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Last Farmers Market Tomorrow

Friday, October 28, 2011

I will admit it. You ready? I am addicted to the Farmer's Market. There, I said it out loud. There is something about the thrill of the hunt. The wonder of finding something new. The sites, sounds, colors and textures. The promise of new, exciting and healthy meal that I just need to pluck from the piles and head home to whip up. All of it local, organic, and delicious. I live all winter dreaming of the first weekend of June when it returns and I am upset any weekend I can not go. I missed one this whole season. Pretty good if I do say so myself!
Tomorrow is the final day. The day when I will buy several sugar pumpkins to use for my first canning adventure. I will hoard winter squash and anything that will last a few more months in my cupboard. One of my strange obsessions has always been preserving food. When I was small I remember staring in wonder at all the glass jars that lined my great grandmothers cellar stairs. Heirloom recipes of pickles, jams, chutneys and her famous piccalilli, all but lost to my generation. Somewhere inside me even then was a fledgling foodie determined to have jars of my own. I am reading a book on the process and my first foray into this new world will be organic pumpkin puree. At $2.50 a can around here I am determined to make my own with no added junk. Just healthy goodness.
I have thought all week about what I will do to fill the void that the market has left in my Saturdays and in my weekly menus. There is a local organics delivery service. A few times in the past I have be close to joining but always questioned if it was a waste. I think I will give it a try and see how it works out for us. Time is a factor for me. Getting to the store on a regular basis and being able to find fresh produce is difficult. The Farmers Market is just down the street and easily accessible. I will find a solution to being able to eat clean year around even in New England even if it means I spend a great deal of time next year preserving and hoarding. At least I will have some great photos for my other blog! www.simplytastefuleats.c
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Thanks to some fantastic advice from my girl RAVENSONG37 we are camera shopping this weekend. Wish me luck!!
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  • JANETRIS
    There is such a satisfying feeling to put up your own food. I have resorted to freezing these past couple years. My canning jars and rings are dusty in the basement now. I just find freezing so much easier. I hope you make it through your farmer's market withdrawals! They really are fun! emoticon emoticon
    3012 days ago
  • HEALTHYASHLEY
    You know Alofa they are very popular in Boston and fill up very quickly. I prefer to just go pick what I want weekly. There is even a meat one near us but my fiancé doesn't like that we can't pick the cuts etc so you can end up with tons of bacon but very little leaner cuts etc. I did join one for delivery over the winter from a company who delivers organic produce. You pay weekly so I figured I would try and see how it works for us. Thanks for the suggestions!!!
    3012 days ago
  • ALOFA0509
    Love Farmer's Market.. Oh you should def chk out/ join a CSA in Boston ( Community Supported Agriculture) basically a prepaid subscription to your local farmer's produce for a season.. I think you'll love it!!!!! Hugs,me
    3013 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/29/2011 11:04:51 PM
  • SKYEPHOENIX
    Oh, how that brings back memories--peaches and pears and strawberries and blueberries--dad downstairs making the sauerkraut to can later--canned stewed tomatoes for sauces all winter--we canned EVERYthing. My favorites were the peaches and chokecherry syrup and pincherry jelly. :) Though I soundly attest to peas being far better frozen as opposed to canned. :)
    3014 days ago
  • OJIBWEEQUAY
    I love canning!!! I stick with the Ball canning book! I can deer meat, soup, veggies and make my own jelly!! Also I can berry juice to make jelly later!!! Go you for giving it a shot!!! Oh and I strongly discourage canning barely soup!! Everytime I tried the lids exploded off!!!! Who knows??!!!!
    3014 days ago
  • CREATEJOY74
    Hi, Ashley - good for you for jumping into canning...I teach preserving classes in the summer and love it. However, pumpkin is tricky and really isn't good for home canning. Please take a look at this article from one of my favorite experts on canning:

    http://www.foodinjars.com/2
    011/10/canning-101-a-couple-pum
    pkin-reminders/

    Marisa is a great resource and her recipes are wonderful. Good luck!
    3014 days ago
  • CRAZYDOGLADYBO
    I love this!! Really! I want to know if you like the process. I am looking at starting next year as I have yet to buy any jars or other equipment.
    3014 days ago
  • GRACEISENUF
    I love farmers markets too We have a local one but this past year I have found so many nice ones as we travel through our state.

    I read somewhere that squash will keep all winter in a cool, dark place....did you already know that? I plan to do a little hoarding on butternut squash myself, lol.

    Our old farmhouse I grew up in had a cellar and my Mom had tons of stuff canned down there....it was a scary place for me with steep stairs...she could have hidden toys and candy down there and it would have been safe, ha ha.

    ENJOY the weekend Ashley!
    3014 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/28/2011 4:38:51 PM
  • KKINNEA
    I'm so with you on farmer's markets - the fresh food is amazing.
    3014 days ago
  • PGNBRI
    I really wish we had a good farmer's market near me! Ours is pathetically small and already ended 6 weeks ago!
    3014 days ago
  • DEBBIEOLMOS57
    i love the farmers market
    3014 days ago
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