Get Ready for the 4th of July! + MayaLou Banatwala Performs at the June 29th Market

Blueberries

Get Ready for the 4th of July!

This is the last market before the holiday so be sure to pick up meats to grill from Back Acres Farm. Also be sure not to miss the blueberries from North Oaks Farm or the baking apples from Seeders and Feeders if you plan on making a patriotic dessert. Or, if you prefer to focus on the meal, pick up cobblers from Aunt Flora’s or cookies from Like Mom’s Only Vegan. No one will be disappointed. Seeders and Feeders, Back Acres, and North Oaks all have veggies to complement your holiday grilling (or to be the centerpiece). And how about some simple, summery grilled bread with honey and ricotta as a snack before your big meal? You can find honey from Gaiser Bee Company or from Mt Healthy Honey (sold at Shadeau).

Gaiser Bee Co

Be sure to pick up soap from Bright Soapworks, dog treats and accessories from Mai Ro and Co, and smoked and grilled meats and sides to enjoy at the market (or to-go) from J&R Southern Grill.

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MayaLou Banatwala Performs

This week we welcome MayaLou Banatwala to the market to perform!

Summer Squash and Zucchini

Product Spotlight: Zucchini/Summer Squash

Summer squash and zucchini are different varieties of the same species, Cucurbita pepo and can be used completely interchangeably. They have a high water content, so some of the recipes below call for squeezing out the excess water before baking with them to avoid making the dish too soggy. Summer squashes are a source of carotenoids, vitamin C, and manganese, among other nutrients. They may also help regulate blood sugar. The recipes below will make you wish summer squash season never ends! One, squash pizza crust, can be made with any number of veggies, including kohlrabi and daikon radishes. These often don’t require squeezing the water out. Don’t forget to celebrate National Leave a Zucchini on Your Neighbors’ Porch Day on August 8th.

You can grate and freeze your summer squash and zucchini to extend the season. The frozen squash is great for baking sweet squash muffins or zucchini breads or for many savory dishes. Note that freezing and thawing will cause it to release water and soften.

Ginger Coconut Milk Noodle Soup

Refrigerator Pickles

Squash Pizza Crust

Summer Squash and Potato Torte

Girl Chalk

Market Information

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.

Just Earth Performs at the June 22nd Market + Cabbage Recipes

Shadeau Bread

Vendor Updates

The 2017 College Hill Farm Market is in full swing! Right now, North Oaks Farm has incredible blueberries, jams, and beets. Back Acres Farm is offering a vast array of seasonal produce, including beans, tomatoes, potatoes, onions, and cabbage. Seeders and Feeders (who you can ONLY find at the College Hill Farm Market) is bringing seasonal produce grown by volunteers at St. Paul UCC. Shadeau not only has breads (above), but also unbelievable, buttery pastries. Like Mom’s Only VeganAunt Flora’s, and Mai Ro and Co all offer samples to help you decide on your cookies, cobblers, and dog treats (respectively). J&R Southern Grill tempts us each week with grilled and smoked meats and delicious sides (and we often give in). Bright Soapworks’ has superior soap in a variety of scents that put your grocery store soap to shame. Did you know that Gaiser Bee Company just had a baby last Thursday? We are looking forward to seeing them back at the market soon with all their local honey, a wide range of honey products, and a new family member!

Just Earth

Just Earth Performs

This week, we welcome Just Earth to the market. They have been performing together for 10 years in Cincinnati, sharing their songs and desires for a better world. Their name reflects what they sing for: social justice and sustainability for this, our one and only planet. Singing in the tradition of music for social change, they are inspired by Holly Near, Bernice Johnson Reagan, Pete Seeger and many more. They hope their songs move you to love more, understand more, act more and sing more!

Cabbages

Product Spotlight: Cabbage

Cabbage is a close relative of kale, broccoli, and brussels sprouts and, like all cruciferous vegetables, it is packed with nutrition. The uses for cabbage extend far beyond coleslaw, cabbage rolls, and cabbage soup. One of the recipes below cooks the cabbage with plenty of caramelized onions and sausage, the other adds coconut milk, curry powder, and sweet potato for a somewhat tropical and luscious dish. The final recipe calls for raw cabbage marinated in a flavorful ginger-, garlic-, and rice vinegar-based dressing and mixed with rice noodles, peanuts, and cilantro.

Cabbage with Caramelized Onions and Sausage

Caribbean Cabbage Coconut Curry

Cabbage Noodle Salad

Man and Boy eating Peas

Market Information

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.

Children’s Story Time + Sunflower Performs at the June 15th Market

 

Story Time at the Market

This Thursday, Ms. Amanda, the children’s librarian from the College Hill Branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, will join us for a special children’s story time. Kids can gather under the shade of the tree near the market table from 3:30-4:30 to share songs, stories, bubbles, and more. This activity will be most appropriate for infants through 2nd graders.

Sunflower playing native flute

Sunflower Performs

We are happy to welcome Sunflower this week. She will share her beautiful native flute music with marketgoers from 5:00 to 6:30.

