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Fall Farmers’ Market Brings in the Best of Autumn

Vienna market showcasing pumpkins, root vegetable and hardy flowering plants.

“We like to run our market as a family, so it’s from our family to your family,” Brady said.

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“Everything is beautiful. I like the flowers, the displays are nicely-done. Pumpkins, beans, maybe some baked goods at some time.” - Gertrud Bojo, Vienna

“It’s a time when the variety of apples astounds, cabbages are in all their glory, broccoli is king, and you'll see parsnips, carrots and beets galore…wonderful fall lettuces, sweet potatoes, and pumpkins and gourds.”

-- Market Master Sarah Jane Brady

The peaches are gone from market and tomatoes are nearing the end of their summer run. In their stead, however, are the hues and textures of the fall harvest…pumpkins, new-season apples and cider, root vegetables, broccoli, gourds and winter squash, and hardy cool-weather flowers.

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“I like all the fresh fruits and veggies … the apples, the pumpkins. They’re really pretty. And I like the gourds that are all different shapes. I like to see the really big vegetables; they are fun to see.” - Bella Bulhoes, 7th grade, Vienna

The Vienna Farmers’ Market—on Church Street, in the caboose parking lot—is transitioning from summer harvest to fall specialties, all this under sunny blue skies and crisp air. If you’ve been waiting for that first seasonal bite of crunchy, juicy locally-grown apples, now is your time.

“Fall harvest is my favorite season,” said Market Master Sarah Jane Brady. “It’s a time when the variety of apples astounds, cabbages are in all their glory, broccoli is king, and you'll see parsnips, carrots and beets galore…wonderful fall lettuces, sweet potatoes, and pumpkins and gourds.”

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“It is the fall crop, the slight fall chill in the air, the students who have just returned to school and are exploring the vegetables that are available for the first time this season.” - Dan Gropper, Vienna

Brady remarked that it is this time of year—fall—that pork is extra-flavorful. “Fall is an inspirational time for the cook who can make creative pies, breads, jams and tarts from root vegetables and fruits,” Brady said.

Pumpkin prices range from $2 for a tiny one to approximately $5 for a medium-sized one. Larger ones may be priced by the pound. Chestnuts are now falling off their trees at Kuhn’s orchards, and are sold at $6 a pint. Around the Vienna market, early-season varieties of apples in shades of red, blush and green are showing up and are priced starting at about $2 a pound. Butternut squash is around $1 a pound and sweet potatoes are selling in the $2 a pound price range.

The Vienna Farmers’ Market runs through the last Saturday in October, and is closed during Oktoberfest on June 6. The market, operated by the Optimist Club of Greater Vienna, is open from 8a.m. to noon. For information on the market and updates on weekly focuses, go to www.viennafarmersmarket.com

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“I like the apples at Khun’s, and I like that there is, usually, a fall lettuce crop, like arugula. The weather makes it more pleasant. I come every Saturday, even in the heat of summer. I just like coming. The market helps me transition to fall.” - Jill Roberts, Vienna