Cooler temperatures mean that the City Hall Farmers Market is open once again and that more Houstonians will be heading out to enjoy the many other excellent farmers' markets across the city. Each week, we'll be spotlighting a produce pick from the Urban Harvest network of farmers' markets by showing you how to select it, what makes it special and what to do with it.
Photo by Salome VanWoerden Sunchokes growing at Animal Farm.
You may have seen sunchokes on the menu at Houston restaurants such as Backstreet Cafe and Brasserie 19. But do you know what they are? I didn't until a few years ago -- and I wasn't alone in my ignorance.
"I would venture to say that 90 percent of customers do not know what they are or how to prepare them," says Urban Harvest market manager Tyler Horne. "Thankfully, I see the farmers spending a lot of time telling their customers how to prepare them."
Sunchokes -- also known as Jerusalem artichokes -- are now in season and Animal Farm will have its very own, locally grown sunchokes at the Eastside Farmers Market this coming Saturday.