Thursday, February 07, 2008

Grapevine February 10 2008 Market

-What's Coming To The Market This Week? - Cooking Ideas - Apple-Cabbage Salad

The picture on the left is a view of Creative Growers farm in Noti on January 27th. Fortunately we don't have snow in the forecast this weekend. Rain but no snow. Most farmers who missed the market last session should be here on Sunday. Tastebud Farm will be making pizzas and Savory et Sweet will be making crepes, so grab your raincoats and shopping bags and come down to the market.

See you on Sunday!

Eamon Molloy
Market Manager

What's Coming To The Market This Week?

Here is a good example of how weather conditions affect a farm's ability to come to the market. Deep Roots Farm sent me the photo on the right on Friday January 25 along with the message, "If this melts, we can harvest tomorrow." Well, the Albany-Corvallis area had freezing rain fall on top of the snow Saturday morning which of course meant Deep Roots couldn't harvest.

It looks like much of the winter crops made it through all the snow and ice. Kale, mache and chicory will be available as will savoy cabbage. Root vegetables like potatoes, celeriac and turnips should be in good supply as will salsify, Hamburg parsley and black radish. Draper Girls Farm still have apples and pears and will be bringing cider. Honeyhill Nursery will be back again this Sunday with a nice selection of hellebores. Pine Mountain Ranch is back with bison and elk and Simon at Columbia River Fish will be bringing fresh steelhead. Check the availability list for the complete list of who's coming this weekend and what they expect to be selling. As always, be sure to check the list throughout the weekend.

Deep Roots Farm
Draper Girls Country Farm
Honeyhill Nursery
Pine Mountain Ranch

Blossom Vinegars (back in April)
Crabapple Company (back in April)
Copper Crown (back Feb 24)
Gales Meadow Farm (back February 24)
Happy Harvest (back in April)
Highland Oak Farm
Rick Steffen Farm (back in February)
Salmon Creek Hydroponics (back in March)
Stephens Farm (back in April)

Cooking Ideas - Apple-Cabbage Salad

I whined in the last market newsletter about not wanting to copy Mark Bittman's cabbage salad recipe in the NY Times. But I can't get the idea out of my head especially with the great savoy cabbage Creative Growers has been bringing to market. Savoy cabbage has a loose head and the thin, crinkly leaves. Savoy's tender leaves make it and excellent choice for a raw salad. The following recipe uses apples and celeriac as well, two other items you should find at the market this weekend. The three items have different textures and work well together. Enjoy!

Apple-Cabbage Salad

1 head savoy cabbage
1/2 small celeriac
1 apple
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
3 tablespoons grapeseed or canola oil
1 shallot
salt and pepper

Remove and discard outer cabbage leaves. Cut in half, remove core and slice thinly. Peel celeriac, cut into thin slices then julienne the slices. Core and peel the apple, then slice and julienne like the celeriac.

Peel and finely dice the shallot. Combine the shallot,vinegar, oil and a little salt and pepper in a large salad bowl. Add the cabbage, celeriac and apple to the bowl and toss. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.