Pick up fresh eggplants, apples, squash, and other fall staples at your local farmers’ market.
COHASSET — Bob Haggerty of Cohasset carefully examined a pile of fresh corn, while Brigid Ryan of Hingham perused some ripe eggplants.
This was the scene Thursday at the Cohasset Farmers Market, a weekly event in the town common in the summer and fall during the day. Barrels brimming with squash, red apples and fingerling potatoes beckoned to customers eager for fresh produce. While summer and farmers markets seem to go hand in hand, early September is prime harvest time for local farms, said area farmers.
Beverly Jesse, owner of the Cretinon’s Farmstand in Kingston, was helping a customer select some vegetables, while her daughter, Taylor, rang another up. A family-owned business, they’ve been in operation for nearly 60 years now. Jesse noticed that her squashes and eggplants were among her bestsellers.
“I’d recommend trying out ratatouille,” said Jesse on possible recipes. “That’s a nice fall dinner.”
At Holly Hill Farm’s booth, owner Jenn White said that now is the perfect time to buy tomatoes to make sauce with. She suggested freezing fresh tomatoes now and making sauce later when the temperature drops.
“You’ll have all the flavors of summer all through winter,” said White. “It’s cheap and easy too.”
Freitas Farm, from Middleborough, also had a booth, hawking fresh corn and tomatoes, alongside cantaloupe and apples.
Ryan, the Hingham resident, tries to come to the market almost every week. She was buying a bag full of tomatoes at Holly Hill Farm’s booth.
“I got hooked during the summer,” said Ryan. “It’s totally worth it.”
“It just makes such a difference” to buy produce fresh rather from a grocery store, said Ryan.
It was Wilma Wimmer’s first time at the market. While visiting Massachusetts from Michigan, she decided to stop by at the spur of the moment.
“Everyone is so friendly and relaxed,” said Wimmer, taking home a couple of cucumber from Freitas Farm. “This is a lovely way to shop.”
The Cohasset Farmers Market will be open from 2 to 6 p.m. every Thursday until Oct. 5. Other South Shore towns also hold their own farmers markets on a weekly or monthly basis.
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Hingham Farmers’ Market
96 Otis St., Hingham
Open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Scituate Farmers’ Market
1 Kent St., Scituate
Open Wednesdays from 3 to 7 p.m.
Rockland/Union Point Farmers’ Market
Intersection of Bill Delahunt Parkway and Shea Memorial Drive, Rockland
Open Sundays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Quincy Farmers’ Market
1 Merrymount Parkway, Quincy
Open Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Braintree Farmers’ Market
1 John F. Kennedy Memorial Drive, Braintree
Open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Marshfield Farmers’ Market
140 Main St., Marshfield
Open Fridays from 2 to 6 p.m.
Milton Farmers’ Market
Wharf Park, Milton
Open Thursdays from 1 to 6 p.m.