Time to get creative! For this week’s farmers market run, pick up some green produce, like garlic scapes, arugula, and mustard greens. These three items are packed with nutrients, tons of flavor, and are completely versatile!
Garlic scapes are curly stalks that come into season late spring and early summer. The scapes are the stalks that grow from the bulbs, and the flavor is mild like scallions but with a bit of garlic flavor. Some garlic lovers put scapes in their pesto sauce, others like to grill scapes with a little lemon and sea salt. You can also replace the garlic in hummus with scapes. See 10 ways you can use garlic scapes here.
Arugula has a pungent flavor when the leaves are older, which makes them great to add to pizzas, soups, or on sandwiches. You’ve probably seen bagged arugula in salad mixes like mesclun. Instead of your usual egg breakfast, create an avocado, radish and poached egg and place on top of arugula. And, to go along with your garlic scape pesto, you can also make arugula pesto as well. Here are a few other arugula recipes that will make you forget about all other lettuces out there.
Mustard greens are one of those leafy green superfoods you here people talking about. People recommend eating mustard greens regularly for added health benefits like lowering cholesterol and vitamins K, A, and C. Mustard greens are easy to sauté, or you can throw a couple leaves in a smoothie to get those nutrients.
For a full listing of Bucks County farmer markets and their days/times, go to our Local Food Guide to area farmers markets.
Here’s what you will find at area farms and farmers markets, all grown in Bucks County. [Note: not every farmers market will have all these goods, but there’s a good chance you will find this produce.]
The Lower Makefield Farmers Market will have new items this week like Right Eats Heart Healthy chicken salad, green beans & parsnips kimchi, and peach flavored kombucha, organic bok choy kimchi, and organic red Russian kale kimchi. The market also announced that Fulper Farms of Hunterdon County, NJ, has joined the market starting this week. They will have vanilla and plain yogurts, aged farmhouse cheddar, cow’s milk feta, fresh ricotta, hand wrapped mozzarella, vacuum wrapped mozzarella, and braided artisan string cheeses in two flavors.
Enjoy free yoga from The Prancing Peacock, which will offer an outdoor 30-minute session at 4:30 or 5:30 pm. Bring a yoga mat or towel, and get ready to shop and relax.
Shady Brook Farm is still going strong with the strawberries. Pick some up at the store or PYO on Wednesdays, Thursday’s or Fridays via wagon rides from The Market. Cost is $3 per person, berries are $2.49 per lb.
CLICK HERE to download My local food shopping list from BUCKS COUNTY TASTE – perfect for planning your weekly shopping at local farms and markets.
- Baby mustard greens
- Beets (with green tops)
- Bok choy (and baby bok choy)
- Broccoli rabe
- Carrots (with green tops)
- Edible flowers
- Garlic (spring) and garlic scapes
- Garlic shoots
- Herbs: dill, parsley, thyme, mint, sage, cilantro and chives
- Lettuce and lettuce mix
- Pea shoots
- Snap peas
- Baby summer squash
- Sweet white turnips
- Swiss Chard
- Hakurei Turnips
- White & sweet potatoes
Many markets will also be selling…
Seedlings – Organic veggie seedlings, potted herbs, leek and onion plants, bedding flowers.
Honey – Locally sourced honey and beeswax products.
Meats – Locally raised meats including pasture-raised pork, beef, chicken, and goat.
Eggs, Dairy – Free range eggs, fresh cow milk cheeses.
Baked Goods – Wood fired Breads, sweets using locally sourced ingredients, gluten-free goods, granola.
Prepared Foods – Soups and meals to eat at market or bring home, plus pickled and fermented goods.
Other food items – Preserves made from local fruits and vegetables. Pie fillings. Marinades and sauces. Oils and vinegars. Locally roasted organic coffee beans. Bottled wine and cider.
Plus – Dog bones and treats, crafts, soaps and skin care products, olive oils, food trucks on site, and other gift items.
CLICK HERE to download My local food shopping list_Bucks County Taste – perfect for planning your weekly shopping at local farms and markets.
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