|Today is Friday, June 18th, 2010
Vol 2 Issue 24
Pick Up a Father's Day Treat for Dad at the Purcellville Farmers Market!
In the Loudoun Valley Shopping Center right on Main St! We are open on Saturdays 8 am - Noon
Music By Crys Matthews at the Cascades Farmers Market Sunday June 20!
Cascades Farmers Market Sundays 9am-1pm Senior Center Parking lot, Whitfield Rd by Cascades Library.
Bluegrass Music by Stomper at the Ashburn Farmers Market!
Located at the corner of Ashburn Village Blvd and Farmwell Road, behind the IHOP and Fuddruckers. Open Saturdays from 8am-noon.
Get Dad a Father's Day Treat at the Brambleton Farmers Market!
In the Town Center parking lot behind Fox Cinema--visible from NorthStar Boulevard! The Market will run Every Sunday through Oct 31.
Closed for the season!
Visit the Leesburg Summer Farmers Market, every Saturday, 8am until Noon in the Virginia Village Shopping Center on Catoctin Circle.
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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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Pick Up a Father's Day Treat for Dad at the Leesburg Farmers Market!
Leesburg Farmers Market Saturdays Virginia Village Shopping Center Catoctin Circle.
Musical performance by Market favorite, Connor Duffy!
Don't Forget to Vote!
Help the LVHMA Leesburg Farmers Market Become America's Favorite Farmers Market!
The process is simple. To vote for our market, all you have to do is:
1.) Go to www.farmland.org/vote
2.) Type in LVHMA Leesburg Farmers Market and,
3.) Click "Vote"
-- or click on the "Vote Today" icon at the bottom of the left hand column of this newsletter.
That's it. That's all it takes to bring the LVHMA Leesburg Farmers Market one step closer to being America's favorite farmers market!
||This week's recipe
Home made or store bought Pizza Dough
Sauce: Tomato Sauce, BBQ Sauce, Salsa, Pesto
Assortment of Thinly Sliced Vegetables:
Onions, Peppers, Mushrooms, Basil, Arugula, Garlic
Your Choice of Cooked, Sliced Meat:
Sausage, Ground Beef or Lamb, Chicken
Cheese: Mozzarella, Feta or your Favorite
Heat your grill to medium high. It is important to have all your ingredients ready to go, as grilled pizzas cook very quickly.
Divide your pizza dough and flatten into individual rounds no more than 1/4 inch thick. Place on the grill and watch as it begins to puff. Turn as soon as it firms up and gets good grill marks--about 3 minutes.
After flipping, spread your choice of sauce (very thin) and add toppings. Continue to grill for 3-5 more minutes until the cheese is melted and the toppings are heated through.
|Info from the LVHMA Farms!
Each week we try to let all of the friends of the Farmers Markets in on what is happening on our Member's farms and businesses.
Babies are still arriving at some of the LVHMA farms! This week on Winding Woods Farm in Purcellville (Leesburg Market), one of Karen Gaylord's Nigerian Dwarf "first time fresheners" (first time mom) had triplets. Nigerian first fresheners usually have one or twins, but Lizzy gave them triplet boys! 2 of the bucklings weighed in at 3 pounds each, but the third little guy weighed a tiny 1 lb 2.8 ounces. He was so small his Mama didn't even notice him. They had to use Q-tips to clear his mouth and they fed him with an eye dropper, supporting his head as he couldn't hold it up by himself. After he was cleaned up, dried off and made cozy warm, the tiny baby perked right up. He tried standing when he was just one hour old and after a couple of tries he made it. On the second day Karen & the kids tried feeding him with a bottle, and even though the nipple is a bit big for his mouth he is managing fine. After just 3 days he was trying to do everything he saw his big brothers doing, even though he is just the size of a kitten. The Gaylord's have named this little goat "Molecule".
At Milcreek Farm in Lovettsville (Ashburn, Brambleton, Cascades & Leesburg Markets), one sly male goat snuck in with the female goats about 6 months ago and on Memorial Day a new arrival was born on the farm. A little boy goat that looks just like his father!
