I stopped at my favorite farmer’s market yesterday to pick up some mini pumpkins for my son’s fall party at school. The plan was to just get the pumpkins, but I quickly glanced at the “50% off” section and there were still lots of goodies ready to be sold to ME! I grabbed as many golden delicious apples as I possibly could, while holding onto 2 zucchinis.
I went to pay for my selections and it was just $2.18 for the lot. $.18 for the 2 zucchinis and $2 for 5 monster apples. Are you serious? I couldn’t believe the prices! The sign said they were closing on Friday. The last days of my favorite market!
As I was getting back into the car, I thought, I’ve got to get some more zucchini. I know I will be needing some for future recipes I want to try, and some that you all sent in. And I know I won’t want to pay $2 for 1 small zucchini in the dead of winter. Summer squash in the winter travels a long way to get into the grocery store! I’ll settle for the $.09 zucchinis at the end of the season!
I grabbed 3 more and went up with my change to buy them. Told her I would dice ‘em and freeze ‘em for future recipes. She said, “Take them. I’m glad to know they will be used!”
What a blessing! I came home, diced up the zukes, put them into baggies in meal size portions and then into a freezer bag. Then it’ll be quick and easy zukes for many upcoming stews and other dishes! I marked the price…just in case I forgot that I got them for FREE!
I brewed up another batch of crockpot applesauce last night! She told me that golden delicious are perfect apples for applesauce because they are naturally sweet and cook really well. She is right! Made for a great snack while I watched Private Practice!
Oh, and the Peppers! How could I forget about the peppers! She gave each of my boys a pepper, for “trick or treating”! Look for those tonight in the chili! Free! Get how I like free!!!
Did you use your local farmer’s market this year? Why or why not?