This Week in Veggies – What’s Fresh at Your Local Farmers Market

by Alice Magdziak • August 25, 2013 • Garden State, Green JerseyComments (0)1677

We’ve been a part of the Westfield CSA (community supported agriculture) group for several years now. Since our farmer also delivers to local farmers markets, we think his shares are pretty representative of what other organic farmers will be bringing to their markets. Check out what we got so you can see what your farmers will have this week!

This week we found watermelon, kale, two lettuces, jalapenos(!), tomatoes, green peppers, cherry tomatoes, peaches, apples and eggplant in our bags.

What’s your favorite salsa recipe to use those local jalapenos?

Here’s ours:

Authentic Mexican Salsa


4 medium roma tomatoes

1 garlic clove, peeled

1 serrano chili

3 green onions

4 ounces chopped chilies

1 -3 whole fresh jalapeno

1/4 cup cilantro

1 teaspoon Mexican chili powder

1 tablespoon lime juice

salt and pepper



Char the tomatoes over a gas grill or under the flame of a hot broiler for 2 minutes to char the skin, turning them until the peel blisters. Slip off the peel, and the flesh should still be firm. Remove the green stem core and cut the tomatoes in half vertically. Use a teaspoon to scoop out the seeds and discard.

In the food processor, drop in the garlic, cilantro, green onions and jalapenos into the bowl of the food processor to chop for just a few seconds.

Add all the remaining ingredients from the recipe, tomatoes, Serrano chili, the chopped green chilies and lime juice. The texture is somewhere between a chow-chow relish and a textured puree. You want to see tiny bits of all the vegetables throughout the salsa. Salt and pepper to taste.

Place in fridge for approximately one hour.

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