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Oak Park Farmer's Market 8/3/02

Vital Information | Aug 5, 200208:55 AM

Sorry for the delay in getting this up, but I think the wait might have been beneficial. You see, usually I do my report after we get home, while Ms. VI's potting whatever buds she purchased. I try and remember all I saw at the market, especially what's new, exciting or different. I try and capture the experience of that week's shopping. The point is, I write before I use.

Not this week. We went for about the third week of corn tempting us at Nichols. You have to plan on eating that corn soon, and we had visions of New Breunfels grill in our eyes anyway. Ms. VI was tasked with the corn selection. I have no idea how many corn ears she unpeeled. I was talking with one of the Nichols kids about their potato list and how his brother proof-reads about as good as me--I was told the Nichols web site is notorious for its way with words. If I cannot vouch for the process, I can vouch for the results.

OK, I roasted the corn which helps the sugars. Still, this was not like eating corn. It barely tasted like corn. It tasted like sugar. We were eating sugar on the cob. It was readily apparant now how corn is the biggest ingredient in cola.

Then, the Nichol vats of heirloom tomatoes tempted. Not too many varieties, but Ms. VI managed here as well. On saturday night we ate what she thought were "pink ladies". These deep pink/green streaked tomatoes matched the corn in intensity and nearly in sugaryness.

A few market odds and ends. For AnnieB, after several weeks of being there, Lutz beets, along with ALL beets were missing from Nichols. The neatest thing at the market were huge sprigs of dill plants over at THE FARM. One could make a lot of pickles if one so desired. Another variety of plum showed up and cherries were still present despite my Mom's warning.

See you next week, when there should be even more tomatoes.



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