|Today is Friday, May 11th, 2012
Vol 2 Issue 19
Sunday is Mother's Day! Shop for Mom at the Cascades Farmers Market!
The Cascades Farmers Market is located in the parking lot of the Senior Center on Whitfield Dr--near the library and behind Staples. We will be open every Sunday from 9am-1pm May 6 through November 18, 2012.
Shop Local for Mother's Day at the Leesburg Summer Market!
The Leesburg Farmers Market runs every Saturday May 5 through October 27, 8am until Noon! Don't forget you can shop fresh and local on Wednesdays too! The Leesburg Wednesday Farmers Market is open 3pm-6pm!
Find Great Gifts for Mom at the Brambleton Farmers Market!
The Brambleton Farmers Market will be open on Sundays from 9am until 1pm through October 28, 2012 in the Sport & Health parking lot--42365 Soave Drive Brambleton, VA 20148, near Olympia.
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We are a "PRODUCER ONLY" market - this means the people who you purchase your items from are the people who produce, plant, grow and harvest, these items. We are very firm in enforcing this rule to assure you that you are getting locally and quality grown products by the producer selling you the products.
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Lost and Found items for each market can be dropped off or picked up with the market manager - just look for the orange "Market Manager" sign.
Find Local Gifts for Mom at the Ashburn Farmers Market!
Located in the Ashburn Crossroads Restaurant Park at the intersection of Ashburn Village Blvd and Farmwell Dr--we'll be in the corner in front of Bertuccis this year! The Ashburn Farmers Market will be open Saturday mornings from 8am until noon through October 27, 2012.
Check out the NEW Ashburn Farmers Market Facebook page for updates on the Market!
Healthy Eating Seminar
The Dirty Dozen and the Clean 15: When to Buy Organic, and Ingredients to Avoid
May 14, 2012 at 6 p.m. at Ida Lee
Find out which fruits and veggies have the highest pesticide content, and which you don't necessarily need to buy organic. In addition to examining the "dirty dozen" of produce, we will also address the 12 most pervasive and detrimental food additives and substances you can eat. Additives put into processed foods to make them look and taste better, but they contain unhealthy amounts of salt, fat and sugar. As a result, consumers are experiencing side effects, food allergies, increased waistlines, decreased absorption of minerals & vitamins, cancer and more. Please join Certified Holistic Health Counselor, Hilary Tarkington Stowers to help you navigate our food supply, and create the healthiest fridge and pantry for your family!
||This week's recipe
Seasonal Fresh Fruit Smoothie
1 Cup Fresh Seasonal Fruit (Strawberries, berries, peaches--depending on time of year)
1/2 Cup Yogurt
1 Tablespoon Honey
1/2 Cup Fruit Juice (your choice)
3 Cups Ice
Place all the ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth--enjoy!
Delicious and easy treat for Mother's Day
Info from the LVHMC Farms!
Each week we give you a look at what is happening at the LVHMC member's farms and businesses.
When not baking for the Wednesday Leesburg and Saturday Ashburn Farmers Markets, Layered Cake Patisserie owners, Barbara and Anthony Chavez specialize in creating beautiful wedding and special occasion cakes. Anthony says that most brides select their cakes about 6 months in advance of the wedding, although they have made cakes with as little as a week's notice! Selection starts with the bride and groom scheduling an appointment for a tasting--check out Layered Cake Patisserie's website for all their flavors: www.layeredcakepatisserie.com
Assembling a wedding cake is basically a 4 day process for Anthony and Barbara. On the first day, the cakes are baked and the fillings made. Day 2, the cakes are cut and filled, the given a light crumb coating and refrigerated to set-up. On Day 3, the cakes are given a buttercream coating, covered with fondant then decorated. For delivery (always the most stressful part), the cakes are stabilized with dowels for the journey. Finishing touches are added at the delivery site.
If a cake has decorations like gum paste flowers or chocolate work (Anthony's specialty!), these are made a week or more in advance so they have time to dry and hold their shape.
Anthony says that their lemon cake is one of their most popular; in fact, he and Barbara have made lemon wedding cakes for two members of their family.
Check back next week for more "Info from the LVHMC Farms"!
Farm Market Foodie
Farmers Market Goodies for Mom's Special Breakfast!
Find almost everything you need to give Mom breakfast in bed this Sunday at the Farmers Markets! You can find free range eggs, bacon, sausage made from local pork, beef or lamb, delicious pastries, breads and fresh STRAWBERRIES!
Whip up a strawberry smoothie (see this week's recipe and use it with fresh fruit all season).
Make Mom an omelette with eggs, spinach and salsa--serve it with some Spanish coffee (Coffee con Miel) made with hot brewed coffee, milk, honey and a dash of vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. And why not celebrate with a nice bottle of local Virginia wine?
You can find lots of gift ideas for Mom at the Farmers Markets, too--flowering and herb plants, herb or goats milk soaps, gourmet candy and more!
---Judy Stroske, LVHMC Market Coordinator
Earth Day Every Day!
Make Recycled Mother's Day Gifts
Need ideas for eco-friendly Mother's Day gifts made from recycled items?
How about turning an old vase or bottle into a terrarium? Something with a wide mouth is easier to plant; place a of layer pea gravel in the bottom and top with some potting soil. Add some small plants and maybe a decorative rock or two.
