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Eric Sagasser stands in front of his autumn blooms and pumpkins (photo by Aaron Zaremsky)

Autumn harvest

Summer has finally faded in Yellow Springs, and autumn is swiftly taking its place. This transition is always quite a visual feast, but it can be a literal feast as well. Pumpkins, apples and butternut squash fill our dinner tables during the fall with delicious recipes. Who doesn’t get excited for a cozy mug of apple cider and a warm bonfire in October?

The farmers markets are still in full swing during this time of the year. The summer crops are dwindling, but old friends like tomatoes and watermelon are soon forgotten as the fall crops move in. The markets take place Thursday, 2 to 6 p.m. at the South Town market in the General Dollar parking lot and Saturday from 7 am until noon at Kings Yard and the Corner Cone parking lot.

The shifting seasons raises some interesting questions about local farmers markets. Is it worth being limited by a seasonal harvest to support local food? Local food does imply that we sure won’t get a steady stream of beans or carrots during the fall; but is that really such an awful thing, not to get everything we want all the time? Modern industry would scoff and roll its eyes at such a notion, but seasonality does bring a certain delight at the surprises of the changing seasons.

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