Chameh Melon, Bodhitree Farm
This yellow melon falls somewhere between a cucumber and a cantaloupe: it's cool and refreshing, and not a bit too sweet. Just peel, chop and enjoy, seeds and all.
Christmas Beans, Bodhitree Farm
You might be unsure of where these lima beans get their name from, until you pop one open and take in its holly jolly color scheme. Festive, even though they'll be long gone by holiday time.
Fava Beans, Norwich Meadows Farm
Love favas, but hate shelling them? Don't worry, lazy bones, Norwich Meadows has you covered with these packages of preshelled beans, as well as shelled peas.
Ground Cherries, Queens County Farm Museum
Ground cherries are tough to explain. They're like little cherry tomatoes, but they grow inside of a papery husk, and they taste like a cross between a melon and a sweet ripe tomato. Just do yourself a favor and get to the market to try some of these.
Watercress, Max Creek Hatchery
I'm sorry, readers. I've been remiss--Dave Harris of Max Creek Hatchery has had his watercress in stock for weeks now and I've yet to mention it here. The crisp, peppery greens should be around for a few more weeks, so get to it--Max Creek is at the market every Wednesday. While you're there, grab some smoked trout. Trout + watercress = dinner, especially when it's too hot to turn on the stove.
Heirloom Tomatoes, Bodhitree Farm
Bodhitree had their stunning array of heirlooms in more colors and shapes than you can shake a stick at.
Jersey Tomatoes, Stokes Farm
Maybe they're not as striking as the heirlooms found all over the market this week, but Stokes Farm's red Jersey tomatoes more than make up for their standard color with flavor and cost--much cheaper than the heirlooms and just as tasty if you ask me.
Cherry Tomatoes, Stokes Farm
Stokes also had these beautiful red and orange cherry tomatoes. They're the best, if you believe their sign. Even if you don't believe it, tasting one proves that they are pretty damn good.
Corn, Oak Grove Plantation
Best sign award this week goes to Oak Grove, who are very serious about you not stripping their ears of sweet, sweet corn.
Jumbo Squash, Keith's Farm
Would you look at the size of this monster! Keith's Farm also has… er… human sized squash. Should you know any giants, though, these will do nicely.
Lobster Mushrooms, Honey Hollow Farm
Honey Hollow had these stunning lobster mushrooms in addition to their chanterelles and bunches of watercress.