This week marks the last Columbus tailgate market until the spring. It is also the weekend before Thanksgiving, and a great time to stock up on necessities for your Thanksgiving feast. The market accepts EBT and Debit, and even doubles your EBT dollars (spend $10.00 on your EBT card, you recieve $20.00 in tokens).
Often there is a perception that purchasing from the farmers market is more expensive than your local grocery, but in actuality, when things have had a good season, they can be much more affordable when purchased from a local farmer. Additionally, local produce often boasts greater flavor and nutrition since it has not spent a week on a truck, and is often harvested the day before. Once produce has been harvested, it begins to lose nutrients, so the sooner it is eaten after harvest, the greater the vitamin and mineral content.
At the Columbus market you will find kale, turnips, sweet potatoes, apples, artisan breads, honey, cider, butternut squash….and the list goes on an on. Many of these items can be purchased ahead of time and will keep until Thanksgiving. Local breads can be frozen and defrosted the night before the meal, and there are so many great ones to try! So, for your Thanksgiving gathering how about trying a local, seasonal recipe that will impress your family with your magnificent cooking skills.
Below I have posted a few recipe ideas I found that seemed simple, tasty, and had a majority of their ingredients in season now. Local meats and eggs can be found at the market or at the Mill Spring Farm Store. Feel free to post your favorite recipe in the comments below!
Sweet potatoes are good on their own, but if you’re looking for a unique way to utilize them in your meal, here are a few ideas.
Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes: Here is a twist on a twice baked potato that is usually made with russets (typically a late spring/summer crop)
Sweet Potato and Sausage Soup: This soup would be a good hearty addition to your meal, and could utilize local sausage and sweet potatoes.
Butternut squash can be used for sweet or savory dishes. It is great roasted with a little honey and cinnamon, or made into a pie or soup. Here are a couple recipes I thought would be good for Thanksgiving.
Spicy Butternut Squash Meatloaf:
Traditional Butternut Squash Soup: this is always a favorite, and is pretty simple. It’s sweet and savory and gives you a lot of soup for very little money.
Of course you have apple pies, apple cobbler, apple crumble, etc. I decided I would post another option for utilizing apples which would add a healthy, light side to your meal.
Apple Grape and Celery Salad:
Kale is so nutritious and versatile. You can make really any kind of variation of a kale salad you would like. I wanted to post my recipe, but I realized I play it by ear and have no idea how much of any ingredient I use. Below is a recipe that is similar to mine. The cinnamon is surprisingly delicious. (I usually roast my pecans in the oven with coconut oil, honey, cinnamon, and cayenne) They’re tasty on their own, but really make the salad complete.
Turnips are one of those forgotten vegetables, that are actually amazing! They are great simply roasted with other root vegetables, or added to soups, roasted meats, etc. Here is a simple recipe to give a try.
Cider Glazed Roots with Cinnamon and Walnuts:
Brussels sprouts are a personal favorite of mine. The bitterness that is associated with the vegetable can be taken out by quickly blanching the heads before cooking them. This recipe looks so good, and is another semi-healthy option.
Brussels Sprout Apple and Bacon Hash:
Acorn squash is as versatile as butternut, and I personally like them cut in half and roasted with brown sugar or maple syrup. You can also make an acorn squash pie! Here are some recipes I thought looked tasty.
Acorn Squash and Kale Soup:
Baked Acorn Squash with Brown Sugar
I hope these recipes have inspired you to include at least one seasonal recipe to your Thanksgiving meal! Don’t forget about the final Columbus Tailgate Market this Saturday, November 22nd from 9 am-12 pm in front of the the Courthouse. See you there!