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If You’re Firing Up the Grill This Labor Day Weekend…

…then Canter Hill Farm’s and Maiale’s stands are a must!

Canter Hill 8.28.13Canter Hill’s new Muscovy Duck Mousse or Pork Pate are a perfect appetizer, with no prep required. For your main course, there’s a fresh supply of lamb cuts, lamb and chicken sausages, chicken cuts and pork chops. Or for Sunday or Labor Day brunch, try their herb-cured pancetta or hickory-smoked bacon with Canter Hill’s pastured eggs. Canter Hill, located in Malvern, is committed to pasture-raised, antibiotic-free and chemical-free poultry, lamb and produce. Find out more about them at canterhill.org.

maiale logo 8.28.13Wilmington-based Maiale is known for its handcrafted specialty sausages and unique combinations and flavors of sausage and salami: over 30 different varieties of fresh sausage and over 10 different types of salami! Chef/owner Billy Rawstrom is a Johnson & Wales graduate who has been cooking professionally for 15 years. Rawstrom is a firm believer that better-tasting food is made from fresh and local ingredients. Their sausages are made fresh daily with no additives or preservatives.

Vendor Notes

This is J&J Kettle Korn’s last week for the season. Jeff Seip is a schoolteacher and heading back to the classroom! But stock up on kettle corn…turns out it freezes!

Denise Mancini at Naughty Nutty Love is taking advantage of a work opportunity in Florida, and heading south…just as our days up here begin to cool! We wish her luck. You can still find Naughty Nutty Love online.

 

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See you tomorrow at the Market!

 

Weekly Superhero!

Every week, before the vendors can set up shop at State and Gayley streets for each Thursday’s farmers market, they have to have a clear space in which to do that!

Enter Thomas.Thomas/Kaleidoscope pic 1

Thomas is a volunteer. Along with his assistant Holly, a behavior specialist at Kaleidoscope Family Solutions, he puts the No Parking signs on each meter in the parking lot so that the Media Farmers Market space is ready to go when vendors and committee members arrive to set up their stands.

It takes many people to make the Market a success, and we’re grateful for Thomas’s and Holly’s involvement.

Kaleidoscope/Thomas pic 2Per Holly, who took these pictures of Thomas, he did his superhero pose because he feels like a superhero helping the community doing his volunteer work!

Kaleidoscope Family Solutions, Inc., provides a collection of services designed to help special needs children and adults achieve their dreams and live meaningful lives. For more info, you can check them out at kfamilysolutions.org.

From Easy Bake Oven to…

…Kupcake Business!

Kathy's Kupcakes 8.21.13Kathy Roberts started baking when she was five with her Easy Bake Oven, and has been baking ever since. When a friend suggested she turn her talents into a cupcake business two years ago, she decided to take it to the next level. Trial and error, recipe after recipe, and with help and support from friends (and husband taste-tester) led to Kathy’s Kupcakes…every batch made from scratch! With cake flavors like pumpkin, red velvet, and banana, and icing flavors like lemon, Kathy's Kupcakes bouquets 8.21.13coconut cream cheese, and peanut butter, see what combos Kathy is offering at the Market this week. And check out Kathy’s Kupcakes online for her unique cupcake bouquets!

 

Spicy Grilled Corn Salad
If you’ve got the grill going, you might want to toss a few ears of corn on, too, and try this Spicy Grilled Corn Salad from Molly Watson from about.com. (photo: Molly Watson)
SONY DSCIngredients

  • 6 ears sweet corn
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable, canola, or other cooking oil
  • 1 – 2 jalapeño or serrano chiles
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 small red onion
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves

Preparation

Heat a grill to medium high heat (so you can hold your hand about an inch above the cooking grate for about 3 seconds).

Meanwhile, shuck the corn, removing as much of the corn silk from the cobs as you can, and brush lightly with the vegetable oil.

Set corn and chiles on the grill, cover, and cook until charred on one side, about 4 minutes. Turn, cover, and continue cooking until charred on the other side, about 4 more minutes. Chiles should be blackened and removed from the grill. The corn may need a bit more time to be cooked through and nicely charred in bits.

While corn and chiles sit until cool enough to handle, make the dressing by combining the lime juice, oil, salt, and pepper in a large salad bowl. Whisk to combine until nice and creamy looking. Peel and finely chop the onion and toss with the dressing. Finely chop the cilantro leaves and set aside.

Remove the blackened skins from the chiles and pull out their stems and seeds. Chop the remaining chile flesh as finely as possible – it should sort of fall apart as you chop it. Stir it into the dressing and onion mixture to combine thoroughly.

