AgriMissouri Farmers Market Report

Here;s a farmers market report released from AgriMissouri this week:

Outside it is starting to feel like fall, but inside your local farmers’ market it still looks like summer. Temperatures may have dropped 30 degrees this week, but the variety at markets is actually going up as more fall crops start to come in. They call this harvest season for a reason, and there is no better place to see why than your local farmers’ market.

Watermelons continue to come in, with the cooler temperatures producing some of the best flavors and textures of the year. Cantaloupes and peaches are slowing down but still available. Blackberries keep coming, but are getting harder to find. Fall strawberries are also showing up at a few locations. Apples of all sorts are coming in now and the cooler temperatures should just make them crisper and sweeter as the season goes on. Apples should keep coming well past frost.
Leafy Greens:
Fall lettuce and spinach will become much more common this week and the cool weather will ensure they don’t get bitter. Asian greens, chard, collards, kale, mustard, and turnip greens are all in steady supply. Summer cabbage is winding down, but fall cabbage and Brussels sprouts are starting to come in.
Root Crops:
Beets, turnips, onions, garlic, new potatoes and bakers are all in steady supply. Sweet potatoes are coming into their prime. Fall radishes are also starting to come back and will only get sweeter and milder as the temperatures continue to drop.
Traditional summer crops such as green beans, cucumbers, summer squash, okra, zucchini and dry beans are still coming in. Winter squash, including butternut, acorn and an assortment of heirloom varieties, are coming into their prime. Peppers and eggplants continue to have a great season. Fall broccoli and cauliflower are also starting to show up this week.
Red hybrid tomatoes have passed their peak, but the cooler weather should prevent white shoulders and improve their texture. Heirloom varieties are in their prime and should keep coming until frost. If nighttime temperatures begin to dip below 55 degrees, tomatoes will start getting a little watery inside. They will still be great for eating and slicing, but if you are looking for canners, get them now to avoid the extra water content.
Sweet corn is still coming in some locations. Quantities may be limited, but the quality of these later crops is still good. It will be juicy and still sweet, but a little starchy. Fall corn is great for canning and boiling, but can get a little tough on the grill.
Winter markets are becoming more common across the state. Some markets will move inside, to different locations or a different schedule. If you are wondering what your local farmers are doing over the winter, ask them. Many are making those decisions now and will gladly make arrangements to make sure you get the best Missouri has to offer all winter long.

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