Sugar snaps & apricots – it’s mid-summer at the market!
Sugar snaps are the stars of the edible pod peas. They are sweeter, crunchier and have more actual “pea flavor” than their peers, namely snow peas.
The “invention” of the snap pea was, in fact, the result of a happy accident. In 1969, a young breeder named Calvin Lamborn was asked to develop a snow pea with a straighter and smoother pod. After doing some cross-breeding, he spotted a rogue offshoot with a thicker pod than regular peas and immediately singled it out as a possible candidate. Years later, instead of an improved snow pea he had something much better: the sugar snap. Here’s a recipe that really showcases this summer treat – and this refreshing snap pea salad is inspired by one served at Restaurant Maialino in the Gramercy Hotel.
It’s such a beautiful convergence when the apricots and peaches turn up at the market together. I can’t think of a better way to honor the pitch-perfect pairing than with this Food52 recipe. Have you ever seen anything so pretty?
This week, we have not one but two musical sets. Milton will perform from 10:30 to 12:30. Before that, we have a young songbird who will be doing a short set for you early bird shoppers. Please welcome Allison Leah. You can check out her vocals here.
Marti Wolfson is back next week with another exciting cooking demo.
Pascale Le Draoulec
food writer/ farmer’s market director
author: “American Pie:Slices of Life (and Pie) from America’s Back Roads” (HarperCollins)