What a difference a week makes.
With the governor’s mask requirements lifted for outdoor venues, shoppers thronged to the Doylestown Farmers Market in downtown Doylestown last Saturday with only a handful of masks in sight.
They came for the bounty of spring produce now in season. The line was longest at the Trauger’s Market stand where strawberries were scooped up along with rhubarb, peas, greenhouse tomatoes, new potatoes, beets, cucumbers and onions.
At Love Grows CSA’s farm stand it was obvious that it’s high season for fresh greens. They were selling arugula, spinach, kale, Swiss chard, garlic scapes, pea shoots and kale, plus radishes and sweet turnips.
Shoppers also came for locally raised beef, lamb and poultry, plus flours, eggs, cheeses, pickles, baked goods and juices. Tiffany Pedrone of GI Juice in Buckingham found her “superfood” version of pink lemonade made without refined sugar was a big hit on a warm, sunny morning. She sold out of her version of cheesecake, also made without refined sugar.
Local crafters also were doing a brisk business along with purveyors of dog treats and coffee.
This week’s heat wave is likely to speed up what is left of the strawberry season, so get them while you can.
The Doylestown Farmers Market is held Saturday mornings on Hamilton Street through November.
Now that June is here, fresh local peas are in season. This recipe from tasteofhome.com includes the fresh taste of lemon.
4 to 4½ cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
2 shallots, finely chopped
1 tablespoon butter