Greenmarket Report: Union Square – Early August

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Union Square – the Mecca of all farmers markets. With so many options I find it easier to visit only one or two farmers and call it a day. This time I found my way to S & SO Farm and Race Farm. Here’s a sampling of what you’ll find this week:

At S & SO Farm: black radishes, $1.50/lb; cabbage, $2/head; celery, $2.50/bunch; eggplant, $1.50/lb; string beans, $2/lb; cucumbers, 2 for $1.

At Race Farm: tomatoes, $2/lb; sugar plums, $2/box; finger eggplant, $1.25/lb; sweet corn, $4.50/dozen or $0.40/each; broccoli, $1.50/bunch; beans, $1.50/lb. In the next couple of weeks you’ll find cranberry beans, summer apples and soy beans.

During my focused wandering, I spotted a cream colored, slightly knobby carrot-like vegetable with beautifully vibrant green tops. “That’s parsley root,” chimes a voice from across the table at S & SO Farm. The knife comes out and the tip comes off and I taste: it tastes just like parsley, only a bit stronger. I’m immediately reminded of chicken soup. Since it’s a little warm for chicken soup and I luckily do not have a cold, I think it will make a nice addition to a version of tabbouleh. Parsley root can be pretty fibrous, so if you want to eat it raw you’re best off grating it. Grab some tomatoes, cucumber, corn, onion, mint, lemon, bulgur and olive oil. Come winter, you can add it to that chicken soup or roast it in the oven to serve alongside roasted venison.

The Greenmarket at Union Square is open year round Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 8am – 6pm.