here's my Market Watch from the Alemany farmers' market for July 21st.
Thanks to the forty people who made our vegetarian dinner so terrific (and this from a meat eater...)
What I found this week:
Organic Tomatoes are back (see above), and they're finally ripe (see my earlier post on my favorite fruit). The whole range of flavors and colors are here: Early girls, heirlooms, cherry and grape. Enjoy!
Early girls are particularly good now: very peppery and juicy. Usually they're the first (real) tomatoes to appear at the market, since they ripen early. They're my favorite option for July.
Fresh Okra is readily available. Alison says ew, but I say it's wonderful with the other summer staples: corn and tomatoes. That way, you get the full summer color range: red, green and yellow.
Recipes from Allrecipes and Epicurious.
Organic Lemon cucumbers. Great to bite straight into (but first remove the butt end of the fruit, because it can be bitter). They have tiny spines the size of poppy seeds, but they're not at all prickly going down. Their crisp tasty white flesh can have a faint lemony flavor ... ideal to put in water sliced, or eat like a fruit. Also great for pickling.
Several kinds of grapes are here. Always buy grapes organic: they regularly make Foodnews.org list of ingredients that score highest on pesticide residue. Go and check the list out, it's a great starting point (They even have a foldable one for your wallet).
Check out my favorite: Red Flame, ideal for roasting and using in my Roasted grape focaccia.