Farm Fresh and Local Produce – 10/18/08

Can you believe that the markets are winding down for the season? Only 1 more week in the regular season for Worthington, and 2 weeks for Clintonville. Of course there will be special markets (at Thanksgiving time for Clintonville, the Winter Market for Worthington), but there’s only a couple more weeks left for getting up at the crack of dawn to do my weekly marketing. I understand that there are some farmers that are at the North Market until December or so, but it’s nothing official or organized.

Having said that, I left a little later than usual today, since it was still pitch dark out when I would have normally left around 7:15ish or so. So I got out of here around 7:45 instead. No point in going to the market if no one is set up or I don’t have enough light to take pictures. I went to the North Market first, and happily, everyone was already set up, although the market wasn’t busy yet.

I vasty misjudged the weather this morning, because although I was wearing jeans and a short sleeved sweater, I froze my nipsies off. Maybe it’s a result of losing some weight, because this time last year, when I was about 100 lbs. heavier, I could go out in sub-freezing temps and be OK. Now? If it’s in the 40’s, I’m looking for a jacket and gloves. I just expected that it would be in the 50’s to 60’s at 7am, and I was dead wrong. Things did improve as the morning warmed up, though.

It was business as usual at the North Market (squash, potatoes, mushrooms, root veggies, apples, etc) at the North Market. Lots of places had swiss chard today, with these bunches from Toad Hill Organics being especially colorful:

Rainbow Chard from Toad Hill Organics

And someone there had wheat. Not ground up into flour or anything. Just wheat. I guess so people can mill their own flour?


Bridgman Farms was back with their 13 Lettuce Mix (different varieties from what they had earlier in the season), and I got a bag that I’m really looking forward to making a salad with.

13 Lettuce Mix from Bridgman Farms

Another thing that I was happy to see is this cauliflower at Wish Well Farms. It will make a lovely gratin later this week. 🙂

Cauliflower from Wish Well Farms

Next, it was off to Worthington, and I got there around 8:15-8:20 or so. My first stop was to Pop & Judy’s Patch, where I was glad to see that they brought the dried beans that they promised to last week. I picked up a pound each of Cranberry, Anasazi, Black Turtle, Brown Dutch, Steuben, Calypso, and Peregion. And while I was there, I also picked up a few of their yams. I’m so, so happy that we have a local source for beans.

Cranberry Beans from Pop & Judy's Patch

And can you believe? Strawberries! Really, really pretty strawberries from Crum’s. I got a quart for eating out of hand and with some yogurt and granola later.

Strawberries from Crum's

Another surprise at today’s market was celeriac. It’s something I’ve been wanting to cook with, but haven’t been able to find. I’m hoping to do something interesting with it for this week’s Weekend Herb Blogging.


The guy who decorates the pumpkins and gourds did something a little different this week – buckeye decorated pumpkins. What will they think of next? 😉

Buckeye Decorated Pumpkins

You know, I’m really going to miss the markets when they’re gone, although I won’t miss getting up so early. And there’s a month and a half between the end of the Worthington Market and the beginning of the Winter Market. Whatever will I do with myself on Saturday mornings? I guess I’ll need my cart next week so I can stock up on staple items.

So where did you go this morning and what did you get this week? What do you have planned for meals?

2 thoughts on “Farm Fresh and Local Produce – 10/18/08

  1. Anne

    We got to Worthington a little after 9 AM and missed out on the cranberry and anasazi beans. 🙁 I did get the other varieties, at least.

    I also picked up a celery root – haven’t the faintest idea what I’m going to do with it yet, but I couldn’t pass it up. Got a daikon radish for the same reason. Got some odd squashes from Wayward Seed, to add to my squash collection.

    This week I’ll be making bean soup and either cauliflower soup or gratin. I’ll also be excavating the fridge to see what veggies from past weeks are still good.

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