Farm Bread from Mediterra Bakehouse Southwest: This Week's Fresh Pick

Categories: Market

MediterraFarmBreadHoch1.JPG
Heather Hoch
Mediterra's bread has some serious visual impact to go along with great flavor.
Joining the ranks of other delicious artisan bread bakers in town like Noble Bread and Pane Bianco, Mediterra Bakehouse Southwest adds to its loaves a certain visual flair that others just don't have. While the flagship Mediterra operates out of Pittsburgh, a Coolidge branch, opened by the founders' father, started turning out bread in 2012 and since has been a farmers market favorite. Crusty on the outside and pillowy on the inside, the farm bread has great sourdough flavor. And the signature swirling design atop each loaf is what makes us stop and pick up a couple of loaves time and time again.

More »

Corn Tortillas from Lula's Tortillas: This Week's Fresh Pick

Categories: Market

LulasTortillasHoch1.JPG
Heather Hoch
Lula's Tortillas have that great homemade flavor.
If we ever moved from the Southwest, fresh, handmade tortillas surely would leave a hole in our hearts. Luckily, we're Phoenicians, so we're spoiled by vendors like Lula's Tortillas, who use years of tortilla-making expertise to bring delicious tortillas to local farmers markets. Though the tortillas currently are available only at two markets in town: Old Town and Ahwatukee, Lula's plans to expand to Gilbert and Queen Creek markets as well. Lula's, a husband-and-wife team, offers made-in-Chandler tortillas in corn and flour varieties. We love the gluten-free corn tortillas for their lower calorie count and smaller size. Plus, it's reassuring to see only two ingredients on the label: water and corn flour.

More »

Kumquats from Sri's Fruites and Vegetables: This Week's Fresh Pick

Categories: Market

SrisKumquatsHoch1.JPG
Heather Hoch
Add unique sweet and tart flavors to your cooking courtesy of Sri's.
One of the most refreshing and exciting parts of hitting up local farmers markets is finding local farmers who have unique offerings that are locally grown and hard to find in traditional brick-and-mortar markets. Sri's Fruites and Vegetables often has typical produce selections, like kale and cabbage, but also offers a specialization in Asian cooking staples like lemongrass, fresh turmeric, and Kaffir lime leaves. Since we're knees deep in citrus season in the Valley, the two varieties of kumquats at the Sri's stand were an obvious choice for seasonal local produce that's not your run-of-the-mill navel orange.

More »

Sunchokes from McClendon's Select: This Week's Fresh Pick

Categories: Market

McClendonsSunchokeHoch.jpg
Heather Hoch
See what the sunchoke craze is all about.
After watching an episode or two of any at least semi-professional competitive cooking show, it's likely you've heard the name sunchoke dropped. Also known as the Jerusalem artichoke, this knobby, brown tuber (or thick stem) of a sunflower varietal really doesn't look like a big deal. While culinary-types have been singing the little root's praises, it's still pretty uncommon in home cooking, despite being both versatile and easy to work with. It could easily be mistaken for ginger at first glance, but the nutty, lightly sweet flavor is compared to everything from a potato to an artichoke to a radish.

More »

Cara Cara Oranges from McClendon's Select: This Week's Fresh Pick

Categories: Market

McClendonsCaraCaraOrangesHoch.JPG
Heather Hoch
It's orange on the outside, pink on the inside, and tastes like no orange you've had before.
About two years ago, we tried our first Cara Cara orange. While sweet, tangy blood oranges have have been popular the past few years, we feel Cara Caras deserve as much, if not more, hype. Orange on the outside, bright pink on the inside, this fruit is thought to be a cross between a typical navel orange and Brazillian Bahia navels, giving it its pink color and unique flavor. This time of year, Phoenicians have a lot of fresh, juicy citrus to choose from, both in markets from local groves and neighborhood trees, but after one taste, we bet Cara Caras will be your new favorite.

More »

Green Garlic from McClendon's Select: This Week's Fresh Pick

Categories: Market

McClendonsGreenGarlicHoch.JPG
Heather Hoch
Green garlic goes perfect in salads, stir-fry and sauces.
Picked before reaching maturity when the bulb and stalk dries out to a more of a husk, green garlic has a much more fresh and light flavor and texture than garlic cloves. While green garlic, which is also called young or spring garlic, looks more like leeks or scallions, it still carries a distinct garlicy flavor, especially in the bulb. However, its lightness and green stalks make it a great addition to salads, pesto and salsa verde. While most other climates have to wait until spring to see the harvest of green garlic, McClendon's Select is offering it now, thanks to the spring-like local winter climate.

More »

Guinea Hens from One Windmill Farm: This Week's Fresh Pick

Categories: Market

OneWindmillGuineaHensHoch.JPG
Heather Hoch
It may not look like much now, but this guinea hen will roast up nicely.
Okay, we know. This picture may not be the world's most appetizing food porn shot we could use to convince you to buy a guinea hen. But after about an hour and a half of roasting these locally-raised hens, it'll be easy to see why you picked one up. One Windmill Farm is at Downtown Phoenix Farmers Market every Saturday with an array of all of the fruits and veggies that any crisper should have, so we were surprised to see them come to the market with hens. Since One Windmill has always been solid on the produce front, it only makes sense that you should give the guinea hen a shot, even if our shot of it isn't very flattering.

More »

Glögg Oatmeal from Iss' Magic Mixes: This Week's Fresh Pick

Categories: Market

IssMagicMixOatmealHoch3.JPG
Heather Hoch
Make an on-the-go yogurt and oatmeal cup with glögg oatmeal.
If you're looking to siphon the last bit of Christmas flavors into 2013, glögg oatmeal from Iss' Magic Mixes is an ideal fast breakfast option for you. Made and sold locally by Melissa "Iss" Seil-Webb from her own recipe, this spiced oatmeal contains more than just oats. After her father was diagnosed with diabetes, she searched for a super-healthy and quick option for him and came up with the mix of rolled oats, cinnamon, flaxseed, chia seeds, and almond meal. This power breakfast is more than just a protein-packed, low-sugar oatmeal -- it's also mighty tasty, with the flavor of the classic Swedish mulled wine drink.

More »

Rosa Bianca Eggplant from Maya's Farm: This Week's Fresh Pick

Categories: Market

MayasFarmEggplantHoch.JPG
Heather Hoch
This Italian heirloom eggplant is less bitter than your usual eggplant.
Just when you thought eggplant was off the market for the winter, Maya's Farm shows up to the market with beautiful rosa bianca eggplants. This Italian heirloom varietal can be distinguished from typical eggplant with its beautiful light purple-pinkish striping. They are also generally smaller than store-bought eggplant with a large attached stem. If this sounds like the eggplant for you, make sure you grab one soon since it is only available for a very limited time because it will soon be out of season until next summer.

More »

Watermelon Radishes from Maya's Farm: This Week's Fresh Pick

Categories: Market

MayasFarmRadishesHoch1.JPG
Heather Hoch
Don't be confused-- they may not look like radishes, but they definitely taste like them.
If you drop into Pane Bianco around this time of year, chances are you've seen Maya's watermelon radishes on the menu for the market salad. Not only are these radishes a colorful addition to any salad, they're also a great way to introduce someone to the world of radish eating. That's because the milder, slightly sweeter flavor of the watermelon radish makes it a much more palatable alternative to standard radishes. Grown at the Farm on South Mountain in Maya's Farm on an ancient river bed site, these root veggies make quite an impression from farm to market to table.

More »
Loading...