Archive for September 12th, 2014

Farmer’s Market Saturday

Saturday is possibly the last Farmer’s Market for the season.  For the future, we will continue to pull our truck into town with the CSA Shares for the Saturday Pick Up members.  Instead of the spot by the alley off Pioneer Square, we will move to Western Sage CPA’s parking lot–catty-corner to the park in a corner lot.  You can drive right in and park near the truck!

This week we will have a plethora of hot peppers:  Jalapeno, Habanero, Poblano, Krimzon Lee (a type of paprika that looks like an Anaheim), and Hungarian Hot Wax. 

Green Bell Peppers, wrinkled Pepperoncini (not hot), and the multi-colored light meated Bell Peppers called Islander.  Maybe some Antohi peppers if they survive the frost–we didn’t give them a blanket for tonight.

Broccoli-By-The-Bag @ $1/#

Green beans–Kentucky Blue pole beans–in 5# bags.  I had some of these for dinner–cooked in butter, and lightly steamed!  YUM–

European Picklers–our snack cucumbers that are great as pickles.  These were picked Monday and are most likely the last of the season.  🙁

Red Beets–a small gathering of topped beets in a bag.

Onions–sweet yellows, large sweet whites, and some purples.

Potatoes–5# bags of Purple Vikings, Baby Purple Vikings, Dark Red Norlands, Baby Dark Red Norlands, and some Amarosa Fingerlings (red skin and rosy red flesh).

Green Cabbage–stragglers in the garden that missed the harvest because they just weren’t big enough.  Sweet and peppery in flavor, crisp texture.

Cantaloupe and Watermelons–ABSOLUTELY the last of the season…a short one this year for melons–late spring and average date for the frost in this region.

Fruit for sale this week are 1/2 pint Raspberries ($3) and Thomcord Grapes ($3/#)

See you there!  The Farmer’s Wife



This week’s fruit share was 4 items–Thomcord grapes, Riverton raspberries, Cara Cara Oranges from Chile, and Honey Crisp apples.  All but the oranges are certified Organic–

The Thomcord grapes are ‘seedless’ with small vestigial seeds in some–not big enough to gag you, but noticeably there.  This is a hybrid Thompson, which is seedless, and Concord which is a sweet purple grape used for jellies and wines.  If you did not get grapes in your share, come see me at Farmer’s Market–give me a holler today so I can put them aside.

The Riverton raspberries are from Sonharvest Seasons in Riverton and are out-of-this-world.  The Piel’s pick them sweet and take great care in delivering a consistent berry.  Raspberries are very perishable–Eat them quickly or freeze them.  Freezing is easy: spread on a cookie sheet, place in the freezer…after frozen put into zipper bags and you are ready for the winter…or maybe next week if your will-power is weak.

Cara Cara Oranges are a product of Chile.  They are…well let me let Specialty Produce of San Diego tell you about them:

“The Cara Cara orange has a trifecta of attributes. It has the initial appearance of a true orange. Its peel is smooth, yet pebbled and when zested releases bright floral aromatics. It is easy to peel and when its flesh is revealed, it reflects the color of ruby grapefruit. It tastes sweeter than any given orange with flavors far more comparable to tangerines with robust and complex citrus aromatics. Its flesh is also seedless, an advantage among any fruit. When ripe, the Cara Cara orange’s flesh is tender, succulent and extremely juicy.”

And the last item–The Honey Crisp apple hails from Washington state.  In The Farmer’s Wife’s words:  “The best apple ever!”  Do you remember the first Fruit Share we got this year?  It had small Honey Crisp apples from New Zealand–Well, I just made 10 of them and some of the Golden Delicious from two weeks ago into applesauce yesterday!  It is wonderful–love the ‘fresh’ applesauce from organically certified apples–They grace my fridge right now, but when I do the last of the Utah peaches I’ll reheat it, put it in new pint jars, and hot water bath them to store for the winter…or next week since my willpower is weak.

ENJOY!  Five more weeks of Fruit Share–  The Farmer’s Wife