I have meant to write this summer about my love of the Farmer's Markets and what is new and fresh, but have not, as I have been so busy cooking. Now, as the markets are winding down, I find myself in hoarding mode, and encourage others to to the same, for the good of the farmers and for the good of your larder.
I'll be out this weekend hoarding yet more storage veg., and I encourage you to do the same. Those of you who go are already doing the same; those of you who mean to, should. Here's what we're buying: Squash. More squash. For a fraction of what you'd pay in the supermarkets. Keeps well for a couple of months in a cool spot. (Use a cardboard box if your cool spot has a concrete floor.) Acorns, Hubbards, spaghetti, butternuts...go nuts. These things keep well. Just check for nicks in the skin when you're buying. Also - the locally grown potatoes are marvelous. Simple russets, not as sexy as the Peruvian blues and other fingerlings (which I have not yet seen so many of this year), but delicious and at wonderful prices. I've got 40 lbs. in the cool spot of my basement. Buy up herbs that are dryable - so many out there. I've been drying thyme like there's no tomorrow, and the sage looks lovely for Thanksgiving. The greens, not a storage item, of course, seem to be doing well this late; treat yourselves. Oh, gosh...and carrots and beets.
Hopefully there are others stocking up and loving the farmers' markets this time of year. Tell me what you're buying in case I'm missing something. And those of you who haven't gotten around to it...go. You'll be happy you did.