Thursday, August 14, 2008

Grapevine August 17 2008 Market

this week
- What's Coming To The Market This Week?
- Cooking Ideas - Melon Agua Fresca

We're in for a few hot days. Be sure to keep hydrated and take it easy during the hot part of the day. If the forecast is correct, it will be a bit cooler by Sunday at least.

Greg Clarke will be playing at the market this week. Little Pots and Pans is back at the market this week as are DeNoble Farm and Blossom Vinegars. Kookoolan Farms is taking a two week break but will be back on August 31. Baird Orchards will be selling Kookoolan's eggs while Chrissie and Koorosh take a well earned break.

See you on Sunday!

Eamon Molloy
Market Manager

What's Coming To The Market This Week?

Peaches, apricots and cherries will be readily available. Plums should be in good supply too. Melons of all kinds will be plentiful. There should be berries but this weekend's hot weather may limit the availability.

As for vegetables, there will be lots of corn. Several farms will have large bins so just dive in and grab a dozen ears. Eggplants, snow peas, green beans, romano beans, 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

Brownie Farm (back next week)
Kookoolan Farms (back Aug 31)
Salubrious (back next week)
Sundance Lavender (back next week)

Cooking Ideas - Melon Agua Fresca

Here is another recipe from Culinate. Given the hot weather we have had recently, agua fresca seems like just the right cooler for a hot afternoon. Enjoy!

Melon Agua Fresca (From the Marissa Lippert collection at Culinate)

2 3/4 cups melon chunks (watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, etc.)
2 cups water
3 Tbsp. fresh lime juice (about 2 limes)
3 Tbsp. sugar or 2 tablespoons agave nectar (see Note)
Mint sprigs for garnish (optional)

Purée melon in a blender until smooth. Strain through a sieve and discard pulp. Pour the melon juice into a pitcher and stir in the water, lime juice, and sugar.
Serve over ice, garnished with mint sprigs or extra chunks of melon.

Note: Because granulated sugar won’t dissolve easily in cold liquid, you may wish to replace the 3 tablespoons sugar with a simple syrup of sugar dissolved in boiling water. Agave nectar, of course, is already liquid.

A printable version of the recipe is available at Culinate.