We like to think Thomas Jefferson would approve of our support for useful plants at the Market. When he says “useful,” we think “delicious,” and there’s no shortage of delicious and useful plants at the Market this week.
See the “What’s In Season” section below for the details about just what you’ll in the shade of the tents, including a bread from Wild Flour Bakery that Jefferson would approve: American Grain bread is made with superfood quinoa.
Almond meal? Zucchini relish? Jimmy Nardello peppers? They all sound like useful plants to us. Be useful! Grab your reusable shopping bags and come on out!
You could call it a relief. Sunny and 70 at the opening cowbell. Temps climb into the 80s by noon, but dry all the way. Humid though. Oh yeah. Very humid. Come early, stay hydrated, take home some useful plants.
Peach Pie Contest Next Week
NEXT WEEK! The annual Peach Pie Baking Contest kicks off Peach Month at the Market. Simple peach. Peach Plus. Best Presentation. Market cash prizes in all categories. Pre-registration is required.
News from our Official Market Bloggers
Last week on this page, we teased you with a promise of Patricia DiJulio’s pasta-plum tomato-basil-long hots concoction, PLUS! Susan Mauer Lynch’s profile of the A T Buzby Farm CSA. Those and other attractions follow below.
A SAMPLE HALF SHARE
A T Buzby CSA. Susan Mauer Lynch (Yellow Room Upstairs). Susan does an in-depth examination of the CSA (Community Sponsored Agriculture) plan offered by our legacy vendor A.T. Buzby for pickup at the Market. That AND a bonus recipe for a turnip soufflé even kids enjoy, at the link. LINK HERE.
SUMMER MACARONI. Patricia DiJulio (SouthJerseyGirlsGrub). Patricia purchased Jersey field-grown plum tomatoes from Les Viereck Farms and fresh beautiful basil, long hots, and fresh garlic from Formisano Farms. At the link, find the delicious recipe that she promises will become a family favorite! LINK HERE.
FIRE ROASTED PEACH SALSA
ROASTED PEACH SALSA. Denine Gorniak (The Bicycle-Chef). Pick up your Jersey tomatoes and peaches at your favorite Market vendor, then follow Denine’s detailed recipe complete with canning instructions and photos all the way, at the link. LINK HERE.
MIKE WILK LAMB FARM
KNOW YOUR FARMER: MIKE WILK LAMB FARM. Natalie Winch (Food Empowerment Blog). Natalie toured Mike Wilk’s Tabernacle NJ farm along with your Market Director to get a sense of his food quality and farm practices. (Hint: “The good news for you, if you live in South Jersey, is that you can purchase Mike’s very high-quality, super-humanely raised lamb at the Collingswood Farmer’s Market. If you are interested in whole animals, you can contact Mike through his website, wilkfarm.com.”) Follow the link for the rest of the story. LINK HERE.
What’s in Season
Savoie Organic. Barry says: “I will be bringing the first of our certified organic cantaloupe melons and the first of our Jimmy Nardello Sweet Italian Frying Peppers, as well as tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, Shishito and Padron frying peppers, head lettuces, kale, onions, shallots, eggplant, zucchini, and several varieties of potatoes, such as Yukon Gem, Onaway, Red Cloud and possibly our All Blue (if they can be dug up this week).”
Origin Almond Milk. Jake says: “Origin Almond will be stocked with fresh almond meal that’s made from 100% raw, organic, unpasteurized almonds. Wonderful as a delicious fiber & protein packed add-in to smoothies & cereal or as a nutty gluten-free replacement for breadcrumbs (think almond crusted chicken or eggplant!).”
Hillacres Pride. Mandy says: “This week we have our Peach Festival Fresh cheese back as a seasonal favorite. We also have breakfast sausages on special—choose either links or patties in either maple or sage.”
Lilo’s Promise Animal Rescue. “We’re always in need of Taste of the Wild dog food (either salmon or lamb) and/or tasty treats for the pups. One of their favorites tends to be Fruitable brand treats.”
