Monday, October 28, 2013

Farm Stand - Late Season (Eye and Belly "candy")

 It is getting to be the end of the season for almost all the farmer's markets and farm stands. If you local one hasn't closed yet, It will soon. So it is the perfect time to rush out there and buy yourself some veggies!
All types of winter squash are available as well as onions, apples, peppers, eggplant, and pumpkins!

 I just love winter squash with their interesting colors and shapes. And they are so wicked cheap!

You can stock up on them while your local market has them on super sale and store them at home. You can store them in your basement or garage. So long as you can store them at 45°-50°F in a dry place they can last for up to three months.
 Don't forget that at in almost any recipe you can exchange one winter squash for another. The texture may vary a bit as well as the intensity of the flavor, but if your recipe calls for acorn squash and you don't have one, feel free to use a butternut or hubbard squash.
 The apples are lovely and at the peak of their season right now. They are crispy and ready to pick and eat. What flavors are available locally in your area?

 Don't forget the pumpkins. It is pumpkin season after all. You can make everything from cookies, cakes, pies and breads with pumpkins - you can make them into soups, sauces and eat them plain - in either sweet or savory ways. Is there anything this orange veggie can't do?!
 The hot peppers are on, and they are HOT! Did you notice the stretch marks on the peppers that means they are extra hot inside. I think that means that I am extra spicy too.

 We saw all the colors of the rainbow today at the market. The baby even cried when it was time to go. Be sure you are still getting out there and getting your fresh veggies from your local growers while you can.