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.
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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.