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What's at the Market This Week

This coming Friday is the Fall Equinox--the first official day of autumn--in the northern hemisphere, anyway. In the southern hemisphere, they're just starting spring!

The word "equinox" comes from the Greek word "aequus" meaning "equal" and "nox" meaning "night." On the equinox, the days and nights are approximately the same length. 

On the equinox, the sun is directly over the equator. After that date, the direct rays of the sun begin shining south of the equator. It's the tilt of the earth's axis that actually determines our seasons. When the rays are directly on the northern hemisphere it's summer. 

Ever since the Summer Solstice in June, our days have been getting about two and a half minutes shorter every single day. After the Fall Equinox the nights are longer than the days. 

I hate losing those minutes of daylight--but the advantage to autumn is that fall veggies are going to start showing up. This week, one of my favorites--Broccoli!

This week at the Market: Virginia apples, Asian pears, green beans, blackberries, broccoli, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, grapes (Concord), kale, okra, peaches, pears, peppers, plums, potatoes (red, white), radishes, raspberries, squash (zucchini, yellow, acorn, butternut, spaghetti), sweet potatoes, tomatoes (cherry/grape, slicing, heirloom). Free range eggs, jams and jellies (made from local fruits), pickles and relishes are all available as is local raw honey.

Phal's Café will be here with Asian noodle bowls, spring rolls, kebobs and more; Big Daddy will be here with Carolina-style barbecue, applewood smoked chicken salad with all the fixin's; and Unkol Chuck will be here with cast-iron kettle-cooked Brunswick Stew.

Marty will be here with fresh-fried pork rinds in a variety of flavors; Goin Family Farm will be here with antibiotic/hormone-free pastured raised beef and beef products (September special is ground beef--just $5.99 a pound); Real Country Sausage will be here with a variety of pork sausages (kielbasa, brats, andouille, breakfast and more); Mrs. Yoder's Kitchen will be here with fresh sourdough donuts; and Pop's Kettle Corn will be here with a variety of fresh popped treats.

We have a fabulous selection of local vendors with a variety of hand-crafts.

We're here every Thursday from 10 until 2 in the parking lot of The Great Big Greenhouse.

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