FIRST DAY OF FALL
The autumnal equinox is the first day of Fall in the Northern Hemispherre, and this year it occurs on Saturday, September 22 at exactly 9:54 P.M. EDT. Enjoy the last few hours of summer as you shop the market this week!
Ripe wild grapes are one of the many delicacies we look forward to as fall arrives, but we may be disappointed this year. With the early drought and then all the rain, reports are that many vines have lost much of their fruit before ripening. If you have your favorite place you pick each year and are counting on the usual abundance, best to check the conditions. On the other hand, both peaches and apples seem to be above normal. Maybe your "putting up" plans will need to be adjusted this year. Just another reminder that Mother Nature is in charge.
Thanks to Chef Brendan and Chef Samantha for joining us at the market last week to celebrate Farm-to-Chef week. Both their recipes got rave reviews - and requests for copies. There were not enough copies available at the market, so once we get them we'll post to our website.
The last bit of news this week is that, regrettably, Beltane Farm owners have decided to retire, so we will no longer have their fabulous goat cheese products available at our market. We are on the hunt for another producer, but their cheese will be hard to match. We are sad for us, but happy for them.
Here's what's happening other than normal this week at market.
Anna Gill's column is titled How Green is Your Bean?. Originating in the Western Hemisphere, they come in many colors and have many names - not surprising since it is estimated that there are over 1000 varieties. Read Anna's column to learn more about this widely dispersed and adaptable vegetable.
See you at the market Saturday, outdoors at Center School parking lot.
Sustainable Tip of the Week
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