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.
In addition to the greens, there was citrus everywhere. Grapefruits, oranges, limes and tangerines (chinas mandarinas) were featured in many of the stands. We brought home a bag of the mandarinas and a bunch of bananas. Since they are still green, these will last us well into the week.
Also ubiquitous this week? Turmeric roots. I bought about a quarter pound to use in juices this week. I also enjoy while browsing a sweet and spicy drink made with turmeric, ginger, and hibiscus tea. I was hoping Vanessa, the farmer would have brought gallons to sell, but I got her email to place an order for the next market. She also has the most luscious vegan breads and cakes in her stand. We have bought some banana and chocolate cakes before, and they are delicious.
The farmers market at la Placita Roosevelt is open on the first and third Sundays of the month. For more information of market dates, products, and activities check out their site and Facebook fan page.