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June 25, 2016 farmers market haul

June 25, 2016

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted about my farmer’s market hauls. The summer market is in full swing (corner of 18th Street and Broadway in downtown Scottsbluff, Saturdays 8 to 11 am), and there was good stuff this morning, so I was inspired to post again.

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Clockwise from left: bread, garlic scapes, snow peas, mixed salad greens, “barnyard egg mix,” carrots, sticky buns, celery root, a star toothpick to represent a consumed cupcake.

A couple of explanations:

The “barnyard egg mix” included eggs from chickens, ducks, and turkeys.

How do I use a celery root? Peel, shred in my food processor, and add to cabbage and carrot in coleslaw.

Garlic scapes are a wonderful spring vegetable! It’s the flower stalk of a garlic plant, which is cut off to encourage the plant to put its energy into bulb growth rather than flower and seed development.

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The garlic-flavored scapes, which have a similar texture to a firm green bean, can be steamed and eaten as a vegetable. Cut off and discard the flower blossom – the stem is the good part.

I prefer to chop them up, sauté them, and incorporate them into dishes like burritos or omelettes or stir fry or pizza. I like to use them throughout the year, but they are only available in spring, so I’ll buy a bunch, chop them up, and freeze them for later use.

Apparently, humans are not the only species to appreciate garlic scapes.

Um . . . why does the cat’s breath smell like garlic??

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Copyright 2016 by Katie Bradshaw

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Roxanne permalink
    June 25, 2016 9:00 pm

    We are home for a visit and also went to the farm market today. We thought it was great even though it is still early in the season. Enjoyed the live music too. Thanks for the tip on freezing garlic scapes!

    • June 25, 2016 9:05 pm

      You’re welcome for the tip. What’s you favorite thing to do with garlic scapes?

      I feel lucky to have access to such a great market! (And also the winter market in the TLC greenhouse!) Between my garden and the farmer’s market, I eat a lot more vegetables than I would if I just shopped at the store.

  2. Karen Johnson permalink
    June 27, 2016 6:23 am

    Love your writing, Kate! I couldn’t help but notice that I think you have a “Siamese Paint” cat. I can’t see all of her but if she is “white from the bottom up”, has a dark tail and some other scattered dark on her body, then you’ve got one! She should have an outgoing personality, more like a dog.

    • June 27, 2016 8:26 am

      Thanks, Karen. Vito is indeed all white with a gray tail, plus gray markings on his head. He is definitely outgoing and rather doglike in his personality (he chews on rawhide bones!). Our last cat was similarly outgoing and doglike (she played fetch!), but she was a black cat. 🙂

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