I hope everyone had a fun and relaxing holiday weekend, and that you were able to spend time outdoors with friends and family despite the heat! The market was quite busy last Wednesday with customers stocking up for their 4th of July weekend!
Saturday was a bit on the slower side, but there were two special attractions at the market, Tim Ball's one-man-band, and
Chere Winnek-Shawer's handmade jewelry and accessories. The jewelry was a huge attraction that drew in numerous customers and quite a bit of pieces were sold. Chere Winnek-Shawer may make another appearance at the market sometime in August, so check back to see when!
*I attended the Borough Council meeting last week and spoke in favor of our farmers' market and why farmers' markets are good for communities. I also suggested that the farmers' market could use the new 7th street location for next year's Wednesday markets to increase space (and visibility!) A small bit was written in the newspaper about my statement, and we noticed a turn of heads from many council members when I stated that the farmers' market has been turning away Wednesday vendors due to lack of space. Above all we need our communities support to keep the farmers' market a happening place in Indiana. If you're reading my blog then you probably already shop at the market and know the importance of it, so what I'm asking you is to spread the word. Let others know why you think farmers' markets are special and how crucial it is to know where your food is coming from.*
A special request was made for some beet recipes, so below you can find a couple (one that I am trying this week), as well as zucchini, tomato, and cucumber recipes (their season is upon us!!)
If you have any recipes that you love, please share them with me and I will happily post it on the blog for others to try!!
Kolokithokeftedes (Greek Zucchini Fritters)--I personally made these and they were amazing! Make sure you use a non-stick skillet though, I found out the hard way! I served this with pitas and greek grilled chicken as well as fresh tomatoes on the side, delicious!
Fresh produce you'll need: zucchini, cucumbers, garlic, onions, dill, tomatoes on the side
Roasted Beet and Barley Salad
Fresh produce you'll need: beets, celery, radishes, scallions, basil
Whole Wheat Zucchini Bread--If you buy an abundance of zucchinis, you can shred them and freeze them until later and use that to make this bread, or make it now with fresh zucchini!
Fresh produce you'll need: zucchini, basil
Tomato and Banana Pepper side--no formal recipe here, just something that you can find at my dinner table and my parents dinner table every night in the summer. Cut up tomatoes and hot banana peppers, mix with a bit of salt and a dash of olive oil. Spoon onto fresh bread and enjoy!!
Fresh produce you'll need: tomato, banana pepper
Roasted Beets and Potatoes--an amazingly simple and delicious side to almost any grilled meat.
Fresh produce you'll need: potatoes, beets, red onion, garlic
I won't personally be at the market the next two Saturdays, but come out and find our Center for Community Growth representatives Gerald Smith and intern Melissa King, we look forward to seeing you!!