What's In Season
Fall is a fantastic growing season throughout our region in terms of variety of produce. This time of year, fresh local fruits and vegetables are filling the Farmers Market. Here's what's local and in season right now:
Veggies: Acorn Squash, Asian Spinach, Basil, Beans Beets, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Butternut Squash, Cabbage, Cabbage Sprouts, Carrots, Chestnuts, Chili Hot Peppers, Cilantro, Corn, Cucumbers, Cucuzza Squash, Daikon Radish, Eggplant, Field Tomatoes, Fresh Herbs, Garlic, Gourds, Green Beans, Green Peppers, Habanero Peppers, Jalapeno Peppers, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lemon Grass, Long Beans, Mushrooms, Okra, Onions, Peppers, Potatoes, Pumpkins, Radishes, Rainbow Chard, Red Potatoes, Spaghetti Squash, Squash Blossoms, Sweet Banana Peppers, Sweet Corn, Swiss Chard, Tomatillos, Tomatoes (green house), Turnips, Velvet Beans, Yellow Squash, Zucchini
Fruits: Apples, Asian Pears, Grapes, Pears
Chestnuts have arrived! According to several Farmers Market vendors, this is a banner year for them, so take advantage of this interesting and versitile nut...yes, it's a true nut unlike almonds and cashews which are actually fruit.
Chestnuts grow on trees surrounded by a spiny shell, which begins to open it matures. Inside the spiny shell is a dark brown, shiny nut with a starchy edible center.
Chestnuts can be eaten many ways and have a unique nutritional makeup. They have a mild and slightly sweet flavor that makes them perfect for both sweet and savory dishes. Their texture is similar to that of a potato, slightly crunchy when raw and softer when cooked.
Chestnuts are often sold fresh during the winter months, making them a popular holiday treat. They can be roasted, steamed, boiled, deep fried or even microwaved.
Because fresh chestnuts contain a high percentage of water, they are more perishable than most nuts and should be refrigerated in a breathable container four to six months.
The following vendors grow and sell fresh chestnuts during the Farmers Market: Fahrmeier Farms, Of the Earth Farm, Nature's Choice Biodynamic Farm
Be sure to get some and try our delicious recipe of the week!