Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower
~ Albert Camus
One month after Fall’s official start, we begin to notice the changing colors, both in foliage and in the farmers’ markets. Red, gold, and pale green apples incrementally begin to replace red and green tomatoes. Yellow summer squash give way to orbs of orange pumpkins. Greens now return in the leafy shapes of kale and collards, in lieu of long, slender beans. The new season brings familiar delights as we say farewell to the former season, until we meet again.
Many of the area’s farmers’ market shorten market hours, or close for the season this month. There’s still one last chance (or maybe two) to pay a visit to your local favorite.
Clayton Farm and Community Market, on the Clayton Town Square, is winding down another successful season. The final regular Saturday market (9 am to 2 pm) will be October 29th. Two special holiday markets are planned for November 19th and December 17th (and handmade craft vendors are encouraged to visit the market’s website to apply). This Saturday and/or next, stop by the market for that big jar of Shamrock’s Buzzy Bee honey to hold you through the winter.
This Saturday will bring the end to the 5th season of the Holly Springs Farmers’ Market. For those of you that have been collecting “punches” on your market punch card, tomorrow is your last chance to enter to win a “Night on the Town”! One of the prizes includes a gift certificate to Little Hen restaurant (still waiting for an official open date, but you can take a peek at the menu on their website – makes you hungry, doesn’t it?).
Midtown Farmers’ Market (at North Hills) will remain open through November 19th, so we still have five Saturdays to shop vendors including Bluebird Hill Farm, Edible Earthscapes, Coon Rock Farm, Prodigal Farm, and dozens more. The remaining Saturday market events will include Halloween fun (Oct. 29th), as well as a chili cookoff (Nov. 12th). Note to self: stock up on doggie treats from Twisted Sisters Barkery, so my favorite local pooch has a nice Thanksgiving treat from the market too. The “sisters” should be back at the market on Nov. 5th, and many will be glad to see them mobile again.
The Chapel Hill Farmers’ Market’s Tuesday hours (3 – 6pm) continue through November, and Saturday markets are year round, though beginning in December the market will open later on Saturday, at 10 am. Many special market events are planned for the remainder of this year, including a Harvest Halloween Festival (Oct. 29th), Pie Cook Off (Nov. 12th), and a Holiday Craft Market (Dec. 3rd). Still ample opportunity to visit this market for your upcoming holiday celebrations.
This year’s “new market on the block”, The Saturday Market (in the lot adjacent to Rebus Works), will be open for only five more weeks. The final Saturday Market for 2011 will be Nov. 19th, so you have a few more chances to get your crazy-awesome Porch Rockin’ pimento cheese, try some Elemental Chocolate (and elevate your mood), Two Pounds mustard, Calico Farmstead Cheese, Muddy Dog Roasting Co. coffee, and local brews too (this week, Aviator Brewing will be serving).
The Carrboro Farmers’ Market is celebrating National Food Day at tomorrow’s market. Look for the sampling stations in the market, and taste the delicious fall produce available at the market. Take home recipes, as well as all the ingredients you will need to create your Food Day feast on Monday, October 24th. Beginning next Saturday (Oct. 29th), Carrboro Farmers’ Market will open a little later, at 9 am, so everyone can sleep in a bit longer.
Though Saturdays in Saxapahaw ended before fall began, we all have one last chance to join the party tomorrow at Oktoberfest, a farmers’ market/live music/local food & brews extravaganza in the ever-emerging ‘burb. Last year, there was one stage and the Haw River Ballroom was under construction. This year, five bands will play on three stages. The Harvest Market, with farmers and crafters, will open at 4 pm and will be set up in the same location as the usual Saturday markets. Shortly after 6 pm, cross the street (looking both ways before you cross) and enjoy the brews and more music at the new amphitheater outside the Haw River Ballroom and The Eddy Pub. Then, the party moves inside the Haw River Ballroom around 7 pm for the last two bands of the evening. All music is free to enjoy, but donations to the “swan” are warmly welcomed.
Check your local farmers’ market for changes in hours, as the seasons progress. Change is inevitable and with it comes opportunity to savor new flavors. Thanks for shopping your local farmers’ markets this season, and every season.