What a miserable morning it was yesterday! As much as I was tempted to stay in bed, it was my week to pick up my Elizabeth Telling CSA, and I figured that if Sandy the farmer was willing to get up in the freezing cold at the crack of dawn to drive all the way here and stand in the cold for 5 hours in the freezing rain, the best I could do was eat my veggies! Especially since we are winding down for the season.
The market was light, as to be expected, and it was full of apples, greens, and potatoes! My CSA included tiny little purple kale leaves, eggs, potatoes, a nice fat pumpkin, and cabbage! I bought some lovely aromatic arugula from Toad Hill Organics, and I stopped by Wishwell Farms too pick up some broccoli and cauliflower, and then to Wayward Seed, where I picked up some wild arugula and these lovely watermelon radishes (aren't they beautiful?):
It's sad to see the ending of the growing season, but it will be nice to sleep in on the odd Saturday. Don't fret, though, because there are still some chances to eat locally over the winter. You can stock up now - if you have a dark, cool place, you can store potatoes, root veggies, and squash throughout the winter. It's also a great time to think about your strategy for eating locally next year. Maybe you can think about saving up for a CSA, getting a FoodSaver or another sort of preservation device, buying a freezer to store your local goods throughout next winter - there are lots of way you can begin to plan if you didn't get as local this year as you'd like to.