This week at the Halifax Farmer’s Market

At this time of year, it’s worth your time to get up early to go to your local farmer’s market.

With the upcoming dearth of food that just keeps getting bigger and better every week, markets tend to get full and sell out of foodstuffs early. So it’s worth your time to set your alarm a little earlier. You’re not the only one who wants to go and get the best stuff. And if you live in city like Halifax, there are chefs and foodies to contend with.

And they’re probably just as excited as we are to find this:

Fresh strawberries.

They go great with all the arugula that’s growing, tempering the spiciness of the green. Add a little nut oil to your vinagrette (hazelnut oil is wonderful) and some fresh chevre and you’ve got a great salad.

Or you could always make strawberry rhubarb pie. Or stawberry shortcake. Or strawberry sorbet…

As for salad greens, you can’t go wrong with spicy mizuna to give a nice kick to your greens.

For a splash of colour and sweetness, try some beet greens.

And since you want to spend the least amount of time in the kitchen, try some stir fries with tender Shanghai Pak Choy.

They’re very tender, so they need very little cooking. If you can get them when they’re very small, they’re a great addition to your salads.