Farmers’ Market/CSA Report #8, August 2017

The weather was so unpredictable last Saturday that I did not make it out to the Farmers’ Market. This week has been National Farmers Market week, of course, because that is how my life works. Luckily, plenty of other people wrote some great things for you to read instead of my report.

At Modern Farmer, you will find “6 Ways to Shop Smarter At The Farmers Market”, and I can cosign all of these suggestions. Useful advice. Check it out.

If you’re a statistics lover, or need some ammunition for drumming up support for your local farmers market, head on over to Farmers Market Coalition to read how farmers markets stimulate local economies. You may be surprised at how effective a well-attended market’s tide floats all your community’s boats.

You may be tired of “listicles”, lists that pose as journalism, and I don’t blame you, but I can highly recommend CUESA.org’s “10 Reasons to Support Farmers Markets”. The ten reasons they cite are solid, and so is the accompanying information defending each one. This article alone could convince any hard-core doubters in your sphere of influence.

The folks at the Ecocentric Blog have developed an extensive seasonal produce listing that you can use at their website, or as a downloadable app. When I say extensive, I mean, any fruit or vegetable that might even have a possibility of being in season where you live. The list for New Hampshire is so extensive there are some types of produce that I have not actually seen any local farmers grow or sell. So, your mileage may vary as far as which products will be available at your local Farmers Market. But the listing also serves as a learning tool you can use to plan your shopping more seasonally, and to maybe expand your palate by trying a few new fruits or vegetables while they are in season and so, at their peak of flavor. Trust me, it does matter. You can’t know whether you enjoy a new food if it doesn’t taste like it should.

The CSA share was retrieved as scheduled, and continues to be abundant.

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As you can see, the green beans were in full swing, in all three colors, and there was lettuce again, quite a rarity in August. At the bottom of the photo, a subtle sign that things will be changing soon; heads of cabbage, a late summer-fall crop, have appeared. The kohlrabi and cabbage will go very nicely together in a cool, crisp slaw. The tomatoes are still slow, but these will do very nicely for another batch of salsa and some BLTs. I did get carried away with the pick-your-own jalapeños. There were so many of them, and some very large ones, which immediately got me thinking about stuffing them with cheese and coating them in a batter and frying them. Hello, jalapeño poppers. The pick-your-own peppers crop is always generous, but I guess not every member of the CSA chooses to pick them. As a transplanted California girl, I can’t get enough of them.

The weather has been rough on several parts of the country this summer. I missed a shopping opportunity, but many have been flooded out of their homes, and New Orleans is the latest city suffering. If you’ve been reading here awhile, you know that city has found a special place in my heart, even though I have not been there in person. The people there are resilient and strong, but they could do with some support from their fellow Americans. The federal and state agencies that should be protecting them are doing a lousy job of it, so if you have a little something extra you could send to some New Orleans-based charities that will help the residents recover (again), please consider doing that as soon as you are done reading here.

We need to take care of each other, nationally as well as locally. Send some love to someone who needs it.

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