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Oak Park Farmer's Market 9/28/02

Vital Information | Sep 29, 200210:46 PM

Did not last saturday feel an awful lot like the previous saturday? And did not that saturday feel alot like the previous saturday. Has this been one freaky September filled with temperate days? All a long way of saying this weeks farmer's market hardly looked any different than last weeks or the week's before or even the week before.

Corn, green peppers, tomatoes, hell even peaches, are these things supposed to still be at market? Now, we did pay the price for going to the peach bushell once too often. The late season summer peaches tasted like bad melon (or decent potato). We should stick with the fall fruit, very abundant. So many damn apples to pick from, to even remember their names. I assigned a family member to each of the four varieties we purchased, so I could faithfully report. Now with them all either being out or asleep, I have to remember on my own. Swiss gourmet, honey crisp, empire and jonathon--easier than I thought--were the varieties we chose. Ms. VI, however, pined for macouns, which we arrived too late.

Speaking of not arriving, no crabapples. Mr. Skibbes told me that he forgot to bring them. By the time they appear at our market, he will want me to make good on my questioning. Ms. VI will be forced to make 12 of her famous crabapple clafoutis as I buyout his stock. Also MIA, the world famous Nichol's bubble gum pear. (Although plenty of pear varieties could be found).

On the mycologicial front, Nichols brought along an older gentleman who slipped in and out of a celtic accent and read passages from a field guide to schmooze wild mushrooms. His accent or lack thereof could not hide the fact that he called the dryades mushroom, druid mushroom. He also named one thing, fried chicken mushrooms which may be a mycological nomeclature used strickly in oak park. At least the hen of the woods came with an established name.

More, more decorative things. Last week's way for the farmer to make a few extra bucks was mini-bales of staw at like $3 a pop. This week, that VI favorite, the corn stalk. Decorate your home each week like a different Stephen King novel. Finally, making a big splash, the swan gourd. Anyone have any idea what to do with these? I mean is not the farmer's market a bit like a casino where they are just find ways and ways and ways for you to spend money?

See you next week (far away from the gourds)

Suggested use for your swan gourd



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