Seasons at the Market

Jan 10 2017

Seasons at the Market

Every season at the Hunts Point Produce Market reflects the best of New York City. It’s an explosion of color, a marvel of diversity. While you can find fresh produce at the market all year round, there’s something about shopping at the market as the seasons change that makes you feel refreshed, renewed, and ready to embrace the new season.

Take spring as an example, even if the chilly evenings have you craving hot, hearty comfort food, you still need to buy fresh ingredients. As an example, as with every season at the Hunts Point Produce Market, the new crop of spring produce allows you to incorporate different ingredients into your favorite recipes — think fresh zucchini added to your chili or layers of kale and spinach in your sausage lasagna — and to try out new ones — the Southern staple “wilted lettuce” may tempt your palate.

You can transition to a new season by combining the warmth of winter staples with a fresh burst of spring flavor. Your customers will thrill at your inventiveness when you serve their favorite vegetables in new and exciting ways. Before you head out with your market basket, know what to buy in season.

Go Greens

It’s the time of year when things are turning green again. And the market turns green with fresh produce in response. Leafy greens tend to tolerate the cold well; they’re some of the earliest crops of the season. Look for:

  • Kale
  • Collards
  • Spinach and baby spinach
  • Lettuce of all varieties
  • Red and green Swiss chard
  • Cabbage
  • Turnip
  • Kohlrabi
  • Mustard greens
  • Endive

Bold Bursts of Flavor

There’s nothing shy about springtime or the bold flavors of these spring crops. Some are for seasoning; others can be eaten right out of hand. But regardless how you use this produce, your taste buds will thank you. Try combinations of:

  • Radishes
  • Colored peppers
  • Lemons
  • Grapefruit
  • Fennel
  • Mint
  • Green onions
  • Ginger

Stay Sweet

No matter what time of year it is, it’s never a bad time for a little something sweet. This spring at the market, look for these treats that are tasty and sweet, but still good for you:

  • Strawberries
  • Red and gold raspberries
  • Blueberries
  • Blackberries
  • Rhubarb (not sweet on its own, but delectable with strawberries in a pie)
  • Navel orangesCitrus varieties
  • Cherries
  • Apples
  • Pineapples
  • Mangos
  • Kiwis

Everyday Staples

Some things always have a place in the kitchen, regardless of season. When you visit the market this spring, look for these versatile staples, just coming into season:

  • Broccoli
  • English peas
  • Potatoes
  • Carrots and baby carrots
  • Green and white asparagus
  • Beet varieties
  • Sweet onions
  • Artichokes
  • Parsley
  • Cilantro
  • Garlic
  • Arugula

 

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