“Autumn is a second spring, when every leaf is a flower”–Albert Camus
The days are getting cooler and shorter, eves downright chilly, and something in the air feels like change is upon us. But shorter days mean warm fires indoors, cool temperatures in the pumpkin patch bring sweetness to our pies, and harvest-time–and all the festivities that come with it–are right around the corner. So many of our autumn celebrations are centered around harvest time, but so few of us these days really experience it. Our food comes from all corners of the world and we buy it packaged at the supermarket, right? Autumn is a glorious time, and at Farmers Market we get to see, smell, taste and feel the cycles of the seasons that are right before us
Market is full of ingredients to cook up an autumn feast! Here are a few of my favorites.
I like to welcome the season by roasting a chicken. Here’s my favorite method.
Corn is still gorgeous, and fall-like in its golden splendor. Toss together a quick autumn succotash by sauteeing corn kernels in butter, with a little chopped shallot and some green beans. Toss with salt and pepper and some fresh herbs. A few of our farmers have delicious corn available.
Bake an apple! Scoop out the core from the top, but leave the bottom intact. Fill the cavity with a mixture of brown sugar and nuts, cinnamon, and a hint of nutmeg. Top with a pat of butter and bake in a pan at 350F until tender, 15-20 minutes.
Come to market and Thursday will be your favorite day of the week. See you there!
Vendors for September 22, 2016:
Abundantly Green: Organic chicken, beef, pork, free-range eggs, produce
Davis Farm – fresh picked corn this week!
Gregory Farm / Johnson Orchards: fresh veggies and orchard fruit
High Point Farm – All natural pasture raised meats
Patchwork Gardens – fresh greens and veggies
Pheasant Fields Farm: Local produce, veggie starts, eggs
Rusty Wheel Farm – USDA pork
Short’s Family Farm: USDA beef
Taylor’s Honey Farm: Local honey and bee products
Thong Xiong Garden – Gorgeous flower bouquets and fresh produce
Prepared & Processed Food:
Cafe Kai – NEW! Try kahlua pork & cabbage, spam musubi, turkey panini, luau stew, rice, croissant French toast (items will vary from week to week)
CJ’s Evergreen General Store & Catering – grilled fare, including burgers, Uli’s sausage and… don’t miss the PIE!
Crimson Cove Smoked Specialties – smoked salmon, cheeses and nuts
Jimini’s – lotsa yummy stuff, including fresh MINI DONUTS!
Kettlelishess Corn – Kettle corn in lots of flavors
Laughing Dog Kitchen – gluten free and vegan baked goods
London Maid Crumpets – fresh crumpets to-go or try one griddled with sweet or savory toppings
Mad Moose Pizza – delish wood-fired pizza
Mama Suzys Sweets & Treats – cookies and other baked goods
Sugar Studios Crepes – sweet or savory flavors
Tamgo Jams – we’ll have all of your favorite jams: Pear Butter, Peach Jam, Strawberry Jam, Blackberry Jam and Blueberry Jam, as well as some gift-packs.
Cleft of the Rock
Diane’s Dezines – Handmade fused glass and beaded jewelry
Rachel’s Copper Creations: copper roses and windchimes
The Local Home – gorgeous candles and homegoods
Westridge Art – bringing a variety of locally-written