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Seeing Green At The Farmers Market

by Borderstan.com April 20, 2012 at 2:00 pm 0

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Onions are ready for the season. (Alejandra Owens)

From Alejandra Owens. You can find her at her food blog, One Bite At A Time. Alejandra also writes for City Eats DC, a Food Network site, where you can book dinner reservations. Follow her on Twitter at @frijolita and email her at alejandra[AT]borderstan.com.

Judging from the FreshFarm Markets email newsletter, this would be the week to buy anything and everything green. Arugula, asparagus, kale, salad greens, spinach, stinging nettles, swiss chard, green onions and watercress are all out in abundance. And turnips. They’re not green. They’re white. But they’re awesome.

Aside from the usual “lightly dressed” green salad, there’s a ton of stuff you can make with all the fresh greens popping up at the market. And while I love a good salad – I’m going to ask you all to stretch yourselves some and think beyond the ranch dressing and salad bowl.

You’re gonna get some asparagus and make this Spring Pad Thai, because it’s good to know how to make pad thai. You shouldn’t really be paying for the stuff. Really.

Are you feeling dangerous? Cause I’m feelin’ dangerous. Say it with me now: stinging nettles. If consuming ghost peppers is the sky diving of food, stinging nettles are like rock wall climbing. You feel bad ass when you make and eat them, but really, the risk was minimal all along. Make this lasagna. Brag to your friends on Monday morning.

I kind of hate that kale chips have become this odd dieters’ substitution for potato chips. I love kale chips. I love potato chips. They are totally different. Neither can satisfy a craving for the other, and both require a delicate touch and technique to making the perfect batch. Now is the time to start working on your perfect kale chip.

Finally, what goes better on a bunch of green things than a fried egg? Saute some swiss chard (all that rainbow-veined velvety leafed stuff), spinach, green onions, maybe ramps (throw in some mushrooms maybe), and top with a fried egg, the yolk still all soft and creamy. Add in some rice or quinoa into the mix if you must, but this is the good stuff!

So, who’s hitting the market this Sunday? Want to meet up? We can buy canvas bags full of leafy green things and talk about how we’re going to make it all. Hit me up on Twitter and I’ll see you there!

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