Be inspired this Saturday…chef Katherine Duemling will be cooking market foods 10.30-11.30. Katherine is all about satisfying your family with good food created with an idea, a few staples, some fresh produce or herbs, and minimal stress. This is why she has Cook With What You Have ….http://cookwithwhatyouhave.com/ a small cooking school in Portland, Oregon. Classes are intimate, hands-on and convivial. The joy of simple, good food is contagious ! Sign up and you cook and eat together, share tips, ideas and stories. Watch her workshop THIS Saturday, pick up some recipes….. start cooking more , simply and differently!
As July 14th is National CAN it Forward Day (or so says Ball !)…… Extension Master Food Preservers will be at the Market ALL day with technical advice, tips and recipes to preserve the bounty this summer. Cherries will be the focus as they are plentiful in the Market right now…Lapins, Rainiers, Bings, Pie (sour) cherries and the new variety from Profarm, Berry cherries..possibly the sweetest!…so pick up a bag of cherries from one of the farmers and stop by and get inspired with recipe handouts. Did you know Cherries are very “yang” meaning they counter-act our acidic diets and are very healing! They are rich in antioxidants like their distant fruit cousin the blueberry and contain compounds lycopene and beta-carotene, helpful for boosting the immune system and the prevention of bad cholesterol, and may help protect from certain cancers too. Market sponsor Wilco Farm Stores http://www.facebook.com/wilcostores have all the canning supplies you’ll need this summer, check out their shelves, you’ll be amazed at what you’ll find, including pectin, jars, lids, canning equipment, including stoneware crocks for pickle and sauerkraut-making later on this summer.
Look for cherries from Leone’s Farm (last week for pie cherries) ….as well as boysens, marions, logans, blackcaps, gooseberries, red currants and strawberries. ( Leone will have hot-house SUNGOLDS, plus other heirloom tomatoes too.) Profarm will have Rainiers, Bings and the Berry Cherries (ask for a sample). Maryhill Orchards will be sending Rainiers and Bings, plus the first peaches and wonderful apricots! Bairds Orchards will have cherries too…so lots to choose from. South Barlow, Parson and Albeke Farms will all have loads of berries..including blueberries (SO easy to freeze and keep for those winter muffins, smoothies etc) .
It’s late in the day as this is written and the farmers are unreachable… probably putting away a cold one after a warm one (!)…but the list of veggies from Rick Steffens Farm, Green Acres Farm , Family Table Farm and Parsons Farm WILL include all the greens, zucchini, cukes, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, beans, beets, carrots, radishes, onions, including walla walla sweets. Peppers are making their way into the Market as are tomatoes, but don’t be late, they will be snatched up before noon!
Beef, pork, goat, ( bacon, sausages, jerky too) , chicken, eggs, goat’s milk chevre and feta…fresh ocean-caught fish…wonderful salumi from Olypmpic Provisions , pasta (yes we still holding out hope)..including gluten -free, breads, pastries, cookies, preserves and pickles, (note Kombucha is out this week, back next) Hummus and pita, Teas (locally grown and blended), devine caramels including Orange Brandy Caramel , local wines, fresh flowers.
For your garden….. garden crafts, ( Utopia Woodcrafters will have their next generation Bat Houses available. 100% grooved wood for the bats to hang from. See the new bat boxes or just to relax in one of their Cedar Adirondacks! Plants …Three Brothers Nursery is offering Astilbe-3 for $18.00 + Mild and Hot Jalapeno Peppers in 5” container ,many with peppers, 3 for $6.00, Worm castings and Worm juice ..wonderful for your garden soil, compost and pots! Also Hazelnut Shells for landscaping …with a FREE pair of garden gloves with any 5 bag purchase !
The OSU Master Gardeners will have their second to last workshop this week on Sheet-Mulching…learn how to use this method to control weeds and improve soil and plant health . The process mimics the litter layer of a forest floor and forms a necessary link in nutrient cycling vital for our soils. Pick up a handout to take home with you…this informative 30min+ workshop starts at 10am. Stop by their Info. Booth , sign the NO Pesticides Pledge and get a cute sign for your garden gate and a pair of gloves!
Live music by the Spoodeos…Must-have Tamales by the Tamale House and Savory et Sweet has begun the switch to their summer menu. This weekend’s featured crepe will be Summer Chicken with fresh market blackberries!… And the popular Rose Lemonade with Strawberries! The Fresh Start Cart will have coffee and fresh fruit smoothies…and Our Little Sweet Cart will the all-important (organic) ice-cream, vanilla, chocolate and swirl…yum!
The Market’s Kids POP Club has signed up almost 1000 local kids (5-12) since the beginning of May (WOW!) …they have all signed their Passport to Health, recieved a club button, re-usable shopping bag…and $2 every time they come to any OC farmers Market to shop for fruit , veggies and food plants….thanks to our friends at Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District ( http://conservationdistrict.org/) for the AMazing (!) contribution this season…and also to On Point Community Credit Union...who not ONLY sponsored the program too this summer, but also send employees to “man” the POP Booth each week! Thanks also to Bob’s Red Mill for helping with the purchase of the POP shopping bags and to Citizens Bank for providing funds for the POP Club FUN booth! We anticipate going through August at least …stop by and bring the kids:) As of last week, however,we are out of Oregon Trail Matching funds , but a BIG thanks to New Seasons Market who donated the funds for this summer…. we have been able to match almost $2500 since the beginning of May!!!
If you’d like to donate to the Market…to help keep these 2 community programs going..please see us the Info Booth , we are a 501(c)3 Corp. so your donation..however big or small is tax-deductable. Please note – Singer Hill Cafe is having a fund-raiser for the Market Friday July 20th! Between 2pm-8pm eat, drink and be merry at the Cafe on 7th St Oregon City and they will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Market:) Phil and Vicki , the owners also volunteer EVERY Saturday to set the Market up…for the past 4 (5?) years!!!
Saturday Market opens 9am-2pm, 2051, Kaen Rd. off Beavercreek Rd, Oregon City. 503 734-0192
Have a fun time at the Market this Saturday..see ya:)