What better way to celebrate National Farmers Market Week (August 2-8) than to shop your very own local farmers market?! Read below for this week’s highlights, and visit our Vendors page for a complete list of vendors bringing you their locally raised and crafted products each week!
Welcome, Blue Band Coffee!
Blue Band Coffee, from Swarthmore, PA, joins Media Farmers Market’s 2015 season tomorrow, bringing their single-origin coffees and signature blends! Roasting beans to order in small batches, Blue Band buys fair trade organic coffee as well as farm gate coffee (coffee distributor paid above fair trade minimums) from coffee growers who use sustainable farming techniques. Try a sample of their hot coffee, and bring home a bag of their Costa Rica la Pastora, Sumatra Mandheling, Swarthmore Sunrise (their summer blend), or other tasty roast. They’ll also have cold brewed coffee…perfect for a hot August day!
Homemade Pasta from Vera Pasta!
Based in West Chester, chef Joe D’Andrea brings his inspired pastas each week to Media Farmers Market. His love of cooking, inherited from his grandmother, led Joe to study cooking at the Italian Culinary Academy in Manhattan, the International School of Italian Cuisine in Parma, Italy, and interning in Sorrento, Italy. Whether you’re looking for dried, fresh, stuffed or layered pastas, Vera Pasta’s got it! Dried fusilli, rigatoni, and spinach penne; fresh bucatini, whole wheat, and fresh basil; ravioli fillings like eggplant parm, and wild mushroom and sage; and traditional and spinach lasagna! Add homemade marinara sauce or salsa rosa, and dinner’s ready! Vera Pasta was awarded 2014 “Best of the Main Line” for From Scratch Pasta by Main Line Today magazine!
Produce This Week!
Check out produce vendors Fruitwood Farm, E. Fudd & Son, and J&J Farm for tomatoes, corn, beans, and more! Longview Farm will be here this week as well with tomatoes, cut greens, cucumbers, squash, basil, and chives. And you can always count on Meryle at Mushrooms for portobello, cremini and shiitake mushrooms, plus mushroom quiche, chili, and mac and cheese.
Food Network Discovers Waffatopia!
Speaking of mac and cheese, Brian and Andrea Polizzi and Waffatopia are featured on the “Mac and Cheese in a Pie, Please!” episode of Food Network’s Great American Food Finds. The hosts spot a Belgian waffle van on the street, and are compelled to follow it back to company headquarters! Check for times here.
Attend Borderland Vineyard Event and Support Pet Rescue!
Visit Borderland Vineyard this Saturday and Sunday, August 8 and 9, to celebrate wine and pets. The event helps support CompAnimals Pet Rescue. CompAnimals is a no-kill shelter that specializes in the “unadoptables,” such as cats and dogs missing hair, animals needing surgery prior to adoption, sick kittens or puppies, and any animal that just needs a little extra TLC before finding that forever home. Borderland will donate $1 to CompAnimals for every bottle of wine sold on August 8 and 9. Click here for location, times, and the full, fun event schedule of music, vendors and tastings!
Hot-Smoked Salmon Sliders
Yield: 5-8 servings
Time: 20 minutes
Recipe and photo courtesy of Lee Pelta
You’ll find Pelta’s Smoked Specialties at Media Farmers Market every other week. This recipe features Lee’s honey-brined, mesquite wood-smoked salmon!
- 8 ounces Lee Pelta’s hot-smoked salmon, skin removed and coarsely shredded
- 1 tablespoon minced scallions
- 2 tablespoons minced dill
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 16 small dinner rolls such as brioche or potato rolls
- 16 thin slices peeled cucumber
- 16 toothpicks (plain, no fancy tops)
In a bowl, mix scallions, dill, lemon juice, mustard and olive oil.
Fold in salmon and season with salt and pepper.
Place cucumber on bottom half of roll. Divide salmon mixture among roll bottoms and cover with tops of rolls, secure with toothpicks.
Place sliders in toaster oven and toast for one minute. Remove and serve.
For the complete list of vendors, visit the Media Farmers Market Vendors page!
See You Tomorrow at the Market!