As the weather starts to cool down, we’re seeing a corresponding shift in the produce available at Market in the Valley. Summer vegetables like eggplants and bell peppers are winding down, while fall crops such as cauliflower and kale have started to hit the stands. The good news is that tomatoes keep coming, so we can still get our fix for these quintessential autumn fruits.
All those pumpkins, acorn squash, and butternut squash lining the stands show that we must be getting closer to Fall. We’ll start seeing the shift towards colder-weather crops and gourds in the coming months as summer ones are harvested. But this also means that we only have a few more weekends at the market in the valley before everything shuts down for the season.
What’s Available Now
If you’re looking for something to take advantage of the cooler weather, why not try making a soup or stew? Cauliflower, kale, and carrots are all in season right now, and they’ll add a touch of color to your plate. If you’re looking for something a little heartier, potatoes are always a good option this time of year. Just make sure to grab them while you can—they won’t be around for long!
For those of you who are still clinging to summer, don’t worry—there are plenty of options available too. Tomatoes are still coming in strong, so now is the perfect time to make that batch of tomato sauce you’ve been thinking about all summer long. Eggplants are also still around if you’re looking for something to grill or roast. But hurry—these summer staples won’t be around for much longer!
What’s Coming Soon
As we say goodbye to summer and hello to Fall, we’ll start seeing more winter squash and gourds hitting the stands. This is the perfect time of year to start stocking up on pumpkins for pies (or roasted pumpkin seeds!) And if you’re looking for something a little different, why not try your hand at cooking with kohlrabi or turnips? These understated vegetables are versatile and delicious, so don’t be afraid to give them a try!
The farmers market is a great place to stock up on seasonal produce, but it’s also worth taking some time to enjoy all that it has to offer. With pumpkins, squash, and gourds arriving soon, it’s the perfect time of year to explore new recipes or revisit old favorites. So head on down to your local market this weekend and see what’s in season—you might just be surprised at what you find!
Check out the progress on the Mandalas:
Parking is limited, so consider carpooling or if you are local, gather up the family and walk on down.