Oodles of Peppers, Kale and plenty of Fall Color!
Fall has arrived in a hurry. The rains have chased the heirloom tomatoes from the fields but you can still find sauce tomatoes and little cherry tomatoes grown under hoops. The up-side is that we have plenty of gorgeous sweet peppers….and don’t forget they freeze really well (as is) to pull out and use later on. The ‘Winter Squash and Greens Season’ is once more upon us and you’ll find plenty of greens at Sun Love Farm’s booth. Melissia is bringing Russian Kale, Lacinato Kale, Arugula, Mizuna, Dragon Feathers Spicy Salad Mix, and Tatsoi (basically baby bok choy) plus she’ll have SO MANY sweet peppers, with deals on bulk peppers this week- 4 lbs for $10, and 10 lbs for $20. Using the lovely just-picked kale, you can make this versitile recipe (with or without the fries), add toasted sunflower seeds or toasted hazelnuts, bits of crispy bacon, cherry tomatoes…anything! https://pinchofyum.com/avocado-kale-caesar-salad-sweet-potato-fries
The Market will look a bit different this week. Out is Brown Bottle Farm (family wedding), Farm D’Ici (vacation) and South Barlow Berries (religious holiday). Out also is Natalia with the delicous pretzels. She broke her leg last Saturday and may not be back till next year! We wish her well and if you would like the sign a card for her, come to the Info Booth:)
Back at the Market is both Trail Distilling with all their spirits plus their (new) award-winning pink gin, and Stillweather Spirits is back too, you can sample at both these hyper-local distilleries and taste some fine spirits. Back too is Grano Bakery, Belamy Leather (start thinking about holiday gifts!) and My Copper Heart, jewelry made from recycled metals etc.
In the Market Kitchen Chef Deborah is cooking local pork and eggs… using the wonderful salsa from Romeros Salsa and serving it on pita bread. Get a taste and recipe this Saturday! Did you know Romero’s Salsa uses only fresh veggies and spices and never any creepy additives. It’s made right here in PDX and is family-owned. Often their son is manning the booth and sometimes the matriarch of the business too. If you taste it at the Market and love it, go to Market of Choice where you can get it year-round. Their Guacamole is fab also, have you tried it?!
Our good friends at Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation Distict want you to know about a informative class on Soil Health coming up. As you are aware I’m sure, the foundation of life is in the soil , yet it’s health is so over-looked. Whether you have a pocket-sized garden, a big back yard or a homestead you can benefit from this: https://conservationdistrict.org/2019/soil-health-workshop-school-garden-curriculum.html
In the music booth on Saturday are The Mood Rings, a duo playing 60s and 70s rock and roll hits from Neil Young, the Allmen Bros and more. 4 hot food choices and hot coffee await you, kids activities and so much local color and flavor! Bring a friend, tell your neighbors and don’t forget your bags and coolers. A dry day is forcast and we are lucky and grateful for that!