Storage Tips for Summer’s Bounty

The heatwave of the past few weeks will mean more and more tomatoes, zucchini, peppers and summer squash at the market. These heat-loving plants will steadily produce for us for the next few months. But what to do with the abundance once you get home from the market and unpack all of those colorful veggies? One of my favorite cookbooks this time of year is, “From Asparagus to Zucchini: A Guide to Cooking Farm-Fresh Seasonal Produce.” This handy and well-organized cookbook lists fruits and veggies in alphabetical order for easy referencing and not only does it include delicious recipes, but also cooking and storage tips.

Below are some storage tips from the Asparagus to Zucchini Cookbook –  to help your market veggies remain at the peak of their flavor and freshness until you are ready to eat them.

  • Chard – wrap chard in a damp towel or place in a plastic bag in the hydrator drawer of the refrigerator. Chard is best used fresh, but will keep for 2-4 days if kept moist and refrigerated.
  • Corn – refrigerate sweet corn immediately with husks on, and use as soon as possible to retain sweetness and flavor.
  • Cucumbers – store in the hydrator drawer of the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
  • Eggplant – it’s best when it’s fresh.  Store unrefrigerated at a cool room temperature, or in a hydrator drawer for up to 1 week.
  • Pepper – refrigerate peppers unwashed in a hydrator drawer for 1-2 weeks.
  • Summer Squash – it will dehydrate quickly.  Store in plastic bag or hydrator drawer for up to 1 week.
  • Tomatillo – Store at room temperature, with husks on, for up to 2 weeks.
  • Tomato – Hold tomatoes at room temperature for up to 1 week, longer if still ripening.  Do not refrigerate.
  • Zucchini – refrigerate for up to 3-4 days in hydrator drawer

Win a Market Basket!

How would you like to sample a treat from each of our vendors for FREE? Did you know that each week you have the opportunity to win a nicely packaged gift basket filled with the bounty of the market? Our vendors have generously agreed to donate an item for a weekly market gift basket.

What do you have to do to win one for yourself?  It’s easy! Just stop by the Market Managers table (in the center of the market) and fill out a ticket.  Each week at the end of the market we’ll choose one lucky winner. If you win, you’ll be notified and at the next market you’ll be able to pick up your basket full of goodness.

Congratulations to Heidi Winder (pictured left) for being the recipient of our first market basket! Come fill out a ticket and try your luck at winning one too!

Summer in Media

Happy summer everyone! The Summer Solstice has just passed and the dog days of summer seem to have already set in. There are so many great summer community gatherings in Media, from the weekly Dining Under the Stars, to the monthly Second Saturday art walk to the many annual celebrations like the upcoming Bastille Day. The Media Farmers Market can be added to the list of great summer community events…drawing diverse members of our town together to celebrate good, pure food.

It was nice to see the students from Media Elementary involved in the Market last Thursday.  The school garden club walked across the street and shared with market-goers smoothies with ingredients fresh from the school garden and local farms.

The Media-Upper Providence Library will be the featured business of the week at the market this Thursday.  Come check out all the fun and entertaining free programs happening at our local library this summer.

Farmer Nathan’s Beet Burgers

Farmer Nathan, from Hillside Farm has concocted an amazing recipe for those yummy, crimson-red beets that are at the peak of their season right now. Enjoy!

Beet Burgers

3 medium size beets

1/2 onion, diced

1 large carrot, grated

1/3 cup cooked oatmeal

1 cup chickpeas

1 small bunch greens (spinach, kale, arugula, collards, chard, etc.)

2 T. flour

1/2 T. minced garlic

1 egg

spice (salt, pepper, sage, etc.)

Dice the beets and saute over medium/low heat until tender – 10 to 15 minutes.

Thinly slice the onion and saute until it begins to brown. While the onion is cooking, thinly chop your greens and throw them in with the onion to cook just until they begin to wilt.

Mash the chickpeas.

Combine all the cooked ingredients in a large bowl with the mashed chickpeas and all the remaining ingredients.

Form into patties and cook in a skillet over medium/low heat until brown on both sides.

Makes 5 to 6 patties

What’s new!

The Media Farmers Market continues to grow and add new vendors with unique and specialized products. We are happy to welcome Gil Ortale and his Philly-based business, Market Day Canele. According to the Wikipedia definition, a canele is a small, cylinder-shpaed French pastry that is about two inches in height. It has a soft and tender custard center and a dark, thick caramelized crust. Check out Gil’s Facebook page to see pictures of his delicious creations and come to the market this Thursday to experience one for yourself!

The Media Farmers Market also continues to celebrate the thriving businesses of our town.  Our featured business this week will be Lovely You, located at 201 South Orange Street.  Come see what this unique wig boutique has to offer and get to know the women behind it.

So come experience local food and local businesses and get to know the people who are working hard to bring it all to you!

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