Thursday, August 28, 2008

Grapevine August 31 2008 Market

this week
- What's Coming To The Market This Week?
- Cooking Ideas - Pasta with Raw Tomato Sauce

It's hard to believe that Labor Day is next Monday. The cool spring has made the summer seem very short. But the summer harvest is coming in fast and furious. This weekend is the annual Tomato Mania at the market. Come sample a variety of tomatoes coming into the market this weekend.

As for music, Gypsy Jazz West is playing this Sunday. Many of you will recognize Phil Lavine from the Djangophiles. Kookoolan Farms, Chanka's Catering and Copper Crown are all back this week.

See you on Sunday!

Eamon Molloy
Market Manager

What's Coming To The Market This Week?

Tree fruit - apples, figs, nectarines and peaches - will be abundant this week. Many varieties of melons will be readily available as will strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries.

As for vegetables, tomatoes will be front and center. Corn and pole beans will be plentiful this weekend as well. You'll also find Eggplant, lettuce, chard, zucchini , cabbage, carrots, broccoli, beets, radishes 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
Copper Crown
Kookoolan Farms
Little Pots and Pans

Boyco Food (back next week)
Cherry Country (back next week)
Salubrious (back in October)
Sundance Lavender (back next week)

Cooking Ideas - Pasta with Raw Tomato Sauce

It's Tomato Mania weekend at the Hillsdale Farmers' Market and I can't not include a tomato recipe. Simple recipes are best when tomatoes are coming in fresh and ripe. The heat of the cooked pasta warms up the tomatoes and really brings out the flavor. I like to use penne but any pasta is fine. Enjoy!

Pasta with Raw Tomato Sauce

2 lb. tomatoes
12 basil leaves
1/4 cup olive oil

Dice tomatoes, about 1/2 inch a side. Place diced tomatoes into a bowl. Tear basil leaves and add to bowl along with oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover and set aside. Boil water and cook 1 pound of pasta. Drain cooked pasta and place in a large serving bowl. Add sauce, toss and serve.