We had a brief rainstorm this morning. Washed everything clean. Low clouds hung over the San Gabriels like a curtain. The darkness outside kept me in bed a bit longer than usual, so I arrived at the market while it was in full swing. Had to park in the back lot since the front one was completely full. Full of crazy. Made a mental note to just steer down Paloma if I’m going to get there past 8:30. No sense tempting fate. Dear Pasadena School District – You can unfix the new parking pattern anytime. Really. I’d take it as a kindness.
Whole lotta gorgeous pumpkin going on. This beauty’s color isn’t quite captured right here. Take my word for it, dusty mauve with underpaintings of green and taupe. Just beautiful.
Standards and not-so-standard varieties were everywhere. I tend to aim for the cooking pumpkins – the ones at the Weiser booth being my favorites for flavor. But it was fun viewing all manner of gourd today.
Then there are your turban and butternut squashes. Partial to the butternut myself. Ever since I did that whole chai squash thing I’ve thought of little else, kitchen-wise. Must have it again. And I will. I will.
Fuji apples made a grand appearance today. I walked by and clicked and that was it. My own tree is a Fuji and as I mentioned last week, I’m swimming in them. Seems they are too. The samples out were a crispy treat.
This image I think sums up where we are in the season quite nicely. There are still some really gorgeous grape varieties still out there (Kyohos too! Still! Yum!). Plus all the lovely tender greens coming in, including new green beans and sugar snap peas. And then of course, my siren song…my fruity fall companion…
I need not say more. Other than these are fuyus, and finally of a decent size and color. Hachiyas were everywhere too. Hard as rocks but give them a week or so and they will be all sorts of tasty. Joe at Walker had them out on tree stems paired with pomegranate branches. Pretty. Pasadena Farmers' MarketSaturdays 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.Pasadena High School parking lotE. Sierra Madre Blvd. north of Paloma St.