We can't compete with Emily's photographs from the Hollywood Farmers' Market (we'll blame East Coast weather and inferior camera skills), but we do have a lot of beautiful Fall produce here in New York. We're most excited about pumpkins and squash. Have you cooked any yet? We've got recipes to get you going...
In celebration of Apartment Therapy's color contest and our own colorful month here at The Kitchn, we thought we'd highlight some the most spectacular hues seen at the Hollywood farmers' market this past weekend.
We're seeing so many varieties of grapes at the Hollywood farmers' market right now, from Burhart Farms' crisp Autumn Royals to the tiny, intensely-flavored Cabernet Sauvignon grapes grown by Mill Road Orchard. Whether you're here in Los Angeles or not, check out some of our cooking suggestions and let us know how you're enjoying grapes this season.
Earlier this year I discovered and feel madly in love with John Talbot's woodwork. Talbot's shtick is simple: he takes salvaged Los Angeles trees and turns them into usable works of art for the kitchen. He also writes a beautiful note in his weekly-ish email with a poetic thought and recently this one caught my eye as I think about harvest time and going back inside.
A glance in just about any direction at the Hollywood farmers' market reveals some colorful variety of capsicum, from the fiery red lantern chile to the sweet brown chocolate bell pepper. Click through to see the full spectrum, and let us know how you're enjoying peppers this season. Are you roasting, storing, making hot sauce or schug?
While the tomato blight may be wiping out certain conventional breeds, heirlooms seem to be flourishing. We saw big, small, round, heart-shaped, knobby, red, yellow, green, orange, and purple tomatoes at the Union Square market today. They were everywhere.
This week, we were thrilled to visit a new farmers' market in our neighborhood. Located below an olive grove and Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House at Barnsdall Art Park, the market has about 20 produce vendors and we found a beautiful selection of summer fruits, vegetables, and other goodies – peaches, figs, corn, tomatoes, honey ... What are you seeing at your farmers' market in early August?
City: New York City, Manhattan
Population: 1.6 million
Local specialties: Bagels, bread, smoked fish, cheese, and local produce
Most people come to New York City to eat... in restaurants. And man, there are a lot of great restaurants. But the city is a wonderful place to cook, too, even if you are fighting a postage stamp-sized kitchen and the absence of a car to haul home your groceries. The millions of food lovers (visitors and natives) running around in New York, plus the traditions brought over from many immigrant populations, means, quite simply, that this city is full of flavor. There are butchers and bagel stores that take you back in time and farmers' market vendors that make a huge city feel like a small town. It's a lot to digest (so much, in fact, that we're saving Brooklyn for a separate guide). We're passing on our favorites—places we visit and can recommend firsthand—but we know New Yorkers are an opinionated bunch, so give us your picks.
Who knew that eggplants came in so many shapes and colors? We're sure some of you did, but it's a whole new world to us, as we've only recently joined the eggplant lovers club – and just in time for the start of eggplant season at our farmers' market!
We like to shop around at farmers markets for good deals on summer berries, cucumbers, and other fruit for summer cooking and preserving. But did you know you can get even better deals if you go straight to the source? In fact, many farms and farm stands offer bulk quantities of fruit for customers willing to buy 10 pounds of blackberries, 12 pints of strawberries, a batch of dill pickles' worth of cucumbers. This is how we discovered our latest prize: 10 pounds of tart, juicy cherries.