Sunday, October 11th: Squash & Pumpkins & Other Fun Stuff

Delicata squash from Alm Hill Gardens. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons. I just got back from Western Kentucky, where I spent a week or so. It is a wonderful place, and I encourage you to visit there yourself, but it reminded me how lucky we have it here with all the great fresh, local food everywhere, as I missed it while I was there. I ate great food there, but like so often when I travel, I was disconnected from the terrific diversity of wonderful local food we have here. So don't take it for granted. Celebrate it. And when you travel, ask where you can find it, and encourage them to offer more of it. (I did find wild Alaskan salmon on the menus of a couple of places there. Why people everywhere that doesn't have local salmon feel they need to have it is beyond me, but at least some were shunning the farmed stuff.)

Anywho, aren't you happy it's fall? Just look at the beautiful delicata squash, above, from Alm Hill. I so love this stuff. Just halve them length-wise, rub them with olive oil, place them face down in a baking dish and roast them in the oven for about 20 minutes until tender. You can eat the skin and all!

Curving pumpkins from Stoney Plains. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Halloween is just around the corner. Pick up a pumpkin for carving from Stoney Plains.

A colorful pepper garland from Alvarez Organic Farms. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Brighten up your house with one of Alvarez Organic Farms' pepper garlands or wreathes. Lots of folks copy these now, but Alvarez has the originals. The same family has been stringing these for them for years.

Soft pretzels from Tall Grass. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

It's October, and that means Oktoberfest for many, which means beer... and pretzels. Well, Tall Grass has your pretzel needs covered. But they sell out quickly, so get there early.

Fresh eggs from Growing Things Farm. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

And how about some great eggs from Growing Things Farm? I love these eggs. If you haven't gotten eggs straight from the farmer at Ballard Farmers Market, you really must try some. You will never buy eggs at the big box stores again.

Okay, since I just got back from Kentucky, my post is short this week. Get your full accounting of what you'll find at the Market this week, click on "What's Fresh Now!" in the upper right-hand corner.