Thursday, February 23, 2006

Grapevine February 26 Market

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--What's coming to the Market this week?

It's time for another winter market session in Hillsdale. Simon Sampson of Columbia River Fish will be at the market this weekend with steelhead salmon. Garden Color returns this weekend with hardy perennials. Fressen Bakery is in the middle of a move and will not be at the market this weekend. Edgar hopes to be ready for the March 12th market.

This week is the last week for Ayers Creek Farm until July. If you've been buying and cooking their dried beans then stock up this weekend. Ayers Creek Farm was highlighted in the Oregonian's Foodday this week. If you missed the article you can follow the link at the bottom of the newsletter. See you at the market!

What's coming to the Market this week?

The dry, arctic wind blasts we received a few weeks ago helped dry out the soil but definitely caused problems for some crops. The winter greens definitely received some damage. Otherwise, there aren't any extreme temperatures predicted for this weekend nor too much rain so harvesting shouldn't be too difficult.

You should find kales, collards and mustard greens this weekend. The more delicate greens such as arugula, lettuces and chards have had more problems with the dry cold air and may be more limited. Root vegetables will be in good supply including carrots, beets, radishes, japanese turnips, celeriac and parsnips. As for mushrooms, there should be a good selection of wild and cultivated mushrooms including shiitake, maitake, hedgehogs and more.

Besides produce, you'll find the usual great assortment of food including honey, soups, meats, cheeses, smoked salmon, jams, pesto and more. Check out the availability list for details.

To the availability list


Anthony & Carol Boutard of Ayers Creek Farm have been bringing unusual varieties of beans to the Hillsdale Farmers Market since we opened in 2002. The Oregonian highlighted their farm and their beans this week in Foodday.

Bean recipes include soups, stews and pasta dishes. All are great winter recipes incorporating root vegetables and greens. The Oregonian article contains several good recipes. The link below will take you to the Oregonian article and the recipes.

Magic Beans