Every Thursday at 11 am, after all but a few vendors have dropped off their products and we have completed most inventory checks, our market crew gathers outside for announcements. This is when we review the trickiest items of the week. You may think you know your veggies, but we have enough varieties to foil all but serious experts.
Kale, for example, might be called lacinato, black, dinosaur, red, curly, baby, or green, and half a dozen different farms grow it.
Be sure to choose your onions correctly! We have spring, winter, red, sweet, cooking, cipollini and white.
Then there are peppers. This week, we’ve got banana, shepherd, green bell, chili, jalapeno, habanero, Hungarian hot wax, hot green, shishito, cherry bombs, corno di toro, and mini bell…What am I forgetting?
Oh, the sizes! Can you tell a half-pint from a pint from a quart and a 1.5 litre punnet from a 2 litre basket? Depending on the vendor and the item, boxes could be called flats, masters, or half bushels.
Did I mention that we’ve got two sources, three grades, and four sizes of maple syrup?