Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week
With the long holiday weekend ended, the first few weeks of school gone by, and the days definitely getting a little shorter, it’s easy to feel especially pressed for time in September.
You might be shopping at farmers tailgate markets with the best intentions, but time to prepare meals is elusive. With fall crops starting to mingle with the best of summer produce still available, though, now is a great time to try some grab-and-go produce, whether for snacking or tucking into school lunches.
Jicama is a great raw vegetable for snacking, available from Lee’s One Fortune Farm (located at many markets). This root vegetable is native to South and Central America, but is often found in Asian markets and used as an alternative to water chestnut. But as far as we’re concerned, the best way to eat it is to simply peel and slice into sticks (the papery skin is easier to remove with a chef’s knife than a vegetable peeler). The satisfying crunch is similar to apple and pear, but its mild taste is more savory. Jicama is great on its own, but would also make a good dipper for hummus or herb-yogurt dip. Lunchbox peppers (the name says it all!) are another great raw veggie option; look for them from Olivette Farm (Asheville City Market)…..