Of Cherries, Chard & Ch… Broccoli

Raul from ACMA Orchards shows of the first of the season cherries just after they arrived, mid-market, on June 3rd. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Raul from ACMA Orchards shows of the first of the season cherries just after they arrived, mid-market, on June 3rd. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

ACMA Orchards won the prize for first cherries of the season on Wednesday, June 3rd, with this gorgeous crop of Burlatt cherries, a slightly tart yet plenty sweet early cherry. But if you missed the market this week, you missed them, too.

Red-ripe and sweet strawberries at Alm Hill Gardens. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Red-ripe and sweet strawberries at Alm Hill Gardens. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Of course, strawberry season continues to progress, too, and Alm Hill won the prize for the first Westside strawberries of the season. Of course, Alm Hill was also rocking the broccoli on June 3rd. Just look at this beautiful broccoli. (Not to mention, though I guess I just did, the lovely Carrie, doing a far better Vanna White than Vanna ever did, don’t you think?)

Carrie from Alm Hill Gardens shows off their gorgeous broccoli. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Carrie from Alm Hill Gardens shows off their gorgeous broccoli. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

I like to sauté broccoli with some bacon from Sea Breeze, some fresh garlic and some crushed red pepper, then toss it with fusilli for a simple but delicious entrée.

Brilliant red rhubarb from Stoney Plains Farm. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Brilliant red rhubarb from Stoney Plains Farm. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Getting back to the theme of red things at the market, check out this rhubarb from Stoney Plains. The chefs have been going bonkers with rhubarb recipes lately, including Chef Colin Patterson of Sutra Vegetarian Cuisine, who made a rhubarb-sunchoke soup during his cooking demonstration on June 3rd. Look for that recipe here soon.

Chef Colin Patterson, or Sutra Vegetarian Cuisine, preparing Coconut Curry Vegetables during his cooking demonstration on June 3rd. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Chef Colin Patterson, or Sutra Vegetarian Cuisine, preparing Coconut Curry Vegetables during his cooking demonstration on June 3rd. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

And for one last burst of red, how about this magnificent red chard from Full Circle Farm. Talk about simple and delish, just sauté these lovely leaves and stalks with garlic in a little olive oil until the leaves wilt, and serve. They are so tender and so sweet, and I’d eat them every night, if it wasn’t for all those other incredible things to eat at the Market.

Full Circle Farm red chard glistens in the afternoon sun. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Full Circle Farm red chard glistens in the afternoon sun. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Don’t miss another week of the Wallingford Farmers Market.

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