Hærfest is an old fashioned English term used to describe what we now call the harvest. The harvest marks the end of the growing season for most of the fruits and vegetables grown here in the Valley. If you live near a vineyard, like I do, you can hear all the activity that is taking place both day and night during the grape harvest. What used to be quite vineyards are now thriving workplaces. Many cultures have ceremonies surrounding the harvest season which date back to ancient times. We too are planning a harvest celebration, which is scheduled for Saturday, October 24, 2009. We will have great local food, beverages, mask making workshop for kids, pie judging contest, scarecrow building, and live music! And that is just a small preview of the entire event. If you would like to learn more about the October 24th Harvest Festival, or learn how you can volunteer, check out the Sonoma Ecology Center website for additional information.
Enjoy this weeks selection!
In todays bag:
Carrots, tomatoes, Eel River melons, figs, eggplant, peppers, cucumbers, summer squash, and Thai basil.
Chilled Melon Soup Recipe:
- 2 ripe cantaloupe melons-skinned, seeded, and cubed
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup kirsch
- 1/2 cup creme fraiche
- 4 sprigs mint
- zest of 1 orange
- 1 1/2 cup heavy cream or 2 cups plain yogurt
- Puree the melon until smooth then add the cream or yogurt.
- Add the sugar and kirsch.
- Blend until smooth.
- Let chill 2-3 hours.
- Place in chilled bowls and garnish with 1 tablespoon cream fraiche, 1 sprig mint, and some orange zest.