Farmer’s Market Finds (Third Week of September.)

Eggplants continue to be in season and I bought three different kinds to continue my eggplant comparisons. This week its Italian, Blanca Rosa, and the person at the stall didn’t know the name for the small purples ones.

Heirloom tomatoesI came across a breed of beautifully striped heirloom tomatoes I’ve never tried before. I got lovely ripe red ones that are so soft they will burst soon and hard green unripened ones. (Is this what fried green tomatoes are made from?)

White peaches made a sudden appearance, must be from late blooming trees! My son was extremely happy with that discovery. Asian pears have arrived.

I bought some tarragon which I have no idea what I would do with and Thai Basil leaves for Roy Choi’s Twice Fried Duck Fat Fries. That’s what the orange sweet potatoes are for. The recipe calls for “Idaho potatoes” which I took to mean russet. (Turned out its more complicated than that.)

I couldn’t find russet potatoes in the market although there were yukon golds in a number of stalls. Are russets not grown in California? Yuca Root is also in the recipe, should have been at the market but I forgot to look. I might have to go to the nearby latino neighborhood to find some. I know they are cheap, but I don’t remember seeing them in the supermarkets where I live. I’ve never cooked with them before, so maybe I never noticed.

Found some purple bell peppers. I love the taste of purple food, carrots, string beans, and eggplants of course!

Also bought some gala apples, cucumber, garlic, sprouted peas and sprouted goose berries, then the staples: Cashew Yogurt, Salad, and mix pack berries.

I wonder if a single person would ever read my weekly farmer’s market discoveries. Probably not. But it makes me so happy to write it up.

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About Sunny Skies Kitchen

Yan lives in Los Angeles, California with her son in a home with a small but busy kitchen. Her goal is to create enough original recipes to publish a cookbook.

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