Aug 25, 2012
Farmers Market Saturday
I'm ashamed to say that I've not gone to our local farmers market much this summer. But I do have a good excuse. While I heartily advocate supporting your local farmers, especially if you do not have your own garden, I have more produce than I know what to do with this year. My mother and I have already made two batches of salsa and numerous jars of jam and I've dried a dozen or so varieties herbs, tinctured several more and am handing out veggies to all my neighbours. The extra garden plots this year have created our own little farm and we are terribly busy trying to keep up.
Meanwhile, at the market, the root veggies are center stage. I grow these golden beets - they are SO good for roasting or tossing on the BBQ. Also - tomatoes are everywhere. I love picking up the heirloom tomatoes at the market as I don't grow those varieties.
Summer squash is everywhere too, and our plants are popping out a good crop of sweet squash that will last us through the winter. The potatoes are slowly being dug and the onions are drying nicely in the basement. The only thing that didn't do well this year was the cucumber - we tried it in a pot, but it wasn't happy there. Luckily, the farmers market can hook us up!
Above is the yellow variety of tomato I grew this year. Large, beefstake-type tomatoes that are very fleshy but low acid. I've lost the name of this variety, but I'm very happy with it and will grow it again next year. I usually stick to paste/Roma tomatoes because I love them for bruschetta, in salsa and in sauces, but these yellow ones are keepers I think.
Below is just the little basket I picked this morning for a friend. Multi-coloured beets and carrots, yellow and red tomatoes, beet greens and a little calendula flower along for the ride.
I hope you've had a lovely harvest in the garden or at the farmers markets this year!