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European-Style Artisan Breads!

Rye, honey wheat, focaccia, Pullman loaves, whole-grain German loaf with fruit and nuts, plus pies, pastries, and German-style pretzels…and so much more. With two bread vendors at Media Farmers Market, there’s something to suit every taste!

Big Sky Bread Co.!

With whole grains and minimal ingredients, North Wilmington’s Big Sky Bread Co. creates European-style loaves that owner Patrick O’Neill loved from his childhood in the Woodside section of Queens. They’ve become the centerpiece of his business, flanked by other handmade loaves like alpine whole wheat sunflower, honey wheat (one of their biggest sellers), baguettes, and sourdough, to name just a few! Big Sky products are shortcut-free, with no chemicals or hydrogenated oil. Customers note the brevity of ingredients on the bread labels. The one on the Italian peasant bread reads: “Flour, water, salt and yeast.”

O’Neill says he does with ingredients—mixing, temperature and fermentation—what mega-bakeries do with oil and chemicals. The Italian peasant bread ferments for eight hours. A Culinary Institute of America grad, O’Neill has worked at Winterthur, Kennedy Center, Longwood Gardens and a St. Thomas resort, before opening Big Sky Bread Co. over ten years ago. O’Neill says one of the best parts of his business is working with his hands. Check out Big Sky’s table to see all the breads they have to offer…plus pastries and other sweet treats, too!

Jerome Sheehan!
Jerry Sheehan has been baking European breads—crispy, caramelized crust with irregular-sized openings in the crumb—and American pies for five 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 ; 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 five-seed-encrusted and dark-chocolate-and-dried-cherries).

With a background in international accounting and finance, Jerry 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. See what Jerry has at his table this week. Along with breads and pretzels, you may find focaccia or fruit pies!

Market Basket Winner!
Congratulations to Tom, June’s Market Basket winner! For your chance to fill a basket with farmers market bounty, stop by the Market Manager’s table and fill out a raffle ticket.

Playing at the Market Tomorrow…Tim Simmons!
Drummer/guitarist Tim Simmons of Secret Goldfish plays tomorrow. Check him out at reverbnation!

Summer Sandwiches!

(photo from the blog The Kitchn)

Choose your favorite breads (you know where to find them!), and create easy summer sandwiches with fixings from the Market vendors! A few ideas:

  • Classic tomato
  • Sausage and roasted peppers and onions
  • Grilled vegetables with fresh herbs
  • Chopped salad with black olive spread (Mediterra)
  • Thinly sliced peaches with a drizzle of lemon walnut honey or rosemary fig honey (Taste Artisanal spreads) or Pine Barren honey (Fruitwood) warmed through on a panini press

Possibilities abound…enjoy!


For a complete list of Media Farmers Market vendors, click here!


See you tomorrow at the Market!

Enjoying Local Wines!

Delicious Wines from Nearby Landenberg!

Borderland Vineyard, located on Fall Line Farm in nearby Landenberg, PA, has been home to the Kalb family since 1946 when Janet and George Kalb first fell in love with the property. In 2008, son Kurt partnered with his sister Karen, and, with the help of family, friends, and neighbors, planted Borderland Vineyard’s first vines. Additional vines have been planted each year since.The vineyard currently includes Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc, and some experimental rows of Malbec and Syrah. Kurt and Karen aim to capture the natural beauty of the area in small batches of wine crafted from grapes grown on their farm, and nearby. Stop by their table to learn more!


Children’s Book Author at the Market!
Sponsored by the Media Upper Providence Free Library, author San Hoy will be at the Media Farmers Market with special activities, including a man in the moon mobile craft! She will be reading a story from her children’s book Under the Full Moon at 3:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Stop by the library table for stories and a craft!


Playing at the Market Tomorrow…
Norm LeDonne!

Classical guitarist Norm LeDonne will be at the Market tomorrow with his eclectic repertoire and eclectic collection of guitars!



Paella Valencia
We’re featuring another recipe from Philadelphia Chef’s Table by April White this week! With chicken and chorizo from Canter Hill and Maiale, extra-virgin olive oil from Mediterra, and onions, tomatoes and herbs from the Market’s produce vendors, you’re well on your way to this luscious paella from Amada chef-owner Jose Garces. Says Garces, “There are a few things here you wouldn’t see in Spain, like the herb salad on top of the paella. It’s not traditional, but it cuts the richness and gives the dish a freshness.”

