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.

farmers market finds kale 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.

farmers market finds bananas mandarins

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.

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Author:Adriana A

Adriana is a financial analyst by day, avid home cook in the evenings, and food blogger and runner in the strange hours between those two. When not in the kitchen concocting meals and stories to pass around, she is out looking for the next great bite (or the ingredients to make it at home), checking what's new at the market, or planning a trip around great food and wine.

4 Responses to “Farmers Market Finds: January 19th, 2014”

  1. January 19, 2014 at 12:22 pm #

    We went about 10 this morning and bought some Celery, dill, and plantains. We even bought food for lunch but I am still going to make tostones. We had not been in about a year and it was nice to see the farmers and the new babies they have presented to the community. Since we go to El Departamento de La Comida for our greens, we were going to be in the area and decided to stop by. The Celery was so appealing and I had been on the hunt for fresh dill. Glad we went today and enjoy your bounty.

  2. Melanie Pores
    January 21, 2014 at 2:53 pm #

    I’m looking for a food coop near Ponce, Puerto Rico.

    • January 22, 2014 at 2:05 pm #

      Hi Melanie. I asked to some friends who lived in Coamo, and they told me there are no food coops near Ponce. They would trek to the San Juan market to stock up. I know there are other organic coop markets over at Aguadilla and Rincón, but unfortunately not near Ponce.

      If anyone else can help, jump right in.

  3. January 23, 2014 at 9:26 pm #

    I am happy with our Farmer’s market here in NY. Everythings is so fresh.

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