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Just Wow!

I had an amazing experience at the farmers market yesterday. Honestly, I’m really not sure if I can explain this well.

“Cause ya’ just had to be there. So, let me start by saying how amazingly fabulous our market vendors are. And then, I want to share how beautiful our community supporters and participants truly are also.

We had another iffy Monday with torrential rain, and lightening for about an hour or so, maybe nearly 2 hours. But, who’s counting? I can’t lie, some of the vendors bailed. Can’t say I blame them. But, enough stayed to actually have a decent market. We had fun. I swear!

Low and behold, the umbrellas came out, people were texting me, “should I come?”, and,  “are you open?” messages were coming in from NextDoor, people were pulling up and just waiting, or driving in rolling down their windows to ask for what they wanted and backing out.

It was so heartwarming.

Believe it or not, the vendors did well.

People were happy.

And, today, one of our customers emailed me to say this, “The peaches and tomatoes are way better than what I can get at the grocery store.”

Touché.

 

 

What Are Garlic Scapes?

At our farmers market you can find amazing produce that you don’t see in your average supermarket: red carrots, a rainbow of heirloom tomatoes, purple cauliflower, stinging nettles, green garlic, watermelon radishes, garlic scapes, and more. It’s a wonderful opportunity to savor the biodiversity of our planet. Plus, meeting and talking to farmers and food artisans is a great opportunity to learn more about how and where food is produced.

So, let’s answer that question: What are garlic scapes? Garlic scapes are the tender stem and flower bud of a hardneck garlic plant. (Hardneck garlic is the kind of garlic that typically grows in Canada and the northeastern U.S.) Scapes first grow straight out of the garlic bulb, then coil. When harvested, they look like long, curly green beans.

What do they taste like?
Garlic scapes taste like a unique blend of onion, scallion and garlic. However, scapes are usually less fiery and have a fresher, “greener” taste than the actual garlic bulbs. The texture is similar to that of asparagus.

Get a free cocktail and then shop the market! We double your SNAP/EBT. Swipe your card at the entrance booth. Bring 5 friends and get a $15 market gift card, valid at any vendor booth!

 

We love radishes!

So why do we love radishes?
Hmmmm…
Maybe because you can eat everything, including the greens, and do so much with them. Plus, they’re so beautiful too!

This time of year radishes are plentiful from our participating farmers.

So many varieties too:

  • Watermelon Radish. Hardly the prettiest on the outside, But, stunning inside.
  • Sparkler Radish
  • French Breakfast Radish.
  • Daikon White Radish.
  • Malaga Radish.
  • White Hailstone Radish

They’re also rich in minerals such as potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, calcium, iron and manganese. This heavy vitamin and mineral load means that radishes are indicated to combat a number of serious diseases, such as cancer and diabetes, and may also help with minor ailments such as coughs and colds.

We found a great Recipe: (The important stuff.)

We used radishes from Wills Eden Farm and The Moon Farm as well as spring onions and garlic from The Moon Farm. We included the greens too.

Here is a link to the recipe. Enjoy!