Market Fresh Recipes-Salsa, Salsa, Salsa

Salsa Salsa SalsaThis Friday at Market we are celebrating Salsa.  There so many delicious salsa ingredients available at the market this time of year, not to mention delicious traditional pico and green salsa available from Taste of Puebla.  Below are links to some of the more non-traditional salsas using ingredients that are in season this time of year.  Enjoy!

Quick and Easy Peach Salsa 

Roasted Tomato Salsa Recipe

Watermelon Salsa 

50 Most Delish Salsa from Delish.com 

Watermelon Salsa

Farmers Market Profile – Rambling Roots Farm

Rambling Roots profileRambling Roots Farm Profile

Each week we’ll be profiling one of the vendors at the Kennett Square Farmers Market. This week, we talked to Shanna Smeltz from Rambling Roots Farm, a sustainable, husband & wife operated farm in Chester County.

Interview by Dana Holloway.

What does your farm grow?

We grow vegetables and raise pastured chickens, pork, and lamb.

How did you start farming?

My husband Phil began farming about seven years ago with a friend in Kennett Square. Four years ago, we broke off and stared our own farm, and that’s how it all began.

What’s your favorite part about working at the KSQ Farmers’ Market?

Interacting with our loyal customers who get really excited about certain vegetables.

What’s the hardest part about working at the KSQ Farmers’ Market?

Having to leave the farm when we’re busy to get to the market. It’s hard being totally off the farm when there’s work to do.

Do you have any tips for people coming to the KSQ Farmers’ Market?

Be open to trying new things and feel comfortable asking questions about how to make and store the produce. We’ll have ideas for you! And make sure to consider the hard work that goes into what you’re buying.

Why do you think Farmers’ Markets are important?

People get to connect to what they put in their bodies and have a greater appreciation for what goes into farming. The food doesn’t travel far at all to get to the table and has higher nutrients. There’s also less waste and less fossil fuels used.

What time did you get up this morning?

5:45 am.

What’s the first thing you thought of this morning?

“I’m really tired, can I sleep for more 10 minutes?”

What did you eat for breakfast this morning?

Yogurt.

What’s your bestselling item at your stand? What is your favorite item?

Today, probably the tomatoes. I like our heirloom tomatoes or carrots the best.

What’s your favorite item from another vendor’s stand at the KSQ Farmers’ Market?

Probably Rex Farms’ peaches.

Peaches or nectarines?

Peaches.

Bare feet or shoes?

Shoes.

What are some “must-have” items to bring to the market?

My money pouch and water.

What do you snack on while at the market?

Our sugar snap peas raw, or any of our other veggies.

What is a hidden talent of yours?

I’m good at finding stuff.

What are you going to eat for dinner tonight?

Homemade pizza.

What’s your favorite place in the whole world?

Floating down the Brandywine.

 Rambling Roots Collage 2

Thanks for talking with us, Shanna! Stop by Rambling Roots Farm’s stand to pick up some fresh veggies or eggs. They’re at the market every Friday from 2-6.

Learn more about Rambling Roots Farm here: http://www.ramblingrootsfarm.com

 

 

Farmer Profile-Benuel King of Shady Grove Greenhouses

Shady GroveBen King of Shady Grove Greenhouses

Each week we’ll be profiling one of the vendors at the Kennett Square Farmers Market. This week, we talked to Ben King of Shady Grove Greenhouses. His gorgeous flowers always draw a crowd, with visitors even lining up before the market even begins!

By Dana Holloway.

What does your farm grow?

We grow vegetables and cut flowers as well as nursery and potted plants.

How did you start farming?

I guess I wanted a change of lifestyle. Before, I worked in construction and wanted a switch. And now I get to be with my wife and children more.

What’s your favorite part about working at the KSQ Farmers’ Market?

One thing that comes to mind is the personality of the people who come here. I really like getting to meet everyone.

What’s the hardest part about working at the KSQ Farmers’ Market?

At times, sales can be inconsistent depending on the number of customers. But there’s not much that’s hard!

Why do you think Farmers’ Markets are important?

Farmer’s Markets are important for a close connection between the farmer and the buyer. Customers buy fresh produce and get to talk to the farmer about what they’re buying and what farming’s all about.

What time did you get up this morning?

5:00 am.

What did you eat for breakfast this morning?

Pancakes, sausages, eggs, and oatmeal.

What’s your bestselling item at your stand? What is your favorite item?

Our flower bouquets for both.

What’s your favorite item from another vendor’s stand at the KSQ Farmers’ Market?

I’d say the fruit from any of the vendors.

Peaches or nectarines?

Peaches.

Bare feet or shoes?

Shoes.

