In September, “the sun warms my back instead of beating on my head,” wrote naturalist Robert Finch. Wedged between the exultation of summer and the quiet yen for a cozy fall, September hits that sweet spot of transition, easing us back into the time of year when the days get shorter and nights get colder. Fall is a lovely time of year, and there’s no better way to experience it than by tasting it. Here’s what you can expect to find this fall at Findlay Market.
In September, the sugar pumpkins and winter squash kick off their season in the Shed. Peaches remain, but they make room for the apple, pear, and plum hauls to stand out. For those of us who haven’t yet tired of the sound of a baseball cracking off the barrel of a bat, summer staples such as tomatoes, corn, zucchini, and summer squash remain. Watermelon and cantaloupe continue, too—for a time—but locavores will note the arrival of fall with the arrival of paw paws, the only remaining fruit native to eastern North America.
With a drenched early summer and a hot, arid late summer, leafy greens have struggled this season to sustain their appearance at Market. Even so, arugula, kale, mesclun mix, micro greens, and perhaps a few others will be in the rows this month. Cucumbers and kohlrabi, leafy celery and celery root, and green beans and wax beans look forward to getting tossed into those salads. Don’t miss sunchokes, daikon, and the tail end of the ground cherries. Colorful root vegetables—carrots, beets, turnips—and a growing variety of potatoes—sweet, red, Yukon golds, russets, and some specialty varieties—line the vendor stands. Customers can still find eggplant, peppers—be they spicy or sweet—okra, and many members of the allium family. Fennel, cauliflower, cabbage, and broccoli are around. And now we’ll have Brussels sprouts, too.
Ask your favorite farmers about pasture-raised beef, Berkshire pork, and lamb. Don’t overlook wheat berries, honey, bee pollen, barrel-aged maple syrups, ferments, hot sauces and salsas, vinegars, and so many other items that will fulfill many of your grocery needs. Seasons change, but your weekly farmers market ritual doesn’t have to.