What’s been going on!
The long, low angle of the sun these early days of September is the first indication that fall might be on the way. Still hot and muggy but the fields stay in the morning shade much longer until the sun finally tops the eastern tree line and then the heat really begins to build and the dew finally burns off. Hopefully in a week or two the cooler and drier weather will finally arrive too.
Haven’t talked much about the Carrboro Farmers’ Markets 40th season and anniversary since my March newsletter but in the coming weeks and months look for more events and things about it. Two weeks from today, on the 20th, is the 7th Annual Market Harvest Dinner which will kick off the 40th events. The Harvest Dinner is really our community event to bring both market and towns folks together to break bread and celebrate the ties and relationships the market has forged over the years. To mark the 40th season the tickets have been reduced to $40 and all the money goes straight to supporting Market programing.
The following Saturday (and maybe for several Saturdays) there will be a mini museum in the Gazebo with a big market timeline with pictures and other artifacts from 40 years. We hope that folks will also add comments and events to the timeline that they may remember from their years coming to market. Last Saturday the 40th anniversary T-shirt was released with a beautiful mini timeline and graphics. Lots to remember and celebrate after all these years!
Picture of the Week
The Ginger is ready, look for it at market this week!
What’s going to be at the market?
Full Pepper production now. Plenty of Red Bells and some Yellow Bells. Fewer Corno di Toros this week in red, yellow and orange. Sweet Cubanelle, Pimiento, Jimmy Nardelo frying peppers and Spanish Piquillo. Aji Dulce, the habanero without heat.
In hot peppers Passillas, Fresnos, our own Picante Pimiento, Jalapenos and Serranos. Nice and meaty early season Anaheims and for the Green Chile fans let us know when you are ready for your volume roasts for the freezer. A drop in Poblano production this week too.
Plenty of the Shishito and Padron appetizer peppers prepared the same easy with a quick blister in a pan then sprinkled with salt and eaten whole. Get some of both and do your own comparison.
Lots of Summer Crisp lettuce as well as Red Radishes. Our favorite summer green- Callaloo is nearing the end of its run, the green amaranth that we call Jamaican Spinach and is a quick saute. Maybe the last or our sweet Red Onions, great in every dish. Fairy Tale Eggplants, the striped Nubia and Italian Heirloom Eggplants too. Fresh Baby Ginger is back for the fall!
The fall flower department is down to a bit of Crested Celosia and Plume Celosia.
As a reminder if there is anything that you would like for us to hold for you at market just let us know by e-mail, by the evening before, and we will be glad to put it aside for you. Just so you know, sometimes not everything listed will be at the Wednesday market.
Hope to see you all at the market!
Alex, Betsy and Jennie
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