College Hill Farm Market 2018

Dear College Hill Community,

The College Hill Farm Market, founded by the College Hill Gardeners and managed by a team of volunteers, has brought fresh, local produce and other quality foods to our neighborhood for the last 15 years.

The volunteer farm market team has been invited to move the market in the summer of 2019 to the new park at Marlowe and Hamilton in the heart of the College Hill business district. In order to maximize this move the team has decided that it will suspend its management of the summer outdoor market for 2018 and spend time and energy gathering community members to share ideas and chart the course for a new, expanded farmers’ market, which will be renamed the College Hill Farmers’ Market.

The market team would like to thank the College Hill Gardeners, the College Hill Forum, and The College Hill Presbyterian Church for their strong support of the market. We would also like to thank our loyal market patrons, vendors, and performers, without whom there would be no market.

The First “Town Hall Style” meeting will be on May 10, 2018 from 6:30-7:30 at the College Hill Branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, 1400 W. North Bend Road. All are welcome to come share their ideas about how to shape a new, expanded farmers’ market for College Hill in 2019. Light refreshments will be served.

If you are looking for fresh produce and local food in College Hill, the College Hill Coffee Co. at 6128 Hamilton Avenue will continue to host vendors Back Acres Farm and Shadeau Bread through the summer. Call 513-542-2739 for more information.

We we look forward to working with you to build a vibrant, thriving College Hill Farmers’ Market. If you have any questions please call 513-898-3412 or email CollegeHillFarmersMarket@gmail.com.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

The volunteer farmers’ market team

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Mayalou Banatwala performs at the LAST outdoor market of 2017!

Lettuce

This Thursday, October 5th, is the LAST outdoor College Hill Farm Market of 2017. Starting Thursday, October 12th, the market will be indoors at College Hill Coffee Company. Jim and Patty from Back Acres Farm will bring all their wonderful produce, canned goods, meat, and eggs and Gary will bring glorious Shadeau bread and pastries. They’ll be there every Thursday from 3:00 to 5:30 all winter long until the outdoor market starts again in the spring.

A big thank you to every single person who helped make the market possible, in particular the staff and volunteers of College Hill Presbyterian Church who so graciously host the market. Thank you to every market shopper and every market vendor, without whom the market would not exist!

Flowers (Zinnias)

Vendor Updates

This week be sure to stop by to pick up cookies from Like Mom’s Only Vegan, cobblers, coffees, and sauces from Aunt Flora’s, veggies, eggs, and meat from Back Acres Farm (have you ordered your Thanksgiving turkey?), and bread, pastries, and apples from Shadeau.

MayaLou Banatwala

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.

Shadeau Bread

Product Spotlight: Bread

Do you ever end up with too much bread in the house? Or lots of ends of loaves that don’t work for sandwiches? You can stick it in the freezer to keep it from going bad, but when it’s time to clean house try using your leftover bread to make bread pudding, Smitten Kitchen’s cinnamon toast french toast (you bake it like a bread pudding instead of frying individual slices!), panzanella (bread salad), or bread crumbs. To make dry bread crumbs tear or chop up the bread, spread it out on a baking sheet, and bake at 250-300F until dry. You can even turn the oven off and leave the bread inside to dry out further. Run it through a blender or food processor or place it in a zipper-top bag and smash with a rolling pin. To make fresh breadcrumbs, like those used in this Kale Caesar Salad or this Summer Squash Au Gratin with Salsa Verde simply tear or chop up your bread and run it through a food processor. Both dry and fresh breadcrumbs store great in the freezer, too. Don’t forget that you can find every recipe we’ve posted this season listed alphabetically on the recipes page of this website.

Cinnamon Toast French Toast (Smitten Kitchen)

Panzanella

Tomatoes

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 5th. Most weeks feature music from 5-6:30 and some weeks feature kids’ activities.

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.

