I asked farmers from across the country how they think we should all act when we sidle up to their booths on market day. What are the best questions to ask about how you raise your animals or treat your fields? Am I a total jerk if I try all of your samples and don't buy anything? Are you just pretending to like my dog?
'farmers market' on Serious Eats
Given the beautiful selection of fresh and prepared goods, it's no wonder that the open-air Santa Monica farmers market attracts over one million shoppers a year. But it's more than just the quality produce, meats, and dairy that makes this particular market so popular—adjacent to the highly trafficked Third Street Promenade and a mere three blocks from the Pacific ocean, the location is prime. See what's on offer in the slideshow!
Farmers and food makers from the Bay Area and beyond show off their best produce and specialty items at Saturday's Ferry Plaza Farmers Market in San Francisco.
Farmers markets are beautiful places to shop. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares are perfect ways to support local farms while getting your weekly produce needs. But both require a good amount of time, effort and, in the case of CSAs, commitment. Enter a handful of companies and CSAs doing things a little differently.
Cincinnati's restaurant scene may still have a little ways to go, but their market scene is already stellar. There are farmers markets everywhere—several daily—with plenty of farmers and home "cottage" businesses to supply them. Since we couldn't pay a visit to each and every one, we ultimately settled on the popular and highly recommended Hyde Park market. See the produce and goods on offer in the slideshow!
Summer favorites like corn, tomatoes and eggplant were in scarcer supply at the Greenmarket last Saturday, but it was hard to be depressed about that when surrounded by the bounties of Fall that appeared in their place: crisp, tart apples; many-hued pears; and a multitude of cold-loving crops like broccoli, cauliflower, turnips and greens.
It's clearly Fall at the Greenmarket. Winter squash, apples, and the family brassicae begin their approach over all the late summer produce that's hanging on for dear life. Click through the slideshow for a closer look.
For this special edition of Market Scene, I woke up before sunrise, arrived at Grand Army Plaza right after the vendors did, and snapped some shots of them setting up and welcoming their first customers. Serious Eats: waking up early, so you don't have to.
Lots of summer produce—tomatoes, peaches, zucchini—are still around, so you're welcome to pretend that fall isn't just around the corner. But it'll be hard since pumpkins and other winter squash have already started popping up around the market. Take a stroll through the market in the slideshow, and then do so in real life!
It's high summer at the greenmarket, with tomatoes everywhere you look and other fruit in juicy abundance. This week we found some gorgeous summer produce and checked in with some of the market's pickle makers and maple syrup slingers. Click through the slideshow to see it all, and get to the market today or tomorrow!
Peak season at the market continues this week, with lots of melon rolling in, along with sweet and hot peppers and the squash, tomatoes, and eggplant we've been seeing for weeks now. What's more, the prices on those beautiful heirlooms continue to drop as the season really hits its stride. What're you waiting for? Click through the slideshow and get to the market, ASAP!
Summer is in full swing, and melons are also beginning to show up at some stands, along with bell peppers, Italian and green gage plums, and other varieties of stone fruit—to say nothing of the awesome berries and tomatoes. Get to the market ASAP; these are the days that we dream about all year long.
We're in the middle of summer and the greenmarket is in full stride. There's no better time to stop by and compose yourself a lunch of cheese and tomatoes, not to mention pretty much any other fruit or vegetable you could want. Click through the slideshow for a closer look!
Braving the sweltering heat advisory warnings in Union Square, greenmarket shoppers are being rewarded with just about every local fruit and vegetable they could desire, from stone fruit and berries to sweet corn and some of the first tomatoes of the season.
This week sweet produce was the hot ticket item at the Greenmarket: summer fruit is nearly in full swing. Blueberries and strawberries are still going strong, and two hotly anticipated stone fruits showed up: dark, luscious cherries and fragrant, fuzzy-skinned peaches.
Strawberries and cherries have hit the market in full force, but you can still find some spring standbys like garlic scapes and rhubarb.
There was a lot of green at the market this week, in the form of peas, collards, and other hearty greens; plus splashes of color in unexpected places, like the delicate yellow flowers crowning bunches of broccoli rabe.
More than once I've brought home a dozen eggs from the greenmarket only to find that they sported pale, diminutive yolks or that they were lacking the freshness that farm-to-market eggs should have. In the interest of helping out those of you who've got the same issues in the past, we took a trip to the Union Square greenmarket to find the best, and to see if they were any better than eggs from the supermarket.
This week we saw sweet spring varieties of radishes, carrots, onions, and other late winter staples. Also at the market: some of the first outdoor tomatoes of the year, fresh purslane and chamomile, and some good looking red raspberries. Plus carrot nuggets!
Spring continues to get more and more exciting as warm weather produce floods the Greenmarkets, adding flashes of color to the greens and browns from earlier in the season.