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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

10 Reasons to Keep Shopping the Emporia Farmers Market in October

The season is changing, but vendors of the Emporia Farmers Market continue to gather in the parking lot at 7th and Merchant every Saturday at 8:00am and Wednesday at 5:00pm through the end of October. It’s fall harvest time! Don’t miss out.

As we count down the remaining markets in the parking lot, we thought we’d count down some of the many reasons to be shopping at the Emporia Farmers Market in October.

10) Apples, apples, apples. At last count, there were 9 varieties of apples at the Emporia Farmers Market. From sweet to tart, firm to soft, there is an apple for every taste. Don’t forget the apple cider and apple butter, as well.

9) Fresh baked bread, just like grandma used to make. Market baked goods vendors specialize in a variety of types of fresh baked breads. Purchasing from market is the next best thing to baking your own!

8) Sweet potatoes, oh my! All sizes of sweet potatoes (and several varieties) are at the market right now. They store well in a cool, dry, well-ventilated place, so go ahead and buy enough to get you through Thanksgiving!

7) Okra… a seasonal veggie that doesn’t stick around for long. Okra is at the market right now, and you can still buy tomatoes, as well. (Okra and tomatoes together make great fall meals).

6) Homemade pie… just take one home and pop it in your own oven. The family won’t care that you didn’t actually make it yourself. It’s pie!

5) The return of leafy greens… cooler temps mean a variety of lettuces and other greens will be returning to the market. Hardier than their store-bought counterparts, they store well for salads and sandwich fixings all week long!

4) Turnips, green onions, eggplant… yum, yum!

3) Handcrafted jewelry and original artwork by locals. If you are looking for a one-of-a-kind gift, the market is just the place to shop.

2) Peppers! All shapes and sizes, from hot-hot to sweet and mild. Vendors continue to bring a wide variety of peppers to the market this time of year.

1) It is the season of SQUASH – have you tried them all? Spaghetti, butternut, cushaw, acorn, zucchini, yellow crookneck (there is even a wide variety of yellow squash options) and more. Squash are an underserved vegetable in many households. Pull out your cookbook and experiment a bit. From baked goods to soup, from sweet to savory, squash is an excellent addition to the fall meal plan.

Ongoing news and events for the Emporia Farmers Market can be found at www.emporiafarmersmarket.org. Follow the market on Facebook, and sign up for the free e-newsletter and weekly market reminders.


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