A Word on Preserving the Harvest:Looks like some great weather conditions cooking up for the market this week.
Speaking of cooking, if you came to market on June 14 and checked out the booth sponsored by the folks from the Ag Extension Office on food preservation and want to put the newfound knowledge to work, now’s the time! If you didn’t have the opportunity to do so, don’t fret, there’s tons of info on the web that you can use to guide you. If you’ve never taken anything like this on and would like to, don’t get yourself into a pickle, make some instead! It’s a lot easier than you think!
When I was a young’un in rural Alabama, my mama made a late summer family production out of canning. We canned wash tubs full, about three million quarts (or so it seemed) of assorted veggies, fruits and meats. If it grew or moved, my mama canned it! So as a full fledged adult, who moved back to the land many years later after 25 years of city living, the thought of canning food was not the most pleasant thing to cross my mind. Well, it’s a bit different today; we have these wonderful things call freezers, food dehydrators, solar dryers, modern stoves and pressure cookers to make it all much easier.
So, now’s the time to start taking advantage of the great growing weather we’re having this year and think about putting up some of the excellent produce available at the market this season. Most of the growers have bumper crops of certain items and a few of them sell those items in larger quantities as they become more available. If you don’t see a sign at their booth, just ask; some are taking custom orders. Most of the meat /poultry vendors are taking custom orders as well. Peppers, blueberries, and tomatoes, for example, freeze just fine without a lot of work. Slice them, if need be, throw them in a bag, and put them in the freezer, no heating or blanching needed. Beans and corn, no problem, a few minutes in boiling water, cool them down in cold water, bag them, and freeze them. You might even want to make refrigerator pickles or try your hand at lacto fermentation. The list goes on and on. Think about how healthy and tasty it’ll all be later on. Better than anything you’ll buy at the store and certainly more economical. If you need more inspiration, or, even if you don’t, here’s one of my favorite singer/songwriters who expresses it so well. Give a listen; it’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
PARTY ALERT: On another note, we are in the process finalizing the details for our Fifth Anniversary MGM celebration party! You are all invited! Please mark August 16, 2013, 5: 30- 6:30 P.M. on your calendars! We will have lots of festive to-dos, door prizes, ice cream, cake, food, and games and activities for the young and young at heart. We will post updated info on our website and Facebook page in the near future.
This Week’s Highlights: Our entertainment this week will be Matt Noldy, AKA Acoustic Pawnshop. Matt will be on hand from 4:30- 6:00. Stop in and catch his act.
Most of the produce vendors will have the following; beans, new potatoes, peppers, summer squash, cukes, onions, herbs, and celery. The list below highlights some of the items or features that certain vendors will have that might be a bit more unique.
Darlene at Cardinal Inn will try to be here with produce and baked goods.
Keeney Farm: CORN, green tomatoes, BLUEBERRIES, and produce.
Running Bear: TOMATOES, tomatillos, OKRA, beets and produce. LAMB in the form of cuts, roasts, legs, and ground. Chicken and turkey parts.
Herb Corner: EGGPLANT, peppers, fresh cut herbs and flowers, other produce, and taking orders for larger quantities of basil for making fresh and frozen pesto.
Spring Meadows: Peppers by the piece, quart or special order 5 gal. pail for freezing, drying, whatever. Garlic, large sweet onions, produce, pasture soy free eggs, and lots of spring greens still available.
Liz at Yorkshire Meadows will have her usual assortment of fine goods, jellies, jams, scones shortbread and woolen products. She will also be taking orders for larger jars (think quarts) of her wonderful lemon curd. Great gift ideas here!
We missed a few vendors last week but we hope to see them back this week, Hillstone with quality beef and pork products and Glenfiddich with fine baked goods, salsa, and other products.
Unfortunately, New Horizon Creamery will not be here this week. They’re going to the Potter County Fair instead, so if you need an ice cream fix, sit tight til next week, sorry.
Also look for maple products from Between Two Rivers, baked goods from Basically Bagels, garlic and goat milk products from Always Somethin’, great jewelry and handcrafted items, and gift ideas from Gypsy Jingles, hydroponics lettuce, basil, and other types of produce from Udder Merry Mac, and Bernie from Inn to The Seasons with his assorted delights. Who knows, there may even be more!
The Friday Market Café will be back in business this week with some special of their culinary delights for your dining pleasure. Stop in for a snack, beverage, or a full meal.
Hopefully this will be enough to tempt you to come to the market this week, check out the goods, fill your trunk full, and make a move on stocking up for those winter months ahead. Again, it’s easier than you might think.
See ya at the market!
Fridays 3-6:00 PM
St. James Episcopal Church
Rt. 6 one block east of Main St.