Here is an article in the Reflector that is very important to every grower who wants to produce high quality vegetables. http://www.thereflector.com/life/article_4ef6c050-e29d-11e6-9347-f7f8933b2078.html
This was a hard market to predict because we had a three week break and not sure who was going to show and most importantly what did we have at the end of the month?
Thankfully Zak and Judy filled the table with garlic, shallots, tomatoes, potatoes, acorn squash, pie pumpkins and kale. We also didn’t know how busy the market was going to be. We both had low expectation when we began but by the end of the day our table looked bare. Zak almost sold out of all his stuff. Only potatoes were left and not very many at that. For the first time ever, we were able to sell herbs. They have always been a difficult sale on the table, but Judy put her Thyme, Sage and Rosemary in a clear plastic containers and the sales took off. We will be taking our Winter long break then meet up again in late February. See you in 2017.
Patty Pan squash has been hitting the market for about a month now, and Itailia has been bringing in her large white beautiful squashes. Here is a recipe that she attaches to her load. This comes from Taste of Home magazine.
5 cups halved patty pan squash 9about 1-1/4 pounds)
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minched
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
Preheat oven to 425. Place squash in a greased 15x10x1 baking pan. Mix oil, garlic, salt, oregano, thyme and pepper, drizzle over squash. Toss to coat. Roast 15-20 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with parsley. Yield 4 servings.
Thank you to all the ladies from Columbia House who come down to the Uptown market on Friday nights to visit us and enjoy the products that we bring. Talking about products coming to the markets this week, green and purple grapes, along with Jarren and Laurie’s heirloom tomatoes. Broccoli, apples and of course cucumbers are still coming into the market. Deloris is the cucumber queen of the group and she usually has four to five varities at Legacy this Tuesday. Big sellout this week are the fingerling that Chris and Jean bring to Uptown market along with their Purple Vikings. You should give them a try. I can attest that they are wonderful! Chris and Jean wanted eggs at the market on Friday so I’ll send two to three dozen. I still have Asian pears on the tree so maybe more pears. Squash is still making the rounds and garlic is showing up. Sounds great!
I mean the weather. The last couple of weeks have been a challenge for us to get to the Uptown market and set up in the upper 90 degree weather, so we decided to take it off. Wow, when we came back last week to a 97 degree day, the customers were waiting for us. Best Uptown market we have had, and I know Chris and Jean were sweating it out all late afternoon. What has come on strong this past week is Nina’s Asian pears, Laurie’s apples and finally my Red and Yukon potatoes. Deloris’s cucumbers are flooding the market as well. Chris and Jean will be back for the rest of September to run Uptown so stop by and visit them and enjoy some of our bounty.
Frist I want to thank the management of the FM for all there help in letting us set up inside their store. It makes everything so much easier. With that said, the colors were overwhelming yesterday with greens, deep purple, reds, orange, white and yellows. Lot’s of cucumbers, tomatoes and beans came in yesterday along with zucchini’s, squash, apples Asian pears, Bartlett pears, Italian plums and peppers. Itailia brought in her array of herbs that fit well with this market for all this seafood that they sell. I’m sure we will have much more tomatoes, and peppers coming in this week for the Legacy market on Tuesday and Uptown market on Friday night.
Here’s a view of what we had from last week and I know fresh produce will be coming in, like Italian plums and Bartlett pears.
Still lots of squash and zucchini coming in along with Asian pears. Enjoy your week!!
I see tomatoes ripening on the vines and they were a beautiful red. I predict that by the end of the week we will have them ready for Uptown market. Coming into the markets this week will be more cork neck squash, green onions, salad in a bag fingerlings, Asian pears, garlic, shallots, patty pans, green beans, plums and I’m sure much more!!
Qick note this week, we have a new member who does beautiful flowers! I’m so happy to have her in the group and so happy that we now can offer flowers. We’re in that transition stage where we are coming out of our berries and peas and waiting for our warm weather fruits and vegtables. Only a matter of time when tomatoes and peppers start hitting the market. On my end, two apple tress are done and three more are dropping fruit. One more week before plums will be ready and maybe two more weeks before pears! Can’t wait. Three markets this week, don’t forget. Legacy on Tuesday, Uptown on Friday nights and Fish Market on Saturdays.
So, Zak who is new this year finally is in the market after having chicken issue’s in his garden. Now thankfully he is coming on strong with not only baby carrots, squash but also Walla Walla onions, chicken and duck eggs. This is great because I don’t have to hunt Laurie down and try to convince her that she needs to supply the uptown market as well. So good new here that I’m feeling confident that we will have eggs now at every market. Also, Deloris is finally making a comeback or a slow start but starting to pop her head up a little. Her squash is starting to show up at the uptown market and Legacy. She confessed that she just got her string beans in the ground last week and knows she is very late. Those who do not know Deloris will quickly know her as the cucumber lady. She comes to the market with four or five different varieties of cucumbers. I on the other hand have not brought anything new to the market other then salad mix and apples. My Transparent apple tree is finally done and now I’m moving onto my Gravenstein apple tree. We moved our Fish Market from Friday night to Saturday’s and let’s just say the market has growing potential. But if you look at the table in the picture, (with the cute kids in the middle) you will see a very ample table of our bounty. See you at the market!! Mary
Do to popular demand and the owner of the fish market thinks the crowds are much larger, we are now going to be at the fish market on Saturdays from 11am to 3pm. Legacy on Tuesdays, downtown 24th and Main ST. on Friday nights. Coming in this week, more apples, salad mix, peas and a variety of eggs. Hope to see you at one of our markets!
This is always the first thing I plant every year–Radiator Charlie’s Mortgage Lifter tomatoes. Radiator Charlie bred them during the Depression–he sold the plants for $1 each, quite a lot in those days, and indeed “lifted” his mortgage! I consider this a good omen and a fun ritual! . . . These tomatoes are large, beefsteak types. The plants will be available for sale at the Beltane Festival, May 3, in Hazel Dell, along with many other herb and vegetable starts.