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Raspberries at Maxwell St. Market

David Hammond | Oct 21, 200301:04 AM

With some Colorado in-laws in town last Sunday, we headed to the Maxwell St. Market for some Mexican. We had the usuals: Oxacan tamal (which made my sister-in-law blush with excitement), zucchini flower empanadas, and other extraordinary edibles that have been well documented on this site.

Then, as we crossed back north over Roosevelt to return to our car, we stopped by the produce stand which is always set up next to the White Palace diner. We spotted some red raspberries. The price was 7 bucks for a case of one dozen 6-ounce containers! That’s a lot of berries, but as the price was a fraction of what we pay at other local markets, we went with the case (if I had my wits about me, I would have bargained the guy down – it was almost 2:00 PM, and because the market closes at 3:00, I could probably have saved a buck or two, but at these prices, no complaints).

The berries were great, very fresh, and just luscious. Tonight, my youngest daughter made a tart with about 24 ounces of them, and it was superb, with very powerful raspberry tang.

Sure, we will need to eat raspberries twice a day for the next three days to stay ahead of the spoilation curve, but who cares? I love raspberries, and I usually can't get enough of them.

Note: the Maxwell Street video we shot last summer has been completed. MikeG has done an exceptional job of editing together shots of Seth doing improv with brains and a miniature rolling pin, Gary “Ultimo” Wiv “taking one for the team” by downing a bag of churros and an eyeball taco chaser, Cathy2 demonstrating proper pork chop sandwich consumption, and numerous other hounds and Maxwell St. characters chatting it up and chowing down. The completed video will be broadcast on local cable (air date TBA), and we will have a private showing for the Chi chow community in the near future.

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