Rain and the lateness of the season has chased away many artisans, though some are still out, selling products including knitted goods. Many of the 35 vendors who turned upon Saturday are local farmers, still harvesting the season’s produce. In past years the last day of the market has been a frustrating moment because the farms are still producing so much. This year, knowing the market is continuing through the fall, I did not go overboard stocking up on squash. I only bought three. Big ones; the little ones don’t count…
In New York and Vermont the markets I visited (called farmers markets, fresh farm markets, and greenmarkets) offered a true alternative to the grocery store, with a full range of dairy products, including milk, cheese, and cultured butter, as well as locally produced oil, and flour. The Poulsbo Farmers Market is our largest and strives to complete the everything-you-need list. This year there are many more meat vendors. On Saturday there were two, including Clark’s Meats, although the fish vendor didn’t make an appearance. Several farms offer eggs, and there are several cheese makers too. In comparison with the Northeast, we still lack dairy, flour, oil, and beans.
I did buy ten pounds of onions from Paul Gregory, sweet onions that keep for months in a cool closet. The variety of fruit available was amazing – there are still strawberries, and local canteloupes! Salad ingredients are going strong, including lettuce, tomatoes, and radishes. Snap peas are still available too. There are peppers, green onions, many varieties of chard and kale. Beets, carrots, and potatoes.
Three bakeries braved the weather to set out their stores. I had lunch at The Food Shed, which provided a bowl of pumpkin coconut curry soup with a slice of savory pumpkin cranberry bread. I topped this off with a dish of Viking Feast ice cream (banana crunch) for dessert.
I’m so grateful to all the farmers and bakers who are continuing to turn out even though the cool weather has set in. These people feed me, literally. There isn’t anything more important than that.