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July 18, 2010

Waverly Market report

Blueberry mojitoOur faithful Waverly Market correspondent, Alan Morstein, sent his usual dispatch yesterday, but I managed to overlook it amidst all the Nigerian banking scams in my e-mail. So sorry for the delay. The market scene has Alan in the mood for canning -- and sipping. Here's Alan. LV

Some new items made their debut at Waverly today.

Sugar baby watermelons, yellow watermelons, purple peppers and home-grown heirloom tomatoes.

All the favorite summer fruits and vegetables were in plentiful supply.

Everyone was in a buying mode judging by the strong turn-out at 9:30. Prices have dropped on many items since the initial harvest, making canning something to think about.

Try to beat the heat. Maybe a mojito with some fresh market mint would help.




Blueberry mojiito. Photo courtesy of the Blueberry Council
Posted by Laura Vozzella at 9:02 AM | | Comments (11)


Nice review, but is the three stars still the kiss of death for a new restaurant?

I don't know about you, but with so much lovely produce on the tables, I accidentally slipped into buying vegetables by complimentary color rather than practical application. Though I feel a bit guilty about it, I'm thinking of converting this pile of vitamins into this torte by Mark Bittman. Perhaps a no-oven recipe would be a better choice for today however...

Dahlink, did you mean to post that comment on the previous discussion?

Hey, Hal--I did mean to post that under Gorelick's review--don't know how that happened! I blame the heat.

Hey, Hal--I did mean to post that under Gorelick's review--don't know how that happened! I blame the heat.

Blogware is cranky today.

Is the bloom off the rose of the farmers' markets for anyone else? I used to go every week to both and loved it. Not so anymore. It's just not fun anymore although I do like it more in the Spring, mostly for the plants which were in shorter supply htis year.

The prices are just too too high and rarely does a dealer come in with a cheaper price than everyone else. I saw a farmer being told recently that he was selling too cheap (his squash). Tomatoes are very very high at about a dollar a piece especially considering how good the season has been and how early. Corn at $5 is high or the stand on Kent Island is low at $3! Peaches a dollar apiece? Absurd!

I don't go to the farmers market looking for low prices, I go looking for quality produce. I assume that quality produce will cost more than the stuff from Arthur Daniels Midlan and the like.

My only issue with the under-the-JFX market is that it's too damn crowded. I got there at 8:30 today, and it was already a zoo.

I did get to Waverly market on Saturday, got my eggplant, and made my rattatoulle.

However ... I will be more than happy to return to my much-more-bare-bones Highlandtown market next weekend. A lot less frenetic and overwhelming for this old man with simple tastes and needs.

Quality produce? Hello? Since when is a produce stand Arthur Daniels Midland?! And since when do the farmers' markets have quality produce? Oh I know, they might have some although virtually nothing out of the ordinary, but I have bought plenty of garbage there. Quality now is about the last thing I expect.

"siasds" (I hate having to address people by pseudonyms), I don't understand your ADM comment.

I can get much fresher produce at the farmers market than at Safeway or Whole Foods. It requires paying attention to the quality of the particular vendor, but it's not rocket science.

Agreed, Hal.
There may be a bit more fuss- traffic, crowds, heat- but the quality of product available from a vendor such as One Straw Farm or Reid's Orchard simply can't be met by a grocery store.

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.

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