Late summer is a beautiful time: as the days shorten, the air cools and the summer bounty ripens up for the picking. This year’s growing season got off to a slow start due to abundant late-winter snow and a wet and cloudy spring. Finally, we are reaping the rewards.
Becoming a regular at our weekly farmers’ markets is a great way to get your fill of freshly harvested local produce, including heirloom tomatoes, sweet corn and squash. The Hailey farmers market, (adjacent to Sturtevant’s on Main Street in Hailey), is held 2-6pm on Thursdays through September 26. The Ketchum farmers market at River Run is held 2-6pm on Tuesdays through October 8.
In addition to the market, some farmers offer CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) membership shares at the beginning of each season. Signing up for a CSA helps support our farmers and ensures a weekly supply of fresh, locally grown produce all summer long. CSAs sell out quickly, so talk to your favorite farmer about reserving your 2020 share now.
Another option is the “market CSA” which allows you to preload an account and shop cash-free all season long. Squash Blossom Farm (squashblossom.farm) and Waterwheel Gardens (waterwheelgardens.com) both offer market CSAs, and Lookout Farm (lookout.farm) offers a weekly “produce bag” which requires signup just a week in advance for either pickup or delivery. Or, if you’re like me and enjoy the adventure of buying local, show up early and fill your basket!
Be sure to stock up now on plentiful storage crops like onions, carrots, and potatoes for winter stews and soups. Preserve the harvest with canned tomato sauce, jams and pickles. Celebrate the season with delicious, locally inspired meals with friends and family…and don’t forget to get on your local farmers’ list for next year’s CSA!