Last week the Farmers Market had a fun and busy Saturday at the Roadkill Cookoff. It’s about the end of our growing season, but some vendors still have fresh tomatoes and peppers.
Laura’s Gaia Blend salves were popular. Word’s getting out that her combination of pure ingredients and fresh preparation make salves that really work. They’re a blessed relief for dry, overworked hands.
Now’s a good time to stock up on winter squash. When ‘hardened off’ (allowed to ripen on the vine) winter squash and pumpkins will store—and be fresh—all winter.
Squash can be stored in any dry place where it won’t freeze. In olden days when homes were not as warm as today squash was kept under the bed. Nowadays an attached garage or shop works well. Cellars can be too humid.
Next weekend the Market moves to Huntersville for Traditions Day festivities. In Marlinton the following weekend, October 13, is our last for this season. Music at the Market will feature a guest performance by master fiddler Paolo Marks.
From all of us at the Market: Many thanks to new vendors, the good people at NRAO and, especially, to all of our customers for making this our best year ever. Mountaineers are independent by nature. The more we grow and buy locally-grown produce, the less we depend on outsiders for our food. And that’s a good thing.
See you next year!