What are some “must-have” items to bring to the market?

My canopies so I can give the flowers shade.

Where’s your favorite place in the whole world?

Home.

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Thanks, Ben, for taking the time to talk to us! Visit his stand to pick-up a gorgeous bouquet or potted plant or some farm-fresh veggies. He’s at the market every Friday from 2-6pm

Flower Bouquets in buckets

 

 

Market Fresh Recipes-Ice Cream Day

Ice Cream CollageJuly is National Ice Cream Month, and we are celebrating at the farmers market! LA MICHOACANA HOMEMADE ICE CREAM and Mompops will be joining us this Friday, July 22nd, so stop by to try the local ice cream of Kennett Square. There’ll also be kids activities, a face painter, and live music. Bring the whole family for some summer fun!

Below are links to some healthy, delicious and unusual frozen treats that you can make with your farmers market finds.

Peaches and Sour Cream Ice Cream

Lucky Peach Ice Cream from the Garden 

The Kitchn 3 Ingredient Healthy Ice Cream 

BuzzFeeds 24 Guilt Free Ice Pops Ice Pop Collage

Farmer Profile- Whiskey Hollow

IMG_5915Whiskey Hollow Profile

Each week we’ll be profiling one of the vendors at the Kennett Square Farmers Market. This week, we talked to Sara Holmes of Whiskey Hollow. With their artisan maple syrups, fresh fruit preserves, and homemade applesauce, you’ll find plenty of delicious toppings for your pancakes, marinades, and more!

By Dana Holloway.

What does your business do?

We sell our maple syrup and applesauce. Our tree-to-bottle maple syrup is local, from our farm in Pennsylvania, and we make it in-house. We are always trying to do new and interesting things with our syrup, like different flavors.

How did you start your business?

Well, we had the trees on our farm and started making maple syrup. And I guess the next step was to start selling it!

What’s your favorite part about working at the KSQ Farmers’ Market?

Meeting all the people.

Do you have any tips for people coming to the KSQ Farmers’ Market?

Take the time to talk to the vendors and learn about their product and how to prepare it.

Why do you think Farmers’ Markets are important?

They connect the local agricultural community to the rest of the community. They are important for people to know where their food is from and who the person is who produced it.

What time did you get up this morning?

6:00 am.

What did you eat for breakfast this morning?

Cheerios.

What’s your bestselling item at your stand? What is your favorite item?

Our new Bourbon Barrel Aged maple syrup is the most popular at the moment. I really like our vanilla maple syrup, though.

What’s your favorite item from another vendor’s stand at the KSQ Farmers’ Market?

We’ve been enjoying the kettle corn today!

Peaches or nectarines?

Peaches.

Bare feet or shoes?

Bare feet.

What is a hidden talent of yours?

Making old things into better things.

What are you going to eat for dinner tonight?

Chicken marinated in our maple syrup.

What’s your favorite place in the whole world?

The mountains.

whiskey3 Thanks for talking with us, Sara. Visit Whiskey Hollow’s stand this Friday to pick up some of their delicious, local maple syrup and other products! They are perfect for gifts or to share with your family and friends.

 

 

 

Market Fresh Recipes – Celebrating Bastille Day

Bastille Day Collage

We are celebrating Bastille Day with Kennett’s own French expat and blogger Estelle Tracy.  Estelle’s blog le hamburger et le croissant is filled with delicious recipes 

Another inspirational French cooking inspired recipe blog is Chocolate & Zucchini 

Here is a round up of French recipes from Food52 to celebrate Bastille Day.

Get lost in the mouth watering recipes, amazing photos and beautiful French countryside setting of Mimi Thorisson Manger blog

We can all learn a little from a culture that puts a very high value on good food.  Read post from Kitchn contributor about how living in France can shape your food values 

Finally an article from Serious Eats about Salad Nicoise a perfect French dish for your farmers market finds

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Farmer Profile-Sunset Park Cookies

Fred at MarketSunset Park Cookies
Each week we’ll be profiling one of the vendors at the Kennett Square Farmers Market. This week, we talked with Fred Rodriguez of Sunset Park Cookies and learned about what family meant in starting his business. Interview by Dana Holloway

What does your business do?

I sell gluten-free, vegan baked goods. I specialize in making things for people with different dietary needs. People come to me with different restrictions, and I make something that they can eat.

How did you start your business?

My daughter got me started. My daughter is gluten-intolerant, lactose-intolerant, and a vegetarian. I was making cookies for her, and after awhile, she said, “Dad, you should sell these.” So I tried, and five years later, here I am.

What’s your favorite part about working at the KSQ Farmers’ Market?

Meeting and talking to all the people. I should have been a politician.

