Thursday, March 08, 2007

Grapevine March 11 2007 Market

this week
- What's Coming to the Market this week?
- Market Talk - Spring Gardening Tips
- Wilson Area Arts Council Instrument Drive
Cooking Ideas - Arugula Pesto

We'll probably have some rain this weekend but it will definitely be warmer than the last few months. Don't forget to set your clocks ahead an hour on Saturday night. We go to Daylight Savings Time this weekend.

See you on Sunday!

Eamon Molloy
Market Manager

What's Coming to the Market this week?
You'll find a nice supply of salad greens this weekend. You should also find leeks, onions, potatoes, beets, carrots, parsnips, garlic, broccoli, raab, and spinach. Check the availability list for details.

It's time to think about your garden too. There will be a wide variety of vegetable starts, hardy perennials including hellebores, cover crop seed and many other items available this weekend.

Farris Seaman Plants
Garden Color
Honeyhill Nursery
Rose City Pepperheads

Deep Roots Farm (back April 15)
Tastebud (back March 25)

Market Talk - Spring Gardening Tips
The days are longer and the temperature is a bit warmer. You want to start working in the garden but you ask yourself,"What can I plant right now?" Anne Berblinger of Gales Meadow Farm will give a short talk on Early Spring Gardening at 11am this Sunday. Gales Meadow Farm is a certified organic farm specializing in heirloom vegetable and herb varieties.

Wilson Area Arts Council Instrument Drive
The Wilson Area Arts Council (WAAC) is asking people in the community to "clean out their closets" of used musical instruments and put them to good use by donating them for use in Wilson cluster schools. WAAC is also seeking cash donations and grants with which to purchase new instruments. WAAC volunteers are working closely with Paul Jolstead of Wilson and other music teachers in the cluster to secure the instruments and other equipment they need to enhance their excellent programs. WAAC volunteers will be at the market this Sunday and on March 25 to accept donations.

Cooking Ideas - Arugula Pesto
Arugula, with its tender leaves and peppery flavor, is often used in salads. But like basil, you can also make pesto with arugula. It's a nice variation from basil pesto with a slightly bitter and more peppery flavor. Try it with your favorite pasta. Enjoy!

Arugula Pesto
2 packed cups arugula
2 garlic cloves, peeled
6 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan

Combine the arugula, walnuts and garlic into a food processor. Pulse while drizzling the olive oil into the processor. Remove the mixture from the processor and put it into a bowl. Stir in the Parmesan cheese.