Thursday, May 28, 2009

Grapevine May 31 2009 Market

this week
- What's Coming To The Market?
- Cooking Ideas - Slacker Boccone Dolce

We've got another good weekend coming up. Unger Farm returns to the market this week. Liepold Farm will be in the next week or two. Other market favorites will be returning in the next few weeks as we get closer to summer.

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See you on Sunday!

Eamon Molloy
Market Manager

What's Coming To The Market This Week?

The nice warm days and evenings we've enjoyed have not only been good for Little League games but berries as well. Unger Farm returns to the market this week with strawberries. Happy Harvest, Deep Roots Farm, Rick Steffen Farm and Stephens Farm should all have strawberries as well. You should also find morel mushrooms, arugula, asparagus, spring onions, pea shoots, lettuce, beets, carrots and rhubarb as well. There will be a wide assortment of vegetable starts, herbs, perennials and bulbs. Gales Meadow Farm returns to the market for the last time this season with a wide variety of certified organic vegetable starts, especially pepper plants.

Pine Mountain Ranch recently began processing chickens on the ranch and is now offering fresh and frozen whole chickens along with its usual supply of bison, yak, elk and beef. Other meats at the market include Sweet Briar Farm (pork) and Draper Girls Country Farm (lamb and goat).

Check the availability list for the complete list of who's coming this weekend and what they expect to be selling. The list is posted Thursday afternoon and updated through the weekend. For Sunday morning updates, check Twitter feed either on our website sidebar or on our Twitter page.

Gales Meadow Farm (last week for the season)
Happy Harvest
Unger Farm

Ancient Heritage Dairy (back next week)
Blossom Vinegars (back June 28)
Kookoolan Farms (back June 28)

Cooking Ideas - Slacker Boccone Dolce
Strawberries are starting to come into the market in a big way so I thought it was time for a strawberry recipe. I love the name of this recipe. As Carrie explains in her introduction to the recipe, "boccone dolce" means "sweet mouthful". The slacker part comes from using store bought meringue cookies. You can use any berry in this recipe.Enjoy!

Slacker Boccone Dolce
By Carrie Floyd, from the Culinate Kitchen collection

Chocolate sauce
4 oz. semi- or bittersweet chocolate, roughly chopped
2 Tbsp. water
¼ cup cream
1 Tbsp. unsalted butter
1 Tbsp. Grand Marnier
1 tsp. vanilla
Bocconi dolci
3 pt. fresh raspberries, strawberries, or marionberries, washed and dried
1 pt. whipping cream, whipped to soft peaks and lightly sweetened
2 cups meringue cookies, gently crushed with a rolling pin
1 high-quality chocolate bar, for shaving


1. Make the chocolate sauce: Place the chopped chocolate, water, and cream in a heavy saucepan. Over low heat, melt the chocolate, stirring often. Once the chocolate has melted, turn off the heat and whisk in the butter, Grand Marnier, and vanilla. Pour sauce into a pitcher and allow to cool to room temperature.

2. Prep the bocconi dolci: Place half of the berries in a medium-sized shallow bowl and crush them with the back of a big spoon (if using strawberries, slice all of them into a bowl). If the berries are not particularly sweet, sprinkle them with sugar.
3. Whip the cream into soft peaks; sweeten with a spoonful of sugar as you’re whipping the cream.

4. Place the meringue cookies on a clean counter and gently — you still want chunks of meringue, not pulverized bits — crush them with a rolling pin.

5. With a vegetable peeler, shave curls of chocolate from the chocolate bar. (You can also use a box grater to grate smaller bits of chocolate.)

6. Assemble the bocconi dolci: Spoon a large spoonful of whipped cream onto a plate or into a pretty glass. Top with ½ cup crushed meringue. Top meringue bits with a large spoonful of the crushed berries and a small handful of the whole berries. Drizzle chocolate sauce over the berries. Add a dollop of whipped cream, a few whole fresh berries, and a sprinkling of the shaved chocolate.