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  • Pea shoots and little gem romaine are back after a week off. We really heard you missed them!
  • Asparagus is always news when it’s around.
  • New this week: Not too much brand new in the way of produce, but Keepwell’s take on an all-local Worcestershire Sauce hits the shelves. I haven’t tried it yet but I’m SO EXCITED.

Scroll down for the full list of what we’ll have this week!

Sirloin steak. Asparagus. Mystery radish and rhubarb salad.

The season makes me sing (at least when I’m alone). You know the words, right?

“Summertime….and the livin’ is easy.” Mmm…

I’ve got a little half-ironic smile on my face, though, because I’m laughing at myself over this “livin’ is easy” idea. On one hand, life has, perhaps, never been busier. Things at the market are heating up, literally and figuratively. Work on the store continues to progress (this week Dusty finished framing in the bathroom and breakroom — that makes all the rooms! — researched the possibility of custom-building our walk-in because there are no off-the-shelf solutions in the perfect dimensions, dealt with a radiator steam pipe jutting out by just enough inches– like three — that it prevented the bathroom from being ADA compliant, gathered some quotes, and somehow still managed to squeeze in a nap or two). I’ve continued working with Veronica on systematizing, organizing, and documentizing in preparation for training a bigger staff and allowing the market and store to run smoothly when Dusty and I can’t be there all the time. This week I also converted all the weigh-able items in our catalog to “by the pound” instead of “by the item”, in response to a new feature rolled out by Square (our register software), which’ll save us a step at checkout. I haven’t taken any naps, but I have spent some time chilling on the porch.

And that has made all the difference. It’s amazing what a little sunshine and warmth can do for my mood. Yesterday, when it was about 70 degrees, I told Dusty that I knew that most people would consider it perfect, but I sure would like it to be a little bit warmer. Be careful what I wish for, I guess, looking at the forecast heading into this weekend at the market!

But it’s looking like wonderful weather for weekend festivities, grilling, potlucks, and yard games. It all feels pretty easy to me.

What is not easy for me right now is figuring out what the featured picture this week is of. I made it, I should know. But it was a year ago, and apparently I didn’t do anything else to document it. It’s rhubarb and radishes, I can see that, and maybe some mint? The best I can figure is that it might be this recipe for a rhubarb and radish salad, and I’m torn between wanting to know enough to make it (again?) and thinking that if I don’t remember it, it must not have been all that spectacular. On the other hand, just last week the Washington Post published an article for a slightly different rhubarb and radish salad, so maybe I should try that one? (Since that one was just published last week, I definitely haven’t made it before.) And then on the other other hand, the Guardian/Yotam Ottolenghi has a recipe for a rhubarb and beet salad. I think that one might be the winner, and I might have to make to take to my family’s gathering on Sunday. (Those mixed beets from Village Acres will be perfect! Don’t forget to save the tops…)

-Julia


Produce

Spring Treats too good for another category

  • Asparagus
  • Rhubarb
  • Bunched spring BEETS

Hearty Greens

  • Rainbow Chard
  • Collard Greens
  • Green Curly Kale
  • Lacinato Kale
  • Spinach

Delicate Greens

  • Lettuce Mix
  • Little Gem Romaine
  • Ruby Streaks Mustard Greens

Fruit

  • Fuji Apples

Herbs

  • Cilantro
  • Dill
  • Parsley
  • Peppermint (somewhat limited)
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme (somewhat limited)

Mushrooms

  • Cremini
  • White
  • Shiitake
  • Oyster
  • Lions Mane

Onions & Garlic

  • Scallions
  • Spring Garlic

Potatoes

  • Sweet Potatoes

Roots

  • Mixed Radishes
  • Hakurei Salad Turnips
  • Kohlrabi

Bread

McGrath’s Brick Oven Bakehouse (available fresh every day)

  • McGrath’s Original
  • Sesame Original
  • Caraway Pan Bread
  • Sesame & Cheddar
  • Cranberry Pecan
  • Three Seed
  • Baguettes
Talking Breads (available frozen only)

  • Batard
  • Miche
  • Seeded