Westminster Farmers’ Market Report from Maple Heights Farm
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Even with the DOWNPOUR last Friday, the market was filled with vendors and business was as busy as ever. Ron and Megan Maquire kept spirits high as they entertained us with their songs and music! Al Magane kept making the rounds dumping huge amounts of water from all the tents! And our die-hard customers kept showing up for the fresh foods that are available here!
For our local Farmers’ Market meal this week, we served a delicious sirloin steak – cooked rare to medium rare, mashed red potato with rosemary, sautéed yellow onions, sautéed shitake mushrooms, and kohlrabi (first boiled and then sautéed in butter. Delicious. Topped off with blueberry shortcake made with Lisa’s fresh berries.
If you have not tried the farmers’ market mushrooms, you are missing something, even if you normally don’t like the grocery store variety button mushrooms. You will find shitake and chanterelle mushrooms and inoculated logs in which you can grow your own shitakes. We used Isle of View's Chanterelle mushrooms, cleaned, sliced, and sautéed in butter. After about 10 minutes, add a small amount of Dijon mustard and cream. Add some snippets of M.L's Greenery-in-motion rosemary. We had this with some fantastically delicious homemade wine from Ron Wisenski (son of Kathy Lynch of Lynch's Doggie Cuisine). The mushrooms can be stretched by sautéing onions in olive oil first; removing them from the pan and then adding them back in to the mushrooms after the cream sauce is reduced. I will try them this way next time I am able to find these delicious beauties.
And what do you do with all the berries that end up slightly crushed and wet when you get to the bottom of your box? Make juice! It is as easy as making iced tea (and would be worth doing even if your berries were not crushed already). Simply add sugar and water to your berries, boil and strain. Whatever you do, don’t compost any of those precious anti-oxidants! You can add this to iced tea, serve it with seltzer for a healthy, refreshing soda alternative, or just drink it like it is.
So, what am I looking for this week?
· Any unusual vegetables that I do not already have in my garden.
· A ginger scone from Honeybee Baking Company (I haven’t had one for about two months because I cannot get to the booth early enough – but I will this week).
· Strong coffee for iced coffee from Billy Goat Beanery and smooth, mellow coffee (Sumatra) for hot coffee.
· Soap from Hames and Axle farm, I’m all out and hate what I am using at home. Corn from one of our local growers.
· And I’ll be stocking up on anything I don’t have for our lunchtime crudités!
Entertainment this week…
Gayle Craig will be back this week, bringing us plenty of her original songs along with many that are already your favorites. She writes on facebook: “'s produce at the market every week, might come up and play a reggae set. He did a few tunes on my break before the thunderstorm and this kid can play reggae! Sarah will have a tent and table set up selling my CD's for anyone who is interested. Looking forward to another relaxing, enjoyable marke's produce at the market every week, might come up and play a reggae set. He did a few tunes on my break before the thunderstorm and this kid can play reggae! Sarah will have a tent and table set up selling my CD's for anyone who is interested. Looking forward to another relaxing, enjoyable market! :)'s produce at the market every week, might come up and play a reggae set. He did a few tunes on my break before the thunderstorm and this kid can play reggae! Sarah will have a tent and table set up selling my CD's for anyone who is interested. Looking forward to another relaxing,”. Personally, I missed Adam’s performance and I’m still regretting it. My family is still talking about his vegetable songs!!! I won’t miss it this week. Adam is from “Isle of View” farm. Get it? I Love You Farm!!
We will also have our regular blacksmith demonstration which continues to be a huge source of entertainment and education. And at 4:00 and 6:00, plan to spend a few minutes with Button Box Shadow Theatre for a puppet show (donations are welcome for all our performers).
Visit the Westminster Farmers’ Market on facebook to get my ridiculously simple and unbelievably delicious goat cheese recipe!
Visit our Westminster Farmers’ Market website…
The Westminster Farmers’ Market website is being updated with vendors for the 2010 season. Visit for ideas on how you can help the farmers’ market, participate as a vendor, or get information on our schedule for the season. Visit us at www.WestminsterFarmersMarket.com.