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Oak Park Farmer's Market 7/27/02

Vital Information | Jul 27, 200211:05 PM

It took me about five minutes at the market today to nail a theme for this week's post: purple rain. Rain, well that was obvious too nearly everyone and purple, well, purple seemed to be the color of the week for the produce.

The market does follow a spectrum. Early in the season, its all plain green, green asparagus, green pea pods and green greens. The hottest muggiest time of year, if it is possible to get even hotter and muggier, will be marked by bright reds and bright yellows: tomatoes, peppers and corn. Finally, we end the year with the muted shades of autumn. Yet for one week, purple took center stage.

The first thing we saw when entering the market (OK the first thing we saw after making it past the faux farmer's market goods in the corner) was mondo stalks of purple broccoli. We saw the broccoli at Stovers (a/k/a the pie people). Stovers is more famous for their asparagus guacamole (and their pies) than any vegetables, but these things were beauts. We learned that it is a cross-bread, with a bit of cauliflower in the hybrid and will actually turn green on cooking. Still, we took a head. Moving over to Nichols, we found their version of purple broccoli. We also found at Nichols, purple potatoes, purple eggplants and as one of the kids noted, irony-free, purple green beans. Amazingly, although plums were more plentiful than last week, they were none in any shade of purple. I am really kicking myself for not buying enough stuff to make an entire purple meal, but it was hard concentrated while keeping my donut dry.

See you next week.



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