Fall Farmer’s Market Finds

“Look for potatoes, onions, cabbage, brussel sprouts, broccoli, carrots, beats, and kale,” said Corinne Lea, local CSA owner and gardener extraordinaire.

“People need to eat more kale!” she continued. “It grows really well in Wisconsin. It’s got a lot of iron and folic acid. It’s usually pretty inexpensive to buy. My mom cooks onions, sausage and potatoes with kale. It’s really hearty, and makes a good fall dish.”

Another suggestion offered up by Lea for the leafy green, “You can put kale in the oven with a little olive oil and salt and make chips, or you can put it in salad and it adds crunch and texture. Most people see it as a garnish, but the best thing you can do is eat it, because it’s probably the best thing on the plate.”

In addition to kale, Lea also suggested a few other fall treats from the garden and orchards around the county.

“Of course winter squash has a lot of great bulk to it; you can use it in curries or dessert. It’s seen as a warmth and comfort food. This is a time to stock up for the winter. Sometimes you can buy in bulk and get a really good price. As far as fruits go, look for apples and pears. Varieties like Cortlands, Macs, and Honeycrisp apples, Bartlett and Bosc pears.”

You can also pick up festive, fall decorations at the Farmer’s Market.

“Indian corn is a really colorful, heritage corn for decorating. A lot of people paint pumpkins because they last longer. The Peter Stoffel’s fruit stand in Carlsville has a great gourd and pumpkin selection. Corn stalks are really great for decorating too.”

There are a number of Farmers Markets around the peninsula that will continue selling their goods through mid-October. Check the Pulse’s events calendar for the latest listings.