What’s Fresh – July 19

Melons, blueberries, and peaches continue. The summer vegetables include cucumbers, squash, peppers, tomatoes, corn, onions, potatoes, green beans, eggplant, okra, Malabar and water spinach, micro-cilantro, squash blossoms, arugula flowers, garlic, kale, and tomatillos.

Herbs such as mints, spicy oregano, and basil varietals are also available. Several sprouts and wheat grass are also offered. Green leafy vegetables can be grown hydroponically in green houses, so find a selection for salads or cooking.

More familiar faces have returned to the market with the addition of two more regular vendors, perfect additions for the summer season. Amanda Mueller’s cut flowers have returned adding a bright spot to the lineup. Bouquets of sunflowers mixed with greenery were spotted last weekend. She has other seasonal flowers as well.

Customers may recognize Clarissa Almaraz as the person who knows her tea and how to blend it seasonally. Formerly known as Lone Star Tea, her new company is called myTEA (click here for myTEA’s vendor page), featuring handcrafted artisan loose leaf teas.  The quality continues with some familiar mixes like the summer blend Texas Tango, a mix of black tea, sunflower blossoms, mango and apricot bits, and flavoring. Each week Clarissa brings a different blend for sampling. plus a wide selection for purchase. Hot tea or cold, caffeine free or with caffeine hit, fruity or traditional, myTEA can meet the need!

Noteworthy items last week included white eggplant, green zebra tomatoes. cippolini onions, cantaloupe lime popsicles (made with organically raised cantaloupe), cherry lemonade cookies, pickled okra and other vegetables, and fresh peach pie.

Non-produce items include pastured beef, lamb, pork, and chicken raised on a natural diet. Free range eggs, Artisan cheeses, butter, Gulf seafood, honey, a large variety of small batch prepared foods, snacks and desserts, mixes, lemonade and coffee, popsicles, vinegar and olive oil along with doggie treats, soaps and lotions.

Veggie Valet is now available on both the east and west sides of the market to assist customers in getting heavy purchases to their cars. Find the bins and ask a National Honor Society teen how it works. Or leave purchases in a bin, take the corresponding number card, and pull up your car to avoid carrying items long distances.  For more information, please see here.

Please note that we are a local, seasonal farmers market; meaning that our farmers bring only what is ripening in their fields each week and some produce is short lived due to a short growing season. Eating with the seasons takes education, awareness and patience! For a chart of what’s in season now, click here. Our farmers use various growing methods. Some produce is organic (not certified), some is sustainable, and some is grown conventionally. Just ask the farmers.

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