Market Report for July 18, 2014
What a large crowd and a great group of vendors on this Friday night of the Toledo Farmers Market. Devin and Mason had broccoli, kohlrabi, zucchini, hot peppers, and a table full of perennial plants. Kristi had her large variety of bakery. Darold was back with green beans, eggplant, potatoes, hot peppers, white onions, and broccoli. Dale was back with his honey and honey products. Chuck and Ginger had a full table of bakery, egg plant, leeks, summer squash, cherry tomatoes, brussels sprouts, cucumbers, beets, dill, cabbage and the usual popcorn, walnut meats and hot pepper powder. Dawn had a few things on her table, some fresh herbs, beets, cabbage, yellow beans, dried herbs, and rhubarb. Sheryl had a table full of ceramics, hand towel sets, scrubbies and scrubbies on a stick. Marie, Brenda, and Lois along with Ethan were back. Their table had cherry tomatoes, green beans, egg plant, green peppers, cabbage, cucumbers, and zucchini. Jim snuck in with his leather goods. Joe and Barb had kale, cucumbers, green beans, broccoli, beets, zucchini, spaghetti squash, jams, and mini ears of sweet corn. Nina sat under the tree with her pies and breads. Karen had her soy candles and soy candle products. Kathy's table was full of her delicious nut coils, pecan rolls, watermelon cookies, twisted loaves, kolaches, cherry bars and salted nut rolls to name a few. Red Earth Gardens were at the North end of the market with their roadside stand full of green beans, cabbage, zucchini, broccoli, herbs, flower bouquets, cauliflower, salad mix, and sugar snap peas.
This week the Toledo Farmers Market had a new vendor, John Kasal from Ladora Iowa. John has homemade bag toss sets. He sells a mini for your pocket, small, medium, and large set. John will be at the Toledo Farmers Market each week, he is set up in front of the band stand. If the bag toss game is your thing, you need to come out on Friday nights from 5-7 p.m. and check these awesome bag toss sets out. They would make great gifts. You know Christmas is just five months away.
Toledo market Master
By the way, the recipe I ended my article with last week had some typo errors which happen in the secret world of the internet. The recipe should have read half cup of vinegar, half cup of Italian dressing and fourth of a cup of sugar. Sorry for the secret code.
As you see the veggies are really starting to show up in full force. Those green beans, cabbage, and summer squash are becoming a weekly visitor. I love summer and the fresh garden produce. All those delicious veggies cooked up just the way you like them. And the best way to cook them without heating up the house is on the grill. Cabbage cut into a blossom seasoned with your favorite spices, wrap in foil, and thrown on the grill to cook to your liking. Or take that cabbage and chop it up into some slaw or make delicious saur kraut. Last year we made some kick butt saur kraut. Home made onion rings out of those sweet yellow onions. How about some fried zucchini slices made with the same onion ring batter. Or fried cucumber slices. Yes I said cucumber. It tastes like zucchini. Just skin the cucumbers; the skin is a little tough. One of our favorites is grilled green beans.
Toss a large hand full of green beans with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil, 1 teaspoon of garlic powder, and a half of teaspoon of kosher salt, pepper to taste. I put this into a Ziploc bag and let the flavors marinate for 10 minutes of longer. Take the green beans out of the bag and put them on the grill over medium heat, turning frequently until crisp tender. About 10 minutes. I use a pan on the grill so the green beans don't slip through the cracks. Once you remove them from the heat you can sprinkle with parmesan cheese to your taste. I skip that step and sprinkle with a bit of garlic powder. You can also use some chopped fresh garlic when you marinate them.
Be sure to come out on Friday nights from 5-7 p.m. on the east side of the Courthouse and visit your favorite vendor at the Toledo Farmers Market. See you at market.