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Wear a Costume…Get a Treat!

Happy Halloween!

halloween pumpkins 10.30.13Start off your trick-or-treating at the Media Farmers Market tomorrow! When you come in costume to shop for your farmers market fare, be sure to stop by the Manager’s Table for a treat!

And while you’re shopping, think about picking up some apple cider, so when all you witches, superheroes and ghosts are tired after a night of tricks and treats, you can put your feet up and enjoy a cup of hot apple cider.

Hot Apple Cider

Servings: 6

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 6 whole allspice berries
  • 1 orange peel, cut into strips
  • 1 lemon peel, cut into strips

DIRECTIONS

hot apple cider 10.30.13Pour the apple cider and maple syrup into a large stainless steel saucepan.

Place the cinnamon sticks, cloves, allspice berries, orange peel and lemon peel in the center of a washed square of cheese cloth; fold up the sides of the cheesecloth to enclose the bundle, then tie it up with a length of kitchen string. Drop the spice bundle into the cider mixture.

Place the saucepan over moderate heat for 5 to 10 minutes, or until the cider is very hot but not boiling.

Remove the cider from the heat. Discard the spice bundle. Ladle the cider into big cups or mugs, adding a fresh cinnamon stick to each serving if desired.

Recipe from allrecipes.com.

Enjoy!

 

Change in Media Farmers Market Hours

Since it’s getting darker sooner, starting tomorrow, October 31, through the last Market of the season on Thursday, November 21, Market hours will be 3-6:30 p.m.

 

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See you tomorrow at the Market!

 

Update! Kitchen Harvest at Media Farmers Market Today!

Update!!
We shared info in yesterday’s post regarding the community composting service that Kitchen Harvest provides, and wanted to let you know they will actually be at the Market this afternoon to talk to you in person about how their service works! 

As noted yesterday, Kitchen Harvest creates local composting communities in the western Philadelphia suburbs. They collect kitchen and yard waste from homes and businesses, take it to Hillside Farm at Elwyn in Media, PA, where it is then turned into premium compost. Active participants receive discounts on the finished compost, organic seedlings and other products and services from like-minded local businesses. Details and a FREE trial sign-up are at www.MakeCompostHappen.com.

But if you’re at the Market today, you can find out all about it firsthand!!

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See you at the Market!

Community Composting Service!

Kitchen Harvest Does Organics Recycling!

Kitchen Harvest 10.23.13Kitchen Harvest creates local composting communities in the western Philadelphia suburbs. They collect kitchen and yard waste from homes and businesses, take it to Hillside Farm at Elwyn in Media, PA, where it is then turned into premium compost. Active participants receive discounts on the finished compost, organic seedlings and other products and services from like-minded local businesses. Details and a FREE trial sign-up are at www.MakeCompostHappen.com.

Market Basket Winner!

Maxine market basket winner 10.23.13Our latest Market Basket winner is Maxine. She was oh-so-surprised, she couldn’t stop laughing! Congratulations, Maxine!

And for your chance to win a basket full of Farmers Market goodies, stop by the Manager’s Table to fill out a free raffle ticket for the monthly drawing.

Footnote
Due to a schedule conflict, Twelve Baskets will not be at the Market tomorrow, but will be back next Thursday, October 31.

 

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See you tomorrow at the Market!

 

Shop the Farmers Market for Natural Flu-Fighting Foods!

This month’s online AARP Bulletin featured nine flu-fighting foods: black-eyed peas, tea, yogurt, almonds, chicken soup (thanks to a compound called carnosine. You need to consume chicken soup throughout your illness to reap its benefit, says a 2012 study), salmon, and…carrots, tomatoes and mushrooms. So read on to learn how carrots, tomatoes, and mushrooms, plus several other vegetables, all available at the Media Farmers Market, boost our immune systems!

CarrotsMushroomsTomatoes 10.16.13Carrots

They’re rich in beta-carotene, which your body uses to ward off respiratory infections. Other good sources are dark green vegetables, sweet potatoes, pumpkin and winter squash.

Tomatoes
Vitamin C-rich tomatoes boost the body’s natural defense system in the same way their citrusy relatives do. One medium tomato provides 40 percent of your daily vitamin C, so have a glass of tomato juice at lunch and treat yourself to pasta with tomato sauce for dinner.

Mushrooms
These powerhouses increase the body’s resistance to viral infections by boosting the activity of natural killer cells, a vital part of the immune system. Mushrooms are rich in selenium, low levels of which can increase the risk of developing a severe flu.

These excerpts were taken from this month’s online AARP Bulletin. For info on the other six, go to aarp.org.

