Yesterday morning I got up bright and early and headed to the first Green City outdoor market of the season at 7AM. (need to also get in a run before my 1PM estates and trusts final). I had forgotten that the market opens that early, which makes me very excited because I will be able to make a quick stop during the week before Barbri. I discovered last summer that the weekday market is far less crowded and enjoyable (not that I wont still go on Saturdays as well).
I was excited to see the planters of flowers and herbs, which really makes me want to tackle a container garden on my balcony. Does anyone have any suggestions about balcony gardens? Especially west-facing 16 floors up w/ the wind? There were also vendors with beautiful full heads of lettuce and sprouts and much more. I also picked up my usual $2 worth of baby bellas.
While it is obviously still really early in the season, I was VERY excited to see asparagus! I had been reading (and tweeting) about others trying out new recipes with the vibrant green stalks and I was holding out being too impatient and just buying them from the store.
I am SO glad that I did. I simply blanched half of my haul in some salted water and ate them with a little cracked black pepper. Divine. I can’t wait to buy more on Saturday and try something a little more involved with these early season wonders.