FALL IN LOVE WITH THE FARMERS’ MARKET
As the weather cools down and pumpkin-spice flavors return to the local cafes, we’re excited to welcome you and a few new vendors to market for the start of the Fall season. Get ready for winter varieties of squash, pumpkins, and new root vegetables from the autumn harvest. Union Square Doughnuts will soon be unveiling seasonal flavors, including vegan pumpkin spice!
Finally, help us in welcoming new vendors like Chokospice, Aunt Seng’s Garden, GoodieKrunch, and Leah’s Gourmet Sauce!
Recipe of the Week: Garlic Roasted Root Vegetables
Move over frozen french fries, it’s time for some fabulous fall flavors to fill your oven. 'Tis the season for a whole new world of root vegetables. The rutabagas, carrots, winter squash, and beets that will soon appear in farmers’ market baskets make excellent roasted fries! Just toss them with some olive oil and your favorite spices and you have yourself the perfect side dish!
1 ½ lbs. Root vegetables of choice (i.e. parsnips, rutabagas, beets, carrots, sweet potatoes, etc.)
1 ½ Tbs. oil of choice
3 cloves of garlic, pressed or finely minced
Sea salt and black pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 425℉.
Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
Wash, peel and dry your vegetables of choice. Using a large knife, carefully cut each vegetable into uniform sized pieces (about ¼-inch thick).
Toss vegetables onto baking sheet and dot with duck fat. Use your hands or a large spoon to mix the vegetables until evenly coated with fat.
Sprinkle garlic over vegetables and arrange them in a single layer. Do NOT salt them yet.
Roast in 425℉ oven on the middle rack for 15 minutes. Remove pan from oven and turn the fries so that the cooked sides are facing up. Return to oven and roast an additional 10-15 minutes or until tender and crisped on the edges.
Sprinkle with sea salt and black pepper to taste before serving.
Vendor Highlight: New Fall Vendors!
Leah’s Gourmet Sauces: Starting as a small project to produce healthier foods to introduce to her baby, Leah, Leah’s Gourmet has become a passion-driven business dedicated to creating uniquely-flavored, additive and preservative-free fruit sauces that can be enjoyed by all ages. Her recipes are inspired by her Jamaican roots and include flavors like blue cinnamon and mango kiwi. Drizzle them over fresh fruits, pastries, yogurt or ice cream. Want to learn more? Make sure to follow them on facebook for updates and adorable pictures of the girl who inspired it all!
Chokospice: With flavors like Spicy Cardamom & Apricot and Chai, Chokospice is bound to have some decadent flavors you’ve never seen before. This bean-to-bar chocolatier selects ethically-sourced cacao beans and spices from around the world to bring you an unbelievable variety of spiced chocolate bar flavors. All of their bars are free of refined sugar and are prepared from bean to bar in their Watertown-based kitchen. Don’t miss out on your chance for a sample or to speak with Robert about what inspires him to make such delicious chocolate bars!
GoodieKrunch: Looking for a crunchy, satisfying snack while perusing the market? Look no farther! GoodieKrunch uses a traditional West African recipe from their family to create melt-in-your-mouth granola bars. They are vegan, and gluten and preservative-free to boot! Try their bars over cereal, yogurt, or just as they are! Check out their facebook page to learn more about their products and mission.
Aunt Seng’s Garden: Get ready to see some non-GMO, organic microgreens sprout up at the market this season! Aunt Seng's Garden is based in Somerville and has a whole lot to offer!
Discover new Produce: Rutabaga
You may have seen this rotund root vegetable in grocery stores or farmers’ markets this time of year, but do you know its true powers? Rutabagas are like turnip’s sweeter cousin. What can you do with it? A wise vendor once told me “anything you can do with a potato, you can do with a rutabaga”. Boy is it true! Just look at the possibilities:
Easy Mashed Rutabaga
Coming Up This Week at the Market…
Community table attendee: Harvard Art Museum, 3-5pm
If you missed them last time they were here, now’s your chance to catch up with the Harvard Art Museum and learn about their new Fall exhibits!
Food Donation Box!
Thinking of picking up a butternut squash? Donate one too! Help families in need celebrate fall produce by contributing to our donations basket by the manager’s table. We are accepting donations of market produce for Food for Free, a local non-profit organization which salvages food and distributes it to families in need.
We accept any produce or bread sold at the market as well as non-perishable canned items. Big differences can be made with small steps.