DanLynn Organic Farms. “DanLynn Organic Farms will have a big sale on Heirloom and Slicing tomatoes, Yukon Gold & Fingerling potatoes and will also have the following certified organic produce: corn, cucumbers and pickles, red white & yellow onions, garlic, kale, unpopped popcorn, honey, green beans, chiogga beets swiss chard, carrots, okra, sweet frying peppers, and romaine lettuce. Also, we’ll have our brown and green eggs from our free ranged chickens. DanLynn Organic Farms will start taking orders this Saturday for 25 lb crates of Certified Organic San Marzano tomatoes, to be picked up on either 8/6 or 8/13. ”
Green Aisle Grocery. Andrew says: “We’ve got zucchini relish, triple berry fruit syrup, smoked paprika honey mustard, salsa roja, and peach habanero vinegar.”
Viereck Farms. Les says: “We will have Asian long beans, Field-grown jersey tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, and some ground cherries.”
Wm. Schober Orchards will have yellow peaches, white peaches, nectarines and Pristine apples.
Nature’s Own Farm. In addition to our own pastured eggs, we’ll be taking orders for pastured heritage hogs raised on non-GMO feed. Half- and whole-hog orders only.
Weckerly’s Ice Cream. Andy says: “We churned our very last order from Green-Ford Blueberry Farm (260 lbs. of their heirloom berries) into batches of Blueberry ice cream, and Blueberry Mojito Sorbet, available in pints and sandwiches. This may be the last week for blueberry flavors. We will also have pints and scoops of Chocolate Malt Cherry, as well as some delightful Rose Geranium ice cream sandwiches. We also got a bit of press this past week with the special DNC ‘Donkey Kick’ ice cream sandwich, which we will bring to market in limited quantities.”
Wild Flour Bakery. Wild Flour Bakery has been making American Grain bread for 8 years. It is one of our artisan breads created by our owner and head baker, Nishon Yaghoobian. Quinoa, one of the ingredients, is a grain crop that is grown for its edible seeds. It is high in protein and one of the few plant foods that contain all nine essential amino acids. It is also high in fiber, magnesium, B-vitamins, iron, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin E and various beneficial antioxidants.
• GreenFord Blueberry Farm
• Weckerly’s Ice Cream
• Green Aisle Grocery
• Micha’s Handmade Soaps
• Blissed Out Mamas Lactation
• Neil’s Knife Sharpening
New This Week
Wilk’s Lamb Farm. Mike Wilk’s 25-acre farm in Tabernacle is the latest addition to the outstanding roster of local, responsible farms to bring product to our Market. Mike pastures his sheep on his own farm for 95% of their diet, coaxing them into the enclosure at day’s end with a little grain snack, and supplementing with hay in the winter when snow covers the pasture. His flock spend their entire lives on his farm.
Be sure to read Natalie Winch’s blog post about her visit to Mike’s farm.
Artist of the Week
COASTERS BY BLUE MOONDANCE
BLUE MOONDANCE DESIGNS. Jessica Soldevila makes a wide variety of artisan crafts including notebooks, coasters, jewelry, gift tags, and much more.
CORN SILK EXPLAINED
KNOW YOUR FOOD. Rick Hymer (Hymer Farms, Monroeville) explained corn silk to me. Silks appear early in neat rows along the young ear, one silk for each kernel that will eventually form (2). Meanwhile, a tassel grows at the top of the corn stalk (1). The tassel releases pollen, which insects or wind carry to the silks of nearby plants. Each silk must be pollinated to form a perfect ear. Where silks are damaged or un-pollinated, the corresponding kernels don’t grow. Silks darken and dry out as the ear matures and indicate when the ears are ready to pick. (3)
Music on 2 Stages
EAST STAGE MUSIC TENT. John Rossi moves east to beguile and delight the Music Tent crowd with his guitar and his unique singing style.
WEST STAGE BELOW PATCO. What do you call the one member of the Trio Nova Duo when he plays alone? Pete Devine plays the west stage this week as Trio Nova Solo.
Talk to a farmer about your dinner plans!
Saturday is Market Day.
“The greatest service which can be rendered any country is to add a useful plant to its culture.
—Thomas Jefferson “The Fruit Hunters”