By Chris Watson
On Monday of this week it might as well have been August. For you baseball fans it was more All Star Break than Mr. October. Hot, muggy, miserable. Apple Cider and hot cocoa were far from our minds as we sucked down ice tea and sports drinks.
However, seasons change and that change brings the return of seasonal food favorites. Fortunately our local markets are better at anticipating our needs than the weather is at signaling them. Fall products have arrived in force! This week we cover great local icons Walt Churchill’s Markets, Sautter’s Markets, Monnette’s and MacQueen’s Orchards.
There is always so much to merit WCM. Their smokehouse, their wine area, their deli, their love of all things local. Amongst their eclectic shelves includes cocoas and teas that are well worth it to “up your hot chocolate game”. Plus check out their appropriate sized coffee syrups to place that flavor shot in your to go mug.
Sautter’s is one of the best hidden gems in the city. Sure, people in Sylvania and Waterville know of these compact and local product rich markets. However, they are well worth the drive from other areas to investigate. They always have cool stuff outside the markets that begin your journey. Then check out their bakery and deli. Finally, prowl the shelves for local and regionally produced products. This week we found some great local coffee’s tucked away amongst the Folgers and Maxwell House.
Like any produce market, you would expect Monnette’s to cary local, and they certainly do. They also have a deep bench when it comes to deli products, which makes tailgating and school lunches a lot easier. Finally, all three locations have make an extensive effort to carry local grocery lines as well, making Monnette’s Markets one of the staunchest supporters of local products in the region.
Yes, local markets carry their apples and cider. However, why not go to the source. Pick your own, pick up a bag, and above all, pick up donuts. People drive for miles to grab one. MacQueens is a great local stop a fun afternoon. In some respects, they ARE fall!