9/22-9-23/2016: Here comes fall


Quick things:

  1. We’re told this will be the last week for okra and cantaloupe. If you’ve been passing them by (or want to get one last fix), now is the time to get them! (Our dinner plan tonight includes this roasted okra.)
  2. If you’ve been dying to try Senposai, you’re in luck! We’ll have it this week, from Jade Family Farm. Also making its R&R debut is Sweet Dumpling Squash from Village Acres Farm.
  3. The City Council hearing on the Broad Street Market Alliance lease/management proposal was this Monday, and went well. I’m hopeful that we’ll have a vote from Council within the next couple or few weeks. Once the lease is in place, the Alliance will be able to launch its Friends of the Market group, so stay tuned!

Scroll down for the list of what we’ll have this week.

Today, as you probably know, marks the last official day of summer. Tomorrow, at 10:21am, the sun will cross the celestial equator, and from at moment, for the next six months, we will have more darkness than light. Alas!

In seriousness, there is a significant part of me that mourns the passing of summer, and even a sense of dread when I think about the impending winter. I have joked over the past few weeks that as brutally hot and humid as this summer has been, it won’t be long before I’m complaining about how cold it is — which, really, isn’t much of a joke (as Dusty will tell you). Even so, unless you are a one-issue eater (and that issue is strawberries or asparagus), we are entering into the best few weeks of the year from a local food perspective.  While summer crops like tomatoes are starting to slow down, we will continue to have them in some quantity up until the first frost (which, realistically, could be as soon as two or three weeks from now); at the same time, cooler weather crops like apples, sweet potatoes, salad greens, and winter squash are starting to roll in. If you want to eat spaghetti squash with fresh tomato sauce, now is the time to do it.

Senposai from Jade Family Farm

Senposai from Jade Family Farm

Perhaps the most interesting addition to the produce table this week is the Senposai, which is a recently cultivated cross between cabbage and a Japanese mustard green (komatsuna). This is a hybrid of the old-fashioned sort — cross-breeding related varieties, to get something new (think Mendel, not Monsanto). If you google “Senposai” the fifth result is a link Jade Family Farm’s website — which happens to be the farm our Senposai is coming from. Jade’s writer (who, based on tone, must be farmer John Eisenstein) says:

Senposai is a tender Japanese green with the sweetness of cabbage and the tenderness of Spinach. The leaves grow quite large – bigger than your head – and are excellent for salads, sauteeing, stir-frying, pickling and are exceptionally well-suited for wraps. Senposai leaves are a great substitute when you’re looking for something lighter than a tortilla or bread. This person even wrapped their burger in Senposai. Now, get grilling! You can thank us later.

I’ve never had Senposai, so I’m looking forward to trying it. Maybe fall isn’t so bad. 🙂

Julia

 

Produce

Beans & Peas

  • Edamame
  • Green Beans

Braising Greens

  • Bok Choy
  • Collard Greens
  • Green Curly Kale
  • Senposai

Fruit

  • Gala Apples
  • Honeycrisp Apples
  • Jonathan Apples
  • Cantaloupe
  • Concord Grapes (grown by Chester Wenger)

Herbs

  • Cilantro
  • Parsley

Mushrooms

  • Cremini Mushrooms
  • White Mushrooms
Onions & Garlic

  • Garlic
  • Leeks
  • Red Onions
  • Sweet Yellow Onions
  • White Onions

Other

  • Celeriac
  • White Sweet Corn
  • Italian Eggplant
  • Okra (final week)

Peppers

  • Red & Yellow Bell Peppers
  • Orange Habanero Peppers
  • Hungarian Wax Peppers
  • Jalapeno Peppers
  • Poblano Peppers

Potatoes

  • Blue Potatoes
  • Gold Potatoes
  • Sweet Potatoes
Roots

  • Red Beets
  • Carrots (arriving Friday)
  • French Breakfast Radishes

Salad Greens

  • Arugula
  • Lettuce Mix
  • Green Leaf Lettuce (tentative)
  • Romaine Lettuce (tentative)

Squash

  • Acorn Squash
  • Butternut Squash
  • Delicata Squash
  • Spaghetti Squash
  • Sweet Dumpling Squash
  • Zucchini

Tomatoes

  • Sungold Cherry Tomatoes
  • Heirloom Tomatoes
  • Plum Tomatoes

Cheese

Keswick Creamery

  • Brie
  • Morbier
  • Quark
  • Ricotta
  • Vermeer
  • Wallaby
  • Wine-Washed Tomme

Lykens Valley Creamery

  • Baby Swiss
  • Clothbound Cheddar
  • Colby
  • Goat Gouda
  • Cheddar
  • Sharp Cheddar
  • Smoked Cheddar
  • Jalapeno Cheddar

Camelot Valley

  • Chevre (asst varieties)
  • Feta
  • Chevre d’Azure (Blue Goat)
  • Moonlight Fog
  • Starlight Crotin

Other

  • Apple Tree Feta
  • Hope Springs Mild Cheddar
  • Hope Springs Monterey Jack
  • Millich Kivvel
  • Millwood Springs Blue Cheese

Bread

McGrath’s Brick Oven Bakehouse
(fresh Friday & Saturday)

  • McGrath’s Original
  • Sesame Original
  • Irish Oatmeal Pan Bread
  • Prairie Bread
  • Cheesy Bread
  • Pumpkin Ginger
  • Baguettes (Saturday only)
Talking Breads
(fresh Thursday)

  • Batard
  • Ciabatta
  • Miche
  • Seeded