L to R: Watermelon, broccoli, leeks, salad mix, slicing tomatoes, radishes, eggplant, red bell peppers, green beans, chile peppers, potatoes, and basil.
Not that I would ever ask that, but someone else out there might want to know: Is that all there is in season in New Hampshire right now?
Not even close.
It’s all that continues to be available at our CSA in amounts large enough for her to put out for share-gatherers. And, truth be told, I did leave behind my squash share (2 lbs) today (still have much squash in house), and I have not been taking pickling cucumbers because I am done canning pickles.
But if I took photos of all I brought home from other farmstands and the Farmers’ Market on Saturdays, you’d see all kinds of fresh, incredibly delicious things to cook and eat are still available out there.
At the farmstand where I picked up the (remarkably sweet, juicy, and freestone!!) peaches in this photo, there was lettuce, cauliflower, canteloupe, onions, tomatillos, kale, mustard greens, and fennel (I’m sure I’m forgetting something). Not to mention the milk, beef, pork, and chicken.
At the farmstand where I pick up my milk later today, there is the best corn in town, one of the hottest peppers I’ve ever tasted, sweet potatoes, and a variety of heirloom tomatoes, poblano bell peppers and eggplants of all different colors.
Apples are just coming in, grapes are available, and the winter squashes and pumpkins are starting to appear in the bins.
It’s ironic, at least to me, that summer is the season when everyone thinks of bounty, but here, it’s late summer/early autumn that really rocks for local food. The weather starts to cool down enough for the lettuce, broccoli, and radishes to make a late season comeback, the tomatoes, eggplant, squash, and green beans are so abundant, people are trying to give them away, the potatoes and onions are in and curing for winter storage, but still taste great right from the ground, the melons are finally full and ripe and sweet, and the peaches and apples are vying for top spot in the next pie (maybe both? hmm). And the corn-the corn! This is the real star of the season right now. Corn starts to lose its sweetness and convert to starch as soon as it’s picked, so supermarket corn, well, we don’t even eat it anymore. The time to eat corn is NOW, from a farm nearby, picked that day if possible.
So, although summer’s winding down, Mother Nature’s still got some amazing tricks up her sleeve. Don’t miss them. Get to a farmstand or Farmers’ Market this weekend, and I’ll see you on down the Road.