Thursday, September 22, 2005

Grapevine September 25 2005 Market

--What's at the Market this week?
--Chipotle Pesto Roast Chicken

It looks like we're in for another sunny weekend, so come on down to the market. Besides all the great produce, Adrienne Davis and Lisa Marsicek are playing this weekend and we've a new food vendor, Mario's Moldovan Ravioli. You may have seen Mario at Interstate Farmers Market, or Portland Farmers Market on Thursday or Saturday. If you've never had Moldovan Ravioli, you're in for a real treat.

Picklopolis is at the market this weekend. Garden Color and Sundance Lavender are off this week but will be back next week. Freddy Guy Filberts will miss the next two markets but will be back October 9. See you at the market!

What's at the Market this week?

The late summer fruit (watermelons, cantaloupes, blackberries and blueberries) are still plentiful. There should still be some raspberries available too. Selva Strawberries are in good supply too. Grapes (red flame) will be available for the next two weeks, so get them while you can. As for tree fruit, peaches, pluots and nectarines are still going strong. Pears and apples are really coming into season now.

As for vegetables, you'll have a lot to choose from. There are still a wide variety of tomatoes to choose from. Greens including lettuces, chards, kale and collards are plentiful. Corn, peppers and eggplants are in good supply too. Acorn squash showed up at the market last week. The other winter squashes should be coming in soon.

This week's availability list

Chipotle Pesto Roast Chicken

David Hickenbottom at Copper Crown Fine Foods has created a wide variety of pestos and dressings. David has shown that there's more to pesto than basil.

In this recipe, David uses his chipotle pesto to season a roast chicken. It's a fairly simple recipe which produces a tasty dinner.

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Friday, September 16, 2005

Grapevine September 18 2005 Market

Hillsdale Farmers Market Newsletter

What's at the Market this week?
Recipe - Cauliflower with Cilantro

Tomato Mania was a great success last week. I hope everyone enjoyed sampling the many varieties available. Fressen Bakery and Salvador Molly's are back this week. Tastebud Farm will not be at the market this week because of prior commitments. We hope to make Tastebud Farm a regular at the market in the near future.

Interested in getting locally grown foods into school meals? Slow Food Portland is holding a Farm to Cafeteria/School panel discussion on October 6. Panelists include Anthony Boutard of Ayers Creek Farm. For more information visit the Slow Food Portland website at See you at the market.

What's at the Market this week?

Grapes started coming in last week and should be available for the next two or three weeks. Strawberries, blueberries, cantaloupes, watermelons will be in good supply as well. As for tree fruit, peaches and nectarines are still available. Apples, pears and asian pears will be available too.

As for vegetables, peppers both sweet and hot will be in good supply. Eggplant, zucchini and summer squashes will be readily available. Corn, green beans and tomatoes are in good supply too. As we approach fall, the greens supply increases. You should find many lettuces, salad mixes, spinach, kale and chard readily available.

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Recipe - Cauliflower with Cilantro

Cauliflower is one versatile vegetable. Eaten raw, cooked or pickled, cauliflower shows up in nearly every major cuisine. This recipe is from one of my favorite cookbooks, Unplugged Kitchen by Viana La Place.

Like all many of her recipes, this dish is simple to make. For a little more colorful dish, substitute one head cauliflower (the recipe calls for 3 small ones) with one orange cauliflower.

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Friday, September 09, 2005

Grapevine September 11 2005 Market

Grapevine-Hillsdale Farmers Market Newsletter
September 11 2005 Market

in this issue
--What's at the Market this week?
--Recipe - Ratatouille

School's back in session and the market going strong. This weekend it's "Tomato Mania!" at the market. Sample the wide variety of tomatoes available at the market and enjoy music by Greg Clarke.

A few vendors won't be at the market this week. Salvador Molly's and Fressen Bakery will miss this week's session but will be back next week. This week is the last week for Ayers Creek Farm until the winter market starts in November. If you love their fresh shelled beans then you better stock up this weekend. See you on Sunday!

What's at the Market this week?

Blackberries, blueberries and selva strawberries are still available. There should be a few raspberries available as well. The summer tree fruit - peaches, nectarines, pluots and plum - are in good supply too. More varieties of apples and pears will be coming in too. Watermelons and cantalopes will be plentiful too.

Tomatoes, of course, will be in good supply. From San Marzano to Green Zebra to cherry tomatoes, you'll have plenty to choose from. Lettuce and salad mix will be readily available as well as other greens including arugula, kale, collards, spinach and raddichio. Cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower (including orange cauliflower) will be at the market this weekend. Pole beans, corn, cucumbers (including persian, asian and lemon cukes), carrots, beets, sweet peppers, hot peppers, summer squash, and potatoes are some of the other vegetables available this weekend.

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Recipe - Ratatouille

There are many recipes that defy classification in vegetable cookbooks. Ratatouille, a provencal dish made with equal amounts of eggplant, tomatoes and zucchini is one of those recipes. Depending on which cookbook you're reading, you'll find ratatouille under any of the three vegetables.

Essentially a dry stew, ratatouille is a versatile dish. The ingredients can be changed depending on availability of vegetables. It can be eaten hot or cold, cooked with meats such as lamb or veal, or eaten as is. All in all, ratatouille is great seasonal recipe.

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Friday, September 02, 2005

Grapevine September 4 2005 Market

in this issue
--What's at the Market this week?
--Recipe - Salsa Verde

It's Labor Day weekend and summer is nearing its end. But the market is still going strong. There's lots of great produce as well as seafood, meats and cheeses available for that last picnic or barbeque before school starts. Several vendors will not be at the market this week - Picklopolis, Lilly's BloomingAcres, Flamingo Ridge and Fressen.
See you on Sunday!

What's at the Market this week?
Cantaloupes and watermelons are still plentiful with several varieties available. Strawberries (selvas), blackberries and blueberries are still around and in good supply. Available tree fruit include apples, pears, peaches, nectarines, asian pears, pluots and plums.
As for vegetables, tomatoes and corn are still in good supply. A wide variety of pole beans will be available. Try a new variety this weekend. Peppers sweet and hot will be in good supply. Tomatillos will be readily available too. Some of the other vegetables you'll find this weekend include cucumbers, summer squashes, pole beans, carrots, cabbage, broccoli, beets, eggplant, lettuce, spinach and potatoes.
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Recipe - Salsa Verde
With all the tomatillos and peppers coming in, you can't not try to make your own salsa verde. It's pretty simple to make. Enjoy!
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