September is upon us and the famers’ tents are filled to the gills with late summer fruits and vegetables. Clear blue skies and temperatures that remind us of fall allow for an abundant tomato crop, sweet and hot peppers of numerous varieties, fingerling potatoes, apples, pears, alliums, and even some whispers that butternut and winter squash may soon be available at the market. So, grab your baskets and bags to head down to Falmouth Harbor and stock up on all of your favorite early autumn treats. If your stomach starts to rumble while you shop, pick up an arepa stuffed with meats and cheese or a hot apple cider donut. What better way to spend an hour or so than at the market supporting local agriculture?
Here is some of what you can find this Thursday at the Falmouth Farmers’ Market:
Freshfield Farm located in East Falmouth brings a wide array of potatoes such as Red River Pontiac, and Dark Red New Orleans. Adirondack Blue and Magic Molly are deep blue and purple. Golden on the inside, Daisy Gold. Each week there will be more types to choose from. They also have an assortment of onions: red and yellow Cipollini, Walla Walla, as well as, heirloom yellow onions: Alaisa Craig and shallots that sell out quickly.
Allen Farm is certified organic out of Westport. They offer an assortment of heirloom variety tomatoes, your choice: mix and match cherry tomatoes, husk cherries, garlic, radishes, red onions, Japanese eggplant, summer squash, zucchini, cucumbers, kale, green beans, bunching onions, pea greens, parsley and green beans. Take home some fresh cut zinnia to decorate your home!
Stop by Lilac Hedge Farm to grab something for the grill for a quick dinner or cuts of meat that are perfect for low and slow cooking such as brisket and whole chickens. Chicken pot pies to stash in your refrigerator for an easy weeknight meal. Also: it’s time to start thinking about Thanksgiving turkeys! Put your order in now. Their dry aged beef is hung for 14 days which creates an incredibly tender product. As always, their meats are 100% pasture raised and grass fed.
Pariah Dog Farm from right here in Falmouth brings free range chicken eggs, red and white onions, assorted potatoes, red radishes, salad turnips, garlic, green peppers, jalapenos, shishitos, cucumbers, red, ripe tomatoes, green cabbages, carrots and beautiful sunflowers. Mr. T’s Honey produced on their farm. They also have fresh organic duck eggs from Moss Hollow Farm. Pick up some corn from nearby Tony Andrews’ Farm: silver queen and butter sweet. Ask about their CSA.
Fromage a Trois offers freshly made mozzarella and burrata as well as Armenian string cheese. Award winning handmade pastas including 5 cheese ravioli, stuffed shells made with a variety of fresh vegetable fillings, as well as, angel hair, chitara and fettuccine.
Donde Thiago is cooking up an array of arepa flavors perfect for eating as you stroll through the market such as honey pineapple BBQ chicken, mango guacamole, pulled pork and Plantain with black beans and mozzarella cheese. Come by early or order ahead: frozen empanadas filled with cheese, chorizo and bacon to stash in your freezer. They are gluten free and can be baked or fried at home for a quick and satisfying meal.
Green Goddess Herbals makes artisanal soaps, goats’ milk lotions and sugar scrubs for smoothing your skin using all natural ingredients sourced from their farm in Waquoit. Check out: Arnica Blue Pain Relief salve with hemp seed oil to use after your post summer gardening. Also: Lavender Salve to sooth minor cuts, scrapes and burns. As always they feature a variety of handmade soaps that make beautiful gifts in scents such as Cape Cod beach, black raspberry vanilla and rose geranium.
Cape Cod Winery offers samples of their local wine selection. Captain Pete’s pinot grigio is light and crisp. Ever popular Nantucket Sound Red is back in stock. Also try the Blueberry wine: a blended white made with local blueberries. Take home a bottle or two to complement your dinner.
Annie Chalkley’s Sweet Heaven is here with all sorts of tarts in flavors such as chocolate mousse and lemon pecan. Fruit Crostatas made with fresh, local fruit. Be sure to check out her risotto tortes made with savory ingredients. Spinach and mushroom and asparagus gruyere are just a couple of flavors offered. The tortes are gluten free and vegan. Arrive early to get the best selection.
Peachtree Circle Farm brings bouquets of fresh flowers, large bunches of kale, chard, zucchini, summer squash, cucumbers and carrots. The garlic varieties are a mush try. Big, beautiful heirloom tomatoes, cherry tomatoes and crunchy cuka melons that you can pop in your mouth. She also offers all sorts of homemade jams and jellies: sweet ones like: vanilla pear, strawberry rhubarb and blueberry. Also: garlic, lavender and new: cranberry pepper jelly that make a great addition to a cheese or charcuterie board. Pickled garlic, radishes, and a variety of fruits and vegetables can be found in the colorful jars that adorn her table. There is also, homemade barbecue sauce, a favorite, and not to be missed: mango habanero jam.
