Thursday, August 21, 2008

Grapevine August 24 2008 Market

this week
- What's Coming To The Market This Week?
- Cooking Ideas - Summer Fig Salad

It's nice to have normal temperatures again. The plants in our backyard seem happier too.

We have a familiar face playing music this Sunday. You normally see Josh Uithof working with the Hertls at Sungold Farm. This week you get to hear Josh play and sing.

Chanka's Catering is off this week but will be back next week. Kookoolan Farms will be back next week. Baird Orchards will have Kookoolan's eggs for sale while the Zaerpoors are on vacation. Look below for the complete list of who is off this week.

See you on Sunday!

Eamon Molloy
Market Manager

- What's Coming To The Market This Week?

The apple harvest has definitely begun. Gravensteins and Ginger Golds wiil be the varieties you will most likely find this week. Peaches, apricots, nectarines and cherries will be readily available as well. Figs started coming in last week and should be in good supply too. Melons of all kinds will be plentiful. As for berries, there should be strawberries and some blueberries. Late season raspberries should be available in a few weeks.

Corn and pole beans will be plentiful this weekend. Eggplants, lettuce, chard, zucchini and fresh onions will be good supply too. You'll also find arugula, napa cabbage, green cabbage, carrots, broccoli, 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.

Brownie Farm
Cherry Country still on vacation - back on September 7
DeNoble Farm
Gala Springs
Sundance Lavender
Two Brothers Chocolate
Vanveen Bulb

Blossom Vinegars (back next week)
Chanka's (back next week)
Copper Crown (back next week)
Kookoolan Farms (back next week)
Little Pots and Pans (back next week)

Cooking Ideas - Summer Fig Salad

Figs have been coming into the market for the past few weeks. This recipe from Culinate nicely pairs the sweet figs with peppery arugula. Enjoy!

Summer Fig Salad (from Culinate's recipe collecton)

1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/3 cup red-wine vinegar or lemon juice
1-2 Tbsp. honey or maple syrup (start with less and add to taste)
Fresh black pepper and sea salt to taste

2 bunches fresh arugula and/or watercress
6 fresh figs (dark purple and ripe), quartered
5 summer radishes, sliced into thin rounds
4 Tbsp. creamy goat cheese

Whisk the dressing ingredients together and set aside.

Arrange the leafy greens on individual salad plates, then top with slices of the figs and radishes. Dollop bits of goat cheese over each salad, then drizzle a little dressing over each. Serve immediately.

A printable version of the recipe is available at the Culinate site.