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Time to preserve the bounty

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By the end of the month, the last farmers markets in the area will close for the season.

But there are ways to stretch the season fresh flavors well into winter. And we don mean spending days canning and jarring.

First, talk to your favorite farmers to find out if you can arrange to meet them to continue buying produce that is still available after the markets close, says Diane Green of the Sandpoint Farmers Market. Many others concur, saying customers drive out to their farms to get late season items. Other vendors sell year round items, such as farm

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By the end of the month, the last farmers markets in the area will close for the season.

But there are ways to stretch the season fresh flavors well into winter. And we don mean spending days canning and jarring.

First, talk to your favorite farmers to find out if you can arrange to meet them to continue buying produce that is still available after the markets close, says Diane Green of the Sandpoint Farmers Market. Many others concur, saying customers drive out to their farms to get late season items. Other vendors sell year round items, such as farm fresh eggs, at local stores.

Next, make a list of the items you can buy at the markets and simply store in a cool place for months, including winter squash, onions and potatoes.

used to fill the area under my bed with spaghetti squash, says Steve Smoot, from the Spokane Farmers Ma ugg boots sale rket. The trick to keeping winter squash from going bad, he says, is to make sure the squash aren touching each other. Large horizontal surfaces, such as shelves in the basement, are perfect for storing squash.

In fact, if you serious about stocking up, think about clearing out a place in your basement or garage, both of which can provide the limited light and cool to cold temperatures needed to store certain foods.

Jeff Herman from the Spokane Farmers Market encourages his customers to buy boxes of apples and pears before the market closes. When they do, he says he ugg boots sale works with them individually to figure out the best storage options in their home.

an unheated garage is the best place, he says. Just don forget to pull the pears out before you plan to use them, to allow them to ripen at room temperature.

Remember that carrots and cabbage will keep in the refrigerator crisper for a long time, too, says Tim Pellow from Tolstoy Farms.

But for some of the niftiest tricks in preserving the season bounty, make room in the freezer and stock up on zipper style bags.

Green suggests grating extra zucchini and squeezing out excess moisture then freezing it in two cup portions in zipper bags. Press the bags flat and they stack beautifully in the freezer. She says most recipes, including her Zucchini Crust Pizza (recipe below), call for about two cups of grated zucchini.

Pat Cooper from the Spokane Farmers Market says she washes and slices apples and pears and sprinkles them with Fruit Fresh or another additive that prevents browning. Then she freezes them in plastic bags and thaws them in warm water before using.

Judith Miller from the Boundary County Farmers Market suggests preparing pie fillings and freezing them, a time saving idea for those upcoming holiday pies.

And, if you chop and combine those tomatoes and pepp ugg boots sale ers before they gone for the season, you can make and freeze salsa, Miller says. If you plan to freeze salsa, use tomatoes that have a low water content.

Gary Angell, from the Spokane Farmers Market, says fresh garlic, such as the Asian variety his wife sells, ca ugg boots sale n be peeled, separated into individual cloves and frozen in plastic bags. Just pull the cloves out as needed, he says.