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Stocking the larder: Farmers' Market summer season ends Saturday

Don’t let a little rain dampen your enthusiasm for local food. Farmers are still harvesting plenty of produce, and the Bainbridge Farmers Market has extended its season through this Saturday. Several farmers have created special programs to extend the season. And the Winter Market opens up the week before Thanksgiving. All of which will make it easier than ever to eat locally all the way through the winter.

This Saturday, in addition to seeing your favorite farmers dressed up for Halloween, you’ll have a chance to stock up on potatoes, garlic, onions, winter squash and other staples that can be stored in a cool, dark place until at least Thanksgiving. Betsey Wittick from Laughing Crow Farm has promised to bring some of her hand-ground cornmeal, plus coppolini onions, sweet peppers, shallots, and sweet potatoes.

Oh those sweet potatoes. Betsey grows both the light fleshed variety, and the dark orange type commonly called yams. Some of them weigh upwards of five pounds – one of these deep orange beauties is enough to feed a family. Just roast them on the rack in the oven for about an hour at 350, or until they start dripping their caramelly sweetness (you can put a piece of foil or parchment on the rack below them to catch the drips). Or you could whip them into a savory cumin-spiced soup, or add them to a sweet and spicy Moroccan Lamb Stew

Also appearing at this week’s final summer Market will be Farmhouse Organics, Persephone Farm, and Butler Green Farm. They’ll offer a great selection of winter squash and pumpkins, a few last-gasp tomatoes, salad greens, arugula, parsnips, potatoes, leeks, shallots, and braising greens like kale and chard.

After Saturday’s Market, there will be no regular farmers market until the Winter Market opens at Eagle Harbor Church on Saturday November 21, just in time for Thanksgiving. The Winter Market has been featuring much more produce over the past couple of years – it’s not longer all about holiday crafts and gifts. Butler Green Farm, Persephone Farm, and Laughing Crow will all be there, with a great assortment of squash, onions, potatoes, greens and more. The Winter Market will be open Saturdays from 10 am to 3 pm until December 19.

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