Chicago Farmer's Market Find: Shelled Peas

Sure, shelling peas can be a relaxing and rewarding activity – therapeutic even. But it's not one we can always find time to do, so one of our favorite farmer's market indulgences is a carton of freshly shelled peas that we can have ready to eat in a matter of minutes (less if we're eating them raw, which we sometimes do).

We've been on the lookout for these little gems – from Mick Klug Farms in St. Joseph, Mich. – since the markets opened a few weeks ago. They appeared last week and were just as delicious as we remembered.

We kind of love their marketing skills too – we thought we bought the last two cartons, but when we walked back by the booth on our way home, they'd been replaced with two more. Spike from Top Chef would have been proud. (Remember the Serve and Protect challenge?)

One of our favorite ways to prepare these peas is just a quick blanch, a dab of butter and a sprinkle of sea salt. We'd be lying if we said we'd never eaten an entire carton just like that in one sitting.

We also love Heidi Swanson's recipe for Spring Pea Slathered Crostini. Such a treat.

We bought our peas at the Lincoln Square farmers market, but you can also find Mick Klug Farms at the Green City Market.

Related: Recipe: Chilled Pea Soup with Radish and Mango Relish

(Image: Joanna Miller)

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