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  • Sweet Season

    Brussels sprouts will shine as growers markets return with loads of cold-hardy vegetables
  • A sweet tribute to winter is the hallmark of spring's first farmers markets.
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      What: Season opening of the Rogue Valley Growers and Crafters Market
      When: 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, and Thursday, March 15.
      Where: Tuesday at the Ashland Armory, 1420 E. Main...
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      If you go
      What: Season opening of the Rogue Valley Growers and Crafters Market

      When: 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, and Thursday, March 15.

      Where: Tuesday at the Ashland Armory, 1420 E. Main St., Ashland; Thursday at the Medford Armory, 1701 S. Pacific Highway, Medford.

      For more information: See www.rvgrowersmarket.com. For an interactive map of market locations, see www.mailtribune.com/growersmarket.
  • A sweet tribute to winter is the hallmark of spring's first farmers markets.
    Produce vendors in March stock their stalls with the last overwintered crops, their natural sugars concentrated from exposure to cold. Among cold-conditioned vegetables available next week at Rogue Valley Growers and Crafters Market, cabbages will have their smaller cousins, Brussels sprouts, for company.
    "They're, like, prime-ready now," says Josh Cohen, co-owner of Barking Moon Farm. "People love 'em; people, like, freak out."
    Brussels sprouts are just one commodity in a wider-than-usual selection of produce that Barking Moon plans to bring to the market's Ashland session. Extending its growing season, the Applegate farm operated a community-supported agriculture program for 80 families over the past few months. Shares included the pantheon of root vegetables, cold-hardy field greens and some brassicas, such as cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli and Brussels sprouts.
    "We grew a lot this year," says Cohen.
    For the next few weeks, market customers can benefit from the certified-organic CSA surplus. While many local farmers have root vegetables, greens and cabbage, not many grow Brussels sprouts, says Cohen.
    "They'll probably go quick."
    Savvy shoppers know that late winter is the prime time to enjoy Brussels sprouts, which withstand freezing temperatures and actually mellow in flavor during a chill. Sprouts grown in hot weather often have the bitter taste typically associated with the vegetable.
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