We welcomed the lazy, crazy days of summer today, minus the hazy, thank goodness! Our good neighbors to the North sent us a mess of haze, which luckily had no impact on our local produce, only our farmers who had to breathe it.
That brings to mind our annual caveat – wash your produce – wherever you buy it! Protect yourself – Protect our growers! To help, the BBFM is currently giving away “vegetable brushes,” provided by the fine folks at Delaware Ag. They won’t last long; stop by the tent!
Bennett Orchards trucked in plenty of blueberries today; but even so, they sold out before 10am! Demand is high – don’t be disappointed – shop early!!!
Beyond my favorite broccoli, Ficner Farms brought a rare gem, Marie, Loretta’s daughter, and Justin’s mom! It is rare that they allow her to leave the fields, but Justin had a business boondoggle. Back to fields tomorrow for Marie as she’ll be harvesting string beans – the first of the season! – look for them next Sunday.
Wimbrow Farms will be bringing pickling cukes next week – gather your jars! They will also have a large selection of onions, tomatoes, squash, potatoes, and don’t forget those underappreciated green tomatoes that fry up to a super-satisfying side!
Several of our vendors offer kale right now. Here’s an easy, delicious recipe.
¼ c. extra virgin olives oil
3 cloves garlic
1 large bunch kale, stemmed, with coarsely chopped leaves
½ c. vegetable stock or white wine
2 tbs. red wine vinegar
Heat olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium high until it simmers. Add garlic and cook until soft.
Add kale to the pan, turn heat to high and add stock, and toss. Cover and cook approximately 5 to 7 minutes (until it is soft and wilted, but still quite green).
Remove cover and continue to cook, stirring occasionally until liquid has evaporated. Season with salt and pepper. Add vinegar and toss.
New to me are Anna’s Bananas candles from Lavender Fields. When Anna was a local high schooler navigating Covid sequestering, she channeled her energy into this wonderful endeavor incorporating lavender. I’m quite fond of the Lavender Citrus, but there are many other scents to explore! Another Board member loves the same scent lotion…so very fresh.
Carol, of Honey Bee Lake Apiary, is on the right side of surgery, and hasn’t missed a beat. She “moonlights” as a nurse but seems to turn a deaf ear to doctors’ orders. She will be back to baking this week with plenty of goodies next Sunday! If not, the tireless crew at Old World Breads has that handily covered with an amazing selection of breads, sweets, and flatbreads. Be sure to treat yourself to my favorite, the maple walnut scone!
Sunday samples include Bennett Orchards’ blueberries, breakfast meats from Story Hill Farm, and always local oysters, from Shuck It Oysters & Clams – shucked on the spot! Come check us out!!
See you next Sunday – Fathers’ Day!
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