Well, it’s that time of year. It’s actually a little chilly in the morning, some of the leaves have started to turn, my Raiders have lost the first game of the season, and the pumpkin spice latte is back at Starbucks. Fall is almost upon us and, while it is my favorite time of the year, it means that markets are coming to an end here. With only three weeks of markets left, I am both excited, because I am pretty exhausted and looking forward to taking a much needed break, and bummed because I am going to miss seeing all of my vendors, our customers, and the amazing products that I get to enjoy during the summer.
Fall means apples and pumpkins though. For the next three weeks, I am going to take full advantage of getting the best of those crops from my farmers. Apples mean hot apple cider, Dutch apple pie, apple sauce, and caramel apple muffins. Pumpkins mean pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, and Jack-O-Lanterns. Halloween is my favorite holiday and I love seeing all of the carved gourds protecting front porches from ghouls and goblins in the neighborhoods.
I am also very thankful that next weekend, I am being covered for my Saturday market and I am going to visit what looks to be an amazing event in Sacramento, CA. If you are reading this before September 26 and are able to get there, you should check out the big farm to table festival that is being held downtown. Don’t worry, if you can’t make it, I will be reporting on what I see and am planning on taking lots of pictures.
So for the next three weeks, take advantage of the remaining markets and come down to get the last of the amazing produce and packaged foods that you can find there. If you’ve never preserved fruits and veggies in cans and jars before, it’s not that hard. I’m planning on getting a bunch of stuff over the next few weeks and doing just that so that I can enjoy them through the winter because, as I’ve explained before, once you have the produce from your local farmers, store bought fruits and vegetables just don’t cut it.
Enjoy the last of the peaches and melons and rejoice in the appearance of apples and pumpkins. Say good bye to the hot days with shorts and tank tops and start pulling out the long pants and sweaters. Inhale the crispness of the mornings and enjoy the turning of the leaves. Revel in the smells and taste of apple cider and pumpkin pie and think longingly of the farmers’ markets which will be back next Spring.