Jackie’s Herilooms

Even though she is our competitor, who could not fall in love with Jackie and Rick of Jackie’s Heirlooms and Quilts. We’ve been hanging out at their place a couple of times over the Winter and seeing what they got started and what they are up to. One unfortunate problem that occurred over the Winter and the snow storms that we all experienced was one of their greenhouse roofs collapsing. Not all was lost though, Rick was able to buy more of the plastic and patch the roof back together.  Check it out with the photos provided what they are already have up and running. She also has her tomato plants inside her house going gang busters.img_2210 img_2209 img_2208-copy img_2206 img_2205 img_2204 img_2203 img_2201-copy img_2200

 

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Stoney Goat Farm

bbc-furture-farm-standBrad and Itailia finally were able to purchase a 5 acre parcel of land up in Ridgefield this past Fall. Brad has been busy tilling up one of the acres and putting a cover crop on before Winter begins. But the great news is that they are going to convert one of their horse sheds into a farm stand. Not sure if 2017 will be the target date or 2018. Stay tuned. Another big add on to our group was Ray finally getting his hoop house/greenhouse up and running. He already has it tilled inside and ready to go!!!!  My neighbor farmer lost his lease on his property and had to move. We took all of his heavy equipment and are storing it until he becomes situated again. In replace for payment he gave us his 20×50 greenhouse. This is a little to much for me right now but I asked Jarren if he was interested (said it sounded interesting, Jarren does amazing with heirloom tomatoes) so maybe we’ll be expanding quite a bit next year. rays-side-angle-hoop-houserays-hoop-house

Our last Market for 2016

legacy-market-10-25-16This 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.

 

Itailia’s Patty Pan Squash

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

Directions:

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.img_2029

Columbia House

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!img_2022

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Hot! Hot! Hot!

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.Potatoes

Fish Market on a Hot Day

IMG_1999IMG_1998Frist 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.

I See Tomatoes

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!! PeaGoldenSweet

Flowers

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.IMG_1963

 

 

Zak is Back

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

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Radiator Charlie’s Mortgage Lifters

RCMLThis 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.