Loving this time of year when the Market looks so full and lush! But the cooler weather is reminding us that a change of season is coming and new produce is arriving and that some produce is to end shortly. Don’t wait to purchase berries for example, they are on the way out. South Barlow, Parsons, Hansens and Family Table Farm should all have some this week and may be for the next market too, but if you waiting to freeze some for the winter or make jam, don’t delay! Same with peaches…fall is in the air and soon we’ll be switching over to apples, pears and pumpkins.
Kiyokawa Orchards are now in for the Fall and Winter Market seasons. Randy grows an astonishing amount of varieties in Hood River, many old fashioned and heirloom …we have an apple-tasting coming up in October as well as Cider-Pressing for the kids! Some farms are starting to bring pumpkins already…small to begin with, bigger coming next month. And with this reminder of Halloween..a heads up: We’ll be selling our “Spooky Aliens” to benefit the POP Club staring next Saturday! These have been made by “POP Club Barb’s” sister who has been recycling milk jugs all summer! Last year they sold out in ONE day…this year we have more , and plan on selling them at the Sept. 29th and Oct. 6th Market…at least.
Market Chef Amy will be cooking up market foods this Saturday, stop by, see what she has sizzling, taste a sample and get inspired! At the Market this week we’ll be selling loads of peppers, tomatoes, corn, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, onions, garlic, basil, zukes, cukes, just-dug potatoes, carrots, beets, peaches, plums, pears, melons, apples, a few pumpkins and more this week…and Rick Steffens Farm is sending the first of the baby Fall Spinach…delicious and nutritious in an omelette or fall salad with pears/apples , walnuts and cheese! It says to use Granny Smiths here BUT there are so many equally lovely apples…! http://allrecipes.com/recipe/jackies-spinach-and-apple-salad/..experiment! Or make ahead salads for the work week, layer them in glass mason jars, keep in the fridge! ………take separate small jar of dressing or dress that morning.
Natures Wild Harvest is back in the Saturday Market and will be bringing mushrooms, both cultivated (Shitake, Mitake and Oyster) and wild Chanterelles and Lobsters ! Bill tells me he made a Lobster Mushroom and cream sauce to go his salmon last night…how delicious does that sound??! He will also be sending wild-foraged Huckleberries, Huckleberry Jam, Nettle Tea, Mushroom Powders…Honey too.
In addition to the 15 farms selling produce we’ll have Grass-Fed Meats, Wild Fish, local Farm Eggs, Breads and Pastries, Wines and Preserves, Pickled Products, Hummus, Pita, Dog Treats, fruit Vinegars, fresh Flowers, Pottery (Madrugada is back) , Karla’s Glass Yard Art , and Knife and Tool Sharpening.
Build your garden soil this fall and winter with Worm Castings and get growing-you-own with Spring Creek Nurseries six-packs of Fall Veggies. Tom will tell you exactly what you have to do to start picking your own lettuce and greens next month!