They had a nice selection of produce as well as crafts and various foods inside the barn. I never imagined I'd find fresh local strawberries in October; but I did! We ate some delicious sushi -- a sweet potato & avocado as well as a spicy date. I got to buy my favorite mesclun blend of greens (Thank you Rumtopf Farms) and 7 grain bread (Julian's Bakery).
I also bought something brand new to me: Ground Cherries.
Google says: Ground cherries are also known as a Cape Gooseberry. It's a small orange fruit inside a paper lantern and is a member of the tomato and Chinese Lantern family of fruit.
It's low in calories, fat and contains no cholesterol. It's a good source of Niacin (B3) and vitamens A & C. It's believed to inhibit cancer and lower cholesterol, protect against cold and flu, lower blood pressure and protect against Parkinson's. It also contains pectin which helps regulate our blood sugar, so that makes it a great fruit to eat if you have a sweet tooth that you'd like to tame.
According to one site, "It has a pleasant, unique tomato/pineapple like blend." I find it similar to a Tomatillo but softer, sweeter and not nearly as tart.
You can eat it raw (which I did and was the reason I bought it), use it in salads, jams, jellies or salsas. It can be dried and eaten like a raisin; and get this -- it is excellent when dipped in chocolate!
Did I need any further encouragement?