Meet the market // Golden harvest

Where were you last Sunday … amid the October glory?  

At the market, in Kingfield! I love this time of the year: the crunch of leaves under my feet, the smell of evening bonfires and the beautiful orange, yellow and red leaves. But a fall favorite surely is the golden harvest of fruits and vegetables as you enter the Fulton and Kingfield markets on a crisp Saturday or Sunday morning. Expect to see pumpkins, gourds, squash, apples, exotic varieties of garlic from Swede Lake Farms to name a few.  To warm up, you can get some fabulous offerings from our prepared food venders: coffee from Palmira, nutella filled brioche donuts from Bogart Loves Bakery, breakfast burritos from Chef Shack, and massaman red curry with pumpkin and braised beef from Gai Gai Thai.  

I’ve been a board member of the markets for the last two years and a volunteer for several years before that at Kingfield. It’s been so exciting to see the Kingfield Market evolve and now the birth of our second market in Fulton.  

For me, the market is not just a place to get my fresh produce; but also a place to gather and socialize with friends and neighbors. Each week I meet up with a group of friends to share conversation and food on the wooden picnic tables near the live music. I typically have some wonderful coffee from Palmira and a tasty treat. One of my favorites is the biscuits and gravy from Sun Street Bakery.  

I always look forward to the music, too. An all time favorite is the Roe Family Singers who have been playing at the Kingfield Market for several years now.  

With the market season’s end growing near, make sure to stock up so you have plenty of vegetables to last through the winter months. Did you know potatoes will keep for six months in cool, dry storage? Pumpkins will last for two months, onions four months, beets and cabbage five months, squash two to six month depending on the variety, garlic four or more months, and carrots eight months if they are stored properly. So take advantage of the last few markets in Fulton and Kingfield through the end of October. But, save a November date, too! Our annual Holiday Market will be Sunday, November 20 at the Martin Luther King Recreation Center, 41st & Nicollet.

Check out some of our great venders this fall at their farms

Peters Pumpkins and Carmen’s Corn
Hayrides, face painting and pick your own pumpkin. (12860 Old Brickyard Road, Shakopee. 952-906-0247. peterspumpkins.com)

Havlicek’s Veseli Vrsek Happy
Hill Orchard (four miles north of Veseli off County Road 23,Veseli. 952-758-4386)

LoveTree Farmstead Cheese
(Pizza By The Pond, 12413 County Road Z, Grantsburg, Wis. Lovetreefarmstead.com/pizza.htm)