As we head into mid-September, it’s time to think about stocking up: canning, freezing, jam and jelly making. There is an abundance of choices offered by the farmers from a healthy crop of heirloom tomatoes to almost every type of chili peppers imaginable. Fall fruits and vegetables are making it to the scene now: acorn and winter squash varieties, William’s Pride, Ginger Gold and Granny Smith apples, Asian pears and all sorts of potatoes. So gear up for putting some of the season’s bounty away for later but be sure to enjoy it all now, too.
Here is some of what you can find at the market this Thursday:
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. Come early for the assortment of end of the season heirloom and cherry tomatoes. Pick up some garlic, radishes, red onions, Japanese eggplant, summer squash, zucchini, kale, green beans, bunching onions, pea greens, parsley and green beans. Potted herbs such as rosemary, and thyme to snip now and grow back. 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. What about some pork for pulled pork in a crock pot? 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, a large variety of peppers such as: sweet green peppers, jalapenos, shishitos and cayenne, cherry tomatoes, red and green cabbages, carrots, acorn and butternut squash. 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.
Pick up some healthy street food from Stir Crazy to enjoy on a bench overlooking the harbor or bring it home to savor later. Light and flavorful Cambodian dishes featuring mango, cucumber, basil and toasted coconut. Try out their weekly specials such as: BBQ Cauliflower Salad and lightly fried egg rolls with sweet garlic sauce.
Time to slough off some of that tired summer skin? 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. Try out Sea Glass luffa soap, body sugar scrubs in Berry Vanilla and Cape Cod Beach as well as lip scrubs in honey, strawberry or bubblegum. Their facial scrub has activated charcoal for deep cleansing. Hydrate afterwards with a variety of lotions, lip balms and body butters.
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 tonight.
Peachtree Circle Farm brings bouquets of fresh flowers, large bunches of kale, zucchini, summer squash, cucumbers, assorted peppers: sweet mini bells and poblanos, carrots and perhaps some early fall squash varieties, too. The garlic is 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. Whole pickled garlic heads, radishes, and a variety of fruits and vegetables can be found in the colorful jars that adorn her table.
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, golden, red or purple beets, Yukon Gold, Red Pontiac, Superior and Russet potatoes, assorted sweet peppers, shishitos 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. If you are feeling adventurous, combine two flavors to make something new. Kombucha is full of antioxidants and promotes gut health.
Silverbrook Farm brings crunchy, fresh apples and delectable Damson plums from nearby Noquochoke Orchards in Westport, MA. Their own Asian pears, 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 and other varieties 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. They 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 treats such as lemon loaf, crumb cake and ever popular chocolate zucchini cupcakes with fudgy frosting. 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. Fruit cobblers 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 fresh tomatoes. He also offers a variety of cheeses from local Shy Brothers Farm and Great Hill Blue cheese from Marion. This season 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 snack or breakfast before 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 for a special price.
Looking for some fresh seafood to make the perfect autumn 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: Donde Thiago will be back on September 19 and October 3.
At our Community Table this week:
Falmouth Public Library Book Bike is here from 1:30 PM -3:00 PM. Come see what this new addition to our local library is all about. They offer Falmouth Guide Books, information about happenings at the library as well as free books perfect for all of your reading needs.
Things you can do at the market on Thursday:
Continue to help us divert food scraps from the landfill this year. Bring your fruit/vegetable scraps, eggs shells 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.