Ah, what other season is so clearly marked at each end by a three-day weekend? None, in fact. As the last bit of summer begins to fade, seasonal produce overlaps and these first couple weeks of September offer a rare blend of fresh corn and tomatoes alongside the first winter squashes and sweet potatoes. No other time like it at the Farmers Market.
Since school is back in session now, I am going to give this week's "A" students top billing for sticking to the theme of the week's carnival. The rest I have tried to put into logical categories for your convenience.
Southern Comfort food is at its best late summer with Shawn Lea's Fresh Snap Beans with New Potatoes that uses the last of summer's bounty in her grandfather's garden.
Jennie presents Papery Husks and Powerful Flavor posted at Straight from the Farm. This post is worth just looking at for the gorgeous photos. The fresh, seasonal flavors certainly fit the menu for end-of-summer bounty. A-plus here.
Lucynda Riley presents Another Basil recipe and eggplant too posted at Quietly into the Night. The recipe sounds great, and I am always on the hunt for a good way to serve eggplant.
DeputyHeadmistress presents Tomato and Onion Salad posted at The Common Room.
Stephanie presents Watermelon Lemonade posted at Stop the Ride!. Good idea for something new to do with all that melon.
Dani presents Sweet-Tart Salad posted at Catch the Spoon.
Dawn presents My Tasty Space: Summer Crock posted at My Tasty Space. Sausage and Summer Vegetables combine for this easy, tasty meal that won’t heat up the kitchen.
Trent Hamm presents Tackling Breakfast: Healthy, Inexpensive, And Easy Meals To Get Me Started In The Morning posted at The Simple Dollar. Breakfast Burritos fit the bill for using end-of-summer produce.
Too full to eat? Try playing with your late summer produce instead:
Barbra Sundquist presents How to Make Fruit and Vegetable Edible Creations posted at Edible Creations.
Mama Squirrel (my preferred handle) presents Strawberry Mice posted at Dewey's Treehouse.
For those of you wanting to stay late and get extra credit, stop by my post at Eat Local Challenge and learn how to save that summer produce for a soup on a cold winter day.
STILL ON THE MENU FOR SUMMER, BUT NOT AT THE FARMERS MARKET
Triticale, The Wheat/Rye Guy with Lemon Cheesecake Ice Cream.
Famous Recipes presents South Philly Hamburger posted at Famous Recipes.
Bill presents Barbecue Butter Beans posted at World Famous Recipes.
World Famous Recipes presents Famous Dave?s Legendary Pit Barbecue Ribs posted at Famous Recipes.
Hillbilly Willy presents Hillbilly Willy -Fun, Food & Politics: Hillbilly Pork Loin posted at Hillbilly Willy -Fun, Food & Politics.
Thelly presents Grilled Chicken Breasts with Fruit Salsa posted at Chicken Recipes.
Kathee presents Grilled Chicken Breasts with Fruit Salsa posted at Chicken Recipes - Recipes for Chicken.
Slow Cooker Recipes presents Crock-Pot Barbecue Beef Sandwiches - Lowfat posted at Slow Cooker Recipes.
Silvia presents Three Wonderful Italian Recipes posted at Po Moyemu--In My Opinion.
Chief Family Officer presents Chief Family Officer: Baby Food: Slow Cooker Prunes posted at Chief Family Officer.
FUN WITH LIQUOR
Host Bee presents Trendy Cocktails! posted at Busy Bee Lifestyle.
Pancake Recipes presents Irish Mist Pancakes posted at Pancake Recipes.
Diabetic Recipes presents DIABETIC LEMON BARBECUED CHICKEN posted at Diabetic Recipes.
Joel Fuhrman, MD presents Super-Fancy Healthy Desserts posted at Disease Proof.
Living Without Meat / Style Fix presents And That, My Family, Was Vegan Lasagna That You Just Ate posted at Living Without Meat.
Sagar Satapathy presents 20 Foods that will Increase your Studying Effectiveness posted at Online University Lowdown.
FitBuff presents Foods High in Protein: Top 10 Healthy Choices posted at FitBuff.com's Total Mind and Body Fitness Blog.
Curtis Penner presents How I Used Food To Beat Depression posted at Be Fit And Strong.
Every carnival has one, go make yourself a funnel cake, pay the money and go into the tent of weirdness.
Deirdre Dee goes “carnival” with a make-at-home version of funnel cake.
Rickey Henderson presents Rickey Reviews Odd Food Left in the Second Floor Staff Kitchen posted at Riding with Rickey.