Sunday, January 24, 2010

All Parsley is Not Created Equal

Fresh herbs are "tricky" this time of year. At Daisy Mae's Market, we like to feature specialty items when we can. However, since we are an outdoor market, we have to be careful with what we stock. Yes, we have a covered stall with heater; however, many items are delicate and we'd rather not stock an item due to cold temperatures than buy something that we eventually throw away because it's damaged by the temperature.
Parsley is a good example. There are many kinds of parsley, but the most popular kinds are curly parsley and flat-leaf parsley. Curly parsley is most common but is usually used just as a garnish. Flat-leaf parsley is most often used for cooking. It is easier to cut and is more flavorful so the best cooks always choose flat-leaf parsley.
At Daisy Mae's, we try to stock flat-leaf parsley when possible. We find that it's most popular with our weekend shoppers so we tend to have it toward the end of the week. It doesn't make sense for us to buy flat-leaf parsley on Tuesday if we don't sell much of it until Friday. In the three days that pass, the parsley tends to wilt so why would we want to offer half-fresh parsley to our weekend buyers?
Our mission is to offer fresh produce and if it's in doubt, we believe in "full disclosure." If we think you need to use it the day it's purchased, we make a point of telling you. Produce is perishable, and there's no way to get around it. If you are looking for a particular herb, just call ahead (513-602-5601) and we'll let you know what we have available. Our supply meets your demand so feel free to let us know what you'd like to see at Daisy Mae's.

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