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California Farmers Market is Open! Saturday, 9 AM - 1 PM (Apr - Nov)

Posted 10/4/2019 5:17pm by David Paulk.

Hello Farm Friends,

It's that time of year again when we still have summer veggies and start to have fall veggies, resulting in a cornucopia of produce! We still have tomatoes and peppers, but now have Ginger, Turmeric, Turnips, Kale, Beets, Radishes, Sweet Potatoes, potatoes, and more grown organically just for you! See complete, detailed list below. Pick up your fresh veggies for the weekend and the week ahead. Fresh is best for flavor and nutrition and for supporting your local farmer!

Friendly reminder to please bring bags!

What we'll have at market tomorrow: (See photos at bottom)

 - Rainbow Chard (New!):  Chard is delicious simply sauteed, leaves and stocks, with sweet onions or garlic!  After sauteing, drizzle with a little vinegar or toss in some raisins and pine nuts for a healthy, flavorful Mediterranean twist.

- Sweet Potatoes, Murasaki (New!):  Purple outside and creamy white inside, Japanese sweet potatoes have a lovely vanilla/hazelnut flavor and even though they don't get as sweet as the orange ones, that just means they are even more versatile in using them as you would Irish potatoes. They can be used in both savory and sweet dishes. BTW, murasaki means "purple" in Japanese.

- Arugula: Your favorite spicy green is back!  Of course you can eat as a salad with grated Parmesan, but try as the base for grilled salmon with a sesame-ginger dressing, or sprinkle on pizza as it comes hot out of the oven. 

- Beets, Chioggia [Kee-o-ja]:  Sweet, Italian, milder tasting than red beets, with a delightfully colorful bulls-eye pattern of pink and white when sliced. 

- Golden Beets:  Golden beets are similar to other beets, sweet, but are a golden in color and milder in that earthy beet flavor. 

- Beets, Red:  What more can I say, except you all can't get enough. Try on a bed of arugula with goat cheese and roasted walnuts and raspberry vinaigrette.

- Lorz Italian Garlic:  Heirloom variety brought to WA state from Italy. Particularly good softneck garlic flavor.  

- Romanian Red Garlic:  Hardneck garlic brought to British Columbia from Romania. Cloves streaked and lined on buff brown background. Excellent garlic flavor.  Especially high in garlic health characteristics.

- Fresh Baby Ginger: what you've all been asking for is finally here!  Freshly-harvested ginger has no tough skin.  It is baby pink and crisp-tender. It doesn't need to be peeled before grating. Naturally sweet and aromatic. Simply grate and add to any vegetable, fish, fruit dish.  Many uses. Check out Sassafras Creek Farm Recipes

- Kale, Curly & Lacinato:  Hail to the Kale!  We have both traditional curly kale and Italian Lacinato Kale (a.k.a, Tuscan or Dino). Wonderful sauteed, in soups or eat raw in a salad or add to your smoothie for a nutritious boost!

- Sweet Bell Peppers, Red and Orange:  Great raw, sauteed and just the right size for stuffing.

- Sweet Oranos Peppers: We have lots more this week of your favorite orange sweet peppers! Remember, they freeze really well and are wonderful to add to dishes in the winter!

- New Red, White and Blue Potatoes:  We have plenty of tasty versatile Mountain Rose, creamy white Carola and All Blue potatoes for your patriotic potato salads! If you've never eaten potatoes fresh out of the ground, well you are in for a treat. So delicious simply boiled until fork tender and served with a little butter or cut up and roasted in the oven until crisp with sea salt sprinkled on top.  See our Web site for recipes.

- Fingerling Potatoes: We have Austrian Crescent fingerling potatoes that are great for roasting whole and serve tossed hot with a little olive oil, vinegar and fresh garlic!  Instant simple potato salad.

- Red Radishes:  The nights have been cool enough to start growing radishes again!

- Bonita & Orleans Sweet Potatoes:  Bonita has light brown skin and creamy white, sweet flesh; milder flavor than the orange sweet potatoes. We also have the more traditional, very tasty Orleans orange sweet potatoes!

- Cherry Tomatoes, Sungold, Cherry Bomb and Citrine (new this year!): We have three varieties to satisfy your tastes.  All different and delicious!  Aside from great in a salad, they are wonderful in hot or cold pastas, or as a healthy snack.

- Heritage Tomatoes:  We have a mix of different brightly-colored tomatoes with wonderful heirloom flavor.

- Red Tomatoes (limited quantity):  red slicer tomatoes, perfect for salsas, burgers and just slice 1/4 inch thick and layer on a plate and sprinkle a little salt or drizzle with olive oil, maybe add a slice of mozzarella and sprinkle with basil. Summer on a plate...Yum!

- Fresh Turmeric:  The queen of natural anti-inflammatory foods is here! Bright orange and tasty grated into salads or added to vegetable dishes. Key ingredient in curries. Add to smoothies for an anti-inflammatory bonus. Delicious grated on eggs in the morning.

- Turnips, Japanese Hakurei:  These are not your parents' turnips! They are crisp, white, and slightly sweet. Even better raw, than cooked!  Simply saute sliced turnips with greens and sweet onions! 

We take cash, debit and credit cards.

The market has additional vegetable vendors, as well as beef, pork, chicken, eggs, local hard cider, local beer and baked goods. 

So, we hope to see you, your friends and family members on Saturday (BAE parking lot, 9am - 1pm). 

Photos of the Week:

Rainbow Chard

Lacinato (a.k.a, Tuscan or Dino) Kale

Golden Beets

Fresh, Baby Ginger

Orleans Sweet Potatoes

Hakurei Turnips

 

 

Thank you, 

David & Jennifer Paulk

Sassafras Creek Farm

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