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

I had bought mustard greens before at the farmers’ market, on their own and in blends with other lettuces.   I had never tried this smaller leaf variety.  They pack a spicy punch, making them a great foil for sweeter or milder ingredients.  As most leafy greens, mustard greens are low in calories and contain a large amount of antioxidants. They provide an excellent source of vitamins B6, C, and E, folic acid, calcium, carotenes, manganese, copper, and fiber.  I try to enjoy them fresh, but if a few days go by and we haven’t eaten the half-pound bag, I usually sauté the greens with a little bit of olive oil or grind them into a chimichurri sauce with some red wine vinegar, garlic, and olive oil.

To enjoy my über-fresh greens, I put together a quick salad with roasted beets I had in the fridge for sweetness, queso fresco crumbles for saltiness, toasted walnuts for crunch, and a generous pour of Meyer lemon olive oil.  I’m hooked on fruity olive oils these days – one of my favorite impulse buys at Marshalls/HomeGoods.  The fragrance in this particular one is intense.

Farmers' market salad for June 3, 2012

Do you have interesting leafy greens at your farmers’ market?  What are your favorite market finds around this time of the year?  Share in the comments section! 

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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.

6 Responses to “Farmers’ Market Finds – Placita Roosevelt (03JUN12)”

  1. June 5, 2012 at 11:01 am #

    Adriana, Thanks for telling us what you find at your Farmer’s Markets. I have been visiting the markets around Las Vegas (which can be very expensive, gas-wise, because this City is so widespread). Thursday I am going to Mario Batali’s “Bet On The Farm” market. He initiated it for upscale restaurants on The Strip but opens it 3 hours a week to “regular” people. Cannot wait. Maybe I’ll have a story to tell also.

  2. June 5, 2012 at 6:30 pm #

    We recently had “living lettuce”- hydroponic lettuce still growing in the container. Thanks for a great blog post and for sharing the passion for local eating.

  3. June 5, 2012 at 6:58 pm #

    If you find arugula flowers please buy them…they are a great addition to so many dishes. Hope you and the hubby are well…we think of you often con mucho carino.

    • June 6, 2012 at 5:48 am #

      I had never heard about them until I saw them in your blog! I’ll definitely talk to “my” farmer about it. Besos!

  4. June 7, 2012 at 1:00 am #

    Great finds this week!

  5. June 7, 2012 at 3:14 pm #

    I haven’t been yet to the farmers market, always forget silly me, but I’m growing mustrd spinach and it is delicious.

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