Thursday, January 25, 2007

Grapevine Jan 28 Market

in this issue
-What's coming to the Market this week?
-Winter Feast February 18
-Cooking Ideas - Root Vegetables

It looks like we will have a warmer market day this weekend. 50 degrees will seem balmy after the freezing temperatures we've had the last few weeks.

We've a special treat this weekend. Wilson High's Performing Arts department will be presenting Cole Porter's classic musical, Kiss Me Kate, next month. This jazzy telling of one theatre company's heartfelt attempt to set William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew to music amid distraction boasts some of Porter's most famous songs, including Too Darn Hot, Another O'pnin/Another Show, Always True to You in My Fashion, and I Hate Men. Cast members will be doing short performances during the market. Be sure to stop by and see the performance. The full performance will be:
Febuary 15-17 & 22-24 @7:00pm
February 24 @ 2:00pm (Matinee).

See you on Sunday!

Eamon Molloy
Market Manager

What's coming to the Market this week?
What a difference a few weeks make. The cold and the snow slowed down production for the farms but the vegetables are recovering. Greens such as arugula, chard, kale, collards, chicories, endives and escaroles should in decent supply. Winter salad mixes and misticanza (cooking greens mix) should be available too. As for root vegetables, carrots, beets, onions, leeks, parsnips, black radishes, celeriac and Hamburg parsley will be available. Check the availability list for details.

Deep Roots Farm
Farris-Seaman Plants
Salmon Creek Farm
Square Peg Farm

Blossom Vinegar back Mar 25
Cherry Country back Feb 11
Finales Desserts back Feb 11

Save the Date! Winter Feast February 18
The Hillsdale Farmers' Market and the Chefs Collaborative are hosting a Winter Feast. The Winter Feast is a celebration of our mid-winter harvest, pairing chefs from Portland's finest restaurants with the regions best growers, ranchers and fishermen. It's a nosh-around format showcasing the winter harvest and the region's great wines and brews. Participating chefs include:

Higgins Restaurant & Bar
Ciao Vito
Culinary Artistry
Hot Lips Pizza
Bon Appetit
Fressen Artisan Bakery
Multnomah Athletic Club
Little Pots and Pans

Proceeds to benefit activities of the Chefs Collaborative and the Hillsdale Farmers' Market. Tickets may be purchased at the market or online at

Cooking Ideas - Root Vegetables
Winter is the season for root vegetables. Parsnips,Hamburg Parsley, celeriac, turnips, black radish,the variety at the market this week is excellent. Some vegetables like carrots and celeriac, can be eaten raw or cooked. Others need to be cooked with roasting being the simplest method. Roasted winter vegetables is a tasty side dish and easy to prepare.

Take a variety of vegetables (parsnips, celeriac, turnips, carrots), peel them, cut into 1/2 inch cubes, toss with a little olive oil, season with salt and pepper and spread evenly on a baking sheet. Roast for 30-40 minutes in a preheated 400 degree oven until the vegetables are thoroughly cooked and beginning to carmelize. Stir them occasionally so that the vegetables don't stick to the pan.