Only Three More Saturday Markets
Which squash for holiday pie?
With the fall cold setting in this is the time of year for warm, hearty meals. Local veggies are a perfect base for so many comfort foods and favorite seasonal dishes: mashed potatoes, beef or chicken soup with veggies, hearty winter salads, roasted squash, and pumpkin pie.
Around this time of year I can always count on my father dreaming of and talking about pie. His grandmother was a talented baker who was sure to have a pie ready when her grandchildren came to visit. I have kept up the pie baking tradition.
My favorite type of fall and winter pie is pumpkin. For years I have experimented trying to decide the best type of pie squash: pie pumpkin, kabocha, butternut and, this year, lower salmon river squash. I love the complexity and sweetness that each of these lovely squash give to pie. This year I added fresh ginger from Onatrue Farm to my pumpkin and apple pies. The fresh ginger mixed with the rich, creamy lower salmon river squash from Finnriver made for a bright, full taste that I know my dad will love.
Whether you are a pie making expert or novice, the Saturday market has a terrific variety of squash to experiment with for your own pie, soup or roasted veggie dish. Ask Saturday Market farmers for their recommendations and you will be sure to choose a squash that knocks your socks off. If you are not a pie maker yourself rest assured, the ladies from Crust have you covered with a wide variety of pies.
There are only three more Saturday markets for the 2015 season. With the end of the season close at hand and more winter holidays around the corner, this is a great time to stock up on pie squash, as well as other local storage veggies and gifts. Serendipity Farm, Willow Wind and Amie’s Garden all have beautiful wreaths, which make great host gifts and decorations. This Saturday you will also find artisan cheeses, wine, pottery, and so much more!
See you Saturday at the market, Amanda
Mountain Spirit's delicious teas will be on sale this coming Saturday. They normally sell for $5 but will be on sale for $3. They have lots of luscious flavors and make great stocking stuffers.
Mama's Harvest tamales- the best tamales this far north!- are available for oder for the holidays. Mini tamales are great for office parties and other gatherings. They are easy to heat up and can be kept in the freezer until they are needed. Plus, they are delicious! Big tamales are also available. Mama’s Harvest will have some on hand at the market, as well as fresh salsa, and pickled items- all made with the finest ingredients including lots of local veggies. Mama's Harvest is also taking tamale orders online for those who cannot make it to the Farmers Market: www.mamasharvest.com.
Eaglemount Wine and Cider is offering a delicious cranberry mead perfect for your holiday table.
Woodland Treasures has a wonderful collection of fall mushrooms including winter chanterelles, pictured below.
SpringRain: This is the last week for fresh organic chicken from SpringRain Farm at the market. SpringRain will continue to have frozen chicken the rest of the winter, but, if you want fresh, this is the week. They are also having a blow out sale for the month of December- buy 5 chickens, get 1 free (of equal or lesser value). This is your chance to stock up for those long cold days ahead.