It’s been so lovely to have flowers and plants from Northside’s Village Green gracing the Shadeau bread market table. Also, Aunt Flora’s debuted some of their delightful coffees at the market last week. Be sure to pick up a bottle of their sauce (it goes with everything!) and a cobbler, of course. North Oaks Farm will be back this week with seasonal berries and veggies as well as their homemade jams.
Gaiser Bee Company brought raw honeycomb to the market last week (along with all their other wonderful honey products). Try it on toast, oatmeal, yogurt, or salad, for a whole new honey experience. Seeders and Feeders had peaches apples, and veggies. Back Acres Farm brought cantaloupe, tomatoes, greens, peppers, onions, corn, greens, and more. Don’t forget they always have eggs and meat, too! Like Mom’s Only Vegan will have delightful cookies every week and J&R Southern Grill will have grilled and smoked meats and sides to take care of your market-shopping hunger.
Produce Spotlight: Tomatoes
Tomato season is hitting its stride at the market. The nutritional benefits of tomatoes are practically too numerous to mention; they have many potentially-beneficial phytonutrients and a serving provides about a third of your daily value of vitamin C. They also contain high levels biotin, molybdenum, and vitamin K. Cooking tomatoes increases the amount of lycopene, a beneficial phytonutrient (though it decreases the vitamin C). Try the unbelievable three-ingredient tomato sauce from Marcella Hazan; it’s especially wonderful over polenta. Bruschetta isn’t just for bread! Try it with quinoa for a bruschetta grain bowl. The balsamic in this recipe takes it over the top. And don’t forget about a salad or panzanella (bread salad) with tomatoes, like the BLT salad.
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.