New Potatoes

Vendor Updates

We are seeing more and more seasonal fruits and veggies available at the market. Last week, we saw the first tomatoes and new potatoes plus broccoli, cabbage, beets, cucumbers, snap peas, and zucchini. And there was still lots of gorgeous kale, lettuce, spinach, and green onions. North Oaks Farm, Seeders and Feeders, and Back Acres Farm are your destinations for the bounty of the season.

Dog Neckties

Don’t forget about all the delicious foods and handmade items available at your neighborhood market. We have Aunt Flora’s irresistible cobblers (some flavors sell out fast!), Bright Soapworks’ luscious soaps, Mai Ro and Co’s treats and stylish neckties for dogs (above), Like Mom’s Only Vegan’s delectable cookies, and Gaiser Bee Company’s local honey and honey products (try a honey stick or honey candy for a sweet treat). You can also pick up Mt. Healthy Honey from Gary along with your Shadeau bread.

J&R Southern Grill is with us every week this season. Did you know they arrive by 11 each market day to make sure the meats are smoked to perfection? Last week they had chicken skewers along with ribs, hamburgers, baked beans, mac and cheese, and more.

Green Onions

Product Spotlight: Green Onions

The names green onions and scallions are often used interchangeably and indeed the two crops can typically be used interchangeably. Green onions refers to immature Allium cepa, which, if allowed to mature, will form the familiar bulb onions. Scallions refers to Allium fistulosum, which are closely related, but which will not form bulbs. Since bulb onions aren’t available yet, green onions are a great seasonal way to incorporate the flavor of onions into food. The white part has the most intense onion-y flavor. The green leafy part is also edible, but is discarded for certain recipes. Larger green onions are great grilled if you want to make a standalone side dish out of them. The flavor mellows and the texture becomes almost velvety. Check out a recipe below.

You can pickle all kinds of seasonal veggies (and fruits!) to extend their life and make a tasty snack or condiment. Beets, zucchini, radishes, and jalapeños are all candidates for the brine treatment. Refrigerator pickles like the pickled green onions below aren’t shelf-stable, but they’ll last for weeks or sometimes much longer in the fridge. There are lots of ways to make a tasty pickling liquid with different amounts of vinegar, sugar, salt, and seasonings. Try out the one below and use your pickled green onions in a grain bowl, on a salad, or as a snack.

Grilled Green Onions

Pickled Green Onions

Canned items

Market Information

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.

Dave Hawkins performs at the June 8th Market + Creative Cucumber Recipes

Vendor Updates

We were happy to welcome back North Oaks Farm to the market last week with berries, jams, and plants. The berries and tomato plants sold out fast week so be sure to get to the market early if you’re after something special.

We were also excited to have another new vendor join us. Gaiser Bee Company offers honey and all kinds of honey products including candies, lip balm, and candles. Keep your eye out for other new vendors to join us as the weeks go on.

Bright Soapworks SoapDon’t forget to pick up some of Like Mom’s Only Vegan’s irresistible cookies, Aunt Flora’s buttery cobblers, Back Acres’ wide selection of produce, meat, and eggs, Mai Ro and Co’s healthy dog treats and accessories, J & R Southern Grill’s meat treats and amazing sides, Shadeau Bakery’s artisan bread and pastries, and Bright Soapworks’ handmade soaps (pictured above).

David Hawkins

Dave Hawkins Performs 

This week Dave Hawkins will perform from 5:00 to 6:30. Dave is a Nashville songwriter who makes his home in College Hill when not on the road. He plays the first Wednesday of each month at Marty’s Hops and Vines and also appears a few times a year at College Hill Coffee Co. He just released his 8th album last month.

Story Time Next Week

Next week (June 15th), Amanda, the children’s librarian from the College Hill Branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, will join us for a special children’s story time. Kids can gather under the shade of the tree near the market table from 3:30-4:30 to share songs, stories, bubbles, and more. This activity will be most appropriate for infants through 2nd graders. Mark your calendars!

Product Spotlight: Cucumbers

Cucumbers are related to squashes, pumpkins, and melons. They have a high water content so are naturally hydrating to our bodies during the heat of the summer. They are also a source of vitamin K and molybdenum as well as various phytonutrients like lignans. The refrigerator pickle recipe below is quick, easy, and sweet. (If you spill any of the pickling mixture on the countertop use rubbing alcohol to remove the turmeric stains.) The tzatziki, or cucumber yogurt sauce, is excellent with pita or pita chips, on vegetables, on a sandwich, etc. The Kimchi noodle salad includes a few more ingredients (including some Korean ones that may warrant a trip to CAM or Jungle Jim’s) and takes a bit more time, but also uses other produce you may be seeing at the market, like radishes and green onions. It is fresh and delicious (and spicy!).

Refrigerator Pickles

Tzatziki (Cucumber Yogurt Sauce)

Cold Spicy Kimchi Noodles

Back Acres Farm

Market Information

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. WIC FMNP. Stop by the market table for more information.

