In Season Now - Early Spring 2014

Our produce buyers scour the markets and local farms to bring you the best possible produce, the cream of the crop, every season.

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Early Spring in Store:

  • Artichokes
  • Asparagus
  • California Avocados
  • Green Garlic
  • Kumquats
  • Pixie Tangerines & Sumo Mandarins
  • Spring Onions

 


Spring Greening: Spotlight on Green Garlic

Right now, we’re enjoying the all of the vibrant green produce that signals the arrival of spring: artichokes, asparagus, spring onions and especially green garlic, a real short-season treasure.

green-garlic-5Green garlic is young garlic that is harvested before the plant develops mature cloves. These green stalky beauties resemble a super-sized scallion, with a deep green stalk and a pale white bulb. When you’re shopping, look for stalks that have a tight bulb with no dried out or soggy leaves.

The flavor of green garlic is a cross between a scallion and a mild clove of garlic. The entire plant is edible, including the leaves, and it can be used either raw or cooked. (However, it does sweeten with cooking, adding new depth of flavor.) Some cooks substitute green garlic for mature garlic or scallions to bring a subtle twist to a favorite dish. Others invent entirely new dishes to showcase the lovely, mild flavor of green garlic.

RECIPE: Green Garlic & Goat Cheese Dip

by Christine, the Market Hall Demo Queen

Christine F headshot 2Whenever I find green garlic at the market, I invite friends over that same evening for drinks and dinner. They bring the wine and I pick up these ingredients for my, now famous, green garlic and goat cheese dip. Please make some to share with your favorite people, or enjoy this harbinger of spring all for yourself!

  • 16 ounces Capricho de Cabra or other mild, fresh goat cheese
  • 4 tablespoons Tenuta di Capezzana Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 5 stalks green garlic, cleaned and finely chopped
  • pinch Maldon sea salt or fleur de sel
  1. Place the goat cheese in a medium bowl. Let it sit at room temperature for 20 minutes or microwave for 20 seconds to warm and soften slightly.
  2. Add the green garlic, olive oil and salt and mix thoroughly, until the green garlic is evenly distributed through the cheese.
  3. Taste to make sure that there is enough green garlic flavor, that the olive oil’s beautiful fruity notes and a hint of grass come through, and that the salt piques your taste buds—then you have it!
  4. Transfer to a serving dish and chill until a few minutes before your guests arrive. Serve with crostini and cucumbers or your favorite crackers.
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