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Pink flowers, dumpling squash and challah

I love that our flower farmer, Mary Beth, of Stars of the Meadow, can make head-turning custom bouquets for shoppers at the market while she makes small talk. She knows her customers well and can practically start making their bouquet when she spies one of her flower fans standing on the line in the parking lot.

One of her regular customers, G., who happens to be a child, always has something specific in mind. Last Saturday, he wanted an entirely pink bouquet. Mary Beth suggested he mix in some green foliage to which G. shook his head. Every stem in this bouquet needed to be capped with pink petals.

He was right, of course. The bouquet, pictured below, was a stunner. This inspired Mary Beth to muse on Instagram this week: "Here's a gentle reminder to trust the intelligence of the young people in your life. Are you looking at them as a full human being who you have a lot to learn from? Are you listening well as they express their ideas and wisdom? Consider that you may not be the expert on everything simply by virtue of being an adult." Amen.

The heat came on in my house this week, just about the same time Bon Appetit posted this amazing polenta and roasted mushroom recipe.

Good timing. The recipe was part of a compilation of "magic" mushroom recipes which also featured a recipe for veggie burger made with mushrooms, sweet potato, and quinoa. I am so on it as I am on a perpetual quest for the perfect homespun veggie burger for my family. (And am so glad I have some Wave Hill brioche buns in my freezer right now.)

Further signs that summer is bidding us farewell: Fort Hill Farm just harvested their dappled dumpling squash. Grab their baby ginger while you can. It makes just about everything tastes better.

Wave Hill will be bringing their braided challah for those celebrating Rosh Hashanah. Consider pre-ordering your challah loaf for an early morning pick-up on Saturday. And, a reminder that Doc Pickle will be absent this Saturday in observance of the holiday.

Selek is now making hummus bowls for takeaway which feature his baked falafel. They are delicious. Look for his falafel sandwiches coming soon!

See you at the market!

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