Thursday, May 10, 2007

Grapevine May 13 2007 Market

- What's Coming To The Market This Week?
Cooking Ideas - Lettuce

Happy Mother's Day weekend!

The weather forecast looks decent but for a market manager who works year-round 60 degrees and cloudy in May looks great compared to 35 degrees and rain in January. It's all a matter of perspective. Nonetheless, the nice sunny weather we've had the last few days can have only helped the Hood strawberries we're all waiting to eat.

As the season progresses, we will have more farms come back to Hillsdale. Hillsdale regulars Lone Elder Farm, Unger Farm, Baird Orchard, Stephens and Liepold Farm should, weather permitting, be back at the market over the next three or four weeks.

George Wolff will be playing at the market for the next two weeks. George is a student at Wilson High and placed first in Classical Guitar in the state competition. Take some time to listen to George play this weekend.

See you Sunday!

Eamon Molloy
Market Manager

What's Coming To The Market This Week?
Asparagus of course will be available this weekend just choose your color, green purple or white. Lettuces, another spring favorite, will also be readily available. Spinach, chard, arugula and leeks will be in good supply too. Strawberries will be available this weekend too. For the complete list of who's coming this weekend check the availability list.

Garden Color
Lone Elder Farm

Ancient Heritage Dairy (back next week)
Blossom Vinegar (back next week)
Cherry Country (back June 3)
Little Pots and Pans (back next week)
Rose City Delicacies (back next week)

Cooking Ideas - Lettuce

Lettuce is another great spring vegetable. While lettuces can be used in other dishes including soups (yes, soup), the salad course is Linkwhere lettuce is most often used. Spring is a great time for salad lovers since leafy salads really need fresh ingedients. As I was working out this recipe I realized that I had written down a Fibonacci sequence(each number is the sum of the two preceding numbers or 0,1,1,2,3, ...) of numbers. Hence the recipe's name. (And yes I was in Mathletes in junior high and high school.)


Fibonacci Salad

1 large head of lettuce
1 tomato, cored and cut into thin wedges
2 carrots, peeled and cut thinly
3 scallions, trimmed and cut thinly
Olive oil
Red wine vinegar

Remove the lettuce core, wash well and dry the lettuce. Gently tear the lettuce leaves into bite size pieces and place in a salad bowl. Add the remaining vegetables. Drizzle oil and vinegar over salad. Add salt and vinegar. Taste and adjust seasonings.