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Green City Market 7/31/02

Vital Information | Jul 31, 200207:54 PM

I believe this was what they envisioned when they envisioned the Green City Market. Piles and piles of organic produce. You want it straight. You got tomatoes and potatoes. You want it obtuse. You got ground cherries (two vendors!) and a variation of beets bred for their greens alone. Have a wok? Select from thai eggplant, chinese broccoli, korean daikon or japanese peppers. Trade the wok for a comal, you had your choice from multiple peppers. Shopping for Charlie Trotter, micro-mini greens (I mean Green Acres sized their lettuces small, smaller and smallest). Shopping for a gypsy, you could pick from a mysterous herbs and wild greens.

On the ecclesiastic front, cherries and apricots were still there despite threats that they would leave for the year. Chunky, cream-colored rutabagas made their first appearance. Like I said above, ground cherries, which are really like little tomatillas (which are not really like tomatoes) showed up and may never be there again--if you want to try them, you should find them at any other Nichols market this week. Corn is coming in stronger and a few more varieties of tomatoes among the gorgeous tomatoes at Tomato Mountain (which in this market really ARE like tomatoes) .

Ms. VI, on the excuse of needing cold packs for both chowhounditas, went for the caviar again. Today she bought the wasabi flying fish roe pictured below. She's been eating it with scrambled eggs, but I do not know if this sushish stuff will work that way. Any suggestions? If you want to get your own, follow the link. She also snatched a "natural" rack of babybacks. I have this idea of cooking the ribs "tuscan" style with olive oil and garlic (and why the hell did I forget the fresh rosemary). Anyone have a good recipe for Tuscan ribs?

With the market this good, I am sure you will see me there next week. But can it be perfect without donuts? Well, I'll tell you Saturday.



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