Thursday, August 16, 2007

Grapevine August 19 2007 Market

this week
- What's Coming To The Market This Week?
- Cooking Ideas - Coffee Barbeque Sauce

Looks like we might be in for a little rain early Sunday morning. A little rain won't stop the summer harvest. The farmers are bringing in a lot of produce this week. You'll also have a great choice of meats, poultry, seafood, cheeses and a lot of other great food too.

See you on Sunday!

Eamon Molloy
Market Manager

What's Coming To The Market This Week?

A brief shower is just ending as I write this newsletter. Summer rain often cause mold problems for berry farmers. The rain probably didn't last long enough to cause concern but I look at summer rain a lot differently than I did 4 or 5 years ago.

Blackberries, blueberries and strawberries will be readily available this week. Peaches are in good supply this Sunday as are apricots, plums, nectarines and cherries. Apples and figs should be readily available as well. Melons of all kinds and colors started showing up in quantity last week and will be plentiful this Sunday.

Corn will be readily available this Sunday. (If you have freezer space, think about freezing some corn for winter eating.) Tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplant and peppers will be plentiful both in varieties and quantities. Root crops like garlic, potatoes, onions, carrots will be readily available as well as broccoli, cauliflower and greens (arugula, chard, kale, lettuce, spinach). For the complete list of who's coming this weekend and what they expect to be selling, check the availability list.

Ancient Heritage Dairy
Copper Crown
Nonna's Noodles

Cherry Country (back October 7)
Columbia River Fish (back next week)
Little Pots and Pans (back next week)
Pine Mountain Ranch (back September 2)
Salubrious (back next week)

Cooking Ideas - Coffee Barbeque Sauce

ZBeanz Coffee's stall is a great place to stop for a cup of coffee, a bag of beans and a chat with owners Doreen and Stanley Zemble. Specializing in freshly roasted, Arabica beans, Stanley does all the roasting in the couple's home right in Hillsdale. Doreen told me about a barbeque sauce recipe using coffee last Sunday. Always on the lookout for a new recipe, I asked Doreen to share it. The recipe is adapted from Barbeque Bible by Steven Raichlen.

Coffee Barbecue Sauce

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
1 1/2 cups brewed coffee/ espresso
1/4 cup hoisin sauce
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa
2 teaspoons ground cardamom
2 tablespoons honey
salt and pepper to taste

In a saucepan saute the vegetables in olive oil until soft, about 5 minutes.
Add all ingredients except the honey and simmer until sauce is thick, about 10 minutes. Add the honey.

Makes about 2 cups