Preston Charles Performs at the September 28th Market + Sweet Potatoes

Like Mom's Only Vegan

Vendor Updates

The last outdoor market of the 2017 season will be Thursday, October 5th (that’s next week!). Starting Thursday, October 12th the market will move indoors to the College Hill Coffee Co., at 6128 Hamilton Ave. The indoor market will run from 3:00 to 5:30pm every Thursday until the outdoor market starts again in 2018! Shop for fresh, local food all winter long. Back Acres Farm brings fresh produce, canned goods, meat, and eggs and Shadeau bread brings bread, pastries, and other goodies.

That means that these are your last two markets to pick up cobblers, coffees, sauces, and (if you’re lucky) vanilla cream pound cake from Aunt Flora’s and delicious cookies from Like Mom’s Only Vegan. You can find Like Mom’s at various indoor markets, like Northside (check out their website and facebook page for the latest updates). Aunt Flora’s is also making cobblers year ’round. Check out their facebook page for their locations.

Don’t forget that Back Acres Farm will be taking orders for fresh Thanksgiving turkeys at the market. Stop by their booth to find our more details and sign up for your bird!

Preston Charles

Preston Charles Performs

We are thrilled to welcome Preston Charles back to the market this week. 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.

Sweet Potatoes

Product Spotlight: Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are delicious when they are peeled, cubed, tossed with a bit of oil and salt, and roasted. They are incredible when served with a sauce made of mayonnaise and ground dried tarragon. If you’re looking for something a little out of the ordinary try making sweet potato pancakes – these are seasoned like pumpkin pie! The Caribbean-style cabbage coconut curry includes lots of sweet potatoes and makes a very satisfying meal. Finally, you can use sweet potatoes and/or butternut squash in the Moroccan-style stew, which features lots of seasonal produce.

Sweet Potato Pancakes

Caribbean Cabbage Coconut Curry

Moroccan Stew

Poundcake

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 5th. Most weeks feature music from 5-6:30 and some weeks feature kids’ activities.

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.

Emanuel Allen Performs at the Sept 21 Market + Place your Thanksgiving Turkey Orders!

Back Acres

Vendor Updates

The Shadeau Bread stand has so much more than bread and pastries these days! Last week they had apples and pears (including incredible Asian pears!) from Backyard Orchard as well as cut flowers. Back Acres Farm had squash, watermelon, greens, potatoes, onions, peppers, tomatoes, eggs, their wide selection of meats, and lots of other produce.

Like Mom’s Only Vegan joins us each week – be sure to pick up some lemon cran poppyseed, rocky road, or chocolate peanut butter cookies (among other varieties). Aunt Flora’s Cobblers is also at the market with their amazing cobblers – they debuted some mini single-serving cobblers last week!

Be sure to stop by to support your local producers, market, and musicians during the last four outdoor markets of 2017!

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Back Acres Taking Thanksgiving Turkey Orders

Back Acres Farm will be taking orders for fresh Thanksgiving turkeys starting this Thursday at the market. Stop by their booth to find our more details and sign up for your bird!

Emanuel Allen

Emmanuel Allen Performs

We are exctied to welcome Emmanuel Allen back to the market this week. Emmanuel is a master kalimba player, but also sings and plays a variety of other instruments. Expect some other musicians to join him along the way!

Back Acres Kale

Product Spotlight: Kale

As fall closes in cool-season greens like kale become more prevalent at local markets. Be sure to take advantage of this incredibly healthy veggie; if you’re looking for ideas check out the previous kale spotlight or the recipes below. The kale market salad is creamy, complex, and extremely satisfying. Feel free to substitute another whole grain like quinoa for the farro the recipe calls for. Also check out the super simple ginger coconut milk noodle soup for a flexible way to incorporate lots of seasonal produce, like kale, into another extremely satisfying meal.

Kale Market Salad

Ginger Coconut Milk Noodle Soup

Asian pears

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.

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.

MayaLou Banatwala Performs at the September 14th Market + Sweet Pepper Recipes

Onions

Vendor Updates

The College Hill Farm Market vendors continue to offer the best of the season! Back Acres Farm is your source for seasonal produce, meat, and eggs, Aunt Flora’s brings their cobblers and other speciality items, Like Mom’s Only Vegan has cookies, and Shadeau has apples, pastries, and more. Stay tuned for market updates – some time in the next month the market will likely be transitioning to College Hill Coffee Company for the winter.

