Farm visits are one of the more enjoyable tasks for anyone managing farmers markets. I visited Greenville Farm this morning. Sid showed me around the farm. I met the chickens, saw the rhubarb, the summer tomatoes, and corn. I also saw the strawberries, sitting there waiting for the sun to ripen them up. I visited other farms this past weekend and the story is the same everywhere. The wet, dark months of April and May have set everyone back weeks. Thank goodness for the farms with hoophouses and greenhouses.
Given the weather of the last few months, Unger Farms, Radical Pastures and Sulina’s & Bay’s Farm are at least one if not two weeks away from coming back to the market. Cherries are having the same problem as strawberries, so Packer Orchards may be out a bit later too. On the other hand, Osmogaia is coming back earlier than expected with lots of greens.
Here’s the rundown for all vendors this week:
Rick Steffen Farm – asparagus, onions, shallots, scallions, leeks, potatoes, carrots, kohlrabi, spinach, swiss chard, turnips, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, tulips, irises and daffodils.
Greenville Farms – prunes, hazelnuts, cookies, eggs and jams.
Nature’s Choice – fresh mushrooms (shiitake, maitake, black trumpets, morels), dried mushrooms, watercress (maybe), mushroom salt, honey, chestnuts, huckleberry jam.
Bigfoot Bread – toasting bread, pitas & flatbreads, pita chips, cinnamon rolls, cornbread, apple kuchen (maybe), Good Morning Bar.
Little Pots and Pans – savory tarts (including gluten free), tartlets, salads.
Fressen Artisan Bakery – Austrian and German breads and pastries including boerek, mueslibrot, volkornbrot, pretzels, bavarian croissants, granola, fruit/almond danishes and brioches.
THINK Unique Gardens: vegetable starts (including tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, chard), hardy perennials.
Osmogaia: spinach, chards, tatsoi, bok choi, kale, collards.
Rogue Creamery: cheeses, butter.
Xiong Farmer: Flowers.
Savory et Sweet:
Menu for June 1 2010
Our menu will offer snack plates only on Tuesdays.
Salad, late summer gazpacho & full crepe menu only on Thursdays
MENAGERIE SNACK PLATE $8
Selection of fruits including 1st of season local, spray-free strawberries,* spring veggies with nuts, cheese and other goodies!
Served with Dave’s Killer bread with smoked salmon spread, and a mini whipped cream filled crepe
Gluten-free & meat-free snack plates available by request
Rose Lemonade $3
Minted Iced Tea $2.50
Hot Tea $2
Hot Coffee: Dark Roast Columbian $2
“Hot Lips” soda $2.75
I’ll post an update for Thursday’s market on Wednesday.