Did you know that there are just four short weeks left to our farmers market season? The Midtown Farmers Market runs until November 1st, and the Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market finishes for the season on November 4th. The Midtown Market continues to host a small off-season pick-up from 10am-12 noon through the winter months, and we do offer pick-up at Harmony Farms and at our farm year-round...but those fun full market days are almost over for the year! The weather in October is (almost) always sublime, and is one of the few months of the year you can find a wide range of both summer crops like peppers and tomatoes (from er, drier farms than ours), as well as a good variety of early cool-season crops. Be sure to catch every market you can, before it's all over!
Baby bok choy should be back for a little while, in many pretty shades of red and green! I'm always a sucker for any vegetable I find in a seed catalog that comes in a rainbow of colors, and it's said that eating like a painter's palette is a super-healthy way to go. That said, if you prefer your greens to be all 'green,' let us know.
Little 'Hakurei' turnips are back as well. These are sometimes also called Tokyo Market turnips, or simply "Not Your Grandmother's Turnips." They're sweet, crisp, earthy, and the farthest thing from a big woody purple-top turnip you'll ever find. Our favorite way to eat them is simply as is: pull turnip from ground, wipe dirt off on pants, and munch it down on the spot. If a salt shaker happens to be handy, that's good too, but not necessary. If you prefer a slightly more sophisticated way to eat your turnips, our second-favorite turnip recipe is featured over to the right. Don't forget that turnips, like beets, are a "two-fer" vegetable - do eat those nutritious greens as well as the roots! If you are not a fan of slightly spicy greens, try sauteing your turnip greens mixed with a few handfuls of sweet 'Red Russian' kale.
Thank you all so much for your business, eat well, and have a great week!