Farmers Market Report: October 13th, 2012
News and Information about the Saturday Farmers Markets
By Kate Thornberry, 1:34AM, Fri. Oct. 12, 2012
Right now, it looks like there is a pretty good chance it might be rainy Saturday morning; but it promises to be a nice, cool morning, which is more than I can say for the rest of the day, because it is going to get up close to ninety! HOT AND HUMID! I plan to go early--a little drizzle at 70˚ sounds better than sweltering later on.
(Sunday morning will be a little bit cooler, though still possibly damp, should you be planning to go to the HOPE Farmers Market. I went there last Sunday, and I have so much to say that I am going to have to write a whole report just about them tomorrow!)
The BIG NEWS is that, because of (I think) ACL, the DOWNTOWN SFC Farmers Market is going to be at SUNSET VALLEY. So Sunset Valley is going to be One Big Super Farmers Market, with tons of parking. Sweet.
In other Sunset Valley News, last week the market was moved to the parking lot of the Home Depot on Brodie, which actually was a really nice alternative! The area it was in looked as though it had been designed for a Farmers Market, no kidding. But because of the change, it wasn’t very well attended; I ran into a friend later on at the Barton Creek Market, and she asked me, “What happened to Sunset Valley? I went there and they weren’t there!” which leads me to believe that SFC didn’t put up any signs at the Toney Burger Center (or else my friend didn’t see them, which is perfectly possible!)
Lightsey Farms DOES still have soft persimmons! Not only that, but you can buy ripe ones, OR unripe ones that will soften on your counter. I opted for the unripe ones last week, and it has worked out very well (no exploding on the way home, and one or two ripen a day). They also have shelled field peas (what looked like cream peas and crowder peas, but I didn’t ask, I just bought a bag), green hard Asian persimmons, and okra.
Munkebo Farm, where I buy my duck eggs, will be absent from the market this week due to duck molting (when they are molting they don’t lay as well). But Munkebo will be back next week at the Downtown Market.
Barton Creek News: There is a BRAND NEW vendor who is selling awesome cured salmon! Their name is Celtic Seafare--Artisan Smoked Fish. I tried a sample of their Lox and I must say, it was superb. I didn’t have room in my budget to get any (lox is expensive--it costs between $22 and $24 a pound at the regular supermarket, and Celtic Seafare’s was a couple of dollars more than that) but I am TOTALLY going to buy some this week. I hope they branch out into other sorts of smoked fish...I love smoked trout too.
Yummy Farms is back at Barton Creek for the cool season (they skipped it during the broiling season, and I can’t say I blame them!). They have the sweetest little grape tomatoes, as well as Chimayo squash, summer squash, cucumbers and pale green gypsy peppers.
Oh and remember how I said that since my fig tree was bare, figs are probably over? WRONG AGAIN: Caeda Farms has plenty of giant juicy figs, at $4 a small basket and $8 a large basket. These are gorgeous figs people--they put my figs to shame.
What is available in abundance: yellow crookneck squash, zucchini, butternut squash, cucumbers, okra, kale, sweet potatoes, onions, peppers, tomatoes (but not as many--buy them when you see them!) persimmons, figs, watermelon, eggplant, arugula, and radishes.
Just coming in: lettuce! and those small white turnips that have turnip greens attached. These are the very best turnips of the whole year, and I was thrilled to see them this week! They are oh so very perfect for glazed turnips.
See you at the Market!