Vegetable Soup
This recipe from the cookbook, Linda’s Kitchen, includes carrots and tomatoes. Add chopped mushrooms for a selenium boost.

Serves: 6-8

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 leeks, thinly sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 bunch celery, chopped
  • 4 large carrots, sliced
  • 1/2 small head white cabbage, shredded
  • 3/4 pound new potatoes, cubed
  • 1 teaspoon each chopped fresh thyme and rosemary
  • 5 pints vegetable stock
  • 8 medium tomatoes, chopped, or 1 can (16 ounces) crushed tomatoes with juices
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon (optional)
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Heat the oil in a heavy saucepan and lightly brown the onion, leeks, garlic, and celery for 5 minutes. Add the carrots, cabbage, and potatoes and stir well. Stir in the herbs. Cover with the stock and bring to a boil. Cover and let simmer until the vegetables are tender, stirring and testing occasionally.

Add the tomatoes and tarragon (if using) and stir them in. Season to taste and heat through.

Enjoy!

 

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See you tomorrow at the Market!

 

Breads and Spreads!

Whether it’s holding a filling (peanut butter and jelly), serving as a base (bruschetta), cubed and toasted (croutons), or soaking up delicious broths (French onion soup), bread is versatile…and not just in uses, but also in  variety, as is clear by the assortment brought to Media Farmers Market weekly by vendors Great Harvest and Jerome Sheehan. And don’t forget the great assortment of spreads to enhance those breads, like Taste’s unique combos.

Great Harvest Bread Co.

Great Harvest bread 10.9.13Great Harvest’s whole-grain breads are made from high-protein, hard red spring wheat from the plains of north-central Montana, which is stone-ground fresh on a mill right in their Wayne bakery, one of two locations owned by Darren and Debbie Henderson. Whole-wheat kernels are poured into one end of the mill and come out the other end as 100% whole-wheat flour. Nothing is added or removed, giving each loaf a rich wheat flavor and whole-grain nutrition not possible with commercial flour.

Darren, a former retail executive who wanted a change from a corporate environment, and Debbie, also a retail enthusiast, were avid, long-time customers of Great Harvest, and, when the Wayne store came up for sale in 2010, they dove right in! Along with their assortment of breads, including their signature honey whole-wheat bread, you can also count on delicious cookies and other sweet treats! For gift packages, catering, locations, and other info, go to Great Harvest’s website.

Artisan Baker Jerome Sheehan

Jerome Sheehan bread 10.9.13Jerome Sheehan has been baking European breads—crispy, caramelized crust with irregular-sized openings in the crumb —and American pies for four years. Key ingredients: King Arthur unbleached, unbromated bread flour as the base white-bread flour; organic, whole-wheat flour and whole-spelt flour from Daisy Mills, an old stone mill in Lancaster County, PA (organic, whole-rye berries are milled on-site); pure raw honey from Lancaster County; and extra virgin olive oil in lieu of butter in the Bavarian pretzel recipe (available in savory and sweet flavors, such as parmesan-and-olive-oil-encrusted and dark-chocolate-and-dried-cherries).

With a background in international accounting and finance, Jerome has lived and worked in Europe, Mexico, and Manhattan. He loves the food, wine, beer and cultures of Germany, France, Italy and Spain—particularly the breads—so, after 25 years in an office and corporate environment, he decided he wanted to work with his hands, and began to bake breads. He plans on having freshly baked apple pies at the Market tomorrow, using apples hand-picked by himself and his son last weekend, and three types of focaccia.

Taste Artisanal Market

Taste asiago spread 10.9.13Lisa Ferrero brings together mouth-watering combinations to her jarred spreads, like Marinated Asiago and Walnut & Red Pepper Muhammara, using the finest fresh, natural ingredients for these delicious small-batch, hand-made spreads. At Taste, quality ingredients are pooled from all over the world, including artisanally produced foods sourced from right here in Delaware County, and as far away as Italy. Taste is located in West Chester and can create custom platters, based on your needs, with their award-winning artisanal cheeses, charcuterie, nuts, pates, fresh spreads and tapenades. Check them out at Media Farmers Market every other week, and also their website at Taste Artisanal Market.

And, of course, as featured in previous newsletters, check out Althouse Farm, Mediterra, and FreshaPeel Hummus, for more great spreads.

FYI
With a full schedule of fall events that is keeping them very busy, Kaya’s KrabbyPatty’s needs to step back from the Market, and plans to return next season. You can still find them at Kaya’s Cuisine.

 

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See you tomorrow at the Market!

 

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