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Oak Park Farmer's Market 6/14/02

Vital Information | Jun 15, 200205:44 PM

It's beginging to look like a market! The Michigan guys decided to show up, bringing plenty of strawberries. We tried Stibbs and Barry's Berries. No varietals at either, even though Stibbs featured two kinds (big and pale and small and deep red--imagine which one we picked). Can it be truly farmer's market worthy if it does not have a name?

Ms. VI cannot get enough asparagus and feels that as long as it's there, we shall buy (she'll be this way in a month or so with the peaches). Nichol's was long gone of Illinois asparagus, so we went back to Michigan (Stibbs). It was great the first week, it should be great this week.

Speaking of Nichols, their trademark esoterica is begining to show. Purple kolhrabi anyone? Still, the kooky weather has wreaked havoc on them. We shall have to wait til' next season for their transcendent strawberries. Green was still the operative word at Nichols. I purchased two bunches of turnips with roots ($2 per) to go southern on Ms. VI. We also came away with some brocoli that looked as far as possible from a supermarket variety, the epitomy of farmer's market. Finally, we got some of *their* sugar snaps--unsprayed--also known as vitamin A laced sugar. It is a shame the shelled peas are so much work and so darn expensive. A meal's worth is both a lot of shelling a good deal of coin. Maybe next week I"ll get a good engagement and shell for some (get it, ha-ha-ha). And speaking of money and those kohlrabi's, they looked awfully good, but at $2 per and needing about 6 for a decent slaw, I passed.

We ran into DaveH at the market (and about 55 of the chowhounditas amigas--I realize that by the time they graduate OPRF High, they will know *everyone* in the village). We talked Dave into some world famous donuts, but he must have wondered a bit what all the fuss was about. Worst performance at the fryer this year, and the Hayes Coffee, roasted for John Adams, was especially weak. Perhaps, Dave did not mind so much when Sophia spilled half his cup.

Lee, take it away...

See you next week,



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