Got Stuff — LOTS of it….

…yes, lots. The Amish graced me with 44 POUNDS of broccoli. The market has cauliflower, curly kale, Siberian kale, the last of the last of the VERY last of the bell peppers, SHUCKED oysters by the pint since there wasn’t a lot of enthusiasm for those in the shell last week. There are cherry pies, big and small, lemon, chocolate, and apple pies as well. There are even pumpkin and apple whoopee pies. Sour dough bread, raisin cinnamon bread, pumpkin rolls, and dinner rolls are just waiting to be snatched up, There are small potatoes ready to go with those green beans some of you will be having for Thanksgiving. Tomorrow, there will be turnips if I have to pick them myself and on Monday and late Wednesday, chicken and turkey. Leftovers will be going to the Harvest Kitchen in Farmville which, by the way, has very little in food donations for Thanksgiving. There are still Fuji, Nitney, Braeburn, and Stayman apples. When these are gone, I probably will not be getting more apples. There is a 5 lb. pack of ground bison at $6.80/lb., frozen already, but bet it would make a nice chili to have for a group of friends watching a football game.

Last, but not least, and not a food group, there are at least 6 beautiful border collie/blue heeler mix 7-week-old puppies on an Amish farm that I’m sure could be had at a reasonable price. I’m going to go back on Monday and take pictures. If you think you “might” be interested in a puppy, call me at 434-321-3674.

If I don’t see you at the market between now and Thanksgiving, hope your Thanksgiving will be filled with good food, laughter, and love.

“C”

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For Your Shopping Delight…

…something new added to the shopping menu — for this week at least — oysters still in the shell. I’m sure there’s a more technical term, but I just can’t seem to recall at the moment. Next week, there will be plenty of those shucked oysters, either in pints or quarts — your choice.

There’s still time to order a turkey for Thanksgiving — not much time — I would suggest by Monday, if you really desire an organically grown turkey. I wave “hello” at them every week, almost feeling guilty that they will soon grace someone’s table. Next week, if you are NOT a turkey fan (I’m lukewarm), there will be ample chicken. I’m expecting to pick them up at the beginning of the week. If, on the other hand, you wish to dine on bison, it can be had as well.

Tomorrow’s selections include: broccoli, cauliflower, turnip salad, possible some turnips as well, Siberian kale, collards, and sweet potatoes. I picked up Braeburn, Fuji, Pink Lady, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Nitney, and Stayman apples yesterday. Sampled most of them — nice crisp apples, they are.

Of course, there will be the usual cinnamon raisin bread, sourdough, and awesome dinner rolls.

Hope to see you all tomorrow.

“C”

P.S. 20,000 gold stars to the voice on the other end of the phone Monday, asking if it “was o.k.” to cut down the old oak tree that graced the market forever but lost out to a lightning strike. It would seem that “the voice” and, in actuality, a whole crew was at the market when the call was placed, ready to put a plan into play. When I asked hesitantly what the charge might be, I was told “no charge” — truth to tell, another 20,000 gold stars for a kindness certainly not expected. The tree continues to give — much needed wood — to keep the chill at bay in more than one household this winter. Awesome.

Bread Is Back…

…for this week at least — not sure about wedding schedule for next week yet. This week, cookies, pies, breads, rolls, and cinnamon buns are available in generous quantities. Enjoy.

The kale this week is of the curly variety and was picked yesterday. I can verify that because I helped pick it. There are lots of very small potatoes as well to put in those soups that we are all wanting now that the temps have gone below 60. In addition to the kale and potatoes, there is a smattering of broccoli, cauliflower, sweet peppers (yes, I did say sweet peppers) and some freshly picked cabbages as well. Ground bison and bison bones for soup and stock continue to make their appearances.

Just to give a heads-up, the week of Thanksgiving will be a very short week at the market — M, Tu, W ONLY. I have come to the realization that everyone is either too stuffed after Thanksgiving to want to buy another thing to eat or they are prowling about in stores in the hopes of great Christmas deals. This will give me a chance to really hug on my llamas, prop my feet up, and watch football with my husband.

“C”