Market [noun]

August 14, 2010
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Now that the weather is cooler it’s safer for babies and pets, so today’s market run was mostly me negotiating an obstacle course of strollers and leashes. Dog owners act mystified when you get angry about being clotheslined by a ten-foot leash in a bustling market, because the alternative — courtesy — is beyond their […]

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Market Something

August 7, 2010
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I‘ve run out of clever (and not-so-clever) titles for these weekly market reports; next week’s may be “Market [noun]”. At least I was able to keep the upcoming week’s meal plan in my head long enough to buy what I needed: leeks, eggs, corn, granola, cherry tomatoes, purple potatoes, heirloom tomatoes, blackberries, yellow peaches, and […]

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Market Abundance

July 31, 2010
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This was one of the market days when I buy more fruit and baked goods than vegetables. It’s midsummer in New England, which means it’s corn and tomato season, so I bought corn and tomatoes, along with a few cucumbers, a bunch of scallions, and baby potatoes. The potatoes and scallions have already been made […]

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Market Transition

July 24, 2010
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It’s still way to hot to be motivated to cook, but the family must be fed, so I wandered around the farmer’s market today, waiting for inspiration  to strike. We’re a third of the way through the market season, which means tomatoes, corn, and peaches are starting to show up. I bought some early tomatoes, […]

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Market Meltdown

July 17, 2010
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It’s hot out there. It’s been hot for weeks, so hot that I don’t feel like cooking for fear of turning the kitchen into a blast furnace. So I went to the market with an eye toward what I can cook just on the stove. I found Italian broad beans, green peppers, cherry tomatoes, raspberries, […]

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Market Holiday

July 3, 2010
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I‘m still working through last week’s market haul, so today was more of a reconnoitering instead of a purchasing trip. Still, I couldn’t pass up the first yellow beans, fava beans,  and red onions of the season, as well as some flowers for She Who Must Be Obeyed and a triple berry pie  for our […]

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Meat & Market

June 26, 2010
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Two market trips today, as this was also my monthly meat CSA pickup day. New vegetables appeared for the first time this week, and a few are already on the way out. Cucumbers (new, time to make pickles!), carrots (finally a usable size), sugar snap peas (the last of the season as they turn into […]

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Market Promise

June 12, 2010
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Today was another Saturday at the farmer’s market when it was threatening to rain, but it didn’t deter the locals. I’m using a different approach to my shopping this season, buying only what I’m absolutely sure I plan to cook within a week, rather than picking something because it looks god and i might be […]

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Market Return

June 7, 2010
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The Union Square Farmer’s Market, just a few block away from Chez Belm, opened for the season this past Saturday. I braved the gathering storm clouds and made sure I was one of the first to arrive to check out the fruits of the rainy spring. I exercised some restraint, which was helped by my […]

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Market Closing

October 31, 2009
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Today was the last day of the season for the farmer’s market, so I stocked up on a few items. I tried to buy something from each vendor to encourage them to return next summer. It’s a good thing we have a second freezer in the basement to hold everything while we go into hibernation […]

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