Monday, January 31, 2011

Market Mondays: Relocated

Unable to get to the Union Square Greenmarket because I chose sand over snow, the scene of this week's Market Mondays was relocated to the grassy lot across from Cocoa Beach's City Hall. With a total of five tents (three of which cover tables filled with inedible goods), the Cocoa Beach Farmers Market is considerably smaller than other markets, but has plenty to offer. Its sun-soaked produce and fragrant herbs were a welcome change from the harsh winter's relentless root vegetables.

Teeming with excitement at reconnecting with long-lost friends, I grabbed an assortment of fruits (mangoes, peaches, lemons, star fruit, honeybells, and strawberries), as many veggies as I could carry (onions, squash, zucchini, a variety of peppers, eggplant, asparagus and tomatoes) and a few herbs (cilantro and basil). The majority of fruits (the strawberries stood no chance- they were immediately devoured) and cilantro became a sweet salsa while the veggies, lemon and basil starred in a colorful pasta.

Star fruit- 3 for $2
Juicy honeybells were a bargain at $2 per bucket
Plant City, Florida is known as the winter strawberry capital
My first encounter with the sweet strawberry onion
Buckets of squash and zucchini- last seen in summer
Tables held crates of vibrant peppers
Baby eggplants lent flavor to Monday night's dinner
Bright green asparagus stalks, tied in generous bunches
Plump tomatoes surrounded baskets of yellow squash
I picked cilantro and basil from a sea of green
Sautéed vegetables with basil, red pepper flakes, lemon, olive oil, parmesan and whole wheat pasta

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