Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

Radishes are widely available at winter farmers markets, but can often be overlooked as a raw salad component, taco condiment, or pop of color on a crudité spread. Those uses are all great, of course, but these cruciferous veggies are also fantastic cooked. Here are some ideas to take advantage of a variety of radishes available at markets now.

Red or multicolor ball radishes are one of the sweeter varieties (though still plenty peppery) and are usually sold with greens still attached. You can eat both. These smaller radishes do especially well glazed with brown butter or miso butter. Halve or quarter radishes, then roast or blanch until crisp-tender. Melt butter in a pan, browning or stirring in miso as desired, and toss with the radishes, finishing with a squeeze of lemon juice. Sauté greens separately and serve together. Look for ball radishes from Olivette Farm at ASAP Farmers Market or Highgate Farm at River Arts District Farmers Market.
Mild daikon radishes become sweeter when cooked. Turning them into oven-roasted “french fries” is a great way to get the whole family excited. Slice daikons into half-inch sticks (no need to peel them). Rinse them under cold water, then pat them dry. Toss with olive oil and salt and spread evenly on a sheet tray. Roast at 450 degrees for about 30 minutes, tossing them halfway through. Remove once fries are golden brown. Let cool slightly on a baking rack or tray lined with paper towels. These are great on their own, but you can also serve them with spicy mayo or chile ketchup. Ten Mile Farm at ASAP Farmers Market has multicolored daikon radishes, while Lee’s One Fortune Farm has a more elongated white variety, sold with greens, at ASAP Farmers Market and River Arts District Farmers Market
If you’re looking for more bite, try black radishes. This pungent variety, available from Ten Mile Farm, has coal-colored skin and snowy white flesh. Black radishes make a good storage crop, so you’ll usually see them sold without greens. They are about three or four inches and round. Try roasting them whole and mashing with butter and seasonings, kind of like a baked potato. (Peel the skin before eating for a less earthy flavor, if you prefer.)
At farmers markets right now you’ll also find lettuce and mixed salad greens, dark leafy greens like kale and spinach, turnips, carrots, beets, apples, and winter squash. In addition to produce, markets feature meat, fish, bread, rice, prepared foods, fermented products, baked treats, and much more. Farmers tailgate markets take place throughout the region, even in the winter. You can find information about farms, tailgate markets, and farm stands, including locations and hours, by visiting ASAP’s online Local Food Guide.

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