer of 2009 at least, that I get pretty excited about going to the farmers market, especially Minneapolis’s Midtown Farmers Market. When asparagus, tomatoes, or sweet corn show up on vendors’ tables that excitement is easy enough to understand, but I’m […]

6 comments | , , , , , , , , , ,

Summer Vegetable Stew — Not (Quite) Ratatouille

To paraphrase Sara Bareilles, I’m not gonna write you a ratatouille recipe. (I promise that will be the last Sara Bareilles reference — ever — on this blog.) I’ve done it before, and with farmers markets overflowing with more zucchini and eggplant than a blogger knows what to do with, you can be sure you’ll […]

3 comments | , , , , , , , ,

The Annals of Asparagus

I make as much an effort as anyone to feign enthusiasm for ramps, but the real excitement of spring and the produce it brings doesn’t begin for me until I see the first spears of asparagus at the farmers market. Asparagus is a bellwether crop, like the late summer tomato, that signals the arrival of […]

8 comments | , , , , , , ,

A Month of Midtown, Already

This bright Saturday morning marked the fourth consecutive week of the Midtown Farmers Market 2011 season. May is a month of many market openings, but it never quite feels like real farmers market season since the crops aren’t quite growing and the weather is inconsistent, even for Minnesota. May 7th, opening weekend, was beautiful: sunny […]

No comments | , , , , , , ,

« Older Entries