Sunday, August 2, 2009

To Market, To Market

Posted by Jennifer

This is my first visit this year to the Liberty Village market. My reward is meeting two vendors I have not come across elsewhere. Esker Ridge Farms seems to specialize in –you guessed it—beets, and Swiss chard. Naturally, I have to try the beets. An heirloom variety, the two bunches of bull’s blood small red-veined leaves, tender enough for salad. The roots are remarkably uniform in size—about as big as a man’s thumb. They scream, “Pickle me!”.

McLeans from Buckhorn have potatoes –blues and reds- which are coloured all the way through. I can’t wait to try them since some rosy pink scalloped potatoes I had in one of Gary Hoyer’s restaurants is a favourite food memory.

Scotch Mountain Meats is back here after a year’s hiatus. By the time I get there some cuts are sold old but blade steak is on the menu for dinner tonight.