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The farmer’s market wins again. Really, it makes life in the city even better than it already is.


1 ms october   ~  Aug 19, 2011 10:09 am

yeah. i'll second that. i work within walking distance to union square and then there are a few small but interesting ones near me uptown.
either this sunday or next i want to check out new amseterdam market that you posted about earlier this summer/

2 RIYank   ~  Aug 19, 2011 10:40 am

Beautiful pix. Have you ever tried those tiny eggplants? What would you do with them?

I just bought a peck of little warty cukes from a farm stand, and I pickled them. It was very easy. In a few days I'll try them. Half of them are pickled in the usual way (boiling the full jars to sterilize) and half I tried using a refrigerator method, which means the pickles won't last as long but they should be crisper (which I love).

3 Alex Belth   ~  Aug 19, 2011 10:41 am

2) You just cut those little eggplants in half and saute them or put them on the grill and eat just like that.

Man, I wish I had it in me to get up early on a Saturday to hit the big market on 14th street before 9 a.m. when all the goods is cherce.

4 Alex Belth   ~  Aug 19, 2011 10:42 am

2) LOVE pickles.

5 RIYank   ~  Aug 19, 2011 10:46 am

[4] Me too. But they have to have no hint of sweet in them. I slammed the jars full of garlic, dill, and mustard seeds, too.

[3] I don't think I like eggplant that way. Maybe sauted. On the grill they come out underdone or else kind of cardboardy. But eggplant parm is one of my favorites (and a little of that pesto you showed yesterday makes it ambrosiac).

6 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 19, 2011 10:59 am

Eggplant. What is it an egg or a plant? I'm not eating anything that can't make up it's mind. (or something like that) Apologies to the late great George Carlin.

Love it, but didn't start liking it until adulthood.

BTW, in Japan eggplant is "nasu". Summer is "natsu". A summer vacation is "natsu oyasumi". (oyasumi is holiday). So when being offered eggplant by a Japanese in the summer say, "Sorry, this is my nasu oyasumi." Either howls or groans will follow.

7 RIYank   ~  Aug 19, 2011 11:17 am

[6] And if someone complains about the horrible pun, just say, "Oh yeah? Sue me!"

8 Jon DeRosa   ~  Aug 19, 2011 12:00 pm

[7] award-winning.

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