3 Tips for the Farmers Market from Chef Alice Waters
Alice Waters is the original California cuisine chef and owner of Berkeley, California restaurant Chez Panisse. She’s a huge supporter of locally-grown, organic food for over 40 years. In this NY Times video, Alice gives us tips for the farmer’s market. Here they are:
Browse First, then Buy
Browse the entire market’s offerings before you buy, survey all the food and note what really speaks to you. After your first pass, go back to the foods that struck you; revisit the colors that caught your eye and aromas that aroused your senses.
Seek Organic, Appealing, Fresh and In-season
- Organic foods — chemical-free means pure and more nutritious
- Foods that strike you — what looks tasty and appealing?
- Green tips and leaves usually mean freshly picked, no brown ends
- Foods in season
Engage the Farmers
Tell them what looks beautiful, or ask what’s tasty to them right now. Their insight and knowledge of the entire food process can steer you to new tastes and fresh pickings
Find a market near you
Visit Local harvest.org