Farmers Market News
A Wave of Produce
The fresh food season is officially open!ﾠ Last weekend saw the long-awaited appearance of beets, blackberries and fennel along with garlic, chard and a variety of herbs.ﾠ And it's a good time of year for flower bouquets.
The Great Squash Explosion is at hand.ﾠ Zucchini, yellow and green patty pan (spaceship), and yellow crook-neck varieties abound.ﾠ Helpful hint:ﾠ Young squash, sliced thin and only lightly steamed, is tender, sweet and crisp.ﾠ Take care not to overcook fresh vegetables.
Newcomer Lois from Pendleton County brought carrot cookies and zucchini bread and muffins.ﾠ Once again, fresh eggs and other prized goodies sold out fast.ﾠ As did the ready-to-eat bakery delights from Shannon and Anders.
Unfortunately, it is the nature of a small fresh-produce market like ours to have limited supplies of certain foods.ﾠ We produce only what we expect to sell, and can seldom predict what will sell out fast.ﾠ If we grew enough for everybody, every week, we'd have a lot of good food left over that might go to waste. ﾠ
Next Saturday The Market will introduce the first local potatoes and, with a little luck, tomatoes.ﾠﾠCarrots, cauliflower and broccoli are waiting in the wings.
Mark your calendars:ﾠﾠat 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 30, The Market presents a free live music performance by Paolo Marks and friends.ﾠ An award-winning musician, Paolo not only plays stringed instruments, he also makes them in his Hillsboro workshop.