September: still the perfect time to get your green on

Local farmers' markets still in full swing
Greens galore at the Chatham Farmers Market last season. Photo by Anna Miller.

The crowds will start to thin following this Labor Day and weekly things to do may become a bit fewer and far between, but most farmers markets are here to stay--at least through the coming fall months. It's harvest season in September and swiftly approaching fall as indicated by yesterday's successful Agricultural Fair in Truro. 

As Cape Cod prepares for some of its other favorite fall festivals featuring oysters, cranberries and scallops, farmers markets fill in the days between festivals, giving locals and visitors the opportunity to enjoy some of the most delicious and invigorating treats the Cape has to offer.

To help you plan your meals and pre-pick recipes, Buy Fresh Buy Local Cape Cod offers a handy chart of Cape Cod vegetables, fruits and herbs--what's fresh and currently in season and what is available from storage.

Get the sauté pan and soup stock ready for the bountiful greens from arugula and Bok Choy to kale and Swiss chard--all available this month. As are a bevy of delicious veggies including beets, Brussel sprouts, cucumbers and peppers. 

And of course, what would fall be without the arrival of home grown gourds and bright orange pumpkins, making their debut right now.

"Farmers" market may be a tad misleading, because it isn't just veggies available for sale. At most markets you can pick up local meats, lobster, shellfish, breads and baked goods. Many now feature artisans and others selling jewelry, artwork, soaps and more.

See the calendar to find a farmers market this week and this fall in your town. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on