Thank you to the vendors and market patrons who braved the rainy weather last week to support the College Hill Farm Market. The peaches from Seeders and Feeders did indeed sell out as did the 100% whole wheat loaves from Shadeau (along with most of the other breads and pastries). Back Acres Farm had various varieties of tomatoes (including greenies!) and North Oaks Farm had blueberries along with produce and jams. Like Mom’s Only Vegan brought their incredible vegan cookies. J&R Southern Grill will be back this week along with Gaiser Bee Company. Expect to see Mai Ro and Co, Aunt Flora’s , and Bright Soapworks, too (soap doesn’t fare too well in the rain, you know).
MayaLou Banatwala Performs
We are excited to welcome MayaLou Banatwala to the market this week! She plays sweet, soulful sounds on the ukulele and is also the lead singer of the rock/soul/blues band Heavy Hinges.
Product Spotlight: Carrots
Carrots are biennials related to parsley, cilantro, dill, cumin, and fennel that store nutrients in a taproot for flowering during their second year. They contain plenty of healthful phytonutrients like beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin. Beta-carotene is partially converted into Vitamin A in the body and the other pigments may be good for vision. Carrots are also a source of Vitamin K, biotin, and B6. Cooking (depending on the method) makes the beta-carotene more available, which makes carrot soups a delicious, easy, and healthful choice.
This Carrot Miso Soup from Smitten Kitchen is so simple and satisfying. Watch the saltiness of your broth since the miso is quite salty and remember not to boil miso if you can help it (it depletes the health benefits). This soup is better the day it is made, unlike many soups. Find white miso at Fresh Thyme, Jungle Jim’s, or CAM (among other stores). The Carrot Coconut Curry Soup adapted from Orangette gets heat from Sriracha and curry paste, brightness from lime juice, and a luscious mouthfeel from coconut milk.
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, EBT/SNAP, and WIC FMNP coupons. 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.