Wednesday, September 22nd: Chef Rachel Yang from Joule, Thai Eggplant, Black Beans, Hiromi Plums, Baby Artichokes & Other Good Stuff! (Oh, and one week left after today for 2010 season!)

Hey, it's fall! Officially. (Well, tonight, just after 8 p.m., anyway) That means today is the second to last market day of the 2010 season for your Wallingford Farmers Market. And we get to enjoy a return visit from Chef Rachel Yang from Joule, who will perform a cooking demonstration today at 4 p.m. Actually, her husband, Seif, was supposed to be the one dazzling us today, but alas, he's been called away elsewhere. If we're lucky, though, maybe we'll all get to see Baby Pike!

Alvarez Organic Farms grows close to 200 varieties of peppers now, and they are quite well known for it. But they also grow about 20 varieties of eggplant -- varieties from all over the world! Like this spectacular Thai eggplant. Talk about wow factor!

Stoney Plains has a nice selection of fresh shelling beans available now, like these black beans. Ain't it cool how the pod is green to white, but the beans are black? Most of us are used to working with shelling beans dried, but fresh they present an entirely different cooking and flavor experience. And if you shell and freeze them (no blanching required), you can enjoy them like fresh all winter. So make some succotash this week!

Tiny's has all sorts of pluots, apples, plums, etc., right now. Check out these wonderful Himori plums from Japan. The Japanese know their plums, and these are beauties. Enjoy!

I just love this image of tomatillos and chiogga beets side-by-side at Full Circle Farm. Besides being good eating, they are just plain beautiful, don't you think?

I bet you can think of a thing or two to do with these lovely baby artichokes from Summer Run, eh? Hey, we've been adding a sorts of chef recipes to this blog lately. But we welcome yours, too, and this resource is here year round. So if you have a great artichoke recipe, or any other market recipe, use the comment form to share it with us, and we will add it to the recipes section. And if you have a photo of the finished dish, send that along, too!

Gorgeous baguettes from Tall Grass Bakery in warm Wallingford sunshine. Face it. You need one.

Of course, this is just a highlighting of what you will find today. There is still plenty of other stuff just waiting for you at your Wallingford Farmers Market this week. For a full accounting of what you will find, click on “What’s Fresh Now!” in the upper right-hand corner.