We came across these artichokes at a Greenmarket in midtown Manhattan and were baffled.
We know that Greenmarkets are only permitted to sell local products. We also knew that, as artichoke.org says, "Nearly one hundred percent of all artichokes grown commercially in the United States are grown in California."
Not these baby artichokes! This batch of baby artichokes was grown in New Jersey. These artichokes are selling for $6/pound from Maxwell's Farms. We were told these artichokes went into the ground in February for harvest in July and August.
Summer slaws and salads go so much quicker with the help of a food processor. If you don't own one yet, can we tempt you today?
There's a wide selection of Cuisinart food processors going on Craig's List this week. Here's a newer model with a stainless steel front for $95. If you're shopping for a food processor, we've got two more selections below.
Italian flat beans, also known as Romano green beans, are in season now.
These beans are flat in form, but not in flavor. Compared to standard green beans, these beans have a bright, slightly sweet flavor and more meaty texture. "... More green-tasting, more alive-tasting than other beans," reports Veggie Venture.
We blanched our flat beans in salted boiling water and then finished them in a frying pan with some olive oil, garlic, and chopped fresh tomato. Don't keep them in the pan for too long. Flat beans will start to break apart and turn mushy when overcooked.
Like sherbet for the summer table, check out this great collection of dishes: twenty place settings for $200. The seller is calling this Fiestware, but we can't be sure from these pictures. The bowls look suspicious, but the colors are great. Don't forget to post your own listings here.
Three new Greenmarkets open in New York City this weekend:
• South Village Market at West Houston Street and Avenue of the Americas, Manhattan on Sundays • Skillman Avenue between 42nd and 43rd Streets in Sunnyside, Queens on Saturdays • Carroll Street between Smith and Court Streets in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn on Sundays.
Three new farmer's markets plus the Fancy and UnFancy Food shows will make for a busy weekend for cooks here in NYC! If you have tips or pictures from these events, please send them to chris AT apartmenttherapy DOT com for a round-up next week.
We were busted at the sweet corn bin at Union Square Greenmarket yesterday.
"I hate it when people strip them all down," preached the woman standing next to us. She was referring to the corn on the cob, of course.
She caught us pulling back the husks to make sure each ear of corn looked good. She started a loud conversation, announcing to us corn shoppers that peeking into each ear of corn makes a mess, is unsanitary, and "really just isn't necessary."
She's right, we realized.
Here's some corn on the cob shopping tips we picked up from the the man running the stand: Look for corn with tassels that are brown and sticky to the touch. If the tassels are black or dry, the corn is old. Feel each ear through the husk, without peeling it, to check for even plump kernels.