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Time to start thinking about apples, figs, fall vegetables at Jasper Market

IMG 3409The summer vegetable peak has come and gone. It just seems like yesterday that the tomatoes came in and now they are on the way out. The Cantrels, Jacky and his wife Colleen, often come late to the market with a late summer crop but no sign of them yet. You can’t miss Jacky if he comes to the market; he is about 6’5” so keep an eye out. There will still be a few tomatoes between Zach, the Johnsons and a couple of others. Figs and peaches are on their last days as well, which is pretty sad because I haven’t eaten my fill yet.

Zach Henson says he will have beans, squash, eggplant, okra, eggs and tomatoes. Zach goes to both the Wednesday Jasper Market as well as the Saturday one. Jenny Fellenbaum goes to both markets with okra and hopefully figs. Chef Tony Pisconeri (great Italian pizzetties and sourdough) also sells at both markets. The Johnsons try to go to both markets especially if they have corn. Last week they had killer corn. The Wednesday Market is open 2-5:30 p.m. but go early. The Saturday Market is open 7:30 a.m.- noon but lately they have been selling out of the most prized vegetables early.

This Saturday you should be able to get corn from Revere, peaches and apples from Red Apple Barn, potatoes and peppers from Kenneth, okra and figs from Jenny and corn and duck eggs from the Johnsons.  Sargent Peppers has herbs, hot peppers and dried peppers. There should be several other farmers at the market with more vegetables than we can handle. The only bean you could find last week were white half runners which seems to be a southern favorite (life is a mystery to me). Denise Seibel won’t be at the market this Saturday (she had figs and fabulous goat soaps). Jackie Carlisle will be at the market this week with her healthy Ezekiel breads, English muffins, millet bars and gluten free options. Irene makes wonderful cakes and pies.

IMG 3412As summer is wrapping up, I am thinking Christmas and holiday gifts. I know it is freaky but the Amy Grant Radio just came on with her Christmas music (seriously). I made some pesto in pretty jars to give as gifts. The next stop will be Jenny Fellenbaum’s table to buy hand turned votive candle holders and wine stoppers. Then a few bits of pottery and maybe a hand knitted scarf and bam the holidays are done in August!

61 Main was a blast last Saturday. Our core group went to breakfast but we were happily joined by 4 others. Some of us had the quiche, others had eggs to order and some had the awesome green tomatoes, egg and bacon sandwich. Sadly, many of us at the table have lost a loved one or have loved ones at home that are ill. But what was so amazing was that there was plenty of fun and laughter to go around. Somehow, a group of friends and strangers hooked up at the market, went to 61 Main, put aside our troubles and had a great time. I am pretty sure most of us peed in our pants with laughter. “Ain’t” life grand!

IMG 3414I went with friends to Home Restaurant Friday night. It was about the best meal I have ever had. We had the Ahi tuna, Alaskan halibut and the North Carolina trout served with my musica beans. It was all cooked to perfection. We, of course, had to have the peach crisp and the goat cheese ice cream with figs.  John brings local to a different level. This week he bought my beans, cherry tomatoes and gorgeous bell peppers. Whitney sells John her shishito and bell peppers, Stacey’s Kuri squash is on the menu as well as her super fresh organic sprouts. Chad McKinney and Donny Hunter fill in with every fresh vegetable they grow. John also tries to buy his fruit locally, think figs and peaches.

As the summer slowly ebbs, I find that I am so very grateful for my life. I hope you all are as well.

Eat Local and Shop Local,

Xaviere

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