Check out Philadelphia Chef’s Table at the Market Manager’s Table.
Photo and recipe courtesy of Globe Pequot Press.

Serves 2

  • 3 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • Pinch of saffron
  • Kosher salt and black pepper, as needed
  • 1 1/4 cups diced Spanish onion, divided
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups bomba rice
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1/4 cup julienned piquillo peppers
  • 3 ounces chorizo, diced
  • 10 mussels
  • 8 cherrystone clams or cockles
  • 5 shrimp
  • 2 tablespoons julienned black olives
  • 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley, plus 1/4 cup whole flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 1 large shallot, minced
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges

Preheat oven to 350°F.

In a saucepan over high heat, bring chicken broth to a boil. Add pinch of saffron and season with salt. Reduce heat and simmer until reduced to 11/2 cups, about 30 minutes.

In a paella pan or large cast-iron pan over medium-high heat, sauté 1 cup onion in 2 tablespoons olive oil and butter. In a large bowl, combine rice, saffron chicken broth, peas, piquillo peppers, chorizo, mussels, clams or cockles, shrimp, black olives, and chopped parsley. Season with salt. Transfer mixture to pan. Bring to a boil and remove from heat. Cover tightly with aluminum foil and cook in the oven for 25 minutes.

To prepare a vinaigrette, combine shallot, lemon juice, olive oil, and sugar and whisk until sugar is dissolved. Season with salt and pepper. In a small bowl, combine whole parsley leaves, tomatoes, and remaining 1/4 cup onion. Toss with vinaigrette. Place salad on top of paella.

Sear or grill chicken breast until cooked through. Slice and place on top of paella. Squeeze 2 lemon wedges over paella. Garnish with remaining lemon wedges.



For a complete list of Media Farmers Market vendors, click here!


See you tomorrow at the Market!

Today, It’s Kitchen Harvest! Plus, Add Spice to Your Kitchen!

Jason McHugh from Desert Rose is regrettably unable to do the cooking demo he’d intended at the Market today. Will let you know the reschedule date, plus we have other cooking demos coming up in the near future. We’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, be sure to talk to Chris Pieretti about local composting, and stop by new vendor Mistress of Spice!

Compost Happens!
Kitchen Harvest’s Chris Pieretti is passionate about compost, and began “Compost Happens,” an initiative that creates local composting communities in the western Philadelphia suburbs. Kitchen and yard waste is collected from homes and businesses, taken to a nearby farm, and turned into premium compost. Active participants receive discounts on the finished compost and other products and services from like-minded local businesses. 80 tons of waste was turned into soil in 2013!
For full program details, click here, or, better yet, talk to Chris in person today!

If You Like Things Spicy…
…then stop and visit Mistress of Spice, an artisanal spice blends producer from West Chester, PA, featuring all-natural, aromatic herbs and exotic spices that are gluten- and mono-sodium-glutamate (MSG)-free. No fillers, preservatives, additives, or anti-caking agents. And who can resist names like Cowboy Keeper, Latina Sabrosa and Southern Comfort Zing!

Playing at the Market…
Tom Curtis, Jr.!

Singer/songwriter Tom Curtis, Jr., is back! To find out more about Tom, check out his info at reverberation!


For a complete list of Media Farmers Market vendors, click here!


See you at the Market!

While Your Pizza’s Baking, Learn About Raising Your Own Chickens!

Bonjoon Pizza!

Now you can bring a hot-from-the-oven pizza home for dinner. Bernie and Kristen Carozza have hitched a wood-fired oven to their truck, and are bringing it to Media Farmers Market every Thursday, making your pizza while you shop!

Raising Chickens, Part 1…Some First-Hand Expertise!
Seasoned chicken-raisers, Media Farmers Market’s own Amy Johnson and Becky Solomon have lots to share in person for anyone who’s been thinking of raising chickens at home. Find out how to choose chickens, where to buy chickens, and what kind of space and set-up you need. No live chickens on hand (because they’d be miserable sitting in a cage!), but plenty of pictures. You can find Amy and Becky next to the Market Manager’s table from 4 to 6 p.m. They’ll be happy to talk chickens!