Cut the kernels off the cobs and add to the salad. Toss to combine thoroughly. Taste and add more salt, if you like. Add chopped cilantro and toss to combine.

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes

Enjoy!

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See you tomorrow at the Market!

 

Gluten-Free Baked Goods This Week…and Safe Canning Techniques!

Welcome, Basic Batters!

Basic Batters 8.14.13Basic Batters is a bakery dedicated to providing gluten-, dairy- and GMO-free baked goods. Their ingredients are all natural and organic. “However,” says owner Carrie Balthaser, “our most important ingredient is our customers who expect the best flavor and texture!”

Products include:

  • Cookies…Mint Chocolate Chip (made with organic mint), Chocolate Chip (taste like old-fashioned, soft-n-chewy cookies), Tropical Chip (a hint of coconut flavor), Oatmeal Cranberry (made with organic cranberries and a hint of cinnamon);
  • Cinnamon Sugar Doughnut Bites (baked and made from organic pumpkin);
  • Pizza crust—yes, a 12″ pizza crust to take home to bake  (made with an Italian Tuscan spice and a hint of garlic)!

Canning 101!

canning-jars 8.14.13Media Farmers Market committee member and canning aficionado Linda Coulston is back again this year to demonstrate safe canning techniques. Stop by between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to catch Linda, ask questions, and learn how to capture the summer’s bounty for the winter months!

Mark Your Calendars for the Fall Food Swap!

fall food swap 8.14.13You are invited to the Oakmont Farmers Market Fall Food Swap, Tuesday, September 10th, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Haverford Township Free Library Community Room, 1601 Darby Road in Havertown, PA.

A Food Swap is part silent auction/part village marketplace/part fun-loving open house, where your home-grown, homemade or foraged creations become your own personal currency for use in swapping with other participants. Please visit the website for more information and to register: ofmfallfoodswap.eventbrite.com.

With the canning techniques you’ll learn from Linda Coulston tomorrow, you’ll have plenty to swap with at the Fall Food Swap!

Norm LeDonne Performing!

Classical guitarist Norm LeDonne returns to the Market to play from his eclectic repertoire using all those cool guitars!

 

For a Complete List of Media Farmers Market Vendors, Click Here!

See you tomorrow at the Market!

 

It’s National Farmers Market Week!

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has declared August 4-10, 2013, National Farmers Market Week. And here are some tasty news bites from the Farmers Market Coalition:

  • There were more than 7,800 farmers markets in the U.S. in 2012—an increase of nearly 10% in just one year.
  • For every $100 spent at a farmers market, $62 stays in the local economy, and $99 stays in-state.
  • People who shop at farmers markets have 15-20 social interactions per visit, while they would only have one or two at the grocery store.
Goats Milk Soap Comes to the Market!
Belles Acres soaps 8.7.13Belles Acres Hobby Farm makes and sells homemade goats milk soaps and lotions from scratch, using only fresh goats milk right off of the farm. Goats milk is loaded with vitamins and nutrients, adding moisturizing and healing qualities. Soaps are made with olive, coconut and palm oils; shea butter; and steam-distilled essential oils or phthalate-free, skin-safe fragrance oils. Belles Acres soaps produce a rich and creamy gentle lather that leaves skin smooth, soft and nourished. Lotions are made with jojoba oil and vegetable glycerin. Non-greasy, very nourishing and healing, wonderful for treating the symptoms of eczema and psoriasis.

Banjo-Picking to Shop By
Weather permitting, banjo player Steve Rusansky entertaining Farmers Market shoppers tomorrow!

Roasted Eggplant Salad with Goat Cheese
EggplantAn excellent summer salad recipe from Food & Wine Daily.

Ingredients

  • 2 medium sized eggplants, diced
  • 1 15 oz can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 4 oz (Amazing Acres!) goat cheese, crumbled
  • 1 ½ cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • Juice from 1 large lemon
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, toss eggplant with ½ tbsp olive oil, salt, and garlic. Place eggplant on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and sprayed with non-fat cooking spray, and then cook until tender and lightly brown, about 30-35 minutes. Let cool about 5-10 minutes.
  3. Whisk together the remaining oil, lemon juice, soy sauce, honey, paprika and salt and pepper. Set aside.
  4. Place cooled eggplant in a bowl, and add in tomatoes, garbanzo beans and parsley. Top with dressing and toss gently to coat. Gently stir in goat cheese and serve immediately at room temperature.

Preparation time: 15 minutes

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See you tomorrow at the Market!

 

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