BY HERMINE MARIAUX
As the last days of summer fade away, we hope you took advantage of the Greenmarket
in our own front yard every Wednesday and Saturday (Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, 47th
Street and Second Avenue) to enjoy the bounty of the season to the fullest.
Fresh corn (the white "Silver Queen" is the sweetest and most tender)
and juicy Beefsteak tomatoes come only once a year to our table. Tree-ripened
peaches, pungent muskmelons, deep purple greengage plums are fleeting guests at
the Greenmarket, so you have to get them while you can.
And don't forget the berries: blueberries, raspberries and blackberries are at
their peak in mid-to-late summer. If you're lucky, you may find some gooseberries
and red or white currants too - you'll never see those in a supermarket.
We hope you didn't miss the sugar peas, eaten only with their crunchy pods, or
the snap peas, great steamed or, better yet, in a cold minted pea soup on a hot
summer day. Green and yellow pole beans make a colorful mix on your dinner plate
or combine well with crunchy fennel, black olives, and deviled eggs for a scrumptious
Continuing into fall are fresh garlic, leeks, sweet onions, and ruby red beets,
delighting the palate as cool borscht now and simply oven-roasted after the first
chill is in the air. Fresh herbs may well be the greatest gift of summer, enhancing
everything from new potatoes (chives), tomatoes and mozzarella (basil), cucumber
sandwiches broiled fish (thyme) or grilled lamb (rosemary).
Enjoy the Greenmarket and its changing produce face until the end of November.
After that, we'll have to take whatever the grocery store has to offer until spring
rolls round again.
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