MayaLou Banatwala

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.

Peppers

Produce Spotlight: Sweet Peppers

Peppers, especially larger bell peppers, tend to accelerate their ripening from immature green to mature red, yellow, orange, etc. in late summer and into early fall, as long as there is no frost. Peppers contain a wide array of phytonutrients, as well as abundant vitamin C, among other vitamins and minerals.

The ratatouille below uses a ton of seasonal veggies, roasted and then tossed in an onion-, herb-, and paprika-heavy tomato sauce. There are lots of ways to make this dish – this version is probably a little less labor-intensive than the movie version! The panzanella featured below is again, just one way to make a bread salad, that uses lots of seasonal produce. It gets a major flavor boost from capers. The red pepper relish is a classic dip to serve with cream cheese and crackers (and it uses a ton of peppers!). The roasted red pepper tomato sauce has an uncanny creaminess that doesn’t come from any dairy (though feel free to add some cream if you’re so inclined!). Finally, the muhammara, or red pepper dip, is an incredible Levantine dip that requires a couple specialty ingredients, but is so worth it.

Remember that you can freeze peppers and cook with them year-round by simply removing the stem, seeds, and membranes. Pre-chop them if you like or leave them in chunks before freezing them raw.

Ratatouille

Panzanella

Red Pepper Relish

Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Sauce

Muhammara

Emanuel Allen

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.

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.

Emanuel Allen Performs at the September 7th Market + Winter Squash

 Edmame

Vendor Updates

There is so much variety at the market this time of year! Last week we saw okra, cantaloupe, kale, tomatoes, apples, peppers, garlic, beets, zucchini, edamame, and so much more. Seeders and Feeders, North Oaks Farm, and Back Acres Farm are your destinations for all these things. Have you prepared fresh edamame before? You just need to steam, boil, or microwave the pods for a few minutes and then toss them with some salt (or whatever seasonings you like). It’s absolutely delicious!

Cookies from Like Mom's

Stop by Shadeau for bread, pastries, Mt. Healthy honey, and apples from Backyard Orchard. Check out Like Mom’s Only Vegan for cookies and Aunt Flora’s for cobbler, sauces, and, if you’re lucky, vanilla cream pound cake.

Emmanuel Allen Performs

We are thrilled to welcome Emmanuel Allen back to the market this week. Emmanuel is a master kalimba player, but also sings and plays a variety of other instruments. Expect some other musicians to join him along the way!

Butternut Squash

Product Spotlight: Winter Squash

Winter squash refers to various fruits of the Cucurbita genus, including Cucurbita pepo (pumpkins), Cucurbita moschata (butternut squash), and Curcurbita maxima (kabocha squash). Winter squash are an incredible source of Vitamin A and contain many beneficial phytonutrients.

Many dishes, such as pumpkin pie (in which you can use other winter squashes like butternut) and the squash curry recipe below call for the squash to be cooked ahead of time. One way to do this is to cut the squash in half, remove the seeds, and wrap each half in foil before roasting in a 400 F oven until tender (watch out for leakage!). Another is to cut the squash in half, remove the seeds, and coat each half with oil on all sides. Place the cut side down in a baking dish or on a baking sheet and roast until tender. You may find that the thinner seed cavity portion of a butternut cooks faster than the neck, so feel free to separate those and remove the seed cavity from the oven sooner. A simple and healthful way to prepare winter squash is to peel, cube, and steam it. It cooks much faster, but takes more time and effort to prepare before cooking. 

The Moroccan-style stew recipe below, adapted from New Recipes from Mooswood Restaurant, is a great summer-to-fall crossover dish, utilizing butternuts and carrots alongside tomatoes and zucchini (among other ingredients). It’s a great way to take advantage of the bounty of the season and it’s quite adaptable. Finally, remember that if you are looking to make pie crust from scratch you should check out this resource

Pumpkin Pie

Cooked Pumpkin (one way to do it)

Squash Curry Soup

Moroccan Stew

Aunt Flora's

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.

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.