After a beautiful, very early, morning birding trip to the Cosumnes River Preserve www.cosumnes.org my sis and I stopped at my local hangout on Sunday mornings, the Farmers Market at 8th and W streets, underneath Highway 80. This is a very large, year round, market that has great prices and an exceptional selection of Asian produce. There’s a wide variety of fruits and produce to choose from. You’ll also find vendor’s selling fish, oysters, pork, chicken, eggs, cheese, breads, rice, mushrooms, flowers and native plants. Seasonal selections of note that will be around for a little while that I saw Sunday were, fresh brussel sprouts, still on the stalk, from the Monterey area, pomegranates whole and some seeded so you don’t need to deal with the mess, and Feijoa or Pineapple Guava. We bought lemongrass, baby bok choy, crimini mushrooms, green beans, onions, garlic, scallions, leeks, Japanese sweet potatoes, and some baby sized red potatoes. The market’s open from 8 to 1.
A favorite recipe for the brussel sprouts is to cut them in half and toss them with a nice virgin olive oil a little salt and pepper and roast them at 375 until they are browned and pierce easily. Brussel sprouts are also delicious when you slice them thinly and stir fry them till tender then season with salt, pepper and fresh chopped thyme and a squeeze of lemon juice.
If you’ve never tried the Feijoa or pineapple guava ask for a sample. They are definitely worth a try. It’s sweet and the flavor is a combination of pineapple and guava or pineapple and strawberry. They have a very short season so if you see them try them cuz they may not be there next week.
Just saw a recipe for Cranberry pomegranate sauce in the Nov issue of Sunset magazine that I think I try. Sounds like a winning combination. Will let you know if it’s as good as it sounds.
To find more information on Sacramento’s Farmers Markets go to ( farmersmkts.htm ). If you’ve been to one of the other Sacramento Farmers Markets and saw or bought something you’d like to share please let me know. I’m always looking to learn about something new and would love to share it.