Wednesday, September 7th: Chef Jeff Marshall from Bizzarro, Shiitake Mushrooms, Fava Beans, Spectacular Pepper Wreathes & More!

Shiitake mushrooms from Red Owl Mushroom Farm. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Hey kids! Red Owl Mushroom Farm has shiitake mushrooms! Woohoo!!! Oh, and Chef Jeff Marshall from Bizzarro Italian Cafe with be presenting a cooking demonstration today at 4 p.m. at your Wallingford Farmers Market. Get great ideas for simple, delicious Italian cooking using fresh, local ingredients right from the Market!

Striped German tomatoes from Summer Run. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

These gorgeous striped German heirloom tomatoes from Summer Run are not just beautiful. They are fabulously tasty. Perfect for BLTs, burgers, salads, caprese salads, bruschetta… It is turning out to be an awesome year for tomatoes, and this week will be a good week to enjoy them during our bonus round of summer weather.

Fava beans from Stoney Plains. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

One of the side benefits of our weird weather this year is that many farmers have been able to plant additional successions of spring and early summer crops that would normally have gone away by now. Like these fava beans from Stoney Plains. In a year with plenty to complain about, why not celebrate all the silver linings the clouds have brought us!

Pepper wreathes from Alvarez Organic Farms. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

That said, fall crops are coming in, and it is now the peak of chili pepper season at Alvarez Organic Farms. This time of year, the pepper fields at Alvarez are as colorful as tulip fields in Mount Vernon in April! And every year, the farm makes these spectacular pepper wreathes that will brighten up your home. They dry beautifully and hold their color, and they can be used later for cooking, too! And they make a wonderful, unique and functional gift!

Bartlett pears from Collins Family Orchards. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Bartlett pears have arrived at your Wallingford Farmers Market from Collins Family Orchards. Another sure sign of fall, they are perfect for adding to your kiddies’ lunch boxes for a fresh, local, nutritious snack at school!

Picnicking at Wallingford Farmers Market. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Of course, your Wallingford Farmers Market is the most beautiful market around, and it is perfect for throwing down a blanket with family and friends, grabbing local deliciousness from the many great vendors, and settling in for a nice picnic. And the kids can enjoy the large playground right next to the Market.

Of course, this is just a highlighting of what you will find today. There is still plenty of other stuff just waiting for you at your Wallingford Farmers Market this week. For a full accounting of what you will find, check out What’s Fresh Now!

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