Fresh from the market: October 3rd

Fresh From The MarketPumpkins, apples and squashes, oh my! Hello October. There are still lots of good vegetables popping out of the ground, especially potatoes, string beans and autumn greens, like kale and collard.

Here’s all the great vegetables and fruits available at many local farmers’ markets this week. See our Food Events in Bucks County calendar for listings of weekly area farmers’ markets. For a listing of year-round markets,  roadside and “pick your own” farms in your neighborhood, see our previous post.

This week’s freshly picked vegetables are: Arugula, Asian turnips, basil, beets, bok choy, broccoli, cabbages, carrots, cauliflower, celeriac, celery, cilantro, collard greens, dill, eggplant, fennel. frisee, garlic, kale, leeks, lettuces and salad mix, okra, onions, parsley, peppers – many varieties of sweet and hot, pickles, potatoes – sweet, gold, white, red, pumpkins, radicchio, radishes (many varieties), scallions, shallots, spinach, Stevia, string beans, squash – winter and summer (many varieties), sweet corn, Swiss chard, tomatillos, and tomatoes.

Freshly picked fruit: apples, cider and pears.

In addition, many markets are selling grass-fed locally grown beef, pastured poultry and eggs, cow and goat yogurt, goat cheeses, lamb, homemade pies and sweets, breads, cookies, muffins, scones, raw veggie chips, raw honey, organically grown flowers, freshly roasted organic coffees, prepared foods, Italian “gravies” and tomato pies, plus handmade soaps, fiber products and handcrafts!

Wrightstown Farmers’ Market welcomes Marc BrownGold, respected local chef, who will prepare several dishes using the market’s seasonal bounty when he guests at the market on Saturday, October 3.

BrownGold, who recently sold JustEat by BrownGold, his popular Buckingham restaurant, has been in the restaurant business since he was 14 years old. He’s now embarking on a new career in food: using his substantial food knowledge, business experience and industry acumen to affect food policy in the United States—more specifically, in the U.S. school system.

“I sold my restaurant to dedicate myself to the whole question of ‘Why doesn’t America eat well?’” says BrownGold. “However, I see myself more as a ‘food educator’ than a crusader. I understand market forces and the need to feed millions affordably, and now I’m looking for a position from which I can tackle the problem of bringing high-quality food to underprivileged and under-nourished communities.”

To learn more about BrownGold’s efforts to be “part of the solution,” email him at Marc.BrownGold@gmail.com.

Thanks to Anne Biggs and Robin Hoy of the Wrightstown Market and Kristen Perry of the Linden Hill Farmers Market for their help on this list.

Interested in showing your support of buying and eating local? Check out the new marketplace on the Buy Fresh Buy Local Web site. Get a t-shirt, hat or bumper sticker and show the world you eat local.

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