Tuesday, October 29, 2013
A New Farmer's Market
*B*, Miss F, and I started going to a new farmer's market. It's much further away than the one in our town, but for some reason our market closed early in the middle of September. It's probably for the best, because the new one we found is MUCH bigger and has many more items.
We buy coffee there from a local roaster who employs people with developmental delays and sends some of their profits to charities overseas. There are at least three times the number of farms, many more meat and egg producers. They know us and Miss F even plays with one producer's daughter while we're there. There are three pastry/bread/yummy food vendors. I know two of three vendors. I grew up with the son of one of the vendors. His mom makes delicious jam. The other vendor happens to be a couple I used to know. I babysat their children when they were young, and it's now amazing to see them move onto a new stage in their lives now that they're empty-nesters. They make the most brilliant food - bacon, cheddar, and scallion scones, ham and gruyere croissants, pumpkin tiramisu, and plenty of pastries.
Since we've found this farmer's market, we've been stockpiling winter squash and pumpkins. We love all things pumpkin, and we love soup made from butternut squash. This year though, we also picked up a hubbard squash and a cheese pumpkin. We're going to see how they taste. If good, we'll load up on them to feed us through the winter, since the market only goes until the end of November. My mother's husband had this work shelf sitting around that he made a number of years ago. They gave it to us, and it makes an excellent squash storage shelf. It's wonderful to see it so full!