School is out, friends, and what better to celebrate than a trip to the market? Abeer is planning a great menu for the day with quinoa salad, tabouli salad, Ouzi, delightful chicken rolls, and Baklava! Yes, she will have her fabulous hummus and grape leaves. So delicious, Diane’s cranberry pecan chicken salad croissant is back and Nancy Bakes is baking the croissants! Diane will also have a pasta salad with veggies and shrimp and her tangy, amazing-for-salad-dressing herb vinegars and microgreens. There will be cucumbers and yellow squash this week on Ja-Mar-Ja’s table.
Nancy tells me you all have really enjoyed her breads, in particular the breakfast bread. Having tasted that one myself, I can understand why. She is baking jalapeño cheddar buns this week to change up her menu a bit. Can’t wait to try these. I know you’ve enjoyed Richard’s new Fizzy Lemonade but his handcrafted soaps are just as wonderful even though they are better for your skin than your tummy. Plus, he has mayhaw and satsuma jelly!
Dirty Rain will be sending out delightful tunes from the gazebo this Saturday but that’s all the rain we’ll allow at the market. So grab your coffee from the pavilion and a tasty veggie pancake from Meme’s and get to shopping!
J.R. is back at the market!! And he has tomatoes, white and yellow squash, potatoes. Over at Vince’s you’ll find green bell peppers perfect for stuffing! No worries, Vince also has yellow squash, zucchini, cucumbers, and eggplant. Red potatoes on Sam’s table and, yes, he has lots of wonderful sprouts. Green beans and sweet potatoes over at Nick’s this week. Six Acres has a remarkable assortment of microgreens like China Rose Radish and Genovese Basil.
Of course, if you like growing them yourself, Alton has a lovely selection of starter plants — tomato and bell pepper and mirliton and lots or aromatic herbs. Now if your talents run more to the landscaping side of things, Dennis has some lovely bushes like Butterfly Ginger, Mock Orange English Dogwood and Angel Wing Begonia. You’ll find Coreopsis, Cool Fandango with lovely fuchsia blooms, and the long-blooming Bee Balm at Trudy’s and Betty’s maidenhair fern is such a beautifully frilly plant, perfect for indoor or outdoor gardens.
Don’t forget we have gator meat. There are lots of recipes out there for grilling or frying alligator. In fact, we have lots of different kinds of meat available. Ross provides duck breast and thighs and I’ll bet you can glean a recipe or two from him. Liz is the queen of beef (roasts, ground, steaks, stew meat, broth) and lamb (shanks, chops) and also pork (ground, chops, roasts)…what a gal! Hope has chicken (whole, breast, leg quarters, chicken feet, comb, and livers). James has an amazing assortment of mushrooms — oyster, pioppino, shiitake, lion’s mane, and chestnut. Plus he has an amazing mushroom seasoning!
There really is a lot of diversity here at our market, whether you’re looking for dairy, meats, veggies, fruits, jellies and jams, prepared foods, or skin care. But you won’t be able to enjoy it if you sleep in, right? See ya there!
Lots of love,
Abundant Life Kitchen