Thursday, September 18, 2008

Twentieth Market: Autumnal Equinox Version

Cinderella-style pumpkins/Moore Family Farm/Row One

Well, OK - the equinox is actually on Monday (at 10:44 AM, for those keeping track), but who needs astronomy to tell us we're sliding headfirst into fall? Sweater-weather mornings and the appearance of pumpkins, gourds, and all manner of fall vegetables at the Market tell us everything we need to know.
If you're looking for something to do this weekend with free admission, free entertainment, great people-watching, tasty prepared food as well as food to fill your crisper/freezer/cupboards, look no further than this weekend's Market at the Square. Hoo boy. As of this writing, there are 71 fresh produce, prepared food, and art vendors scheduled to appear, and an unknown number of musicians and performers. Couple that with no U of I football this weekend plus beautiful, gorgeous weather? It's gonna be HUGE.
You can look for locavore-in-training Michelle Ryan at the Market, hunting for the best fresh food to help her on her quest to keep her diet local, regional and seasonal for the month of September. She talks about her experience on the radio all the time, and is blogging about it at The Farmer and Michelle. If you see her at the Market, she'll wax rhapsodic about her experience in person to you. Here she is showing off a watermelon last weekend:

The folks from Homestead Bakery will be back for another weekend (each one could be their last; it depends on how busy things get at the Pumpkin Patch!). Meister's Gluten-Free Mixtures will be back, so make sure you pick something excellent for the gluten-free person in your life (the number of people diagnosed with celiac disease is increasing). Local musician Angie Heaton will be out - not just playing her guitar, but also selling bracelets she makes from repurposed leather belts.

Then there's the food:

Join us! We get started at 7 AM over in the Lincoln Square Village parking lot, and go until noon. If you've never gone to the Market, now's the time to come out and see what the buzz is about.

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