Saturday, August 26, 2006

Farmer's Market Saturday

Heirlooms and peppers and tomatillos, oh my!

This week, despite the rain, we have a veritable EXPLOSION of heirloom tomatoes, peppers, and even purple tomatillos at the Inwood Farmer's Market!



As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, there is a new farm bringing their produce to market here in Inwood called Nolasco Farms, from Yorktown, NY. (A very historic town from the Revolutionary period)



They specialize in peppers and chiles, as well as other vegetables. This week, they had serranos, poblanos, cherry jalapenos, Italian pepperoncini, and these GORGEOUS habaneros!



The best discovery for me this week was the purple tomatillos they had today. I don't know what it is about purple hued varieties of my favorite foods, but the Inwood Farmer's Market never fails to satisfy me. We have had purple cauliflower, purple kohlrabi, purple bell peppers, and now these beautiful little husked fruits. Tomatillos are a different family from tomatoes, although they appear similar.



I couldn't resist picking up a few of these little amethyst gems, and after a stop at Captain Rick's Pura Vida Fishery, I came up with the following dish: Cornmeal crusted fluke with purple tomatillo and fresh pressed apple cider reduction.


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