A Fresh Approach

Don Deal, farmer and organizer of Highlands Marketplace, wants to remind everyone that September is still a great time to visit your local farmers’ market, held Saturdays at Kelsey-Hutchinson
Founders Park.

 Deal and other growers will have plenty of fresh produce for your table. 

“I will continue to have green beans, corn, okra, peppers, eggplant, squash, cucumbers, lettuce, zucchini, red and white potatoes, and tomatoes through September,” he says. Pumpkins, sweet potatoes, and butter beans will be coming in throughout the month.

The Many Hands Peace Farm brings eggs to their stall at Highlands Marketplace, where you may even hear the chirping of baby chicks that they’ve incubated and are now for sale. They make tinctures and salves from their mushroom harvests and bring fresh herbs, flowers, and vegetables as well.

Don’t plan Saturday night’s dinner or Sunday’s brunch until you see what they have to build your meal around. Farms in our area vary greatly in elevation so you can count on a wide variety from their harvests.

In addition to produce, you can find goat cheese, homemade pastries, local honey, jams and jellies, and decadent pound cakes, pies, and pastries. 

One regular visitor to the market explains why she arrives early. 

“I love to get there first thing in the morning, before my day gets too hectic. The dew-covered produce and flowers make me feel like I had a hand in the harvest, although that couldn’t be further from the truth!’

Highlands Marketplace, home to a variety of foods, is also a great place to search out locally made arts and crafts. Jewelry makers, photographers, fiber artists, and woodturners love to bring their art to Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park on Saturday mornings and it’s a great time to find that special memento of your time on The Plateau and unique gifts.

Highlands Marketplace is open from 8:00 A.M. until 12:30 P.M. each Saturday on Pine Street.