We had a beautiful full harvest moon on Wednesday. Which means harvest (duh) and that means it’s fall. I love this time of year!
I’m still busy eating salads with the amazing produce we have available at our market. One day our salad was sliced heirloom tomatoes, sprinkled with a little salt and pepper and topped with a lovely burrata (from Vermont, and purchased at Samascott’s Garden Market). Milky cheese and tomatoes – perfect on a hot sunny day.
Have you tried the smoked trout available at the Hudson Farmers’ Market?
I love it! I’ve used it to make Smoked Trout dip which is rich and creamy and very more-ish. Local Valatie gardener/man of taste Kevin Lee Jacobs from A Garden for the House suggests a similar sounding Smoked Trout on Toast. Both of these dishes are great for a chilly evening. But one of my favorite uses so far has been in a smoked trout salad. It is simple, allowing all the ingredients to just taste delicious, using a recipe like this.
As I do at this time every year, I am avoiding winter squashes and roasting roots and potatoes. And I have yet to buy apples. We have soooooo much time for that, and it’s right around the corner. So eat your plums and nectarines and tomatoes before we bid adieu for another season.
Are you going to Olanafest? It’s happening tonight, September 21st from 5 – 7pm: a celebration of food, art and farming. I think we are getting the schmancy kind of fancy up here, don’t you?
If you really want to taste farm to table, more than what is available at so many of the restaurants in Hudson, you should look into Eat the Farm #2 next month. It’s at the farm. Chef Hugh Horner of Restaurant Helsinki cooks a meal entirely from the offerings of Holmquest Farms on Spook Rock Road. The first one sold out in July; the October 10th happening will likely be the last for the season. You can’t get more local than that.
But just when I think that there will be no more food events for the season in our area, along comes Basilica Hudson.
Basilica Farm & Flea is happening over Thanksgiving weekend, and they promise FOOD, vintage, art, design, culture. I think this will be worth a look-see.
Autumnal Equinox is tomorrow. So, enough with the distractions – go back to your cooking and your gardening. There is so much to do this time of year, and so much to eat! Put away some ratatouille, and tomato sauce and maybe a fruit jam or two. You’ll thank yourself later.