Moonlight Rose farm has an assortment of alpaca products from alpacas raised on their farm. Pick up a few dryer balls to reduce clothes drying time and save energy and grab some warm, cozy socks for chilly evenings up ahead. Stop by early for the best corn of the season. Don’t forget: farm fresh eggs, summer squash, zucchini and cousa: a Lebanese summer squash that is great for grilling. Also find: scallions, various types of cucumbers, fennel, beets, Yukon gold potatoes, red and green cabbage, assorted sweet peppers and all sorts of tomatoes. Lots of beans, too: green, yellow, wax, Italian and fava to name just a few.
Take a break and get a kombucha sample from Independent Fermentations Kombucha out of Plymouth. Flavors such as I Am Nourished with elderberry, cinnamon, nettles and hibiscus, Respect Your Elderberries and refreshing, Cinnamon Plum, a favorite, as well as new flavors each week will have you hooked. Kombucha is full of antioxidants and promotes gut health. Check out their workshop on September 8th and 9th and make your own fermented fruit salad. To register: call or text Rose 508-789-8650
Silverbrook Farm has first of the season apples and pears from nearby Noquochoke Orchards in Westport, huge piles of summer squash, zucchini, assorted greens such as, kale, lettuce and chard, broccoli, green beans, green peppers, jalapenos, eggplant, onions, cucumbers, carrots, vine ripened tomatoes, husk cherries, corn, potatoes, onions, leeks, scallions and more surprises under the double tent. There is also a rumor that fall squashes are on their way. Perhaps you will find spaghetti squash this week to kick of the season. Ask about their cultivated mushrooms: Shiitake, maitake and king oyster. If you want to learn how to cultivate your own, purchase one of their kits. The guys are happy to answer all of your mushroom growing questions, too.
Peck O’ Dirt Farm offers a variety of traditional, vegan and gluten free baked items. Freshly baked muffins to start of your back to school mornings: blueberry, coffee cake and strawberry rhubarb. Need to pack a lunch? Don’t forget some cookies: oatmeal raisin, oatmeal chocolate chip, chocolate chunk, vegan chocolate chip and their famous: molasses ginger chocolate chip. Apple cobbler and blueberry buckle to round out dinner time and so many other sweet surprises you will have to stop by to choose some for yourself.
Compost with Me will be at the market to answer questions about their creative community composting solutions. Ask about their commercial and residential services. They have excellent ideas on how to turn food waste into a useful tool for our environment!
At Olio Di Meli, Mr. Meli features aged balsamic vinegars of Modena Italy. Stop by to taste and bring home a bottle. It is delectable on grilled vegetables and fruits. Try some of the imported olive oil to compliment your meals. He also offers a variety of cheeses from local Shy Brothers Farm and Great Hill Blue cheese from Marion. This summer the cheeses are on special: 2 cheeses for $10. Featuring: Hannibels, classic French, lavender, shallot and rosemary as well as cloumage and charlotty, a French table cheese.
You won’t be able to resist the smell of freshly made, hot donuts in the air. Get your apple cider donuts, made fresh, to order from Michael’s Donuts, to take home or nibble on while you shop. They make a perfect breakfast for an early morning at the beach or back to school.
Lara’s Cuisine offers toppings for pizza, grilled vegetables, delicious additions to snack platters and mix-ins for their handmade egg pasta. Try out balsamic red onions, spicy sundried tomatoes and black olive pesto as well as their ever popular Basil Pesto. They are now offering a 3-pack of the delectable spreads packaged in a giftable bag for only $22.00.
Looking for some fresh seafood to make the perfect summer meal? Colby and Nick will be selling the catch of the day from Captain Jim’s charter fishing boat. Take the short walk along the harbor to the charter fishing boat dock on Thursdays during market hours to see what they caught and support your local fishermen.
Stop by our information table to get the latest news and grab a cup of coffee for a $2 donation. If you forgot your bag, buy yourself a sturdy canvas tote with our famous turnip logo on it for only $15. We thank you for all of your support!
Please Note: Stir Crazy Healthy Street Food will be back on September 12 and September 26th.
At our Community Table this week:
Welcome Neighborhood Falmouth whose goal is to help older individuals stay in their own homes by providing needed non-medical help and services. Stop by to find out more about this local community organization!
Things you can do at the market on Thursday:
Continue to help us divert food scraps from the landfill this year. Bring your fruit and vegetable scraps, eggshells and coffee grounds to add them to the self service station adjacent to the market information table. You can also take home a small bucket to fill and bring back the following week.
Our market honors SNAP and HIP benefits. Please visit the market information table before shopping to get started and find out about matching benefits and reimbursable purchases.
The Thursday Falmouth Farmers’ Market opens at noon-no early birds. There is parking available in the lots adjacent to the park.