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Uptown Market opens--here's a first look

Uptown Market opens--here's a first look
Photo by Nikki Miller

If you've had a memorable Saturday night, on Sunday morning you might be thinking of bloody Marys and sleeping in. But for a healthier morning after, head down to the second year of Uptown Market, which opened over the weekend and will run every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. through September 26.

This year's market promises more food vendors and farmers in the mix of artisans and local musical performers. The opening was a pleasantly sunny day of shoppers, cute kids in strollers, and adorable pups on leashes.

Uptown Market opens--here's a first look
Photo by Nikki Miller

After a long night out Saturday, you'll get a lot more mileage out of an organic falafel and cup of kombucha (courtesy of weekly vendor Foxy Falafel) than you will from a mimosa or a Big Mac. And paying five bucks to watch someone pedal you a smoothie in the summer heat is guaranteed to lift your spirits (it's 50 cents off if you do the pedaling).

Uptown Market opens--here's a first look
Photo by Nikki Miller

 

Next, grab some locally grown produce for dinner and continue on your Sunday regimen of eating well. Early season selections you can likely still find next Sunday include radishes, sweet peas, romaine, kohlrabi, chamomile and our favorite of the day--garlic scapes.

This booty cost us less than ten bucks
This booty cost us less than ten bucks
Photo by Nikki Miller
Uptown Market opens--here's a first look
Photo by Nikki Miller
Uptown Market opens--here's a first look
Photo by Nikki Miller

The nice folks at Swede Lake Farms out of Watertown, Minnesota, provided us with a handful of recipes for this interesting-looking garlic by-product, a green shoot that is lopped off a garlic bulb as it grows, allowing the bulb to continue to mature. The best part? Cutting it off provides a slightly less pungent addition to stir fry, pesto, hummus, butter, and salad dressing. Or you can eat it alone, grilled or sauteed, for a great side dish that's a bit like eating asparagus or green beans without having to add the garlic.

Garlic scapes
Garlic scapes
Photo by Nikki Miller

We were advised that the scapes taste best charred, and because we couldn't wait to fire up the grill we tossed some with olive oil and coarse sea salt, then sauteed them until nearly burned.

Uptown Market opens--here's a first look
Photo by Nikki Miller
Uptown Market opens--here's a first look
Photo by Nikki Miller

And there you go. Your recovery is complete, and you've had a chance to support the grassroots, volunteer efforts of the Uptown Market and a slew of local farmers and businesses. Feels good, doesn't it?


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