July Farmer's Market Finds


By Dane Feldman
Photo by Dane Feldman.

Last month, I discussed what the New Jersey farmer’s markets by my house had on offer. July’s New Jersey markets have had a variety of different produce, which is great because we don’t have the space to grow everything we need in our garden.

This time, I went to the Chatham, NJ farmer’s market, which had a ton of great stuff. The rhubarb, baby lettuces, and new potatoes were no longer available (their seasons are all mostly over), but the market did still have kale and Swiss chard like the Summit, NJ market had last month.

A bunch of the farmers were selling summer squash, zucchini, and eggplant. We also saw a fairly hefty supply of a variety of plums and peaches. I have since consumed a fair number of the plums, which were all quite sweet and delicious. I’m hoping to work on a tart with the next batch I pick up before plum season ends.

We bought the best white corn we’ve had so far this season as well. Corn on the cob isn’t my favorite, but we grilled it and seasoned it with a little bit of chili powder and fresh lime juice. If you haven’t tried lime juice on your corn, I highly suggest it. Its bold flavor eliminates the need to slather the corn in butter and salt and leaves it tasting juicy and sweet.

In other farming news, it’s almost tomato and pepper season here and my family grows a bunch of varieties of tomatoes and peppers. Our garden is really starting to pop, so recipes jam-packed with tomatoes and peppers are coming your way.