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Kathryn Mullins’ Farmers Market Shopping Bag
Join the Chicago photographer, cook and food writer as she updates farmers market availability based on her weekly trip to the Division Street Farmers Market in Chicago at Division & Dearborn, where D & R Gardens and Orchards, a Berrien Springs, Michigan family owned business, sells produce within 24 hours being picked.
Kathryn’s September Diary:
What dessert should I bring to the big Labor Day barbecue? When I can’t make up my mind between this Lemon Tart, with a flavorful graham cracker crust, or this luscious Berry Tart with my signature mascarpone crust…I bring both.
Kathryn’s August Diary:
With all the beautiful summer fruits available, I often think of the luscious ice creams we used to hand crank in our backyard, especially my mom’s favorite Peach Ice Cream. Having lived in the city all of my adult life, I never seem to have enough room to store special equipment, like ice cream makers.
This explains why I’m so exited about my versions of Easy Urban Ice Cream, including Peach and Vanilla, each made in the kitchen without any special equipment.
Week 13/Tomatoes, Peaches, Berries, Plums, Apples
Week 12/ Tomatoes, Plums, Peaches, Apricots, Berries, Early Apples
Week 11/Tomatoes, Peaches, Apricots and Raspberries
Week 10/Peaches Apricots, Tomatoes
Kathryn’s July Diary:
Black raspberries are amazing, but they only have a two to three-week season. Grab them when you see them and eat them on ice cream.
I also use them instead of blackberries in my Blackberry or Black Raspberry Mint Preserves. Raspberries and cherries will be here for most of July.
Berries continue to be fantastic. I was inspired to invent this Apricot Tangerine Jam with Fresh Berries recipe today after discovering smooth, perfectly ripe apricots. Fresh berries floating in jam tastes as neat as it looks.
The market’s first stone fruits included peaches, apricots and (small but delicious) early golden plums. If you think the Peach Tart with Mascarpone Crust looks great, consider this. It tastes even better.
Week 9/Tomatoes, Berries, Peaches, Nectarines
Week 8/Peaches, Apricots, Plums, Cherries, Berries
Week 7/Berries, Cocktail Tomatoes,
Week 6/Peaches, Apricots, Early Golden Plums
Kathryn’s May/June Diary:
My mother was Swedish, so we always had rhubarb growing in the backyard. Her rhubarb pie signaled the start of summer. It seemed like magic that she could create something do delicious from that funny plant next to the clothesline with leaves so big that my sisters and I used them for summer hats. Here is her recipe for Mullins Rhubarb Pie. The D&R family shared this recipe for D & R Rhubarb Custard Pie.
Week 5/Apricots, Berries
Week 4/Berries & Cherries
Week 3/Asparagus & Rhubarb, Strawberries
Week 2/Asparagus & Rhubarb
Week 1/Asparagus & Rhubarb
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