Rain or shine, you can dine!

Dining on local foods…that’s what the Winter Market is all about! Don’t let rain put you off, we’ll be looking good with plenty of veggies (multi-colored carrots, rainbow chard, 4 kinds of potatoes, winter squash…all kinds, cabbage…red and green, kale, chard, broccoli, onions,spinach, beets, turnips, rutabagas,shallots). Fruit, 22 kinds of apples and 6 different kinds of pears. Consider buying a box and making butters, sauces, canning some and freezing pies We’ll have many different meats and eggs to choose from…plus honey,salami, breads, pastries, preserves, goats milk soaps, wool, wooden items and garden beds, hazelnut shells for landscaping…may be Alsea Acre’s Goats milk cheese IF they can get through the floods in the coast range! …Out this week is Duker’s Dill Pickles, back next market (Feb 4th) along with Blossom Vinegars.

You’ll see Savory et Sweet in their cute new trailer serving hot bowls of just-made-at-the-market delicious soup (a fave with market staff and vendors) and slices of good bread, plus heavenly crepes (both savory and sweet!) Come down for breakfast or lunch:) Chris has sent me the following recipe she would like to share with you:

Breakfast or dessert!

Dutch Baby Pancake with Apple
Preheat oven @425f
using the blender as a measuring device, Add:
1.5 c. milk
6 eggs
1 t. vanilla
3 T. sugar
1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. cinnamon
Blend well, add:
1 c. all purpose flour
mean while, heat a heavy glass or cast iron pan 1.5 – 2 qt. size
While waiting for pan, peel & slice 1 apple (pic shows pink flesh apple from Kiyokawa Orchards)
When pan is very hot, remove from pan add butter and apple slices.
Return to oven until apples are cooked and just starting to brown)
Remove from heat, quickly pour in all batter and add a few teaspoons of brown sugar (optional), return to oven.
Bake 20 min. or until pancake is puffed and brown
Serve immediately with powdered sugar and lemon
Note: these apples would be perfect for a Valentine’s Day Breakfast.
If you place the slices towards each other, they resemble hearts!

Souper Natural (homemade frozen soups from West Linn) will be sampling Tuscan White Bean (a white bean soup pureed with rosemary and lemon), Roasted Vegetable (vegan) and Turkey Chili. plus a variety of flavors like Vegan Chili and Carrot Ginger (vegetarian) Check out their “Buy 5-Get 1 Free” special , stock up for those busy evenings!

Interesting...and healthy for you!

A relatively new vendor at the OC Market is Mickleberry Gardens…they offer hand-made, small-batch hive products that are locally produced, therapeutic, and delightful. the product line is based around what is harvested from their honeybee apiary and diverse and growing garden. The honey therapy products are made using pure raw Oregon honey, organic apple cider vinegar, locally grown herbs, and propolis collected by Oregon bees and their skin care products contain pure Oregon beeswax, organic oils, organic fair-trade shea butter, and locally grown herbs. They make all their lovely products in small batches by hand. Check them out this Saturday!

For a sweet treat…..Gram’s Caramels has brought back the ‘Gramello’ and it’s a jarbuck item! Samples of this great combination of marshmallow, pecans and creamy caramel will be given out along with the original flavor. Packaged Valentine treats are being introduced on a limited basis, plus the newly labeled Caramel Sauce and many varieties of packaged caramels. Also…new Hawaiian Black Lava Salted Caramels…they are VERY pretty and they taste fantastic.

Christensen farm (back this week) is bringing some dark brown chicken eggs and duck eggs. Plus Cindy will have Jerusalem artichokes, some winter squash, assorted feathers for crafts or fly tying, and some Shetland wool roving for sale.

Last Market I saw a mother/daughter duo shopping with a cooking book (may be a Christmas Present?)…they were buying veggies to make a roasted root vegetable soup…great idea! Bring your books/recipes down and let’s see what you can make from the winter produce. Send me the recipe and we’ll put it up on this blog for everyone!

Live Music, hot food and drinks, a place to sit out of the rain…..grab a cup of coffee from the Caulfield Hose Cafe across the street…bring the kids…$2 to every kid (5-12) to shop for produce! $5 match for those using the Oregon Trail Card to shop:)
Cheers…see you Saturday!

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