Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Market Preview June 19 & 22

Right out of the ground onions
from Petersons Produce
A small sampling of his work
In case you missed it, last Saturday's plant sale was a huge success thanks to Master Gardeners and Penn State Extension!  There were a LOT of plants and a lot of volunteers full of helpful information about all the plants they were selling.  The featured artisan, Craig Peterson, had numerous people interested in his work and he will make another appearance on Saturday, June 29th! He can personalize his work, so let him know what you're looking for and he can make it.  There were two new vendors there, Don selling backyard grown lettuces and Brianne's Apple Dumplings & More selling fruit filled pastries (with locally grown fruit!).  Mountain View Acres also started selling raw cow's milk cheddar cheese, and it is delicious!

Look at these tomatoes from
Mountain View Acres!
A couple people have asked which, if any, vendors grow their crops organically.  After speaking with the farmers on Saturday I have a quick run-down of what I found out.  No one is certified organic, but that doesn't mean they spray all of their crops either.  Some farmers use fertilizers sparingly and most do not spray with pesticides.  Triple B Farms, Mountain View Acres, Petersons Produce, Flinn's Treasure Tree Nursery, and Don (who sells produce from the back of his SUV) all told me that they try and grow everything organically, with the occasion of adding fertilizer to specific crops.  The best way to find out is to ask the farmer your purchasing from personally which crops they're selling are 100% grown organically.  That is the most amazing thing about a farmers' market isn't it, being able to speak face-to-face with the people who grow your food.  As always, if you have questions about the market, things you'd like to see at the market, or any other comments please comment here, on our facebook page, or come and talk with me at the market!
With a lot to see at the market, and new things coming each week, we hope to see you out on Wednesday and Saturday!!

Who will be at the market this week:

3 Ponds Farm:  ruhbarb, herbs, lettuce, mint, strawberries (Saturday only this week)
Brianne's Apple Dumplings & More:  pastry pockets, fruit filled rolls, piekins, gobs, cookies (Saturday only)
Callifonte Foods:  fresh and frozen pastas (Wednesday only)
Country Bread Barn:  bread, rolls, cinammon rolls (Saturday only)
Eight Maples Farm:  potted plants (Saturday only)
Flinn's Treasure Tree Nursery:  spinach, lettuce, arugula, cilantro, sugar snap peas
Home Made Ice Cream Express:  vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, butter pecan, chocolate marshmallow, peanut butter swirl (Wednesday only)
Mountain View Acres:  lettuce mix, strawberries, tomatoes, onions, kohlrabi, cabbage, eggs, pork, turkey, chicken (on Saturday), raw milk cheese, goat's milk soap
Natalie's Goodies:  pastries and cookies
Petersons Produce:  lettuce, onions, syrup, strawberries, eggs
Plum Creek Soaps:  Homemade soaps and personal beauty products (Wednesday)
Stoke Hole Pottery:  Pottery (Saturday only)
Triple B Farms: flowers, hanging baskets, strawberries, rhubarb, onions, kale, beets, yellow and green zucchinis, kohlrabi (Saturday only this week)
Yarnicks:  tomatoes, peppers, radishes, 1/2 bushel beets, kohlrabi, asparagus, rhubarb, eggplant, cabbage, carrots, zucchini, kale, lettuce, spinach, green onions, herbs, sugar snap peas, broccoli, strawberries

Center for Community Growth featured Artisans:

Jumpin Rob

Tasty recipes to take home and try...
Kohlrabi Fries
Cabbage and Beet Slaw
Eggplant mini "pizzas"--I made this one for my toddler last week with Yarnick's eggplant.  Really easy, just slice the eggplant into 1/4" slices, grill turning once, then top with tomato sauce (homemade if you buy tomatoes from the market too!), cheese, and basil.  Grill until cheese melts.  (Feta or goat cheese is superb, but mozzarella works well too)

*Just heard some very exciting news, the Brown Hotel will someday in the distant future become a Farm-To-Table restaurant!!!*

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