What’s Fresh – May 3

This week’s lettuce offerings include green and red leaf, green and red Bibb, sweet lettuce mix, new fire red, and five star mix. Other fresh, locally grown produce besides lettuces includes broccoli, broccoli rabe, kale, arugula, sorrel, water cress, Genovese basil, Chinese cabbage, bok choy, Swiss chard, mustard greens, and collards. Also find sprouts, spinach, tatsoi, mizuna, and mixed salad greens plus homemade dressings and spices. Cilantro is still available in this cool weather. Root vegetables include varieties of radishes, rainbow carrots, green onions, spring onions, green garlic, turnips, sweet potatoes, and beets.

Some produce is raised organically, others sustainably but not organically; some farmers use conventional practices. Some produce is raised in the ground, some hydroponically, some in greenhouses, others in the open. Just ask the farmer – that’s a major plus of a local farmers market.

Other agricultural offerings include pastured, grass raised and finished beef and lamb, pastured pork, free range chicken and eggs, goat and cow artisan cheeses, and Texas Gulf seafood. The artisan food lineup is extensive with many sellers bringing several different categories of offerings. Artisan bakeries bring breads, rolls, cookies and pies. Other artisan producers bring a wide spectrum of honey, pasta, granola and other grains, chips, salsa, tamales, small batch prepared foods and mixes, relishes, Texas olive oil, dressings, coffee and more.

Doggie biscuits, soaps and lotions from natural ingredients add to the artisan mix. Garden plants include herbs, vegetables, and annual color.

New and returning vendors are at the market on a seasonal basis – when they have produce to offer.

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