Farmers Market Report: November 24
Thanksgiving weekend: somewhat tinier markets
By Kate Thornberry, 7:59PM, Thu. Nov. 22, 2012
However, they are going to be reduced in size, because itís Thanksgiving week and folks are busy. Farmers travel to be with family Thanksgiving weekend just like the rest of us. So a good approach would be to just go and see whatís there, rather than having a specific list.
I do know that J & S Seafood will not be at the Markets, cause I asked. Why did I ask? Because itís time for oysters! More on that as the story develops.
The really key thing to remember is: this warm weather is not going to last, so it is time to buy enough bell peppers to last for a while. What I do is buy a few pounds, slice them and fill a Ziploc, and put it in the freezer for winter use in recipes (not salads obviously!) I also buy some for salads and use them up slowly (peppers last a few weeks in the icebox if they are fresh.) It is also not a bad idea to get a bag of jalapenos and slice them into a 1:1:1 water, sugar, and vinegar solution and keep that in the fridge to last through the cold (2 month) season. Oh come on! We canít even really call it a cold season! Lets say, ďThe Cool SeasonĒ. (When exactly is it going to get here again?)
To the best of my recollection, this is the first Thanksgiving in at least ten years that we havenít had a freeze on or near the holiday.Indian Hills Farm has a bumper crop (Downtown Mkt) as does Sand Creek Farm (Barton Creek Market) and the Georgetown Pecan Company (Barton Creek Market). Pecans are running about $11 a pound, so they are indeed cheaper at the farmers markets than they are at HEB, Central Market or Whole Foods. Also, fresher. In fact, they are perfect and wonderful! Confituras Tipsy Pecan Cranberry Sauce, but they arenít the only local cranberry sauce out there anymore! Star Farmers Market has Texas Cranberry Jam, and Flume Creek has Highbush Cranberry Sauce, which is looks like to me is a bit spicy as well as sweet. (Both at Barton Creek).
I wonít be at the markets this weekend, 'cause Iím going out to Fort Davis! Iíll see you at next weekís!