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June 29, 2008

Sunday shopping


Summer is further along than I thought. I guess it was missing the last two weekends  because I was away on vacation, but going to the market under the viaduct this morning I was amazed at how much more good stuff was available.

And sad because this is the next to the last weekend for Queen Anne cherries, according to Dave Reid (that's his back to us).

I didn't expect to find Middle River corn today, the first of the season, and I got peaches, apricots, blueberries, greens, spinach, beans  and... 

Squashes.jpg squash to make squash casserole out of with onion, butter, cream or milk, eggs and bread crumbs.

I asked the woman at Brown's Cove Farm where I got the squash what time they opened because I was there at 7:15 a.m. and a lot of people were already leaving with full shopping bags.

She said they start setting up before 6 a.m. but would sell to customers even then. 

Posted by Elizabeth Large at 8:03 AM | | Comments (11)


I was surprised to find cherries last week, so I'm definitely sad that it's such a short season for them. Corn was a complete shock today, but I'm looking forward to cooking it up later this afternoon.

One year (about 5 years ago) the cherries had whatever it is that cherries need to have a "perfect" grow season. We picked bushels of them and ate them til we were sick of them. Every year, I've gone back to Baugher's trying to duplicate that experience but alas, it's just never to be had again. At least not this year once again. Hoping for better luck with peaches. I think it should be a week or 2 til they're in prime time. I really need to learn to can and freeze when all this good produce is about!

I understand that Baughers is currrently picking cherries!!!

Hey, that was probably us you saw leaving with full shopping bags. We got Queen Anne cherries, zucchini, red leaf lettuce, sugar snap peas, peaches, basil, fresh mozzarella from the smoked foods lady, eggs, basil, tomatoes, cucumbers, and I don't remember what all else.

Introduce yourself next time if you see us leaving as you're entering.

The bad news is that the bean guy won't have any for us until mid-August, he says. I was a little disappointed with the strawberries this week. Not as sweet as last week.

We got there at 8 and there were still squash blossoms left. There were a couple of things that were gone, but can't remember what.

I got cherries and raspberries. Didn't need a lot more.

I saw lots of people, including me, with cameras this morning. The light was good and the produce was gorgeous.

This is the second week running that I've overslept and not made it to the market. I'm going to have to set an alarm and nap later in the day.

Any of you who passed up the corn at the Sunday market as too early made a mistake. We got some without high expectation and were delighted. The kernels are less full than they will be in a couple of weeks, but as sweet as could be.
Incidentally, it seemed to me that the crowd at the Sunday market was significantly smaller than the week before. I'm guessing that a lot of people got a jump start on the Fourth. So this Sunday should be a great day to shop for the late risers.

I've been watching the lot on Greenspring for signs of Joans produce coming but nothing so far. When she passed away, her kids or grandkids were keeping it going, last year - anyone know about this year? Her produce was always so great (and convienent!)

I cooked up some of the corn tonight for the wife and I and I don't care how early in the season it is, it's quite excellent already. I'm regretting not buying more of it.

Corn loses its sweetness as soon as it's picked, so it's best to devour it as quickly as possible. I had an in-law in New Jersey who had a small truck garden. He wouldn't go out and pick the corn until the water was boiling in the pot.

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