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Market Tour: Meet Ploughboy, Colorado's All-Local Market

It was day five of their cross-country road trip when Kerry and David Nelson rolled into Salida, Colorado. They'd just taken a year off from their life in Philly to travel the country, and finding a place in the Southwest where they could eventually lay down roots wasn't far from their minds. It turned out to be an easier process than they could've imagined—for the Nelsons, Salida had it all: a thriving, receptive community, an active arts scene, and a stunning mountain vista. More

The Food Lab: How To Preserve Fresh Spring and Summer Produce

I go a bit nuts every spring and summer when fresh produce is at its best. I end up buying things willy nilly, without much thought as to how I'm going to prepare, much less eat, all of it myself. After several valiant dinner parties and late night asparagus binges, I still find myself with far too much produce to even consider finishing everything before it starts to lose quality. More

Atlanta: A Tour of the International Produce at Buford Highway Farmers Market

The Buford Highway Farmers Market is a 100,000 square-foot grocery megastore, about Costco-sized. If there was a Nobel Prize for markets, this would absolutely deserve to win. Take the eggplant aisle: Sicialian, Dominican, Indian, Thai, and other varieties all lined up next to each other, in various shades of the indigo continuum. Check out all of the international produce at this incredible Atlanta market. More

The Crisper Whisperer: Share Your Favorite Fall Produce Recipes

Ever since the moment I wriggled into my brand new stretch pants, two pairs of slouch socks, and oversized T-shirt on the first morning of fourth grade, fall has been my favorite season. Becoming a produce obsessive has done nothing to dampen my love for this crisp, Technicolor season we're about to enter. But do you notice how the blue potatoes and butternuts on that roasting pan are—ahem—raw? That's because I have no kitchen this week, and I need your help. Please share your favorite ways to use fall produce in the comments. More

The Crisper Whisperer: 10 Secrets for Making the Most of Your CSA

As the growing season hits its stride, the sheer magnitude of freshness delivered by a good CSA, farmers' market, or garden can start to overwhelm busy people with lives to lead. The good news is that with a little weekly preparation and planning and a few simple strategies, you'll rarely have a week where you can't use or freeze your whole haul. Read on for 10 ways to maximize your CSA experience. More

Market Scene: Sexy Figs in San Francisco

It's the time of year when it's fun to take visitors to the market. Friends who don't typically shop at farmers' markets will be overwhelmed by the amount of produce that we have available locally and in season, and will be sure to go home with a bag full of summertime delights. The market is bursting at the seams with color and flavor and scents, and it's an exercise in restraint to decide where to spend my budget. My strategy during this time of abundance is typically to find out what products are going to be around for a little while, and then to prioritize from there. Okra have just begun to show up in the market and as... More

Market Scene: Brookline Farmers Market in Brookline, Mass.

Note: Each week, one of our various Market Scene correspondents from around the country checks in with what's fresh at the farmstands in a particular region. Today, Penny Cherubino (Boston Zest) drops by from Boston. The Brookline Farmers Market has been a part of the Coolidge Corner shopping experience for thirty-one years. It's a place of full-flavor shopping with produce, cheese, eggs, ice cream, bakery, specialty foods, beef, turkey, pork, lamb, and fish vendors. It's a busy market, with long lines forming at favorite vendors like Clear Flour Bakery. This family-operated, artisan bakery specializes in creating the authentic breads of Italy, France and Germany. Clear Flour always appears in any list of the best bakeries in the Boston area.... More

The 24-Hour Fruit Vendors in Chelsea

"Levent is actually part of a produce vending dynasty—he is a third-generation fruit hawker, following the footsteps of his grandfather and father in Turkey." Levent working around 3:30 p.m. Every day is a "CRAZY DAY" for Levent, a 24-year-old Turkish-born... More

Pocket-Sized Shopper's Guide to Pesticides

If you need help trying to decide whether to buy conventional or organic produce at the supermarket, download the Shopper's Guide to Pesticides from the Environmental Working Group. It lists the "dirty dozen," the top ten fruits and vegetables you should buy organic, and the "clean 15," the fruits and vegetables with the lowest levels of pesticides residue. [via US Food Policy] Dirty Dozen Peaches Apples Bell peppers Celery Nectarines... More

Grocery Ninja: Kiwiberries

The Grocery Ninja leaves no aisle unexplored, no jar unopened, no produce untasted. Creep along with her below, and read all her mission reports here. Many people love autumn—the gorgeous fall colors, plentiful apples, hot mulled cider, zany-shaped squash, leftover Halloween candy, etc. I'm no fall grinch, but I completely overdosed on apples as a poor grad student (seriously, I'm talking ten apples a day instead of real food), and am now wary of them. I'm sure my love affair with apples will revive one day, but meanwhile, I'm staying away from them until there's absolutely nothing left to eat in the fruit department. But in fall, what else besides apples can I add to my breakfast muesli—that would not... More

Market Scene: Fall's Hollywood Cameo

A pomegranate bursting at the seams. In most states, you know it's fall because the leaves change colors, turning golden, crimson and persimmon, until the tops of trees look aflame. Here in Southern California you know it's fall when everything is actually on fire and the Santa Ana winds are blowing hard enough to knock down small children. While our crisp hills smolder and turn brown like burnt cakes from Ventura County to Fontana to the Sepulveda Pass, there's the upside in knowing that fall weather also means ton of marvelous fall produce at the Hollywood Farmers' Market (map). Aw, Nuts The new crop of pistachios has finally arrived! The Santa Barbara Pistachio Company, located in Sierra Madre Mountains... More

Seasonal Ingredient Map

Epicurious has created a handy, interactive map of seasonal produce by state. Select a month, hover over a state, and a list of in-season ingredients is displayed with links to the ingredient descriptions and recipes.... More

Cutesy Cucumbers

Heartstick Ojaru, a co-op of nine women in Chiba, Japan, have been selling these cute heart- and star-shaped cucumbers in grocery stores in Tokyo. Plastic molds affixed to the stem shapes the cucumbers into the shapes when sliced cross-wise. The arrangement possibilities, as you can see, are endless. [via Trends in Japan]... More

Cook the Book: 'How to Pick a Peach'

This week's Cook the Book feature highlights How to Pick a Peach by Russ Parsons. With the disconnect between consumer and producer that's developed in recent years, Parsons says that basic skills shoppers once had—knowing what's in season when and how to choose the best fruit or vegetable on offer—have atrophied. His book, with its detailed rundown on everything from apples to winter squash, will make you a produce-aisle expert in no time. As with all weekly Cook the Book features, we've got a number of copies to give away. Ten (10) winners will be chosen at random from among the commenters below. All you have to do is answer the following: What's your favorite fruit or vegetable for 1.)... More

Do You Love Iceberg Lettuce?

In a hilarious piece in yesterday's New York Sun, Paul Lukas discovers that some fancy-pants chefs love iceberg lettuce, too. I'm not ashamed to admit that I love iceberg lettuce. It's cool, it's crisp, and it's a perfect foil for blue cheese dressing. Don't get me wrong. I love a fresh, peppery arugula salad picked that morning from somebody's garden. But I don't much care for wilted organic arugula grown 3,000 miles from my house and picked two weeks before it finds its way into my hands. I also hate iceberg lettuce that is more brown than light green with tons of droopy outer leaves. C'mon, admit it. You like iceberg lettuce, too. Here's a great blue cheese dressing... More

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