Another use of recycled glass jars is to turn them into lanterns. Clean and dry the jars, then coat the outside with decopage glue. You can cover the outside with patterned tissue paper or small pieces of colorful tissue paper. Once the jar is covered, paint the paper with another coat of the glue to seal. Wrap some wire around the opening to create a hanger and add a tea light. Make an assortment of colors and sizes for a beautiful display as seen at Canada's Lantern Festival in St. John's. See the photos at: http://thescope.ca/log/bright-light-bright-light
Mom will also enjoy receiving a pillow made from a favorite old sweater, tablecloth or one of her kid's shirts. Or how about decorating an old picture frame with buttons, old jewelry pieces or fabric scraps.
Products in season for the month of May
Arugula Asparagus Basil Beef Beets Bok Choy Breads Broccoli Raab Cheese Chicken Cilantro Collards Dill Eggs Flowers Goat Jams & Jellies Kale Lamb Lettuce Mushrooms Onions * Parsley Pastries Pies Plants Pork Radishes Rhubarb Sage Salsa Soaps Sorrel Soups Spinach Strawberries Summer Squash Swiss Chard Turkey Turnips * Wine Wool & Products Yogurt
News from the Market Vendors
Baguette Republic ~ Find us in Ashburn, Brambleton & Cascades Markets starting this week. Pick up some of our wonderful artesian breads! Also crossiants--almond or chocolate for Mother's Day breakfast, and muffins--Breads include: Kalamata Olive, Panebello, Multigrain, Baguettes and more. Tel: 703-870-7740 E-mail: orders@BaguetteRepublic.com
Beckys Pastries ~ There's ALWAYS something good on our table! Poppy Seed Bread is back! We have Cinnamon Buns for breakfast. Our Bun's Bread makes a great french toast (Mother's Day breakfast!) or sandwiches! Have you tried our chocolate chip or raspberry scones, tarts and other sweet breads? We have healthy multigrain bread, too! You can find us in Leesburg all Summer; Ashburn and Cascades, too!
Fabbioli Cellars ~ We will be at the Ashburn Market on May 12--pick up some wine for Mom! Come and taste the offerings at Fabbioli Cellars: Something White-a crisp blend of Traminette and Vidal blanc. Paco Rojo-an off-dry Chambourcin. Cabernet Franc-spicy, smoky red berry fruit. Tre Sorelle-a bourdeaux blend. Raspberry Merlot-heaven in a bottle! Rosa Nera-black raspberry port. Plan a trip to the winery--see www.fabbioliwines.com for info! Tel: 703-771-1197 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Glascock's Produce ~ WV Asparagus--limited amount, come early! Beautiful petunia and fuchsia hanging baskets--great gifts for Mom! Petunias in colors you won't find at Home Depot. Many, many varieties of tomato plants--find your favorite or something new! Vegetable and herb plants for your gardens! Apples, apple butter, hot or mild pepper jelly. Tel: 304-258-1431
Hidden Creek Apiary ~ I will be in Oklahoma visiting family on May 12! I will be back at market on May 19. On that day we will have Local Honey, Fresh Eggs, Shiitake Mushrooms and Honey Vinegar. Tel: 304-261-3237 E-mail: email@example.com
Jumping Jack LLC ~ Returning to the Ashburn Market with treats for your good dog! Jumping Jack creates dog treats that dogs love to eat and dog-parents feel good about giving their canine family members. Pick up our tasty, all natural treats and the pups in your life will be jumping in no time! ~Feel good about feeding your dog healthy treats and support animals in need - Jumping Jack donates a percentage of each purchase to local animal rescue. ~ Email us: firstname.lastname@example.org Follow us: * Website: www.jumpingjacktreats.com * Facebook: www.facebook.com/JumpingJackTreats * Twitter: www.twitter.com/JumpingJackTrts Tel: 703-662-3805 E-mail: email@example.com
Layered Cake Patisserie ~ We will have special desserts perfect for Mother's Day--stop by! You can find us for all your dessert needs at the Leesburg Wednesday Market and the Ashburn Saturday Market. Check out our gourmet flavors of French macarons including key lime, chocolate espresso and strawberry. Try our delicious cookies, coffee cakes and everyone's favorite, Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Tart! We are wedding cake specialists--come by and talk! Tel: 703-957-3353 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Milcreek Farm ~ Beef, Lamb and Goat -- no hormones, no MSG, no antibiotics! Some of Loudoun County's best Grass-Fed and pasture raised meats! Try some and taste the difference. Come early for Large Brown Eggs from our free range hens that will make your breakfast special! Stock your freezer! We are taking orders for our grass fed Beef, Lamb and Goat. Offered in 1/4's and 1/2's. Tel: 540-822-4181 E-mail: email@example.com
Shenandoah Seasonal LLC. ~ We enjoyed meeting you last weekend. This weekend we will feature salad greens and spinach. And of course eggs! Don't forget to bring back your egg carton for $.25 off your next dozen. Our chickens are pasture raised and our produce is chemical-free. Learn more about us at www.shenandoahseasonal.com Tel: 5405355474 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Trinity Church Farm ~ Returning to the Ashburn Market--and we're now a certified gluten-free bakery! Come check out our delicious selections! Tel: 703-470-3739
Westmoreland Produce ~ Welcome Spring fresh picked VA STRAWBERRIES! Nice potted herb plants for your garden--lavender, rosemary, oregano, parsley & more--Mom will love them! Tomato plants and potted lettuce gardens! Fresh green onions for cooking and salads. Returning to Ashburn and Cascades in May! Tel: 804-333-4487 E-mail: email@example.com