Produce from our local farmers at the East Nashville Farmers Market in the fall is a wonderful mixture of the best of summer and the best of the cooler weather. Green onions, radishes, lettuces and leafy greens are back, and the summer vegetables of tomatoes, bell peppers, melons, green beans and squash are still hanging on! Now is the perfect time to get in the last of your canning and freezing for the winter.
Winter squashes are back in season- butternut, spaghetti squash and pumpkins. Try them roasted with onions and eggplant for a superb side dish on these cooler nights. Add some ground lamb from one of our meat vendors for a main dish.
Summer squash is still around and now is the time to scoop it up and make the most of it! Pictured here is zephyr squash, a creamy mild flavored squash that is delicious when paired with eggplant and onions in a simple stir fry or grilled simply on its own.
The stars of summer produce in the fall are bell peppers. The hot days and cool nights allow for peppers to show their “true”colors, and now is the time to make yummy fajitas or stuffed bell peppers.
Apples and pears are available at the market now, grown locally from several of our farmers. Don’t let the “spots on your apples” scare you away- that simply means they haven’t been sprayed with harmful pesticides. Take a cloth to “shine” them up and a lot of times the spots disappear!
We hope you enjoy the produce of fall at the East Nashville Market as much as we do. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the Fall Fest on September 21st from 3:30-7:00pm in Shelby Park.