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In late summer, the Matthews Community Farmers Market cranks up the roaster. This year, you can get your peppers, okras or eggplants kissed by the flames.
In late summer, the Matthews Community Farmers Market cranks up the roaster. This year, you can get your peppers, okras or eggplants kissed by the flames. GARY O'BRIEN - gobrien@charlotte

Along with all the other seasons at the Matthews Community Farmer’s Market, one of the favorites with fans is Roasting Season: That’s when they crank up a tumbler with a propane burner and roast peppers before you take them home.

This year, they’re adding a twist: Instead of just peppers, you can get eggplants and okra roasted too. It’s free if you buy a half-dozen of any three, and the service starts at 8:30 a.m. Even if you don’t get any yourself, the smell of roasting peppers is a pretty tremendous way to start your Saturday.

And in other news: Remember earlier this summer, when I wrote that the grower-only market was trying to raise $25,000 by Aug. 1 to celebrate the 25th anniversary with improvements? Aug. 1 has passed, and so has the goal. Using a variety of events, including a farm dinner at Passion8, the market has raised $26,848.

Manager Pauline Wood says the money will be used to make improvements to the chef demo area, add staff hours, replace equipment and add activities.

The Matthews Community Farmers Market, 188 N. Trade St., is open from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays through fall, then goes to reduced hours in the winter. For a list of all the farmers markets in the region, go here.

Kathleen Purvis: 704-358-5236, @kathleenpurvis

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