More and more of everything rolled into the Wallingford Farmers Market on July 8th, including these beautiful berries from Sidhu Farms. If you like berries of all sorts, this is without a doubt your year, as all kinds of berries are available with abundance, and from a number of farms, whose growing techniques, soil and choice of varietals results in dramatic differences in the flavors of, say, blueberries, from farm to farm, so be sure to try them all to find your favorite, or just to experience something a little different, like the terroir of berries.
More farms returned for the 2009 season this week, including Pipitone Farms, with apricots, peaches, dried fruit, sauces and spreads, dried herbs and more. Also returning was Martin Family Orchards with cherries and apricots, and more stone fruit to come.
We have now entered the peak of summer squash season, and the Market enjoyed 10 different varieties on the 8th, including these patty pan squash from Alm Hill. And so you can make sense of these beasts, the light and dark green varieties are two different patty pans. However, the yellow kind, as you see in the left of the photo below of Alvarez squash, is called sunburst. Each eats differently, with varying degrees of sweetness and nuttiness.
Alvarez Organic Farms also had the fresh version of the dried chickpeas you see every week on their tables. Fresh chickpeas have a very short season, so if you want to try them, you’d better act quickly.
Chef Sara Moot, owner of Persimmon, performed another of her great cooking demonstrations in which she showed us how to make a savory peach and apricot salad…
… as well as a rhubarb sauce that was so good, this little one literally licked his sample cup clean.
And if all this different produce isn’t enough of an explosion of colors for you, check out Ia’s Garden’s buckets of flowers, sitting in wait to be turned into one of their spectacular bouquets.
But, of course, if on the 8th you were still sleeping off the madness that was July 4th in Wallingford this year, you missed all this. Don’t make that mistake next week. I have it on good authority that there’ll be corn!