Midtown Farmersâ€™ Market: Week 12â€”Little Vegetables all Grown Up
By Tom // Posted 18 July, 2009 in: Farmers Market, Minneapolis
The last time I went to the Midtown Farmers’ Market, summer was in full swing with a great variety of vegetables, but most of the vegetables were still pretty small: baby beets, tiny zucchini and summer squash with the flowers still on, new potatoes, spring onions, young greens, etc. After three weeks, the same vegetables have gotten bigger: red potatoes the size of two golf balls, baseball-sized onions, large squash and beets, and full-sized, adult lettuces.
There were a few new vegetables available, signalling the arrival of mid-summer: carrots, green and yellow beans and cucumbers. Cucumbers are one of my favorite things about summerâ€”it is amazing how much sweeter and full-flavored they taste in season versus their year-round counterparts, which are just watery.
I also picked up some still young vegetablesâ€”radishes and green onionsâ€”which must be cultivated and replanted throughout the summer.
This is one of the most exciting times of the year around the market: there is a large enough variety to keep the kitchen well-stocked and interesting for the week and the most exciting vegetables of the year are just around the corner. I heard talk of sweet corn if we can get a little warm weather and the first cherry tomatoes were already in evidence. This time of year can’t be beat for prices either. What might have been $3 at the beginning of the summer, like the beets, can now be had for one. There’s no better time to be at the market!