At Roxley Farms in Kearneysville, WV (Purcellville Market), Chris and Evie Lotze were glad to get some hay baled while the sun was shining! While they were in the fields, they saw several turkey hens with their wee ones, and had to wait for a turtle to cross the lane before driving back to the barn. Two swallows have nested under the overhang of the barn, and they buzz visitors' heads - maybe as a greeting? - whenever anyone goes in and out. The Lotze's clipped the tall grasses in their fields - to protect the cows' eyes when they graze - and scared up three really tiny fawns! They scampered to the safety of the nearest fence row. All these perks of farm life are a sure sign that all is well in the Lotze's tiny part of the world!
Check back next week for more "Info from the LVHMA Farms"!
Farm Market Foodie
Special Treats for Dear ol' Dad!
Sunday, June 20 is Father's Day, so don't forget to stop by the Farmers Markets to load up on some of his favorite goodies.
Starting with breakfast, treat Dad with free range eggs and farm fresh bacon. Whip up a breakfast burrito, an omlet or even chicken and waffles!
Dad's Day is a great time to fire up the grill with meat from the Farmers Markets! If you haven't tried the Cumin and Chili Lamburgers that we featured on Memorial Day weekend in this newsletter--now is your chance! They are great made with ground beef, too. Or pick up some Hot or Sweet Italian Sausages, Garlic Bratwurst, or Chorizo to serve with sauteed onions and peppers.
You can never go wrong with cooking ribs--do it the easy way and pop them in a slow cooker with some onions, barbeque sauce and garlic for about 4 hours for fall off the bone tenderness.
There is a great selection of produce at the Markets now, so you can pick up new potatoes, broccoli, beans, mushrooms, eggplant, peppers--both sweet and hot--and tomatoes for your Father's Day side dishes.
For the ultimate in delicious fun, grill Dad a pizza! See this week's recipe for how to's!
--Judy Stroske, LVHMA Market Coordinator
Earth Day Every Day!
Try a Natural Bug Spray!
Instead of reaching for your old reliable bug spray, try out a natural, herbal insect repellent. There are new brands now available that are less likely to be toxic and can still help keep biting pests from ruining your outdoor fun.
The active ingredient in most conventional bug sprays is DEET (or N, N-diethyl-meta-toluamide). This chemical has come under fire in recent years because it has been found to impede cognition in some animal studies. In a study conducted in the late 1980s on National Park employees, it was found that one-quarter of the subjects experienced negative health effects, including rashes, numb or burning lips, nausea, headaches, dizziness and difficulty concentrating as a result of using DEET repellents.
The growing natural products industry has come up with numerous alternatives. Generally, natural bug sprays don't last as long as DEET, and may not be quite as potent--although they are getting better all the time. Many are made from plant oils like citronella, lemongrass, peppermint and cedarwood all of which are known to deter fleas, mosquitoes, ticks and biting flies. Oil of lemon eucalyptus has been listed by the Center for Disease Control as effective protection against mosquitoes that may carry West Nile virus.
Products in season for the month of June
Apples * Arugula Asparagus Basil Beef Beets Bok Choy Breads Broccoli Broccoli Raab Cabbage Carrots * Cheese Cherries Chicken Cilantro Collards Cucumbers Currants Dill Eggplant Eggs Fava Beans Fennel Flowers Goat Green Beans Jams & Jellies Kale Kohlrabi Lamb Lettuce Mint Onions * Parsley Pastries Pies Plants Pork Potatoes * Raddicchio Radishes Raspberries Rhubarb Sage Salsa Soaps Sorrel Soups Spinach Strawberries Summer Squash Swiss Chard Tat Soi Thyme Tomatoes Turkey Turnips * Wine Wool & Products Yogurt
News from the Market Vendors
Baker Pork ~ Remember, everything is better with bacon! Be sure to try some of ours--you won't be satisfied with supermarket bacon ever again. Check out all of our cuts of pork, plus a variety of sausages. You're buying direct from the farmer at Baker Pork! Don't forget to pick up a special treat for Dad! Tel: 540-477-3550 E-mail: email@example.com
Beckys Pastries ~ Have you tried our Bun's Bread, scones, tarts and other sweet breads? We always have something good on our table! We will be at Leesburg, Purcellville and Cascades for the Summer Market Season.
