The Barker Farmer’s Market continues to be a be a great place to meet up with your neighbors and enjoy a gentle summer evening. I got a lesson in “garlic scapes” from my friend Don Pyskaty, the Polish Prince of Garlic. It turns out that the curly, green, chive-looking things he had for sale are Garlic scapes (also known as garlic tops, garlic shoots, green garlic, spring baby garlic, garlic spears, early garlic greens, or garlic “flowers”). There are lots of recipes for the tender, flavorful shoots which are only available for a short window of time. Oline I found that “Taste-wise, garlic scapes are to garlic heads what scallions are to onions. They are garlicky but with a fresh “green” taste. They can be used in any dish where one usually uses garlic but wants a brighter, more complex garlic flavor with less bite than one would get from standard garlic cloves. Garlic scapes work well in soups, salads, stews, salsas, dips, guacamole, omelettes, frittatas, souffles, marinades, pesto, salad dressings, and stir-fry. They can also be pickled and added to homemade flavored vinegars. Scapes are also delightful when cooked into sauces.”
When you stop by the Barker Market next Thursday (every Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.) you can pick up some printed recipes to go with those scapes! From pesto to roasted scapes, you’ll find some new delights for your summer table, but hurry!
The fresh asparagus and strawberries were joined this week by early cherries!! Yum.