2019 End of Season Checklist

It’s hard to believe summer 2019 has passed in such a flash. With only two remaining market days, review the list below to make sure you’re getting the most out of the season and its final week!

Thanks for shopping fresh and local!
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What’s Fresh? Apples

This is not a drill – autumn is here (despite the 90° temps🔥) and with it, the most midwestern fruit of the season! Ginger gold, MacIntosh, Gala, and many more apple varieties just will just keep coming to us from the farmer’s orchards.

Whichever variety you need to bake grandma’s apple pie or to sweeten up a simple salad, you’ll find them here! Suzie at The Farmstead Market is an apple expert with pears to boot. Kelly at Shady Grove Farms (ask about their CSA!) and David at Fornof Farms have even more!

Recipe Ready
🍎Classic: Homemade Apple Pie. P.S. – have you ever just eaten the filling? SO good!😇

🍏 This Autumn Apple Salad has all the flavors of fall. Plus, I like the chef’s tip of using 7-Up to keep sliced apples fresh – who knew?!😂

🍁Try Shaved Brussels & Apple Salad for a fresh yet savory seasonal transition.

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City Meadows Market Garden

We’re so happy to have this small, urban, organic farm at Pearl Market. Read on for more of their story!
“As stewards of the Earth we are passionate about tending the fields,” says Christine, one of the owners of the family-run urban farm. “We want to be a business that cultivates sustainability and use manual methods to work the land to curb the use of fossil fuels.”

Her manual labors of love are under the green canopies of the Gay St trees at Pearl Market. Green not only in their sustainable methods, City Meadow Market Garden’s plot has a knack for producing vitamin-rich leafy greens. The couple, Christine and Sean, always have a table stocked with leafy greens including tender lettuce, new (to me!) Siberian kale, and rainbow swiss chard.  My personal favorite is their BokChoy, which has in a single stalk the crunch of celery and soft deliciousness of a bib salad leaf!

Permaculture-based growing techniques produce a wide variety of organic produce – vegetables like heirloom tomatoes, beets, and peppers in addition to their varied greens.  At a 3 acre farm in Hungarian Village on Columbus’s urban south side, the garden is tended with care using natural fertilizers and compost. What’s safe for Christine and her young family is safe for us here at Pearl Market!

Talk about labor intensive! Without chemicals, pests and weeds are managed by hand (and the occasional flame-thrower!) which means lots of time spend outside. Even without a family to look after and landscape design school, farming is an intensive process. Sean and Christine both had their doubts before starting their second year of growing in April. “We can plant all we want, but don’t know how much is going to come up,” shared Sean at the beginning of spring. Farmers all over have felt the pinch this year because of heavy rains and flooding.

But this family’s lot, because of their hard work, is abundant. Pick up the crispest greens at the market, ask Christine about OSU’s Master Gardener workshop, or leave room for a seedling to put in your own garden. My watermelon seedling is very happy in its new backyard! Christine is always happy to talk or teach about any of her fun projects.

“I love to get my hands dirty and cultivate something that is tangible.”

Thanks for sharing, City Meadows!

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Chickpea Salad

If you weren’t able to make it to last Friday’s cooking demo by The James Mobile Education Kitchen, we wanted to share the recipe for this delicious Chickpea Salad they prepared and served.

Ingredients

  • 2 cans chickpeas, drained
  • 1/2 red onion diced
  • 1-2 stalks celery diced
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1-1/2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • ½ cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1-2 Tsp. dried bill
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Place chickpeas in a large mixing bowl, lightly mash with potato masher or hands
  2. Add remaining ingredients and blend well
  3. Serves over mixed greens or on wholegrain bread

Makes 8 servings.

Each 6-ounce serving contains 208 calories, 8g protein, 10g fat, 20g carbohydrates, 9g fiber, 700mg sodium

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Sloppy Goats!

Sloppy Joes are a summer staple – but have you tried Sloppy Goats?

Using goat meat is a healthier choice since it is lower both in caloric value and fat than traditional beef. Substituting goat for
beef could reduce your risk of diabetes, heart disease, and cancer (which have all been linked to high red meat consumption).

Get your goat from either BYOB Home Bakery (Robert) or Dutch Creek Goat Farm (Amy). Also, if you haven’t yet sampled Amy’s goat’s milk fudge, now’s the time!

Robert gave us this recipe he uses for his homemade Sloppy Goats. Catch him on Tuesday, July 2nd for samples! (he’s on Gay St close to High)Sloppy Goats Recipe

Robert at BYOB Home Bakery uses this recipe for his homemade Sloppy Goats!

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What’s Fresh? Kale

🍃Siberian Kale, Blue Dwarf Kale, even DINOSAUR Kale – it’s a kale storm at Pearl Market! These hearty leafy greens have staying power through the summer – not only because of their quick proliferation, drought resistance, and lax planting schedule – but because they pack a lot of nutrition into a light package. Unbelievably, kale:
  • has more than twice the vitamin C of an orange (crazy!)
  • has more calcium than milk (though we don’t digest it exactly the same way)
  • keeps its Vitamin A, C, and K count high after cooking (where most veggies lose their nutrients)
Kale is even a great source of an omega-3 fatty acid (ALA – alpha linoleic acid) which contributes to brain health and is associated with decreased risk of type 2 diabetes. 
Just because it’s delicious doesn’t mean it’s hard to find!  City Meadow Market Garden grows soft Siberian kale just 3 miles from Pearl Market, and Morning Dew Hop Farm offers it fresh from the green hills of Athens.

Try the kale chips below with a spicy Mayhem Foods salsa, or as a crunchy top on some Ohio City Pasta!

 
Kale chips are an easy, light, salty snack when you want to ward off the potato chip cravings! Use some Dutch Creek Goat Farm’s cheese and meat in a Spicy Sausage, Kale, and Goat Cheese Pizza, or get back to summer classics with this Kale Caesar Pasta Salad.
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What’s Fresh? Squash, snap peas, tomatoes & more!

June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month, and more farmers arrive at Pearl Market just in time!  Celebrate by eating healthy, farm-fresh veggies. Grab a summer squash or snap peas from Pearl Market veterans Fornof Farms or Shady Grove or snag some herbs or spinach from newcomers Morning Dew Hop FarmOSU Student Farm or Veggies & Eggs by Dan.

Tomatoes, blueberries, onions, radishes, cucumbers, potatoes, spinach, broccoli, and summer squash are on their way in – woohoo! Asparagus, strawberries, and rhubarb are retiring for the season so get ’em while you can.

Veggies & Eggs by Dan has a couple of helpers!

The Morning Dew Hop Farm crew offers lots of fresh, organic greens!

Goat meat, cheese, eggs, and turkey are here, too! Find BYOB Bakery or Dutch Creek Goat Farm to learn about the health benefits of goat meat or order a turkey from Shady Grove Farms.

Amy with Dutch Creek Goat Farms offers samples of her goat’s milk cheese and fudge. Ask about her goat meat.

     Recipe Ready: Radishes 

Radishes are in season – you can eat them raw with a little cheese and salt, or if you’re feeling adventurous trying pickling with this simple recipeThe Narrow Way Farm or Veggies & Eggs by Dan can hook you up!
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