Thursday, July 24, 2008

Grapevine July 27 2008 Market

this week
- Blood Drive At Market This Sunday
- What's Coming To The Market This Week?
- Cooking Ideas - Yellow Summer Squash Soup with Curry Spices

It's going to be a busy Sunday in Hillsdale this weekend. The 32nd Annual HBPA Blueberry Pancake Breakfast takes place from 8:30am to 12:00pm in the Casa Colima parking lot, 6319 SW Capitol Hwy. The Hillsdale Alliance is conducting its book sale from 9:00am to 3:00pm just behind the breakfast area. At the market, the Red Cross is conducting a blood drive from 9:00am until 2:00pm and George Wolff will be playing classical guitar this weekend. All in all a fun day.

See you on Sunday!

Eamon Molloy
Market Manager

Blood Drive At Market This Sunday

The Hillsdale Farmers' Market is sponsoring a blood drive at the Market this Sunday. The blood supply always goes down in the summer. The supply this year is critically low. There is less than a one day supply of O+, O-, A- and B- blood and less than a 3 day supply of A+ and B+ blood. Please consider donating blood this weekend. You can call the Red Cross at 503-528-5608 and make an appointment. The Red Cross will be at the market from 9am - 2pm.

What's Coming To The Market This Week?

Yes, there will be peaches this weekend. There will also be a lot of berries, from blackberries to strawberries and everything in between. Cherries, mostly Vans and Rainiers, will be in good supply. Nectarines and apricots should be readily available as well.

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
Savory et Sweet
Vanveen Bulb

DeNoble Farm
Little Pots and Pans (back next week)

Cooking Ideas - Yellow Summer Squash Soup with Curry Spices

This recipe by Deborah Madison is from the Greens Cookbook and can be found online at Culinate. Looking for a printer friendly version? Just follow the link from the recipe title below. Enjoy!

Yellow Summer Squash Soup with Curry Spices
(from Deborah Madison's Greens Cookbook and Culinate)

3 Tbsp. clarified butter or ghee
1 large yellow onion, sliced
1 1/2 lb. yellow summer squash, sliced
1 tsp. cumin seeds
1 tsp. coriander seeds
1 tsp. yellow mustard seeds
4 cloves
1/4 tsp. cardamom seeds
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon or 1-inch piece cinnamon stick
1/2 tsp. turmeric
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper, or more, to taste
1 1/2 tsp. fresh ginger root, peeled and minced
1/2 tsp. salt
6 cups water or stock (preferably vegetable stock made with Indian spices)
1/2 cup light or heavy cream
3 Tbsp. cilantro leaves, chopped, for garnish
Squash blossoms, chopped, for garnish (optional)


Heat the clarified butter or ghee, add the onion and the squash, and cook over medium heat for 5 to 10 minutes, stirring as needed.

Gather all the whole dried spices together and grind them to a powder in an electric spice mill. Add them to the onion and squash, along with the cinnamon, turmeric, cayenne, ginger root, salt, and ½ cup water or stock, and continue to cook over medium heat for 5 minutes.

Pour in the rest of the water or stock and bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Pass the soup through a food mill or purée it in a blender. Return the soup to the stove and stir in the cream.

Taste for salt and add more if necessary. Because some squash are less watery than others, the soup may need thinning with additional water or cream. Serve the soup garnished with the chopped cilantro and squash blossoms if available.

Reminder - Change in Dog Policy

In order to insure the safety of dogs, customers and vendors, the Hillsdale Farmers' Market board voted this week to ban dogs 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. This new policy will go into effect beginning with the August 3, 2008 market (next week).