I don’t know about you but when I see that goldenrod and the early asters come into bloom I get a little sad because it means summer is sliding by at an alarming rate. Then I remember that from late August to October is the best time for variety in fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables at the Belfast Farmers’ Market. The twenty plus members offer everything from cucumbers to new potatoes, salad greens to sweet corn, peaches to blueberries and raspberries too; the cut flowers are superb in late summer.
Barb from Fire Flower Garden says dahlias are the thing this week. Remember those ugly tubers from early this spring? They’ve grown into luscious long lasting blooms in all hues. Fire Flower also makes edible bouquets for fun or garnishing, (no dahlias included).
In addition the the pick-me-up of cut flowers, you will find pickles, jams and chutneys made with this season’s bounty and all those staples: baked goods, seafood, meats, cheese and dairy. Did I mention maple syrup and honey? What about locally produced teas? Ready to heat and serve food? Yup. It’s all there.
Late Summer Means…
Melons, eggplant, tomatoes of all sizes and shapes, peppers–red, green, hot and sweet, garlic, onions, oodles of berries and peaches too, sweet corn, early potatoes, don’t forget the greens–too many to list. Herbs. Yes, fresh cut herbs.
Speaking of herbs, late August means that Appleton Cremery‘s Chevre in Oil with Basil Pesto is fleeting. Caitlin and her apprentices only make it while basil is fresh and in abundant supply, and that means through August. It freezes well, so stock up and pop a few extras in the freezer for a taste of Summer in November…
Grab Something Yummy While You Listen
Catch the great vibe from the strings of Frets Halligan and grab a whole grain baguette and slather it with humus, or cheese, or get some yogurt and toss a handful of those antioxidant rich blueberries on top, chill with a popsicle, ice cream sandwich or push pop. Quench your thirst with lemonade and indulge in a pudding cake or a gluten free whoopie pie. Explore the possibilities for lunch at market. Market supplies the picnic tables, you bring the appetite and a date.
Word is that Chef Frank Giglio might be at market giving another of his interesting food demos, but Frank has been mighty busy lately and has not confirmed the date with this editor.
Certified Organic Wild Maine blueberries in pints and 5# freezer boxes are available from Burke Hill Farm throughout their harvest season.
A while back Kevin, Hubbard Brook Farm & Baskets, said he’d have raspberries and peaches thorough August, or while they last! Yum. Get in line, I’m right in front of you.