Not sure about the weather this week. But, there’s one thing I am sure of—it’s National Farmers Market Week, and no matter what the weather, we will be at Market! We hope you will join us and celebrate this week of national recognition. Summer’s moving on and we don’t want you to miss out on anything. Here’s a great link for more on NFMW. Top Five Reasons to Visit a Farmers Market
And, while we’re on the subject of celebrating, please mark August 16, 2013, 5:30- 6:30 PM on your calendars! We’ll be celebrating that week as well, in recognition of the efforts by so many on the local level that made it possible for us to reach this 5 year milestone. We’ll have lots of festive to-dos, door prizes, ice cream, cake, food, beer, and games and activities for the young and young at heart. We’ll post updated info on our website, the local press, and Facebook page in the near future.
We hope you all will be able to attend. We’ll have a few special guests on hand, Jackie Schlitzer, Paul and Joyce Wendel, and others. These folks were instrumental in making it all happen. Come join us and say hello to some of your old friends.
Not only do we want you to have fun we also want to give you the opportunity to show your vote of support and thanks to the vendors, the volunteers, the sponsors, the entertainers and most importantly, yourselves, for taking a part in making this unique community gathering happen, week after week for all these years. Thanks to all involved for making it happen!
If you read our newsletter last week you’ll remember the lead-in was about food preservation. Hopefully you’re thought about it, or even better, started the process in some fashion. Here’s a quick and easy recipe for bread and butter type pickles, one that I’ve used with great success:
- 6 cups thinly sliced cukes, not peeled
- 1 cup thinly sliced onion
- 1 cup thinly sliced green pepper
- 1½ cups white sugar (try to go into denial for a few moments, if need be)
- 1 cup vinegar
- 1 Tb.salt
- 1 tsp.celery seed
- 1 tsp. mustard seed
- 1/8 tsp. turmeric
- !/8 tsp. alum
Mix sugar, vinegar, salt, and spices. Pour over veggies, mix, and store in fridge for 36 hours. Put in jars, keep stored in yours or someone else’s fridge and enjoy. Will last up to a year and makes for a nice simple gift.
You can easily pick up all these veggies and lots more at the market this week. Remember, if you need large volumes of meat or produce to put up for the winter, now’s the time to order from the vendors!
Our entertainment this week will be performed our own angelic Cheryl Hein Walters, AKA “The Party Fairy”, starting at 4:30. Cheryl will be taking a break from her demanding but highly rewarding task of organizing (many thanks!) the Big Party next week. She’s a harpist and she’ll be playing some heavenly music for your listening pleasure. Stop in and catch her performance.
Most of the produce vendors will have the following this week: 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.
Keeney Farm will not be here this week. They’re taking a vacation and will return next week.
Running Bear: chicken (parts and whole), string beans, golden beets, and rabbit.
Herb Corner: EGGPLANT, snacking peppers, fresh cut herbs and flowers, lettuce mix with beet greens and arugula, and other produce. They’re also taking orders for larger quantities of basil for making fresh and frozen pesto. Look for fall mums by the end of the month to keep your flower garden or pots looking great till the snow flies.
Spring Meadows: new item this week, LEEKS, peppers by the piece, quart or special order 5 gal. pail for freezing or drying, and green beans by the handful or by the 5 gal. bucket. Garlic, large sweet onions, produce, pasture soy free eggs, and lots of beautiful spring greens still available. Check with Andy if you’re interested in starting your own garlic patch this fall. He’ll have garlic seed for sale.
Liz, at Yorkshire Meadows will have her usual assortment of fine goods, jellies, jams, scones shortbread and woolen products. Plus, not only will she be taking orders for larger jars (think quarts) of her wonderful lemon curd, she will also have orange and lime curd, as well. Great gift ideas here!
Hillstone will be here with quality beef and pork products as well as Glenfiddich with Shannon’s fine baked goods, salsa, and other products.
Always Somethin’ will have 5 varieties of garlic on hand for purchase. They’ll also have BLACKBERRIES and their wonderful goat milk soaps and lotions. Don’t forget to order your garlic braids now for the fall season. They’ll make great housewarming gifts.
We missed New Horizon Creamery last week. They were having fun and selling their great cheeses and ice cream to the folks at the Potter County Fair instead. We’ll have them back this week; stop in and see them.
In addition to all the above, we will also have the following vendors with their fine products, a kind word, and smiling faces.
Maple products from Between Two Rivers, baked goods from Basically Bagels; get your dirty hippy bagels here. 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. And, there’s always room for surprises!
The Market Café will open again this week for your dining pleasure. They’ll have another great specials menu as well as their usual fare. Stop in for a snack, beverage, or a full meal.
So come on down and help us start the celebrations!
See ya at the maket!
Friday, 3-6:00 PM
St. James Episcopal Church, Rt. 6 One block east of Main, Mansfield, PA