Food Finds – Farmers’ Market at Placita Roosevelt

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.  

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Spinach sprouts – love the purple stems!

 

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Heirloom tomatoes

 

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Red leaf lettuce

 

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Broccoli leaves

 

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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?

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Author:Adriana

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 “Food Finds – Farmers’ Market at Placita Roosevelt”

  1. yummychunklet
    March 21, 2011 at 2:40 am #

    I’m so excited for the Chicago farmers’ market at Daley Plaza. Won’t be long now!

  2. dianalsantiago
    March 21, 2011 at 3:13 am #

    Thanks for reminding me of this market. That’s only two blocks away from home! It is a great way to experiment with more greens in my diet (I need it desperately!) Saludos!

  3. Vivienne
    March 22, 2011 at 10:19 am #

    those heirloom tomatos are beautiful! make a great salad for sure!i *love* goin to the markets as well…def one of my fav activities for the weekend…always learn a few things on the way too!

  4. Kate @ Diethood.com
    March 22, 2011 at 5:53 pm #

    I can’t wait for the farmer’s markets to start up again – I miss all those fresh veggies.

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