This Friday was the second week for the Old Town Clovis Farmers’ Market. Personally, it’s my favourite market. I don’t know if it’s the live music, the Old Town vibe, the variety of post-shopping (or pre-shopping) bars, the time of day, or the variety of vendors, but, it’s the one I most often frequent.
For those out of the loop, the Old Town Clovis Farmers’ Market runs Fridays 5:30 – 9:00pm May through September, on Pollasky. In my opinion, best parking is the lot behind Kimmie’s bar on Clovis and 3rd/Tollhouse.
Not only is there a wonderful variety of fresh produce, but, there are two blocks of vendors selling everything from grilled corn, to sandwiches, to funnel cakes, to tamales.
It’s one of the events I look forward to on a weekly basis. Tonight, for only $17.50, I got amaranth, 2 kohlrabi bulbs with greens, yam leaves, curry hummus, blueberries, squash blossoms, and dinner of a tamale with beans and rice. Awesome! And, it’ll feed me for at least a week. I’ve never had yam leaves, but, the girl at the booth told me they’re awesome stir fried with some butter. I can’t wait!
For a complete list of Fresno area farmers’ markets, check out playfresno.org
I tried the bitter melon greens and the chayote greens with mild success.
The bitter melon greens were so bitter, I couldn’t eat them. They cooked much more quickly than anticipated, but, I think even if they were slower to cook, I wouldn’t have been able to get them any less bitter. Maybe if I had let them sit in salt water overnight? Anyway, I’m really not too disappointed with the way they turned out – it was sort of expected.
The chayote greens took longer to cook than expected, so they didn’t go with the dish I made as well as I was hoping. Next time, I’ll know to cook them longer so they break up a little better.
Friday I went to my first farmers market of the season. Really, it was the second week they set up.
This year, it’s bigger than it was last year, with an extra block of food, music, and other goods.
Every time I go, I fill at least one big canvas bag with every vegetable I can get my hands on. I prefer getting things I can’t find in grocery stores, and the farmers market never ceases to surprise me with foods I’ve never heard of or seen anywhere else. Friday was no different.
I walked away with beet hummus, veggie chips (which includes oven baked carrots, green beans, purple sweet potato, and taro root), frog balls (pickled Brussels sprouts), apple chipotle bbq sauce, chayote greens, bitter melon greens, black eyed pea heads (greens?), and round zucchini. Dinner was grilled corn on the cob (on a stick, covered in chili powder) with fresh squeezed lemonade.
I’ve never eaten any of the greens before. I’m pretty excited, and will post an update as soon as I make something with them.