Farm Fresh and Local Produce – 10/6/07

Author: swampkitty05  //  Category: Columbus, Eating Local, Farmer's Market, North Market

We woke this morning to unseasonably warm temperatures, to head out at 8:30 for an abbreviated trip to the North Market only. I just haven’t been cooking as much this month, and we figure we’d be able to get everything we need in once place.

It was crowded, as today is their Harvest Festival and they’ve got all kinds of activities going on. But there was a much better selection of produce than I imagined would be available this time of year.

The first thing that caught my eye were these lovely fall berries from Crum’s – knowing this is probably my last chance to enjoy them fresh before spring, I picked up a quart of the strawberries.

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The other thing that I absolutely needed to get today was a mix of mushrooms from Toby Run – I don’t think he’ll be around much longer this season, and it’s been quite a while since I’ve had some. Here are some shiitakes:

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Wayward Seed Farms had tons of beets, in all different varieties. I got a bunch of baby chioggia beets (this will be the first time I’m trying fresh beets, BTW) which I’m thinking of making into a nice beet carpaccio.

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Across the way (at Toad Hill, I believe), there was some rainbow chard that I didn’t end up getting – anyone have a clue how much longer these will be in season?

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I also ended up getting a bag of mixed lettuce from Elizabeth Telling Farms – it should make for a delicious salad today or tomorrow.

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And I got some poblanos as well – I’m not sure what yet, but I’m planning on making a dish this week using them and the chorizo I got at Bluescreek Farms Meats inside.

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Also purchased today but not pictured: a mix of apples for applesauce and apple cider from The Orchard of Bill and Vicky Thomas, some potatoes and an orange kabocha squash from Just This Farm, some onions from (I think) Somerset Herbs, and some Pineapple Ham Glaze from a new vendor whose name escapes me at the moment.

Stopped inside quickly to get a few items, including the breakast of champions, Cassoulet, served with a couple of slices of that wonderful Eleni Christina bread over at North Market Poultry and Game. I’m sitting here enjoying it as we speak. :)

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Can’t wait until next week – I will let you know how this week’s dishes turn out. I definitely need to go to Clintonville for eggs, maybe I’ll even make it over to Worthington as well…

2 Responses to “Farm Fresh and Local Produce – 10/6/07”

  1. Heidi Says:

    Since you mentioned going inside, I’ll ask…do you know what happened to Benevolence Bakery? That was one of our favorite stops whenever we’d hit the North Market and hubby found it to be gone this week – it’s been a few since we’ve been there. Not sure what I’ll do without a Saturday peach muffin!!!

  2. Karen Says:

    Wow, what gorgeous produce.
    I’m shamed into visiting my market this weekend!

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