To Market, To Market!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Great Food (and Recipes!) From Our Farmers' Market!

With August upon us, summer may seem to be ebbing but the Farmers' Market is at its peak, with several more months of Maryland-grown products being readied for market. From watermelon to heirloom tomatoes; squash to onions; beets to fiery peppers, our Market brings local producers together and for many of them, August is the height of the season.

Despite the hot sun, we can promise a “cool” experience, not only because of our beautiful lakefront location but also because of our "Cool Customer Tent" - a shady spot to sit for a while and enjoy the Market. The tent is across from the Finch Family Farm stand. And be sure to stop by and check out our beautiful Market shopping bags - available from Leah at The Red Poppy!

Our vendors include:

Eaton Farms - Welcome, MD - Cut flowers! Swiss chard, beans, squash, tomatoes - including tasty heirlooms, tomatillos, peppers, and cukes

Herbert Farm Produce - Faulkner, MD - produce, jams and jellies

Homestead Farm - Faulkner, MD - tomatoes, onions, beans, potatoes, squash, beets, peppers, seasonal fruit

DeMarr Family Farm - White Plains, MD - cabbage, tomatoes, peppers, cukes, sweet corn, squash, potatoes, eggplant

Bowling Farm - Faulkner, MD - cukes, sweet corn, tomatoes, okra, greens, squash, eggplant, peppers and strawberries

Jack Creek Plants - Shady Side, MD

The Red Poppy - soaps, lotions, herbal teas, original art tea towels, notecards and pillows. Chair massage available.

Zekiah Farms - Bryantown, MD. - meat, locally raised and USDA inspected

Heaven's Gardens - La Plata, MD - perennials, flowering shrubs and landscape plants

White Oak Point Farm - Prince Frederick, MD - onions, eggplant, baked goods, jams and jellies, cut flowers

Grimes Family Farm - free range egg - brown and green, and seasonal produce

Keep'em Buzzin Apiary - Bryans Road, MD - honey, honey products

Finch Family Farm - Helen, MD - eggs, squash, sweet corn, beans, potatoes, jams and jellies, crocheted items, birdhouses

Slippery Slope Farm - Charlotte Hall, MD - goat's milk soap, herbal salves, spinning fibers, free range eggs

PA Bowen Farmstead - Brandywine, MD - local meats and artisan cheese The

Accokeek Farm - certified organic - check out their appealing array of produce, herbs and cut flowers

Ciao, Bella! - custom confections and treats!

Living Branches - LaPlata, MD - community outreach, food systems and holistic health

Butter Scotch Shop - cupcakes

H and H Farm - Aquasco, MD - produce and honey - Wednesdays only

We hope to have Too Sweet Brownies with us again soon.

Recipes of the Week:

(Both found in Lancaster Farming - sources indicated)

Zucchini Bake

3 cups zucchini, sliced

2 cups tomatoes cut in chunks

1 cup onions, sliced

1 teaspoon salt

1-1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning

Dash cayenne pepper

Arrange zucchini, tomato, and onion in a lightly greased casserole dish. Sprinkle seasoning over the mixture. Bake at 350 F for 30 to 45 minutes, depending on how well-cooked you want the vegetables. Makes 6 servings.

Source: Univ. of Maine Cooperative Extension

Squash Casserole

2 cups yellow squash

2 cups zucchini

3 medium onions

Chop by hand or in food processor. Can just use yellow squash if you prefer. Mix with:

1 cup Bisquick

3 eggs

1/2 cup vegetable oil

2 cups shredded cheese

Salt and pepper to taste

Put in casserole dish and bake at 350 F for 45 minutes or until brown on top.

Source: Opal Marshall, Ararat, Va.

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So stop by the lake at St. Patrick's Drive and O'Donnell Place. There is plenty of free parking and our vendors take Independence, credit and debit card purchases through our EBT machine.

The Market Schedule is:

Saturdays - May 5 through late fall - 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Wednesdays - starting May 9 - 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Rain or shine!

With appreciation to Tina Eaton, Waldorf Farmers Market manager, for their information and recipes.

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