Beechwood Orchards ~ It's berry time! Blueberries and Sweet Cherries are ready! Tel: E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Blue Ridge Dairy Co ~ Try our new yogurt products--Honey YoFresh (made with whole milk) and Honey YoLite (made with skim milk). We also have fresh and smoked mozzarella, feta and marscapone. We will be here in Leesburg for the Summer Market Season! Tel: 703-443-0200
C.Hess Orchard & Produce ~ We're back at the Markets this week with our fresh WV strawberries, some early sweet cherries and spring onions! Tel: 304-676-9445 E-mail: C.Hessgrowsit@comcast.net
Chase Your Tail Bakery ~ Now offering gluten-free dog treats for your special friend with allergies! Is your dog a good dog? Be sure to reward him with his favorite, freshly made dog treat from Chase Your Tail Bakery. Stop by for the freshest dog treats Loudoun County has to offer! Tel: 703-771-3019 E-mail: email@example.com
Chef Eloys Salsa ~ GOAL! World Cup fever is here! Chef Eloy is a big futbol fan! Stop by and let's talk Soccer! World Cup parties, weekend BBQ's and any other special event is the perfect time to order Chef Eloy's Kickin' Salsa in larger quantities. We can accommodate your larger parties with 1/2 gallon and gallon sizes. Call Chef Eloy directly to discuss: 571-313-1531. You can pick up your order at any of our markets-orders must be submitted 24 hours prior to market day. We also will have our regular flavors in 16 oz containers; Mild, Medium, Mango, Xtra Hot, Corn and Black Bean. Tel: 571-313-1531 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chicama Run ~ Chicama Run has lots of eggs for you! Also stop by and learn about the farm being open on Saturdays and Sundays as well as some new items located exclusively at the farm. Ask us about our new "Goat Herd Share" program! Follow us on Facebook now to get current health event, ideas for cooking, and so much more! http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/pages/Purcellville-VA/Chicama-Run/51719934502 Tel: 540-668-9828 E-mail: email@example.com
Don's Dahlias ~ Don's Dahlias will be at the Leesburg Market in mid-late July with our dahlia blooms--keep checking for updates! Tel: E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Echo Ridge Farm & Nursery ~ Come by for chemical-free bok choy, kale, Swiss Chard and other gourmet greens! We also have beautiful perennials for your gardens. Tel: 540-869-3319 E-mail: email@example.com
Endless Summer Harvest ~ Enjoy our hydroponic lettuce--check out all of our varieties of living heads of lettuce, arugula and our special Loudoun Mix!
F & V Farm ~ Fresh picked, log grown shiitake mushrooms! E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Galletta's Pasta & Italian Specialties ~ If you haven't tried our fresh pasta, you don't know what you've been missing--made right here in Leesburg with only the finest ingredients. Check out our variety of gourmet pasta sauces, too! Tel: 703-737-3700 E-mail: email@example.com
Haskins Family Farm ~ What does Dad want for the grill on his weekend? Bone-in chicken breast? Pork chops? A whole chicken for beer can chicken? Thigh/drum combos? Sausage/Brat grillers? Spare ribs? By popular demand, we now have *skinless* *boneless* thighs!! Follow us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Middletown-VA/Haskins-Family-Farm/114984971161 ) and Twitter (http://twitter.com/HaskinsFarm ). Free range eggs, free range chicken and pasture raised pork (chops, bacon, chorizo, sweet Italian sausage, hot Italian sausage, sage sausage, loose sausage, breakfast linked sausage, maple sausage, medium sausage, German brats, garlic brats, ribs, roasts) available every week. Tel: 540-869-3795 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lola Cookies & Treats ~ Pick up a treat for Dad--We're featured in current Washingtonian magazine! At the market this week, SCONES: Apricot with White Chocolate and Walnuts; Cranberry; Cheddar Chive MUFFINS: Whole Wheat Banana Chocolate Chip; Blueberry CUPCAKES: Coconut; Luscious Lemon; Milk Chocolate. PLUS: Southern Biscuits and Blue Ribbon Zucchini Bread; and all your favorite cookies and bars. Tel: 703-669-6970 E-mail: LolaCookies@aol.com
Loudoun County Master Gardeners ~ The Loudoun County Master Gardeners will be at the Leesburg Farmers Market to answer your gardening questions. You can also contact us through our web site www.loudouncountymastergardeners.org or call our Help Desk Monday through Friday at 703-771-5150.
