The harvest is in at Granby Farmer’s Market
September 11, 2008
There are four Fridays left of full harvest at the Granby Farmer’s Market, leading up to “Oktoberfest” Oct. 3-4.
“It’s peak harvest season for all farmers, the best time to do canning and preserving,” said market organizer Carol Morales of Morales Farms, Granby.
Morales has been canning fruits and vegetables for 30 years and says all produce at the Farmer’s Market is prime pickings for stocking the freezer.
For novice canners, she’s available to answer questions at the Morales booth on Fridays.
“Right now, bushels of spinach are available. Just ask and we’ll bring it,” she said.
Produce seekers can also call Sweet Pea Produce out of Steamboat Springs, which sells fresh fruits and vegetables out of Palisade such apples, pears, chili peppers, peaches, corn, squash, zucchini and tomatoes, to make available pounds or cases for canning and preserving.
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Between the two vegetable vendors, “you could buy your (produce) groceries basically for the whole week,” Morales said.
Harvest time means Morales is filling baskets with arugula, mix green leaf, red leaf, romaine, spinach, cabbage, collards, kale, Swiss chard, beets, carrots, snow peas, sugar snaps, sweet peas, rutabagas, turnips, cilantro, green onions, herbs and gooseberries.
Hungry Mother Bakery of Silverthorne has organic breads, balsamic vinegars and pastas. Other vendors such as the Hot Sulphur Springs soap lady and the buffalo-meat vendor also make appearances.
Half of the vendors are Grand County-based, Morales said.
“It may be small, but we pack a good variety.”
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