Using some succulent sausage from Waste Not Firewood & Farm Products, romaine lettuce and hot house tomatoes from C. Bruni & Sons, Fresh herbs from Sunroot Organics, Asparagus from Wooderdale Organic Farms, and fabulous feta from Cross Wind Farms, Lorianne Cicchillio set to making delicious sample salads for market-goers
The asparagus and tomatoes were lightly grilled on the bbq.
A fabulous dressing was made with the fresh herbs, honey, and olive oil
All the ingredients were mixed in together and handed out to happy customers.
The local seasonal treat was delicious and easy for you to make at home! Thanks Lorianne
Things are really starting to come into season at the Downtown Farmers' Market. It's like a feast for your eyes down at the Louis St. Parking Lot, and of course your mouth!
Yes! Garlic Scapes! For anyone that knows what a garlic scape is, the excitement of their arrival is hard to hide!
For anyone who doesn't, i highly recommend them! They are the stem and flower that garlic sends out at this time of year. If you cut them off, they send the energy of the plant back into the garlic bulb instead of the seed, AND they taste delicious.
Check out the article in Pearl Magazine for a scape pesto recipe and more information. Personally i like mine raw or just grilled lightly on the bbq, or in potato salad!
And yes, there is strawberries. they sold out in a blink of an eye last week, so get her early!
Romaine Lettuce in the early morning shade of the market
What better way to brighten your office, kitchen table, the hearts of your friends, or family, and generally your day; than a bouquet of freshly picked seasonal flowers. Lots of them available, the season has only just begun!
New vendors, Slow Acres Farm brought along lots of delicious treats including gorgeous cupcakes, 'beetza' and other toppings fresh from the wood-fired oven. They are a great addition to our market. Come and check them out!
On June 8th, we had one heck of a hot market. Vendors were doing all kinds of things to keep cool, including, wetting bandanas with ice water, drinking lots of lemonade, and trying to seek shade! Lots of great things are starting to roll off the farms and into the market. Remember to keep thanking your farmer for working so hard in this heat, and cold, and wet, and all the different weather that Spring has brought this season.
Farmers' Feed Cities. Cities Feed Farmers'
The new trailer for Stewart's Kettle Corn! You can also see our new picnic tables where you can sit & enjoy all the great food you purchase at the market!
overwintered potatoes. new little ones within the month!
fresh green onions & asparagus!
mmm. fresh radishes. straight from the garden
The raffle prize from the Downtown Market! Once a month, i will gather goodies from the fabulous vendors of the market & raffle them off. Lucky. Lucky winners!
If all went well in the field this week; there should be local strawberries at market this week. Get there early!
Guest Chef Lorianne Cichellio from Rubidge Retirement Home Catering will be returning this week as our guest Chef. Last year, she cooked up all kinds of fabulous treats, and will be back preparing delicious samples and providing an on-site cooking demo!
if you ask me, maple syrup & honey go could with just about anything, but if you need some exciting ways to use your local sweetness that you picked up at the Downtown Farmers' Market, check out this site for maple syrup and this one, for honey. If you want to use that rhubarb up while it is still here, try this recipe for rhubarb pie!
Did you know that it is also very easy to freeze rhubarb for future consumption?
I think we are all excited by the content of this sign. mmm. strawberries. follow-us on Twitter & I will update you as soon as they (& other seasonal goodies) arrive!
The first market of June brought with it 60km/ winds. Which for anyone who knows the havoc that a slight wind can have on a market booth, you sure know what clipping winds could do. Farmers' worked together to keep their tents tethered, came up with creative weighting techniques, or removed their tent tops entirely (some had more choice in that than others!)
Market-goers were treated to all the sights and sounds of the season. wind or no wind.
First green onions fresh from the garden!
Setting up first thing in the am
The first of many fresh-cut flowers from "Gramma's Garden"