Best Neighborhood Produce Store - 2010
Parkside Farmers' Market
People come from all over town to stock up on the Parkside's dazzling array of fresh, inexpensive produce. Summer is an especially colorful time to stop by, when peaches, corn, every kind of berry, and rainbow-hued peppers mingle with dandelion greens, Persian cucumbers, and cactus fruit. But there's more to the place than fruits and veggies. The shelves and refrigerator cases are packed with a fantastic selection of Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and Central European ingredients: Syrian olive oil, Bulgarian ikra (pressed, salted roe), Croatian sardines, bags of semolina, pomegranate molasses, preserved lemons, frozen pelmeny (dumplings), Himalayan basmati rice, a wide array of brined cheeses and freshly baked flatbreads, and spices in bulk — everything you need for your next multicultural blowout.