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Oak Park Farmer's Market 6/8/02

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Oak Park Farmer's Market 6/8/02

Vital Information | Jun 8, 2002 10:46 AM

Yes, the donut fryer was in fine form, for those that pay attention.

The Pilgrim lot was a bit more full today, primarily with flowers and plants. The produce is still slight and fruits were limited to rhubarb.

We shopped at two stands today. Nicholls, as always, and I had a nice chit-chat with Mr. Nichols. I did, however, insult him greatly when, after his comment that the late frosts reduced his apple varieties from over 100 to 20, I told him that it would at least make it easier to decide which apples to purchase. And we bought sugar snaps again--I paid attention to the vendor's name today, Geils (as in VI's former favorite rock band).

I partially made up to Mr. Nicholls by buying a ton of stuff. Greens are in full force and Nicholls is loaded with vitamin A. We took rapini and aruguala. They also had outstanding looking lettuce, kale, mizuma and watercress. Swiss chard was gone though. They offered a range of spring herbs including lemon balm and chamomile. We went for chives avec fleur and mint plants (two varieties, of course). Finally, we took two bunches of Illinois asparagus, chubby like me. Last week's Michigan asparagus were amazingly sweet, we will see how these compare. We passed on the chance to play Cantonese, with the pea greens because at two bucks a pack, it would have cost a fortune to get enough to stir fry. We also passed on the white radishes that looked ultra appealing as I still have last week's icicles.

Geils runs one of the smallest stands at Oak Park. A few picnic tables and a beach umpbella are all he needs to display/cover his ware. Each week he only brings a few things, but what he brings tends to be high quality. Once again, he is the only one at the market with sugar snaps. They must be coming in more full, however, as the price went down this week. I think it was $5.50 for two pints. He had two kinds of potatos, a summer white and a red, maybe for next time.

See you next week.

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