What’s the hardest part about working at the KSQ Farmers’ Market?

It can get discouraging if there’s a day where your product isn’t selling well.

Do you have any tips for people coming to the KSQ Farmers’ Market?

Walk through the market and see what everyone has. You’ll see a lot of good buys and how each vendor has something different.

Why do you think Farmers’ Markets are important?

If the community as a whole supports the farmers market and helps it grow, it can be a nice event. People can come and talk, listen to music, and see where their food is coming from.

What time did you get up this morning?

4:00 am.

What’s the first thing you thought of this morning?

“My wife forgot to change the coffee filter.”

What did you eat for breakfast this morning?

Eggs and soy sausage.

What’s your bestselling item at your stand? What is your favorite item?

The molasses spice cookies are my bestsellers. But I think the pumpkin whoopie pie is the best thing I make.

What’s your favorite item from another vendor’s stand at the KSQ Farmers’ Market?

Corn and Swiss chard from the farmers.

Peaches or nectarines?

Peaches.

Bare feet or shoes?

Bare feet.

What are some “must-have” items to bring to the market?

Water.

What do you snack on while at the market?

Any of my cookies. I only open a package of them if I’m going to share.

What is a hidden talent of yours?

There isn’t much I can’t do. I’ve taken cars apart, I was a short-order cook, I’ve raised kids, I’ve built a house.

What are you going to eat for dinner tonight?

Salmon and rice with Swiss chard.

What’s your favorite place in the whole world?

The beach, any beach.

Thanks for chatting with us, Fred! Sunset Park Cookies is at the market every Friday from 2-6. Visit Fred and pick up some delicious baked goods that will fit everyone’s dietary needs!

(Photos courtesy of Dave Watson and Fred Rodriguez).

Interview by Dana Holloway.

Fred in the Kitchen

Market Fresh Recipes-Berry Good Fourth of July

Berry CollageNothing says summer in the USA like a mixed berry recipe for the Fourth of July holiday weekend- a way to feature the red (white) and blue of summer deliciousness.  The market is filled with berry options now.  Click links below for useful and mouthwatering links all about berries.

How to Keep Berries Fresh for Longer from Food52 

10 Ways to Enjoy Overripe Berries from Food52

Summer Berry Crisp from 101 Cookbooks 

Blackberry Mint Julep from Jelly Toast 

Blueberry Blackberry Pie from Joy the Baker

Enjoy the berries, enjoy the holiday weekend!

 

Farmers Market Profiles-Troy Lehman of Rex Farm Orchards

Troy Lehman of Rex Farms Orchards and Big Hill Ciderworks

Each week we’ll be profiling one of the vendors at the Kennett Square Farmers Market. This week, we talked with Troy Lehman of Rex Farms Orchards and Big Hill Ciderworks. You’ll see guests rushing over to his table to get his strawberries, apples, and small-batch ciders.Troy collage

What does your farm grow?

Tree fruit and small fruit. Predominately apples, but also berries and peaches. And the hard cider, which is made from our apples.

How did you start farming?

I grew up around farming, but moved away from it at fourteen and later worked in the automotive industry. Then I started making cider, and eventually bought my farm to start growing fruit, including the apples for the cider.

What’s your favorite part about working at the KSQ Farmers’ Market?

Meeting all of the people who come.

What’s the hardest part about working at the KSQ Farmers’ Market?

Nothing – I really enjoy being here.

Do you have any tips for people coming to the KSQ Farmers’ Market?

Bring a big bag! And maybe a cooler.

Why do you think Farmers’ Markets are important?

Farmers’ Markets are important for supporting the small farmers who are growing responsibly. They’re a place to sell to people who are seeking out sustainable, local food.

What time did you get up this morning?

5:45 am.

What’s the first thing you thought of this morning?

“I hope the cider is okay.”

What did you eat for breakfast this morning?

Bacon, eggs, and toast.

What’s your bestselling item at your stand? What is your favorite item?

The fresh berries or fruit. And the same for me.

Peaches or nectarines?

Peaches.

Bare feet or shoes?

Bare feet.

What do you snack on while at the market?

My apples.

What is a hidden talent of yours?

I play bass and piano.

What are you going to eat for dinner tonight?

Wings and our cider.

What’s your favorite place in the whole world?

Besides my farm, probably Cape May.

Thanks for talking with us, Troy! Visit his stand every Friday from 2-6 at the Farmers Market. Stop by now for apples, veggies, and one of their artisan hard ciders. And keep an eye out in the next couple of weeks for his peaches!

Learn more about Big Hill Ciderworks at http://bighillcider.com

Rex Farm Collage for Profile