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.

In addition to this awesome conversation piece, my usual greens, and a jar of honey from an apiary less than five miles from home, I purchased two ‘new for me’ items this week. One was beets. I have a food confession – I don’t think I’ve ever had fresh beets before. I didn’t even bother asking Eduardo if he likes beets. My eyes decided that we could use a pound, despite not having a clue of what to do with them (a quick browse through AMFT took care of that). I tweeted yesterday about beet leaves and got awesome ideas from @thedailypalette and @saffronandhoney; they can be added to soups, sauteed, or even eaten as salad greens.


I also bought a loaf of carrot/wheat artisanal bread from the Peace N’ Loaf table.  I had also seen Stephanie Berry, one of the owner/bakers at the Mercado Agrícola Natural, showing off their beautiful loaves.  The bread is perfectly crusty and tender inside – you have no idea how much willpower it took to make it home without pinching a little bit on the way back from the market.  I can’t wait to make some cinnamon-heavy French toast with it!

Carrot Bread

The spot where Siembra Tres Vidas pitches their tent was conspicuously empty.  Sadly, Silka Besosa, one of the founders of this farm (and the CSA where I participated two summers ago) passed away on Saturday night.  I especially feel for her daughters, who are close to my age.  I’m sure they will continue with her mission of creating awareness of the importance of following natural farming practices, and the need to increase the scope of organic farming in the island.

What are some of your favorite farmers’ market finds for June?  If you have blogged about them, feel free to link up at 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.

12 Responses to “Farmers’ Market Finds – Placita Roosevelt (June 5th)”

  1. Chris and Amy
    June 7, 2011 at 12:11 am #

    That is simply gorgeous!!!

  2. Liz
    June 7, 2011 at 12:29 am #

    WOW! That is one gorgeous flower! Can’t wait to hear what you make with the beets…yum.

  3. The Mom Chef
    June 7, 2011 at 12:39 am #

    I’ve never seen a banana flower before and can’t believe how gorgeous it is.I also love that bread. I don’t think I could have resisted eating half the loaf before getting home. Bravo on your willpower.

  4. Tiffany
    June 7, 2011 at 12:44 am #

    How cool! I’ve never seen a banana flower before!

  5. Mike@ The Culinary Lens
    June 7, 2011 at 12:57 am #

    Now I don’t see finding this in The Bronx. What a great find,I have already roasted those beets in my mind.

  6. Nikki @ The Tolerant Vegan
    June 7, 2011 at 2:48 pm #

    That flower is stunning! I’ve never seen anything like it!

  7. Lori
    June 8, 2011 at 12:38 am #

    Absolutely beautiful!! Our Farmers’ markets are just getting going but the real produce won’t be in for a while.

    June 8, 2011 at 4:19 am #

    I want that banana flower!! That is gorgeous! I’ve never seen anything like that around here.

  9. ballsandpie
    June 8, 2011 at 4:14 pm #


  10. elisabeth@foodandthriftfinds
    June 9, 2011 at 4:06 pm #

    We have banana trees growing all over our property, but have never seen flowers like that. So cool, and extremely pretty. In South Florida we have all the interesting and pretty things, but this is the first time I’ve seen something like that. Love the beet roots, and the amazing bread…with breads like that, who would want to bake their own?

  11. Yuri
    June 10, 2011 at 4:13 am #

    Love the bright colors in the banana flower. I usually go to the Chinese Farmer’s Market on Sundays to get chinese broccoli, spinach and other veggies 🙂

  12. Roxana GreenGirl
    June 12, 2011 at 4:25 pm #

    holy cow, I have never seen a banana flower before. Looks amazing. So beautiful. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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