It’s prime eating from the farmers markets right now. The selection this weekend was out of hand — truckloads of tomatoes, squash, beans, peppers — and some of the stuff was a downright bargain, like organic sweet corn at two for a buck. The Madrona market on Friday featured several vendors with plump blueberries, blackberries, plums, and peaches; a few carried fall’s first apples. And there were other signs of the changing seasons, like carrots and beets parked alongside dark green bundles of dinosaur kale. It feels so early for kale! But the Madrona market is now shut down for winter and most other markets close shop in the next two months. Just when life seemed so good.

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