I didn’t post a Farmer’s Market Report last week but I actually visited three or four different ones. I was on the quest for decent tomatoes, which have been difficult to find this year due to poor weather earlier in the summer. I did find a few that were okay but sadly, many more that were disappointing. However, there are were a lot of other great finds as summer draws to a close:
I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I had never tried Ontario grapes (except in wine, of course, but grapes used in wine production are different from edible grapes). It seems I’ve been missing out! I bought some seedless Coronation grapes last week and they were fantastic. They tasted like grape juice but with a bit of a sour finish. It was almost like eating sweet and sour grape candies. They were so good that I went back and bought more. Highly recommended as a snack or as part of a cheese plate.
Corn, Peaches and Peppers
Corn and peaches are still going strong. The peaches this year are quite good and I’ve been enjoying them in desserts and out of hand. I have a few that are getting soft so I may puree them into juice so I can enjoy some Peach Sangria on a late summer afternoon. All of the corn I’ve had this year has been good and I’ve enjoyed it both on the cob and in salads. There were lots of red bell peppers and shepherd peppers available, perfect for making Roasted Red Pepper Soup with Thyme Croutons.
Despite the fact that fall is my favourite season, I’m a bit saddened this year to see typical autumn vegetables at the market such as squash, Brussel sprouts, apples, pears and leeks. Summer seemed to pass quickly this year and I’m not ready for fall quite yet! Luckily, the weather in Southern Ontario is the best it’s been all year so hopefully that will allow us to enjoy what’s left of the season for a little while longer. As soon as the days turn cool, my thoughts will turn to braising, roasting and hearty fall dishes such as Leek and Ham Tart, Braised Short Ribs and Apple Caramel Tart.
There’s no need to lament the end of summer just yet – there is still a week left in ‘official’ summer and hopefully the good weather will extend the season even longer.
Until next week…