Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Strawberries, Ramps, and Rhubarb All in Season!

I'm a firm believer that the Wednesday Greenmarket at Dag Hammerskjöld is underutilized by Midtown East workers. It's the only Greenmarket available to us year-round, there's always a good selection of food-though it does get a little sparse during the winter months, and the vendors are ALWAYS super friendly and willing to help. It's where I found this season's ramps; Union Square's run out before 9am. And it's where I saw this season's first strawberries! Summer, summer, I love you summer!

I'll admit, until this year, I'd never been able to get my hands on ramps. I didn't know what they were until a few years ago! Now I'm hooked! My favored cooking method has been simply slicing and using in place of garlic or shallots, but now I'm onto the broiler method utilized by Jess from FoodMayhem.com. Sidenote: I went to the same FreshDirect dinner and I'm completely hooked on them too. I don't think ramps will be around much longer, but I know I did see them last week, so one can hope they'll be there tomorrow!

But the strawberries are in full force! Not only did I pick up my first batch last week, the one in the left bottom corner-plenty of pints were still for the taking at the end of Monday's Union Square market. They're so sweet and so good! Rhubarb, strawberry's famous companion, is also growing strong. Last week, half of my office tasted rhubarb cobbler for the first time, and we all loved it. Of course, this means I'll be trying my hand at a strawberry rhubarb pie! And then maybe a rhubarb crisp. And then maybe a strawberry rhubarb tart. And then I'll switch it up and make a shortcake....

Dag Hammerskjöld Greenmarket
47th Street and 2nd Avenue
Wednesdays 8am to 6pm year round, except for the day of the UN General Assembly in September

1 comment:

Nicole Feliciano said...

We are planning a strawberry picking trip soon. Can't wait to start trying out strawberry recipes.