Medinas Produce ~ Come see our early Spring produce--Our season in Westmoreland County is a couple weeks ahead of the growers here. We have onions, lettuce, kohl rabi, broccoli, beets, beans, sweet & hot peppers and beautiful herb and flowering plants! The first garlic of the season is ready!
Milcreek Farm ~ will not be at the market this weekend. Milcreek Farm has some of Loudoun County's best pasture raised Beef, Lamb and Goat--no hormones, no MSG, no antibiotics! Try some and taste the difference. Our Large Brown Eggs from our free range hens will make your breakfast special. Ask us about stocking your freezer with our meats--we are now taking orders for 1/4's and 1/2's of our grass fed Beef, Lamb and Goat. Tel: 540-822-4181 E-mail: email@example.com
Mill Road Farm, Inc. ~ Mill Road Farm has Grass Fed Angus Beef, Lamb and our 2009 Summer Honey. We are well stocked this week. Join us this weekend at the maket as we sweat to the heat. Mill Road Farm is tended by the Hatch Family, Stewards of the Land in Loudoun since 1950--only forty more years until we become a Century Farm. Have you tried our Lamb Breast in a pasta sauce? Any questions? Email/phone Chris - firstname.lastname@example.org / 703-777-1356
Pleitez Produce ~ Have you tried our vine ripened GREENHOUSE Grown Tomatoes? Grown in soil so they taste like the real deal! Fresh picked beans are available again this week--green beans, yellow wax beans. We still have Beets, Spring Onions, Cabbage, Fennel, Radishes, Okra, Specialty and Summer Squash, New Potatoes. We also have both pickling and regular cucumbers, fresh Garlic and Basil for the gourmet and the first cut flowers of the season! Stop by our stand and check out our fresh veggies. You can see our family run farm in the Northern Neck of VA on our website www.pleitezproduce.com . Visit our website to check out the new pictures. Thank you for your support. Tel: 804-366-7020 E-mail: email@example.com
Potomac Vegetable Farm ~ Sugar snap peas = eat the whole thing, crispy and sweet. great in salads and delicious gently sauteed with butter. two more weeks! E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Quail Hollow Farm ~ Come and see our wide selection of culinary, medicinal and hard-to-find Herb Plants--everything you need for your herb garden! Looking for some inspiration? Check out the pictures of our farm at www.qhfherbs.com. E-mail: email@example.com
South Street Under ~ Don't forget Cibatta Bread for Dad! It goes well with everything. Check out our special flavors and delicious bread toppings! Tel: E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Staff of Life Bread Company ~ On the docket for this week: Alpenbrot, Rhapsody in Bleu (gorgonzola and walnut), Mandel- and Streuselkuchen, Roasted Garlic Levain, Pane alla Ricotta, Rye with Pumpkin Seeds, and Golden Raisin-Oat Batard. Join us on Facebook, and check out the album we made of our breads! http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Staff-of-Life-Bread/108864981255?ref=ts And lest we forget, don't you forget your Mandorlatini! Tel: E-mail: email@example.com
Valencias Produce ~ Fresh produce from our farm in the Northern Neck of Va! Fresh picked radishes, onions, squash, beets, lettuce and more! Early tomatoes are ready! Tel: 540-207-8913 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Willow Hawk Farm ~ Willow Hawk has your favorite cuts of eco-ganic lamb and 3 flavors of lamb sausage--ready for your Father's Day cookout; also yarns and fiber to sate your creative appetite, and washable sheepskin pelts. Contact us: email email@example.com or call 703-980-2866. Follow us on Facebook: just search for Willow Hawk Farm and become a fan!
Willowcroft Vineyard ~ Get Dad a bottle of wine from Loudoun's Original Winery--Willowcroft! We have Chardonnay, Riesling, Seyval Blanc, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Applause Apple Wine to choose from. Try our dessert wine "Claire" with fresh berries! Tel: 703-777-8161 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Winding Woods Farm ~ Goats Milk Soap and Solid Hand Lotion in a variety of scents--including "manly" ones just right for Dad! Tel: 540-668-9036 E-mail: email@example.com