Charlotte Fresh had another busy Tuesday, making the rounds about town. I picked up our fifth week of CSA produce, and as the summer weather gets going, the box keeps getting bigger and bigger!
This week, we’re enjoying or sharing:
- Savoy Cabbage – too cute for words; a friend says it reminds her of Cabbage Patch dolls
- 2 heads of Red Fire Lettuce – lovely!
- Nancy Head Lettuce (Boston Lettuce) – a beauty!
- Swiss Chard
- Danver Carrots
- Touchstone Beets
- Flash Collard Greens
- Red Marble Scallions
- Golden Globe Turnips
- Rosemary & Lovage
- 2 pearl onions
- Leafy Endive (sometimes referred to as frisee) – pictured behind the kale
The endive puzzled us for a little while. We tasted it, and then tasted it again. It’s got a slightly bitter edge to it and slightly curly edges, but doesn’t have a peppery taste, so we ruled out lettuce and arugula. Then, we thought it might be dandelion greens, but ruled that out, as well. Then I looked up endive and discovered there were different kinds. The Belgian ones (witloof) that we’re used to finding in the grocery store are pale yellow and bullet-shaped. The salad endive is leafy and green with a slightly curly edge. Ah ha!
And here’s what my knives look like finished:
I should probably demonstrate for you on a tomato or something because it’s hard to see sharpness in a picture. Take my word for it, they’re sharp. I can’t eat carrot chunks due to recent jaw surgery, so Hubby likes to slice carrot discs extra thin for me with the newly sharpened knives. They work like a charm.
And while I was at Atherton Market, I couldn’t resist picking up a few things:
Got some Sesame Noodles from Beverly’s Gourmet Foods, a berry crostata from Down Home Baking Co., Pasta Wench Fire-Roasted Garlic & Spinach ravioli, black raspberries and blackberries from Berry Busy Farm (they also have early N.C. peaches!), delicious sweet corn from Barbee Farms, and Cracked Pepper Bread and a yummy Sausage & Goat Cheese Snack Bread from Dukes Bread.
The Sesame Noodles from Beverly’s Gourmet Foods were a new find for me, and are worth a trip to Atherton Market on Tuesday or Saturday. The vast list of vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free fare they offer is impressive.
Don’t forget – Atherton Market is having a Grand Opening celebration this Saturday, June 12, from 9am to 2pm. They’ll be live music, face painting and more, as you shop! Come on over to experience the great locally produced food, plants and artisan products on offer.