Tips on Shopping at the Farmers Market Slideshow
October 22, 2010
Sweet and Tangy Concord Grapes
Store these grapes, unwashed, wrapped in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. They should last up to a week but will lose some of their plumpness and quality with time.
Fall and Winter Pears
These smooth-skinned pears are delicious raw or cooked.
This hallmark fall vegetable is great for both carving and eating.
When buying quince, which look and taste like a cross between an apple and a pear, look for those that are firm, large and yellow with very little sign of green. If cooking, make sure to peel before using.
Grounded Root Vegetables
Round, firm root vegetables like beets can range in color from white to a deep purple color. For the holidays, look for Chioggia, or 'candy cane' beets that are composed of red- and white-colored rings.
It's no surprise that Popeye the Sailor Man ate spinach to build giant muscles; this leafy green vegetable is packed with iron and vitamins A and C.
Colorful Rainbow Chard
These nutrient-packed vegetables can be simply sauteed with garlic, olive oil and dried chile flakes for a quick side dish.
This winter staple is perfect for roasting with cinnamon or nutmeg, or making a rich, creamy soup.