Winter squash of all varieties is abundant at the Farmers Market this time of year and it’s one of my favorite fall comfort foods. I usually keep it simple, baked with a little butter and brown sugar (and sometimes cinnamon), but last year I tried this recipe for Spaghetti Squash with Jalepeño Cream and it became an instant family favorite. Everyone you make it for will ask for the recipe, it’s that good!
For a description of squash varieties and more delicious recipes that go beyond butter and brown sugar visit this site.
And if you have a cool dry place to store some winter squash, now is a great time to stock up on your favorites grown right here in our area. Click here for tips on storing winter squash, some varieties will keep for up to six months.
Acorn, Hubbard, Spaghetti, Butternut, Banana, Sweet Meat, what’s your favorite?
Apples! It’s apple season in Idaho. Did you know Idaho is among the top 10 producers of Apples in the United States? For more fun facts about Idaho apple growers and some fun activities for kids click here.
At the market you’ll find Gala, Fuji, Jonathan, and Honeycrisp to name a few. Have you had a Honeycrisp apple yet? Yum!
Here’s a list of the other fresh produce you’ll find at the market today:
Peaches, Z Lady, Ida Lady, Elberta, and more. Great for canning and eating. Canning tomatoes and Roma tomatoes, canteloupe, plums, pears, sweet corn, peppers, zucchini, beets, carrots, pumpkins, cucumbers, strawberries, raspberries, Russet Burbank, red and fingerling potatoes.
CWT Produce and Ashland Produce are Ashcraft family-run produce businesses.
Jamie and Nathan Ashcraft farm on a larger scale and grow vegetables in Sugar City. “We also manage importing our favorite, tasty fruit from the orchards in the Boise/Caldwell area. (Stuff we have a hard time growing around here.) And we run a roadside fruit stand on a daily basis (except Sunday) at our house.” Check out Jamie’s other businesses here and here .
Ashland Produce, owned by Joseph and Sharlyn, farms vegetables (and tomatoes) in Ririe. They are known for their sweet corn and in the last few years have expanded to include a variety of specialty potatoes, squash, carrots, beets, radishes, cucumbers, tomatoes, a variety of peppers and many other produce items. Ashland also hosts a roadside stand at their home.
“We believe in growing local produce to feed local people and to also have a great opportunity to ‘grow’ our kids through some of these farm experiences. Come and see us – we would love to meet you”. –The Ashcraft Family
You may have noticed those little blue Idaho Preferred stickers at the grocery store on produce and other products such as milk, honey, and my favorite salad dressing. That little blue logo means that you’re buying products made or grown right here in Idaho.
Here’s an explanation of the Idaho Preferred program from their website:
Idaho Preferred® is a program to identify and promote food and agricultural products grown, raised, or processed in the Gem State. Administered by the Idaho State Department of Agriculture, the program showcases the quality, diversity, and availability of Idaho food and agricultural products . . .
The Rexburg Farmers Market is proud to be an Idaho Preferred Market, which means that the large majority of produce sold at our market is grown in Idaho. Buying Idaho Preferred helps the state and local economy, and when it comes to produce it means you’re getting the freshest fruits and vegetables possible because they didn’t have to travel long distances to get to you. For a list of Idaho Preferred products and Farmers Markets visit the Idaho Preferred website, and for a taste of great Idaho produce visit the Rexburg Farmers Market!