Music and Barbecue Return at the June 1st Market + Storage Tips for Fresh Produce

 

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.

Ranch Dressing

BLT Salad

Fiesta Salad

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.

Back Acres

Market Information

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.

Strawberries, Salsa, and New Vendors at the May 25th Market

This Week at the Market

This week we are excited to welcome a number of vendors for the first time this season. North Oaks Farm will be joining us, bringing sweet, juicy spring berries as well as homemade jams. Salsa Island will be also there with delicious locally-made salsa in a variety of flavors. Gaiser Bee Company will be bringing honey and other bee products. We also hope to see Baby Nalms, a new local baby food delivery service, start selling their convenient frozen baby food made from fresh, wholesome ingredients this week.

Like Mom's Only Vegan

Don’t forget to stop by weekly vendor Back Acres Farm for a full selection of in-season produce like spinach, lettuce, kale, and strawberries, as well as eggs and meat. Aunt Flora’s will also be back with warm, buttery cobblers, including apple, blackberry, and savory vegetable. Like Mom’s Only Vegan will be selling their delicious cookies, including Chocolate Peanut Butter, Rocky Road, and Sugar ‘n’ Spice. Visit Bright Soapworks for wonderfully-scented handmade soaps unlike anything you can buy at the grocery store and pick up pastries and bread from Shadeau Bakery. Get a bag of kettle corn from Jerry at Popcorn Hole and plan on getting your dinner (or an afternoon snack) from J & R Southern Grill (their ribs were a hit last week).

Thank you to all the customers and vendors who joined us at last week’s market opening and to the Aiken Band and Caves and Clouds (pictured above) who provided us with outstanding entertainment; we had a great opening day and we are looking forward to a wonderful season!

Product Spotlight: Kale

Kale is an extremely healthy and flavorful green related to broccoli, cabbage, and collards. Its quality and flavor are typically best when it grows in cooler weather, but it can withstand the heat better that greens like spinach and lettuce. Kale varieties range from the frilly curly kale most commonly seen to the smoother lacinato, or dinosaur kale, which is great for making kale chips (here’s a nice guide to different varieties). Kale can be eaten raw or cooked, but if eaten raw must be sliced very thin or tenderized my massaging. The kale caesar salad recipe below uses the technique of massaging the raw kale with oil to break down the tough outer coating of the leaves. The result is tender kale that holds up to a flavorful dressing and even lasts a few days in the fridge (unlike lettuce salads). It makes a great dinner or potluck dish, but fair warning: if you share this dish with people they will ask you for the recipe. The sautéed kale includes butter and garlic and makes a perfect side dish.

Kale Caesar Salad

Sautéed Kale

Market Information

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.

Aiken Band, Spring Vegetables, and Barbecue at the First Outdoor Market of the Season!

This Week at the Market

The College Hill Farm Market kicks off its outdoor season this week with a performance by the Aiken New Tech High School marching band. The band will be there for the opening of the market to carry in the banner and to play a few numbers. Be there at 3:00 so you don’t miss the chance to hear this talented group of young people!

Back Acres

This week market vendors will have artisan bread, baked goods, all-natural dog treats, and handmade soap. Back Acres Farm will be bringing local, seasonal produce like lettuce, kale, spinach, green onions, potatoes, onions, and carrots. They will also have their delicious eggs and chicken, pork, beef, and lamb raised on pasture without hormones or antibiotics. You can always check out the list of our 2017 vendors.

J & R Southern Grill barbecueCollege Hill-based J&R Southern Grill barbecue will be joining us as a regular fixture at the market this year. Thursday they will be there serving up their delicious smoked meats with all the fixings so come hungry!

Caves and Clouds bandCaves and Clouds, in town for a few short days, will put on a special performance for the market’s opening day. This Brooklyn-based duo is currently touring their new album, “The Winter of Our Discontent”. E.W. Harris and Jo Kroger have teamed up to create a dreamy acoustic folk sound that can be heard at cavesandclouds.bandcamp.com. We are excited to welcome them to the College Hill Farm Market!

Spinach

Product Spotlight: Spinach

Spinach grows best in cool weather, achieving maximum sweetness. In fact, many growers plant spinach in the fall and cover it over the winter, harvesting it through late winter and into the spring. It is a great vegetable to look for in the early farmers’ market season and again in the fall and winter. Spinach is a versatile green that can be eaten raw or cooked. It is an excellent source of many vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients, including vitamin A, vitamin K, manganese, and folate. You can find a delicious recipe for spinach salad with bacon dressing below (be sure to pick up some farm-fresh eggs to top your salad)! Find other recipes on our recipes page. Sweet, tender spinach won’t last long once the heat of the summer sets in so be sure to get it while it’s cool!

Spinach Salad with Bacon Dressing

Market Information

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 starting THIS THURSDAY!. 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 tokens to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables from participating markets. Stop by the market table for more information.