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Oak Park Farmer's Market 8/31/02

Vital Information | Sep 2, 200202:17 PM

A great donut this week, but otherwise a mixed bag. We got there really late, and a whole host of things were gone already. I have never seen Nichol's so bare, with barely an apple to spare. Still, it was a week to spot new things.

Not that we necessarily purchased anything too wierd. I picked up some rather normal serrano chili peppers. Hot, but not scorching, they did have that fruitful flavor you also hear about. We got some of the chowhounditas favorite apple variety, the yellow and pink "strawberry" apple, and to keep things confusing, some red pears.

What we did not get was at least interesting. Nichols had that oddity, the puffball mushroom. They also had something I've never seen before, an orange Nigerian eggplant. I googled that term and found a few recipes, but nothing seeming too Nigerian. Ground cherries were there again too. Is this like their second planting? Finally, in the realm of really exotic, Skibbes had danson plums. Pretty, but unless you are a serious home canner, absolutely useless. Of course you have to remember in the realm of useless fruits, Skibbes also sells crabapples come fall.

We picked up a ton of hierloom tomatoes and word on the street was they were rocking. I wonder how much longer we'll see the summer harvest. Yet, no sign of any grapes. Help me keep alive the midwest grape!

See you next week.



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