Wrapping Up the Growing Season

by Michelle on October 17, 2011

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Here in Michigan, fall has moved in and my garden has been done for a couple weeks. While I miss having so much free, ripe produce available for the picking I’m at least thankful that I don’t have to really shop at the grocery store- yet. Our local farmers market is open until Christmas, and even I was shocked at how much fantastic food was still available over this weekend.

Not just the usual root vegetables you might expect (carrots, yams, potatoes) and apples, cider, pumpkins and squash of course. But also celery, cranberries, onions, garlic, herbs, and lettuce. There were also still herbs available and wonderful fruits such as concord grapes (my favorite!) and watermelon.

Not to mention I was also able to stock up on my usual bread, cheese, and butter, and there were plenty of eggs, honey, syrup, and frozen meats available. So even though your garden might be done for the year, check with your local market to see if it’s still open. You may not have to settle for regular grocery store items and produce just yet!!

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emili October 17, 2011 at 10:03 pm

December!? So jealous, lady! Farmers markets are slowly shutting up shop for the season ’round these parts :(

Emily November 4, 2011 at 4:31 pm

Even here in north TX the markets shut down in October. Not that we have any “real” farmers markets around here – the closest is about 1/2 hr away, as the one in our suburb is mostly just stuff on its way to the grocery store, except a day or two fresher.

Michelle at Openeyehealth November 7, 2011 at 7:55 pm

Emily, I guess I am feeling pretty lucky hearing that. Our market is about 15 minutes away and just this past weekend I was able to buy fresh concord grapes, carrots, broccoli, peppers, and celery. But, oh, how I dread the long winter ahead after ours closes at Christmas!

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