This is not actually the fourth week of the farmer's market, only the fourth time I've been able to go.
Not a lot has changed - though a few new things were available this week. I was thrilled to see garlic, strawberries and green beans. I missed out on the tri-color beans, but these do look amazing. Only two farmers (out of many) had them and they were pretty pricey. The strawberries look better than they taste, unfortunately. They are not very sweet. I also purchased fresh onions, green onions, lettuce, spinach, baby red potatoes, sugar snap and snow peas, eggs, and some meat. I was hoping to see carrots and broccoli, but no luck. I looked back at a photo of my farmer's market haul from July 8, 2007 and see that I bought corn, carrots, leeks, and shallots. Hmm.
My garden is doing alright. There are a few inch long zucchini, a few green tomatoes on my very small plants, and some herbs. All are looking better this week since it has been hot.
Now that green beans are in, we'll probably be eating them at least twice a week. My favorite preparations are to roast them, especially in the winter when grocery store beans are tough, or to make them into a salad with tomatoes in a vinaigrette. There are a few new recipes I want to try this year from this book. Any suggestions on your favorite ways to prepare fresh green beans?