Thursday, July 31, 2008

Grapevine August 3 2008 Market

this week
- What's Coming To The Market This Week?
- Cooking Ideas - Green Beans with Tarragon

We lucked out last week and the predicted precipitation held off until Sunday evening. I'm starting to sound like a broken record but last week was the busiest day of the season. Despite the pancake breakfast, book sale, blood drive and everything else going on last Sunday, there were very few parking problems. Thank you for your cooperation on a very busy day.

The market's new dog policy starts this weekend. As announced two weeks ago, dogs are banned from the market until the beginning of the winter market season in November. Dogs will be allowed in the market from November through April when the market is less crowded. We recognize that some people are upset with this decision but we must err on the side of safety. We received many kind and supportive comments by email, voicemail and in person. Thank you all for your support and cooperation.

Little Pots and Pans is back after taking a month off. Two Brothers Chocolate will be at the market this Sunday too. Pam Beaty will be playing at the market this Sunday. Josh will be back with the Market Jam next week.

See you on Sunday!

Eamon Molloy
Market Manager

What's Coming To The Market This Week?

This week is much like last week. There will be a lot of berries - blackberries, blueberries and raspberries and strawberries. Stone fruit - apricots, nectarines and peaches - will be readily available as well. Cherries, sweet and sour, will be in good supply. You should find a few plums too.

As for vegetables, snow peas, fava beans, sugar snap peas, lettuce, chard, zucchini and fresh onions will be plentiful. You'll also find arugula, napa cabbage, green cabbage, carrots, beets, radishes, tomatoes and a lot more. Check the availability list for the complete list of who's coming this weekend and what they expect to be selling.

Blossom Vinegars
DeNoble Farm
Little Pots and Pans
Salvador Molly's
Two Brothers Chocolate

Copper Crown (back next week)
Salubrious (back next week)
Sundance Lavender (back next week)

Cooking Ideas - Green Beans with Tarragon

Seeing the huge mounds of green beans at the market last week inspired me to work on a green bean recipe. I wanted something easy too. Here's an easy recipe for green beans. It can serve as a salad or a side dish. I've added this recipe to the Culinate site if you want a printable recipe. Enjoy!

Green Beans with Tarragon

1 pound green beans
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon chopped tarragon
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Trim the beans by cutting off and discarding the tips and ends.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add green beans and cooked uncovered until just tender, about 5-7 minutes. The beans should still be slightly firm.

Remove beans from pan and drain. Let the beans dry off for a few minutes. Shake off any excess water and place beans in a bowl. Add oil, toss until coated, add tarragon and juice, toss again. Serve immediately.