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Inspiration from Red Haven Farm!

These past few weeks I have left the Farmers Market feeling so inspired.  Each of the vendors has something to offer that inspires me in the kitchen.  But on a hot night like tonight (and like most nights during the summer), the only place I want to cook is outdoors.  With Memorial Day weekend here and grilling weather in full swing, I’m thrilled to have left the market with some grass-fed lamb from Red Haven Farm.

For your Memorial Day barbecues or for any warm summer night when grilling is in order, here’s a recipe from Red Haven that can’t be beat!

Lamb Patties with Yogurt Mint Sauce

1 pound lean ground lamb

1/4 dry bread crumbs

1/4 cup chopped fresh mint

1 tsp. lemon pepper

Lightly mix together lamb, bread crumbs, mint and lemon pepper.  Shape into patties.  Broil or grill 10 minutes.

Yogurt Mint Sauce

2/3 cup plain yogurt

1/4 cup firmly packed fresh mint leaves

1 tsp. sugar

Combine sauce ingredients in a blender or food processor and process until smooth with tiny flecks of mint.  Serve sauce over patties.  Enjoy!


Friendly Faces

One of the best things about the Media Farmers Market is that it already feels like a rich and vibrant gathering place.  I love that I get see friends and acquaintances from many different walks of life all in one place.   The sidewalk chalk and bubbles entertained my kids as I got to catch up with friends I see too infrequently. But mostly what we chatted about was what we had bought at the market and the yummy meals we would be making with our farm-fresh ingredients.

What’s great about the market though, is that if you want to have friends over for a spur of the moment brunch this holiday weekend and you don’t have the time to pour through your cookbooks, there are many great options for pre-made foods.  My House Cookies can provide the quiche and zucchini bread.  Some yogurt or kefir from Shellbark Hollow Farm and fresh strawberries will round out the meal perfectly.

So continue to spread the word about the market to your friends, neighbors and colleagues.   Each week our farmers will be adding something new as more crops become available as we head into warmer weather.  Let yourself be inspired by the wide selection of local food we have available to us.  We’re so lucky to live in an area that has the perfect climate for growing such a delicious variety of fruits and veggies!

Meet our new vendors

The forecast is for clear skies and temperatures in the 70’s on Thursday and we are looking forward to our second market!  The same great vendors that were at the market last week will be there again, as well as three new ones.  Big Sky Bakery will be selling a fine selection of sweet and wholesome treats and whole-grain breads.  Spotted Hill Farm will have a wide variety of artisan soaps and lotions.  Elmer Fudd and Son Farm will have a large offering of herb starts.

Each week the Farmers Market will be featuring a Media business of the week.  The featured business this week is Ten Thousand Villages.  Located on the corner of State and Olive Streets, Ten Thousand Villages sells fair trade jewelry, home decor and gifts from more that 38 countries around the world.

Come check out what delights our new vendors have in store for you and see what freshly harvested and prepared goodies our returning vendors will be offering.  As always, leave your comments/questions in the comments box at the Manager’s table and join us on Facebook.  See you at the market!

Strawberry and Arugula Salad

This spring the weather has been bouncing back and forth between hot and cool. The strawberries, salad greens, asparagus, mint and kale featured at the market this May are crops that thrive in cool and cloudy weather but also love the warm sun. So whether you’re having a cozy dinner inside or out in the yard for a Memorial Day barbeque, this simple yet flavorful salad will add a fresh taste to any occasion.

Feel free to combine the arugula with other seasonal greens such as spinach, beet greens and other salad greens.  And any choice of cheese from Birchrun Hills Farm or Shellbark Hollow Farm will top off the salad perfectly.  Sunflower seeds or pepitas from Selene are also a great addition!

STRAWBERRY AND ARUGULA SALAD

3 – 4 cups Hillside Farm arugula (other salad greens can be mixed with the arugula)

1 cup sliced A.T Buzby Farm’s or Fruitwood Farm’s strawberries

1/2 cup crumbled Shellbark Hollow Farm’s goat cheese (optional)

2 T. Olive Oil

2 T. Balsalmic Vinegar

fresh pepper

Mix greens and strawberries. Drizzle oil and vinegar over the salad and toss. Add cheese and pepper to taste. Enjoy!

A Great Success

Opening day of the Media Farmers Market was a great success!  It was a lovely spring day and everything came together beautifully for our first market.

The excitement was palpable as Media residents, for the first time, browsed farm-fresh food in an open-air market right in town. The scent of strawberries filled the air. Spring lettuces, arugula, green onions, and hothouse tomatoes were some of the delicious produce offerings. Quarts of strawberries were consumed on the spot by delighted youngsters. Delectable artisanal cheeses from cows and goats milk were available for tasting. My House Cookies happily sold out (more next week, for sure!). There were tomato plant starts for home gardeners, honey and fruit butters, fresh eggs and various meats. Selene Co-op had a stand with vegetables and dry goods from their store.

One life-long Media resident said she had to keep pinching herself because she was so excited that a Farmers Market in Media was finally a reality.

Vendors were pleased with the opening day. The lot next to the Media Theater seems to be an ideal location for vendors as they can easily access the site. Vendors also appreciated the enthusiasm of the Media community and they feel that our town is a prime location for a market.

The feedback from shoppers was also positive. People are delighted to be able to purchase veggies, beef, cheese, berries, baked goods, etc. grown or produced right here in our region. Others described the market as “friendly”, having a “cheery presence” and supplying “great choices for local food.”

If you missed the market, we’ll be open this and every Thursday from 3-7pm until November 11th!  The same great vendors will be there, new producers will be coming through the season, and we’re looking forward to having some live music this week. We will be constantly improving the market, and there will always be something new to enjoy, so come on out!


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