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Farmers Market Finds – March 6, 2016

For the last few months, I had been going through the farmers market motions without giving it much thought.

Mixed greens?  Check.
More mixed greens? Check.
The occasional zucchini or eggplant?  Check.

Grab and go… grab and go…

An Instagram picture from Spoon Food ToursCaroline jolted me yesterday.  One of the vendors, La Cosecha, was offering a vegetable seldom seen in my regular market rounds. What got me out of the house at 8am ready to brave the feisty regulars?


Farmers Market Broccoli

Broccoli from La Cosecha/Productos Sana

We just flew back from a quick trip to New Orleans (more on that later) and my fridge drawers were bare, other than for a few carrots and heads of garlic.  After the trip to the farmers market, we are stocked with the following greens and vegetables in addition to the elusive broccoli.

Farmers Market Mixed Kale

Mixed Kale


Farmers Market celery and parsley

Celery and flat leaf parsley


Black Beauty eggplant and cucumber

More Farmers Market Finds

I also picked up a large bottle of honey from Apiarios El Pancho, a sack of compost, and the adorable little bouquet adorning these pictures.  We’re ready to start gardening again.  It’s been a couple of years since our balcony planters have yielded anything other than recao and oregano.  Those herbs are hardy for the brownest, dried out green thumbs.

Farmers Market Compost

Compost from Desde Mi Cosecha

Sunday Fun Day at Old San Juan

After the farmers market, I had about two hours to kill before heading to my next grocery stop.  Old San Juan was hosting two events during the day: Circo Fest, circus performances in all major squares of the walled city, and the El Morro Pet Fest.  I had never seen so many adorable pooches in the same place.

Circo Fest Performer

Circo Fest Performer at the Plaza de Armas

I had to take off before the performances started to wrap up shopping for the week and begin planning the week’s meals.  Here’s what our dinners will look like for the next few days:

  • Gochujang pork chops, garlicky roasted broccoli
  • Eggplant, chunky marinara with charred tomatoes, aglio e oglio edamame noodles
  • Mahi mahi, green onion chimichurri, cauliflower and white bean mash
  • Cobb salad with market greens (arugula, tatsoi, red leaf lettuce)
  • Salmon, Gruyere creamed kale

Want to share ideas on what else to do with our market purchases? What do you think about this week’s planned meals?  Leave us a comment here or in our Facebook page or Twitter feed.

Farmers Market Finds: January 19th, 2014

farmers market finds celery

It has been a while since I last visited the Cooperativa Organica Madre Tierra farmers market at la Placita Roosevelt in Hato Rey.  Today the stands were full of delicious greens, root vegetables, plantains and citrus.

This time around, I shopped most of my goods at a stand from some young farmers from Orocovis, a small mountain town right in the middle of the island.  They had a delicious stock of reasonably priced greens.  From their table, I picked out the impressive celery bunch in the top picture, a salad/stir fry mix that included rainbow chard and tatsoi among other greens, kale and arugula. Read More…

Ketembilla Juice

Every other Sunday – the first and third of the month – local farmers pitch their tents at la Placita Roosevelt, on the Hato Rey neighborhood of San Juan.  I’ve tried to showcase their produce and baked goods on several posts, focusing on new (for me) items.  This time around, I would like to highlight one of those items that I’ve bought over and over again but never showed you before.  When in season, I usually grab a cup of “cranberry” juice to enjoy while browsing the tables and buy the fruits to add to smoothies or juice at home.  These “Puerto Rican cranberries” are actually ketembillas, a native Ceylon gooseberry that was brought to the UPR Experimental Station in 1930. Read More…

Farmers’ Market Finds – Placita Roosevelt (03JUN12)

I went to the farmers’ market yesterday, as I do most firsts and third Sundays of the month.  We made it home with our usual bounty of greens from Siembra Tres Vidas, arugula and tatsoi, plus bok choi from Fernando and Nancy’s stand.  This week we got to try a little piquant green that caught my eye just as we were moving on to the next stand.

Mustard greens!

Farmers' market mustard greens

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Farmers’ Market Finds – Placita Roosevelt (March 18th)

It has been some time since I have highlighted new produce from my visits to the organic farmers’ market at the Placita Roosevelt in Hato Rey, a San Juan neighborhood.  Amidst the usual mixed greens, radishes, and herbs laid a different treat I couldn’t resist buying.

Nasturtium from Placita Roosevelt

Edible flowers! Read More…

Guest Post – Market Update for

I am very happy to share with you a guest post I wrote for Summer Tomato about the farmers’ market I visit every other Sunday.  Darya Pino, the brains behind the site, shares great tips, news, and recipes on healthy eating and brings awareness to issues that everyone who eats should know about.

Farmers Market Placita Roosevelt

Check out Farmers Market Update: Puerto Rico for my write-up on the Cooperativa Orgánica Madre Tierra’s food finds for last Sunday, June 19th.

Farmers’ Market Finds – Placita Roosevelt (June 5th)

Behold the coolest thing I’ve ever bought at the Cooperativa Orgánica Made Tierra farmers’ market at Placita Roosevelt.

A banana flower!

Banana flower

This is what a banana tree actually looks like before it actually turns into one. How awesome are the little bunches? I got this from Aurora and Javier of Hacienda Niña Grande in Ciales.  They have the most beautiful tropical flowers in their stand. I already ‘knew’ them from the Mercado Agrícola Natural that takes place every Saturday morning in Old San Juan’s old marketplace (now part of the Museo de San Juan), so it was a pleasant surprise to see them at this other market. Check out the market’s website – it’s both written in both Spanish and English for the benefit of visitors to OSJ and the expat community. Read More…

Farmers Market Finds – Placita Roosevelt (May 1st)

It has been a while since we had a rainy Sunday – the kind that makes you wonder if leaving the house is a good idea.  I don’t mind it too much, but found myself dragging to get out of the house with DH to make it to the Cooperativa Organica Madre Tierra farmers’ market at Placita Roosevelt early enough for local produce.  I credit this in no small way to finding an e-mail reminder from Daniella over at Siembra Tres Vidas detailing some of the items they were to have at their table.

Here are a few of the show-stopping farmers market finds that I just had to get on this visit.  In addition to these, we also got red leaf lettuce, spinach, and a bag of homemade granola.

Rainbow Chard (STV)

Rainbow Chard

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Food Finds – Farmers’ Market at Placita Roosevelt

Every first and third Sunday of the month, farmers and food producers that comprise the Madre Tierra Organic Coop set up their tables early in the morning at Hato Rey’s Placita de Roosevelt, a ten minute drive from the Old San Juan area. I usually visit to get my ‘regular’ greens (red and curly leaf lettuces, arugula), cilantro (the only herb that refuses to grow in my balcony) plus any other items that might seem interesting to try.  This was a week of firsts for us; I had never seen or purchased spinach sprouts and we also made it early enough to get some beautiful heirloom tomatoes. Those usually fly off the stands.  I love visiting the market.  Everyone is incredibly knowledgeable, friendly, and goes out of his/her way to make you feel like a regular, even if you skip a week or two. Read More…