Sunday, August 31, 2008

Market Report - August 31

It kills me that tomorrow is the first of September! But looking at the market, you can see that the the harvest is beginning and the produce is changing. The market was packed this morning, even at 8:00 a.m. I guess everyone's either having a big meal tomorrow, or they took the State's advice and stayed home from the beach.
There were lots of late-season grapes on offer. Growing up, we had grape arbours at our house and this time of year, the grapes would fall and ferment. The bees would get drunk and fly around stinging everyone. Not fun!
Some of the root veggies are coming in, and there was a really good display of beets. All of the green had been lopped off and it looked like a bunch of spiky-heads lined up.
The lines for the peas are back in full force. I am not a pea/bean person, so I fail to see the excitement, but they're popular. There were black-eye peas, crowder peas and black beans, amongst others. Once they're gone, you've got to wait until the next week.One of the prettiest things this week was a dahlia as big as a dinner plate. Beautiful cream colour and just huge!
Another sign of the impending change of seasons was the variety of squash beginning to arrive. I loved these striped bi-coloured ones.But these are the most obscene ones, and flesh-coloured to make them even more realistic!
Last, but not least, a beautiful punnet of Damsen plums. I remember these from childhood when my father used to make Damsen jam from them. Thanks, as always, for reading!


Julie said...

I'll never look at butternut squash the same way again...

porter hovey said...

Those beets are amazing!