Spring is finally in full swing. A visit to the greenmarket at this time of year will definitely not disappoint, with stands showing off the best in spring produce. Here's what's unusual and interesting for the month of May.
Green garlic: This is a delicately flavored treat that is only available around this time of year, when young garlic plants can be harvested before their bulbs have a chance to form into cloves. Use the whole plant to get the full range of flavors, like in this recipe from The New York Times for Green Garlic, Potato, and Leek Soup. Green garlic is available from W. Rogowski Farms and Norwich Meadows Farms.
Ramps: Also known as wild leeks, these sharply flavored specimens of the allium family are delicious. Blend the greens into pestos or soups (blanching them briefly can help temper the flavor a bit) and pickle the stems. Try it with this Whole-Wheat Spaghetti with Basil and Ramp Pesto from Real Recipes. Available from Lucky Dog Farm and Migliorelli Farm.
Agretti: A firm, crisp Mediterranean green with a flavor similar to spinach that's fairly rare here in the States. Toss them into salads, or serve them sautéed or blanched briefly. Available from Bodhitree Farms.
Words can only say so much, though. Be sure to check out the pretty pictures in the slideshow, and then most importantly, get out there and shop, because there's just so much more than could reasonably fit into this little story.
The Union Square Greenmarket is in operation Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., with a different set of vendors each day. To avoid wasting a subway ride, check Grow NYC's website for the day's vendor list and weather-related and holiday closures before going.