We will welcome more vendors this week at the College Hill Farm Market as the harvest season starts to get into full swing. You’ll be able to pick up cookies from Like Mom’s Only Vegan, cobbler and sauce from Aunt Flora’s, produce, meat, and eggs from Back Acres, bread from Shadeau, and soap from Bright Soapworks. Jerry will be back with his delicious kettle corn and J & R Southern Grill will return will return with their irresistible meats and sides. On the menu this week will be ribs, hot dogs, smoked metts, mac and cheese, green beans, baked beans, and more
We are also excited to welcome a new vendor, to the market this year, Stephen and Robert from Mai Ro and Company Dog Treat Bakery, who will be at the market for the season with their all-natural dog treats. They also make and sell stylish neckties for dogs that slip right over the collar! Be sure to stop by and say hi.
We also hope to see North Oaks Farm with strawberries and jams, Gaiser Bee Company with honey and bee products, Salsa Island with salsa, and Baby Nalms with frozen baby food made locally in Northside. Check out our facebook group for the latest posts from vendors.
This week we will welcome back singer/songwriter Charlie Millikin! He just released a new single this month and will be joining us during the second half of the market.
Born into a family of musicians, singers and songwriters, Charlie’s unquenchable passion for great music and melodies seemed only natural. He grew up listening to Earth Wind and Fire, Stevie Wonder, and The Doobie Brothers among other greats, so it’s no surprise that by the age of 6 he was singing and performing with his siblings for family and friends. Recent artist influences such as Gavin DeGraw, Ed Sheeran, Andy Grammar and Eminem inspired Charlie to concentrate on songwriting, and ultimately his first EP. In 2013, 2014 and 2016 Charlie was contacted by the producers of the TV show “The Voice” and invited to audition in Chicago, Dallas and Nashville. He also recently won “Best Original Pop Song” and “Best Original Singer/Songwriter Song” in the 2016 Ohio Music Awards AND the overall Grand Prize in the Songdoor 2016 International Songwriting Competition with his original song “Change Me.”
For the next few weeks the College Hill Gardeners will be selling tickets to the garden walk. Stop by their table at the market to find out more.
Thank you to all the vendors and customers who came out on a rainy, chilly Thursday last week to support your neighborhood market. The forecast for this Thursday is looking nice and sunny, with more vendors, customers, and musical entertainment so join us!
Product Spotlight: Lettuce
Most varieties of lettuce are at their best when the weather is still a bit cool; the heat of the summer tends to make most lettuces bitter. The number of lettuce varieties is mind-boggling and it can be fun (and nutritious) to branch out from what you typically find in the grocery store, seeking out lettuces with frills, speckles, and buttery leaves. Lettuces are very low in calories and high in vitamins A and K. They are also a source of folate, iron, and other vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients.
The ranch dressing recipe below is fun to make with kids, who will enjoy creating a very familiar condiment from scratch. It’s great on a BLT salad (recipe below). The fiesta salad is a meal salad combining seasoned meat, corn taco shells, avocado, cheese, and sour cream. It is infinitely adaptable and plenty easy, thanks to one key shortcut.
Ever wonder about the best way to store leafy greens like lettuce and other fresh produce? Check out the information below.
Storage Tips for Fresh Produce
1) Get the vegetables into the fridge as soon as possible (with the exception of onions, garlic, and under-ripe tomatoes, just about everything should go in the fridge).
2) Seal EVERYTHING (greens, roots, peppers, eggplant, squash, etc.) in air tight plastic bags. Get 2.5-gallon bags for larger items like kale.
3) Cut the greens off crops like radishes, carrots, turnips, kohlrabi and beets . Store the greens separately if they are good-quality and you are going to cook with them. Not only do greens make fitting the roots in bags difficult, they can transpire and make the roots lose moisture.
4) Washing loose leafy greens in cold water and spinning them dry before sealing them up can help extend their storage, especially if they are a little wilted.
The outdoor College Hill Farm Market is open every Thursday from 3:00 to 6:30pm in the parking lot of the College Hill Presbyterian Church, 5742 Hamilton Ave from May 18th to October 12th. Most weeks feature music from 5-6:30 and some weeks feature kids’ activities and food demos.
The College Hill Farm Market accepts credit cards and EBT/SNAP. Those using EBT will receive up to $10 in matching Produce Perks tokens to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables from participating markets. Stop by the market table for more information.