That unseasonable cloud over the farmers’ markets these days is a devastating blight that threatens to wipe out tomatoes and potatoes across the Northeast. “I’ve been talking with the farmers,” says ChefJune, “and the situation is bleak for all of them. We’re going to have to be happy with cauliflower instead of tomatoes, and Jerusalem artichokes for mash and gratin rather than potatoes.”
For shoppers, though, the summer is far from a total loss. At the Union Square Greenmarket, the city’s largest, Norwich Meadows Farm has been selling amazingly good Middle Eastern cucumbers, ESNY says. Peaches and green beans from this farm in Chenango County have also been at peak flavor, according to ChefJune.
flaca scored some puntarella the other day from one of the Union Square farmers, along with a recipe for this Italian chicory: Clean the stalks, cut them into matchstick slices, crisp them in ice water, then dress them with anchovy vinaigrette. “It was absolutely delicious and I recommend it to everyone.”
Fruit-lover scrittrice has been feasting on wild blueberries, Tristar strawberries, and black raspberries from Greenmarket vendor Berried Treasures in Delaware County. windycity loves the sweet, fragrant peaches from Terhune Orchards in Dutchess County (eat them right away—“they don’t last for very long”). For fruit goodness by the jar, AlanMa recommends jams and jellies from Beth’s Farm Kitchen, especially sour cherry, strawberry-rhubarb, and triple marmalade (orange, lemon, grapefruit).
Before you hit Union Square, check out Lucy Wollin’s Greenmarket blog for the recent highlights. And kathryn suggests you get there before 10 a.m. to avoid the heat and the crowds. But whenever you can go, go. “We need to support our farmers all we can,” ChefJune urges.
Union Square Greenmarket [Union Square]
Broadway and E. 17th Street, Manhattan