Lots of exciting produce made its debut at last week’s market. North Oaks Farm had okra and Back Acres Farm had fresh lima beans. (Succotash, anyone? Both vendors had sweet corn if that’s on your menu). Seeders and Feeders continue to offer their superior peaches, blackberries, early transparent apples, and veggies.
Every week you can pick up Shadeau bread and pastries (a word to the wise: it’s dangerous to buy two, thinking you’ll take one home), Like Mom’s Only Vegan’s cookies, and Aunt Flora’s Cobblers. Gaiser Bee Company has this years’ honey for sale as well as honey treats and products. And J&R Southern Grill keeps working hard to bring you smoked and grilled meats and sides.
Preston Charles Performs
We are excited to welcome Preston Charles back to the market this week!
Be sure to stop by and hear violinist Preston Charles playing at this week’s market. Preston is a proud father of three and a musician that has studied this field since the age of four. He started the violin with a private teacher, Gloria Wallace, who worked with him through high school and further developed under Ken Welsh at WHHS. Transitioning into composition, he found that folk, classical, and other lively forms of music were all in great compliment and just as important as the classics! You can find him on YouTube, at various places in the region, or check out his website MAKEITHAPPENMUSIC.COM, where you can book or support him in a variety of ways.
Product Spotlight: Okra
Okra suffers from a lot of bad PR. Some think okra is only good for frying or pickling, which are both delicious, but ignore the power and versatility of this unique fruit. It also has a reputation for being slimy, which it can be! It’s best to embrace okra’s mucilage (slime) and use it to thicken and bind dishes, like this non-traditional okra gumbo and Indian-style Bhindi Masala. Both use a lot of seasonal veggies. Remember to look for small okra (they can get woody when large) and to remove the stem end when preparing them.
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.