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What's Fresh Right Now?

Corn—silver queen

Cucumbers—slicers

Eggplant—fairytale, graffiti, purple italian, asian

Fennel

Garlic—chives

Greens—rutabaga

Herbs—parsley, dill, cilantro, curry leaf, italian/lemon/thai basil, mint, thyme

Honey—orange blossom, gallberry, wildflower, tupelo

Moringa

Mushrooms—shiitake, white/blue/yellow oyster, lion's mane, trumpet, dried shiitake

Okra

Onions—green, red/yellow

Papaya—green, ripe

Peaches

Peanuts—green, boiled

Peas—shelled and unshelled, white acre, pink eye, black eye, creamer

Peppers—green/red/purple bell, shishito, jalapeno, cherry bomb, serrano, poblano, anaheim, banana

Potatoes—red/white

Radishes—globe

Rutabaga

Shoots and Sprouts

Squash—long/italian/golden zucchini, yellow crookneck, summer, white/yellow pattypan, kobacha, acorn, hubbard, spaghetti, butternut, calabaza, seminole pumpkin

Tomatoes—cluster, heirloom, grape, sun gold, plum

Turmeric

Watermelon

Local and Fresh—
Peppers


       It’s no secret that the hot summer days produce an abundance of peppers at the farmers markets. Common peppers, like sweet bells with their distinctive shape and fiery jalapenos with their distinctive bite, are very familiar. Becoming more prevalent are shishito peppers, often served blistered into sweet goodness, and Florida’s own indigenous datil peppers.
       The newest innovation during the past two years has been the availability of freshlyroasted peppers at the Haile Farmers Market. Joe Durando, from Possum Hollow Farm, sets up his sensibly-sized barrel roaster and roasts peppers onsite. The aroma fills the market and draws me in. My brain scrambles for recipes and I leave with a bag each of sweet and hot.
       Joe’s roasting season is over, so try it yourself at home—one at a time or a bunch
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There’s more than produce at every market!
Look around the farmers market for seasonal and staple foods.
 
Breads, pastries and pasta.
 
Jam for your bread and a sauce for your pasta.
 
Meat from many sources and seafood of various kinds.
 
Eggs from chickens and occasionally ducks and quail.
 
Milk, yogurt, kefir and buttermilk from goats or cows.
 
Cheeses made from cow or goat milk.
 
Flowers!