Westminster Farmers’ Market Report from Maple Heights Farm
Again! Another busy week at the market. I’ll try to take some pictures for next week for those of you who cannot make it. We have incredible variety and about 20 vendors. There is so much food available now that your only difficulty will be deciding what you want to buy for dinner! Come, spend some time, browse, sit down and enjoy a donut and ginger iced tea while chatting with a friend!
The cornucopia of food is overflowing with Beef, Pork, Cheese, Eggs, Bread, Maple Syrup and an incredible variety of vegetables and berries with everything ranging from broccoli to zucchini, blueberries to raspberries! Really! You have to come and browse and take it all in! In addition to vegetables, there are still plenty of herbs including basil, mint (mint lemonade recipe) and rosemary for your recipes and vegetable plants for your garden – have you planted eggplant and cucumbers yet? It’s not too late! And these are further along the plants I have in my own garden! I purchased the nicest rosemary plant that I have ever owned and it will be very useful when I have fresh chicken to eat in September!
If you are not buying your lettuce at the market, you may want to read this about the latest recall! The most interesting news that is reported in this article is that this lettuce has a shelf life of 14 to 16 days! Who Knew! That is really old! Another reason to buy fresh at our market!
For non-food items you will find useful knit goods, soaps, unusual plants for your garden, especially bee and butterfly plants, flowers (buy some scented ones for your nightstand or bathroom), incense (I have heard these are incredible), quilts and jewelry, note cards…
How are you doing with your “one local meal per week”? If you hit on a great combination, please share it with me. We are working on this and have had some very successful meals – I’ll highlight three.
· Pork chops, boiled multi-colored heirloom carrots, Kholrabi, and potatoes that were so new I had to be careful washing them as the skin was coming off as I scrubbed! It was a delicious meal!
· One of our favorites, LOCAL PIZZA. It’s easy and it’s a fun way to bring your family together for meal preparation – and they’ll love the result! We usually top ours with some combination of sausage, bacon, peppers and/or onions.
· Garden vegetables, local cheese, homemade bread (pull out that bread machine and dust it off!) and bottle of wine (local of course)! I’m looking for grass-fed local butter if you know where I can find it!
Barbara Kingsolver is still keeping me entertained with Animal, Vegetable, Miracle! She recommends a cookbook called Local Flavors which you can order from the Forbush library here but I will warn you, it seems that many of the copies in central Mass are already checked out! Although I’m making progress through Animal, Vegetable, Miracle!, I am also reading Bob Thompson’s The Victory Garden (just to make sure I’m keeping up in the garden – I’m not) and the Ball Blue Book of preserving – there are plenty of recipes in this book that may be interesting for you to try. Sydney (9 years old) and I tested dill pickles last year. By “tested” I mean that we only made a few jars to see if it was worth it. It was. The process was so easy, prepare the cucumbers and arrange them in the jars, boil some liquid and spices, pour that in the jars, seal the jars and boil the jars. Very simple. And the kids loved them! And they were delicious with Andy’s homemade pastrami! This year Sydney and I will do much more and expand the recipes beyond just dill and cucumber! And, believe me, any child loves having her siblings raving about her accomplishment!
About this report: please consider forwarding it to your email lists. The more customers we can remind to attend the market, the better the market will be. Vendors that do well each week keep coming, supplying you with more products. I am happy to add anyone to the list and would like to increase the circulation of this report for the sake of the market. If you are receiving this as a forward and want to be added to the list, just email me and I’ll add you to the list.
This week we (at Maple Heights Farm) will have hamburg, teriyaki, London broil steak, brisket, sandwich meat (slow cooking required) and eye of the round. For Pork, hot sausage, fresh ham shank and fresh ham butt (not smoked and over 3 lbs each). We will also have limited amounts of peas, Winged (asparagus) peas (if they are ready), zucchini, beets, carrots (mixed heirloom varieties), dill and cilantro. All our vegetables are grown with no pesticides, herbicides or chemical fertilizers – not even “organic” pesticide or fertilizer.
See you at the market!Kerrie Hertel