apples, apples and more apples!

if you're trying your best to eat local, this is the time of year to truly embrace the apple.The plump juicy berries of summer are still dancing on our mind's tongue, but what we're faced with at the market is well, apples. Crates and crates of different  varieties of apples. Every year I like to try a new type just to keep things interesting. This year I've chosen the Cox Pippin (you can find them at Red Jacket). Teensy, burnished and slightly speckled it doesn't look like much. But don't let its diminutive size and scruffy appearance fool you - this apple packs a serious punch.  Unlike the standard tart green pippin we all know and love, the Cox Pippin is sweet and meaty with a crisp and tangy finish. Tomorrow the Orchards of Concklin will be bringing a REAL cider press to the market so make sure to bring the kids.

Also, Nancy from Honey Locust will have her signature hot apple cider which she will be serving from her whimsical street cart. The young ladies working the craft table plan to do some cool apple prints tomorrow in honor of our celebration of all things apple. (By the way, this is probably going to be their last day at the market this season. Please stop by the table and thank them for keeping your kids entertained while you shop.)

Wait - there's more apple news!  if you pop into Village Hall you can preview “The Four Seasons: A Year in the Life of an Orchard,” a dramatic series of 12 panoramic prints by award-winning, architectural photographer and Hastings resident, Frederick Charles. The images first appeared in LIFE magazine and won an Alfred Eisenstaedt Award for Magazine Photography. The show is sponsored by the Hastings Village Arts Commission, Fred will be there tomorrow to talk about this project at both 9:30 a.m. and 12:30. p.m. The official artist's reception is Friday, November 18 6-8 p.m.
Tomorrow: Kontoulis Olive Oil is at market and both Crepes and Fork and Glass are back! (Next week is your last chance to get your carving knife sharpened before Turkey Day).

Also tomorrow you get two musical performances instead of just one. Since the fabulous Ruby Reilly and Phil Joy got snowed out last week they will open tomorrow for Fred Gillen Jr. We are looking forward to both!

Thank you all for coming out to shop last week. Your loyalty and hardiness never cease to amaze me (and the farmers!).