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. We made the most of the beautiful daylight and took pictures to highlight some of the purchases.
Spinach sprouts – love the purple stems!
Red leaf lettuce
Curly leaf lettuce (lechuga del pais)
Not wanting to wait to taste our purchases at their freshest, I put together a small salad plate that included a little bit of all the greens. Can you spot all of them?