So, how’s the frost on your pumpkin and what do you think of when you think of fall weather? One of the things I like to think of is a warm stove doing double duty, cooking up a pot of chili, soup, or making apple sauce, apple butter, or maybe an apple pie, filling the house with great smells, while taking the chill off.
If you want to make applesauce or apple butter, this is the year of the apple. I’m sure you’ve noticed the trees all straining under the weight of a bumper crop, so have at it. It’s easy, mostly fun, and, it’s delicious. If you choose to make some of your sauce into butter you might want to cook it down at about 300 degree in the oven, nice and slow, stirring it a few times in the process. You may have to adjust the temperature setting, depending on your stove. I use lasagna dishes, lots of surface area to hasten the thickening process and certainly a lot nicer than getting bubbling volcanic mixture on your arms and hands when you do it by the stovetop method.
Lots of fall crops are coming in, winter squash, apples, root crops, late summer produce, and all of them will be available this week, at the market. So think about coming down and leaving with enough to fill your root cellar.
This full moon we’re experiencing is truly a harvest moon, enjoy it.
Click on the link below, grab your sweetie for a close dance and follow Neil’s lead. I did years ago and have never looked back: Harvest Moon
The Market Café will be open this week, serving up some great food. Stop in and visit to satisfy your appetite and thirst. They’ll have every thing from snacks to dinner. You can enjoy it on site or have it to travel. We are, unfortunately, without a musical guest this week. If you would like to play, give us a shout.
Most or some of the produce vendors will have the following; beets, beans, potatoes, peppers, eggplant, onions, herbs, tomatoes, cabbage, chard, and celery. The list below highlights some of the items or features that certain vendors will have that might be a bit unique.
Spring Meadows: Carrots and Bundles of Kale. Andy still has some onions, beets, tomatoes, spinach, chard, green beans and garlic available in bulk for freezing, drying, whatever. Pasture soy free eggs, SNOW PEAS, and lots of spring greens are still available. If you’re thinking about planting garlic this fall, Andy’s the man to see.
Andy will also have his team of oxen at Heritage Days in Troy at the fairgrounds this weekend. This is a real grassroots celebration. Come out and help them celebrate a bit of history.
Keeney Farm: They have most of the produce listed above, some of the last MELONS of the year, plus, WINTER SQUASH & PUMPKINS. If they have any corn left, they will bring it. It will be the last of the season.
Roosting Tree: Great jams, eggs and local artwork.
Running Bear: Tomatillos, Kohlrabi, beets and other produce. Dill, fennel, and cilantro, LAMB in the form of cuts, roasts, plus chicken, duck, rabbit, and turkey parts. Cliff may still be taking orders for holiday turkeys and whole or cut-up chickens for the freezer. You may also check with Cliff if you’re interested in concord grapes, he tells me their crop is almost ready and he’s taking orders.
Herb Corner: Fresh cut herbs, arugla mix, grapes, and green tomatoes, great for making green tomato relish or, fried green tomatoes, one of my favorites. They will also have two sizes and many colors of fall mums available. Beautify your porch or flower garden; mums will last far into the fall season.
Liz at Yorkshire Meadows will not be with us. She’ll return next week.
Hillstone with their quality beef and pork products and Glenfiddich with their fine baked goods, salsa, and other products will both be here again this week.
Bill Wilson of Mann Hill Farm will have a large variety of produce at his booth. He’s another person that you might want to check with for bulk items, especially tomatoes.
Maple products from Between Two Rivers, baked goods from Basically Bagels, garlic and goat milk products from Always Somethin’, great jewelry and handcrafted items, and gift ideas from Gypsy Jingles, hydroponics lettuce, basil, and other types of produce from Udder Merry Mac, and Bernie from Inn to The Seasons with his assorted delights.
After this week there is one more outdoor market, Sept. 27, before we move inside the Parish Hall where you can continue to shop locally till Thanksgiving.
See ya at the market!
Friday, 3-6:00 P.M.
St. James Episcopal Church, Rt. 6, One block east of Main, Mansfield, Pa.