To the Market We Go, a Weekly Must
I love going to the market. But you already knew that.
You would think that after four years of going to the same market once or twice a week, every week, it would get less exciting. Nope. I love my dear Bürkliplatz market. In the spring, when it’s overflowing with a rainbow of tulips and bright vegetables and fruits, not to mention smiling market goers… And what’s not to love about it in the summer when I could fill my caddy with an amazing variety of berries alone… Autumn has its own excitement, when the last of the summer produce shares the tables with the first of the root vegetables and the odd looking pumpkin. And now even with winter approaching and the market getting smaller and more quiet, it’s still a thrill to go each and every week and fill my caddy with the season’s freshest, local produce, along with wholesome breads to dip into homemade soups. Not to mention special Christmas goodies, like fresh walnuts, stuffed dried figs and especially Medjool dates from California, making their annual appearance (a must read for fellow date lovers).
(Added excitement may also be due to the fact that *I* don’t go the market anymore… WE go to the market… that is, me and my baby girl !!)
There’s always something new to discover too; once it was the most adorable mini kiwis. Then super long zucchini that we later saw in Sicily too. And now my current favorite is bright orange persimmon, sliced like a tomato to expose the star-like interior. I’ve photographed and tasted amazing varieties of radishes and beets, as well as apples, potatoes, carrots and pumpkins – all with fun colors, shapes and names. And below right, how about those crazy cones of cabbage ?!
Our oven has been busy, roasting those multicolor carrots, funny looking squash, earthy beets, white parsnips, sweet potatoes and more… What are you cooking ?
The market at Burkliplatz is especially fun and colorful on Friday mornings, when both ordinary and exotic flowers and plants are an added bonus.
Some of you may recognize a few of these images above from Instagram or Twitter, where I share my market finds… With one hand on my caddy and now one on the stroller, I somehow manage to have one on my iphone too. Best of all is what has become a fun series, my “back from the market with…” photos, like the one below. I already can’t wait to refill that caddy and cover our farm table with the day’s goodies…
Market at Bürkliplatz, Zürich
Tuesday & Friday mornings, 6am to 11am (and that’s really 11am sharp !)
Want to know what’s in season ? Read Laughing Lemon’s monthly reference pages for your 101 on every fruit and vegetable you’ll see at the markets; I always do !