Raising Chickens, Part 2…Bring Home a How-To Guide!
Media Farmers Market has the pleasure of hosting cookbook author April White on Thursday, August 21! Yes, still a few weeks away, but here’s what’s good to know now. She has not only assembled a beautiful collection of recipes from top Philadelphia restaurants and chefs in Philadelphia Chef’s Table, she has also recognized the growing interest in raising backyard chickens, and co-created a fun and useful guide, Chickens in Five Minutes a Day, written with Murray McMurray Hatchery, which “has been sending out hardy, healthy and terrific birds for home flocks for nearly 100 years.”

Copies of Chickens in Five Minutes a Day, as well as Philadelphia Chef’s Table, are for sale at the Market Manager’s Table…Chickens for $15, Chef’s Table for $18.
Playing at the Market Tomorrow…Fishcastle!
Catherine Braik Selin and Cyril Everett Caster have been playing together since 2011. They are prolific composers and songwriters, and play an amazing number of instruments. Check them out at reverberation!
Grilled Peaches and Cream
Peaches are starting to make an appearance at the vendor tables, and grilling is becoming the cooking method of choice as the days get hotter. This month’s Delicious Living magazine combines the two with this simple, elegant dessert that you can make all summer long, switching out peaches for nectarines, nectarines for plums, and plums for apricots as they each come in season.

Photo: Pornchai Mittongtare
Recipe: Nicole Rosenbach

Serves 6

1/4 cup mascarpone cheese
1 tablespoon honey
1/4 teaspoon fresh orange zest or vanilla extract
3 large ripe freestone peaches, halved and pitted
1/2 tablespoon organic canola oil
1/2 cup fresh raspberries
1/4 cup toasted slivered almonds, for garnish

Lightly coat grill with cooking spray and preheat to high.

In a small bowl, combine mascarpone, honey, and orange zest or vanilla. Brush peach halves with canola oil. Grill peaches, cut side down, for 3 minutes, until grill marks form. Turn and grill for an additional 3 minutes.

Remove and spoon a dollop of mascarpone mixture into each center. Top with raspberries and garnish with toasted almonds. Serve warm.Enjoy!

Vendor Notes
Neil’s Sharpening Service will be here tomorrow, so bring your knives, scissors, garden tools!

Twelve Baskets will be off for a few weeks off, but will be back the first Thursday in August.

For a complete list of Media Farmers Market vendors, click here!


See you tomorrow at the Market!

Welcome Back, Belle’s Acres and J&J Kettle Korn!

Good-for-You Skin Care!

Belle’s Acres is back with nourishing goat-milk soaps and lotions! Located in Cecil County, Maryland, Belle’s Acres’ products are loaded with vitamins and nutrients. Their soaps are made with olive, coconut and palm oils and shea butter. They use steam-distilled essential oils or phthalate-free, skin-safe fragrance oils. Soaps produce a rich and creamy, gentle lather that leaves your skin smooth and soft. Lotions are made with jojoba oil and vegetable glycerin, are non-greasy and healing. Belle’s Acres goat-milk soaps and lotions are wonderful for treating the symptoms of eczema and psoriasis.

Authentic Hand-Popped Kettle Korn!
J&J Kettle Korn is popped in an open kettle with oil and sugar. It is salted to taste after it is popped, giving kettle corn its slightly sweet, slightly salty flavor. Unlike caramel corn, its flavor is not overwhelmingly sweet. J&J Kettle Korn uses mushroom corn kernels which pop larger, giving it that classic kettle-corn look. A portion of proceeds from all kettle-corn events are donated to charity.

Asian-Inspired, Fusion Cupcakes!
Ah, Twelve Baskets! With flavors like Azukies ’n Cream and Black Sesame Honey, who can resist the exotic combinations? Two cousins who love to bake, and whose grandmother instilled in them an appreciation for food and sense of heritage, have created a unique cupcake business. Their name is based on the Bible story of loaves and fishes…when five loaves of bread and two fish miraculously fed crowds of people, with twelve baskets of food left over. These conscientious bakers, grateful for the abundance in their own lives, give a portion of their profits to mission work overseas.

Playing at the Market Tomorrow…Tom Curtis, Jr.!
Singer/songwriter Tom Curtis, Jr., returns to Media Farmers Market! Check out more about this self-taught guitarist on reverberation.


For a complete list of Media Farmers Market vendors, click here!


See you tomorrow at the Market!

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