'Tis the season for broccoli, berries and beans....
From Radish Magazine: http://rochester.radishmagazine.com/display.php?id=99
Raspberries are here! With the current weather, they are coming on fast and strong. Strawberries are still available, as well as limited amounts of cherries and blueberries. Currently we are limiting cherries to two quarts per customer....
We always recommend calling before you come out to check availability of any given fruit.
Silkey Gardens is at 12109 Cannon City Boulevard. Phone: 507-645-4158.
Here's the scoop on Meatless Mondays in Aspen, Colorado, from Huffington Post:
Could "Meatless Mondays" be the next happening thing in Rochester, Minnesota? This writer would like to think so.
What sayeth Baseball Cap? Can GG persuade you with tater tots, French fries and more potato delights? How about creamy, vegetable-based wild rice soup? And don't forget apple pie! Finish off a meal with some rich coffee.....Would you, could you.....?
"We definitely have asparagus, and there were fiddleheads last week so I'm expecting there will be more tomorrow. Ramps and watercress, too. I haven't heard from any of the morel vendors, though Rich Merrill is usually pretty good about letting me know when he has them. I guess it will be a surprise, and worth going down to see if there are any around....'
From Kari Dunn, manager of Rochester Downtown Farmers Market:
"Weather has been pretty crummy for things like asparagus - but I expect we'll have at least 40 to 50 vendors and of course that number will grow as more produce becomes available. We have a total of 93 vendors this year! There should be ramps and watercress tomorrow, pea shoots, lots of lettuce varieties, green onions, salad mixes, radishes.....Do you visit our Facebook page? I'll be 'reporting' live to it from market this year."
For more news and information on one of the best farmers markets in the Midwest, check out RDFM's website here.
There's just one big missing piece to RDFM being of the highest calibre. Great Tastes asks city leaders: When can RDFM have a specially designed area in central Rochester, instead of several congested parking lots?
If you have a recipe that requires fresh basil leaves--pesto, maybe--or if you just love the taste and fragrance of fresh basil, Trader Joe's, Rochester, has a lot of it to offer. GG bought a package of the herb this evening and enjoyed it on a plate with cold vegetable salad, egg salad, and burrata cheese.
It's terribly chilly outside for one to be consuming a cold food plate but this was just right after indulgence on the recent trip to Chicago.