by Cheryl Baehr
It's still technically summer for another week, and the blazing humid weather of the past few days makes us feel that pool season should go on forever. However, the temperature is dropping, slowly but surely, and before we know it, we will be busting out our favorite sweaters and making pumpkin tarts. In this spirit, we are looking back on summer's bounty through the lens of the Schfafly Farmers' Market (7260 Southwest Avenue, Maplewood; 314-241-2337).
This Wednesday afternoon-early evening tradition will continue to run from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. up to October, after which it will reinvent itself as a Winter Market, held monthly on Saturday mornings from 8:30 a.m. until noon (November through March). Most of the vendors, such as Buila Family Farm, Blue Heron Orchard and Three Rivers Community Farm assured us that they will remain a presence through the winter at this and other local markets, although their produce offerings will change markedly. Cheese makers such as Baetje Farms and Cool Cow Cheese will continue to offer their wares, while other artisans will provide honey, granola, baked goods and homemade soaps.
We expect to see a cornucopia of autumn goodies arriving soon, but it's hard to beat the colors of summer. Hopefully, this will inspire you to get out and grab some tomatoes for one last fresh caprese salad. Or, you can can them at the peak of their ripeness to enjoy a taste of summer when the winter doldrums take their hold.
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