Friday, January 14, 2005

GRAPEVINE - Hillsdale Farmers' Market Newsletter
January 16, 2005

What's New at the Market
Happy New Year! The Hillsdale Winter Market starts up again after a four week break. We have a new farm joining the market this weekend - Gathering Together Farm from Philomath OR. Gathering Together Farm is a certified organic farm owned by John Eveland and Sally Brewer. Gathering Together is a regular vendor at the Portland, Beaverton, Corvallis and Newport markets. Stop by their stall and say hello.

Weather and the Market
As of 9AM Friday morning, there is a Winter Storm Advisory in the region. We will be monitoring the weather as the weekend progresses. If poor weather conditions force us to cancel the market, there will be a message on the market phone, 503.475.6555, a broadcast email and a notice on the website.

I came across a great cookbook last month, Fagioli - The Bean Cuisine of Italy by Judith Barrett. This book is a great guide for those who want to learn more about Italian cooking and specifically cooking with beans. Ayers Creek Farm grows most of the beans discussed in the book, particularly it seems, the ones described as "not widely available in the United States".

There are many good recipes using seasonal vegetables. Below is a recipe which I think is a great meal for a cold winter day. You can pick up all the vegetables at the market.

Ligurian Polenta with Borlotti and Vegetables (from Fagioli)
1 cup Borlotti beans
1 small bunch green kale, stemmed and finely chopped
1 medium carrot, finely chopped
1 red onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, peeled and finely chopped
3 medium yukon gold or yellow finn potatoes, peeled and chopped
1/4 cup olive oil
1 cup yellow polenta
salt & pepper
grated parmigiano cheese

Soak beans in cold water for 8 hours or more. Drain rinse beans under running cold water and drain again. Combine the beans with the kale, carrot, onion, garlic, potatoes, olive oil and 8 cups cold water in a heavy 6 quart casserole over medium high heat. When the water begins to boil, lower the heat and simmer, uncovered, 30 minutes. The beans will not be fully cooked. Add the polenta, a little at a time, stirring well to incorporate each addition into the vegetables. (If you add too much at once, the polenta may become lumpy.) Continue cooking, stirring frequently, about 45 minute longer. Season with salt and pepper to taste. The polenta should be thick, not stiff. If it becomes stiff, add a little hot water and continue to stir. Serve in deep, hot dishes with drizzle of olive oil and a generous serving of parmigiano cheese.

This recipe assumes you are buying beans from a store. The beans from Ayers Creek are much fresher. Ask Carol and Anthony for soaking times.
Simmer don't boil! Boiling breaks the beans apart.
You can substitute red or white potatoes for the yellow.

Eamon Molloy
Market Manager

What's coming to the Market:

Aklavik Mushroom, North Portland
cultivated: shiitake
wild: hedgehog, wild trumpet, yellowfoot
truffles: black and white

Ayers Creek Farm Gaston OR
Popcorn, Corn Meal & Grits, Carrots, Asian Turnips, Root or Hamburg Parsley, Parsnips, Scorzonera, Salsify, Black Radish, Potatoes, Kale, Mixed Salad Greens (incl. mache, arugula, cress, chickweed), Escarole, Endive, Sugar Loaf & Castelfranco Chicory, Asian Greens, Smallage, Dry Beans, Winter Squash.

Deep Roots Farm Independence OR
Carrots, Turnips, Beets, Radish, Kohlrabi, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Winter Squash, Potatoes, Onions, Garlic, Leeks, Shallots, Lettuce, Asian Greens and Cabbages

Earthshine Gardens Sherwood OR
broccoli, cabbage, orange cauliflower, romanesco, lettuce, onions, white and red potatoes

Freddy Guy Monmouth OR
filberts, biscotti mix

Gathering Together Farm Philomath OR
Carrots, Parsley, Leeks, Red Onion, Copra Onion, parsnips, red potatoes, white potatoes, purple potatoes, Kale, Radishes, Rutabagas, Turnips, Celeriac, Arugula, Watercress, Delicata Squash, Salad mix

OM Grown Farm Sheridan OR
cultivated: Shiitake, oyster
truffles: black and white

Pitkin Winterrowd Farms Canby OR
turnips, squash, garlic
cover crop mix

Salmon Creek Farm
Hydroponic Tomatoes

Stephens Farm
Apples, Cider


Baker & Spice
Cookies, Handpies, Croissants, Stuffed Breads and Savory Galettes, Tarts, Pies, Cakes

Traditional German, French & Austrian breads, granola, cookies, pastries

Market Gourmet
Quiches, Savory and Sweet Tarts, Pastries

Cheese, Eggs, Meat:

Fraga Farms
goat cheese

Oregon Gourmet Cheeses LLC
Cheese - Camembert, Fromage Blanc, Sublimity

Linda Brand Crab

Mossback Farm

Nizich Farm
Locally grown Beef, Chicken and Turkey and eggs. Cornish Cross Chicken $3.00/lb average size 3 lbs. Heritage Bronze Turkey $6.00/lb average size 9lb. Beef - wide varieties of cuts. Call Diana Nizich at 503.650.0544 to find out the available beef cuts and prices and to pre-order meats for Sunday pickup.

Honey, Sauces & Other:

Honey, Mustards, Sauces

Copper Crown

Laurel Ridge

Oregon Wine Jelly
Homemade sodas
wine jellies

Secret Aardvark

Souper Natural

Vibrant Flavors
Dukkah - sweet and savory

whole bean coffee

Farris-Seaman Plants
herbs, perennials

Bulbs - Tulips, Crocuses, Lilies, Daffodils, Hyacinths, Paperwhites and more.

Ready to Eat:

Hot Lips
Pizza, breadsticks

Black Bean Tamales, Red beans and Rice with Collards

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Winter Market dates: January 16,30 February 13,27 March 13, 27