here's my Market Watch from the Alemany farmers' market for July 7th. I was at the market very early (brrr, where's global warming when you need it? The temperature was mid-50s) and then off to the Asian Art Museum to give my talk: "Making an Impression: Japanese Pop Images from Meiji to Manga". That was fantastic -- thanks for the standing-room-only turnout, people!
What I found this week:
Roman cauliflower (see above). Can't stop looking at these alien vegetables.
Here are some recipes from Allrecipes or Epicurious.
Snake-like Armenian Cucumbers. Hard to come by, but one of the best-tasting cucumbers (actually more closely related to melons). It's crisp, thin-skinned, and mild-flavored, with soft seeds. Like the English cucumber, it doesn't need to be peeled or seeded.
Visual proof that everywhere (except, apparently, San Francisco) summer has arrived: Sweet corn and watermelon. Corn is about ready and watermelon is getting there. Corn recipes from Allrecipes or Epicurious.
"Crazy sweet" Summer squash -- so versatile and flavorful, longing to be reunited with their beloved onions in a sauté. They're great in one of my favorite risottos. Recipes from Allrecipes or Epicurious.
I hope you're enjoying peaches, nectarines and apricots because cherries are done for this year.
If you need a little pick-me-up because you're crushed by the disappearance of cherries, you can learn to make Italian nocino (an herbal tasting, walnut-infused spirit). This is the only place I've seen fresh unpeeled walnuts AND the recipe. Go for it! Could be a good one for our upcoming vegetarian group dinner...