My haul included: arugula, beans, bok choi, cilantro, corn, garlic, peppers (cubanelles, jalapenos, poblanos and bells), ground cherries (more on these below), potatoes, buttercup squash, tomatoes, and tomatillos as well as grass-fed, organic cheese, ground beef and rib eyes! My basket was a bit heavy to say the least -- I really should invest in wheels if I plan to keep this up. I had all the ingredients for some mean quesadillas for lunch topped with tomatillo salsa. For dinner, grilled ribeyes and some fresh-picked corn on the cob.
An interesting find at the market Saturday included ground cherries also known as Bladder Cherry, Chinese Lantern, Winter Cherry, Cape Gooseberry, and Poha Berry. And in Italy they're called Alchechengi. When I visited Torino for the Terra Madre & Salone del Gusto events last fall, the windows of nearly all the city's beautiful chocolate shops featured these mysterious little chocolate-dipped fruits. I also encountered one as a garnish on a lovely cocktail called a Puccini.
My rudimentary Italian language skills never enabled me to fully understand a translation of what these were at the time, but I recognized them from home where I had occasionally seen them at farmers' markets. I had also made the mistake of planting a japanese lantern plant in my garden which produced the same fruits. I developed such a hatred of that invasive plant that I never thought it might in fact produce anything edible. (I'm still pulling up shoots every time I see them). But they look just fine coming from someone else's garden or market stand.