The June 23rd line up

It’s now officially summer and we’re kicking this season of abundance with a great musical line-up.  Do you have a little hankering for some lovely 3-part harmonies as you shop the farmers market this Thursday?  If so, then please come early to hear Holly Hoffmann, Shannon Davidson and Monica Moran sing their hearts out as the newly formed singing trio Me Three. This lovely trio will sing an eclectic mix of three part harmony music with guitar or ukulele, from swing-era standards to conteporary indie and folk music.

And then from 5-7pm, eleven-year-old Josh Cyril  bring his steel drum to the market . This young man  has performed at a 76ers game and at a Villanova University’s basketball game with his steel pan drum, and when he was only six and seven years old he performed with the Philadelphia Steel Pan Drum Orchestra. Check out Josh’s website here.

What fresh, summer foods will you be enjoying while listening to great music at the market?

Market Happenings

The long waited for Jersey tomatoes will make their debut at the Media Farmers Market on June 16.  Next to the tomatoes will be cherries that are every bit as sweet as they look, and the last of the fresh asparagus and snap peas. Strawberries are still coming but not for long so shoppers should get them now. Consider freezing some for the long winter to come.  Shoppers can taste lemonade flavored with the market’s strawberries – yum!

Paul Cavanaugh, a regular at the market and one of its biggest supporters because he believes in eating fresh when ever possible, has a great idea. Along with fresh fruits, veggies, cheese and eggs, it would appear Cavanaugh loves Made In the Shade Lemonade so much he has worked out a way to have it all week.  He now brings a pitcher to the market gets it filled to the brim with lemonade so he and his family can enjoy it all week.  After the heat wave Media just sweated through, Cavanaugh has a really great idea.

This is the time of year for salads and the market has everything you will need to make a really delicious fresh salad. Hillside Farm has $4.00 bags of mixed lettuces and  arugula.  There are also spring onions. Head over the Herrcastle and pick up a bag of fresh spinach for $3.00 and pick up a just-picked cucumber from Fruitwood.  Don’t forget the mushrooms!  Mushrooms Café has great tiny button mushrooms as well as interesting variety of other mushrooms you might want to try.

Depending on your cravings this week, there are several different kinds of cheeses you might want to top off your salad with … try the blue cheese at Birchrun Hills Farm, or the feta cheese from First State Creamery – the latter is made with fresh goat’s milk.

Don’t forget dessert.  My House Cookies and pies and Sweet Samantha’s cupcakes are there to indulge in.  Eat a good, healthy dinner and then you deserve dessert!




Market Music Makers

As the Media Farmers’ Market opens this week, singer and songwriter Christine Kinslow will serenade shoppers. Her comfortable mix of country, folk and basic American sound fits the market like a glove.  She will sing a mix of her own original tunes and unique renditions of well-known favorites.

Next week, June 23, lovers of music as well as fresh food are in for a treat. Eleven-year-old Josh Cyril  bring his steel drum to the market . This young man  has performed at a 76ers game and at a Villanova University’s basketball game with his steel pan drum, and when he was only six and seven years old he performed with the Philadelphia Steel Pan Drum Orchestra.
See him perform this unusual instrument. Shoppers and Media residents in general won’t want to miss this!
For more information about Josh go to his website or see him on Facebook.


First Cherries of the Season!

The farmers have some big sweet surprises coming to the Media Farmers Market this Thursday, June 9.  Shoppers should remember to bring a extra big bag to snap up the season’s first cherries when the market opens at 3 p.m.  The parking lot next to the Media Theater on W. State Street is bound to be busy right through to closing time at 7 p.m.

The cherries come to the market from Pennsylvania and New Jersey farms fresh picked less than 24 hours before they arrive in Media.

“There is nothing like a fresh, juicy cherry to refresh a humid afternoon,” says market committee member Addie Cianella.   “We have been anticipating the arrival of this new fruit of the season.

To date, shoppers have been taking advantage of the bumper crop of sweet, fresh-picked strawberries and many healthy and delicious greens that are available in local farms at this time of year:  asparagus, sugar snap peas, scallions, spinach, kale, arugula and many different varieties of green and red lettuces.  And while there has been rhubarb available, it isn’t really a fruit, so the cherries will be a welcome addition to the market basket this week.

Alongside the farmers there are many interesting vendors sharing their unique and delicious products.  This week plan to serve amazingly fresh produce with humanely raised meat and poultry, excellent cheeses, fresh breads and delicious desserts. Bakers include a gluten-free baker.

One market regular bought muffins without realizing they were gluten free and came back looking for more.  “They were delicious,” she said, and was disappointed to find out that all the chocolate chip muffins had already been sold.

It is going to be warm this Thursday, so plan to start your shopping day with fresh squeezed lemonade flavored with strawberry and sweetened with agave.  It is not too sweet and not too tart and just right for a hot day.   Or if iced coffee is your pleasure, when it is made with fair-trade coffee beans it just tastes better.

Come to the Media market for good food.  Leave with everything you need for a week’s worth of delicious, nutritious meals.