|Today is Friday, September 2nd, 2011
Vol 2 Issue 35
Find Great Local Foods for Your Labor Day Cookout at the Leesburg Farmers Market!
The Leesburg Farmers Market runs every Saturday through October 29, 8am until Noon Rain or Shine!
Shop Fresh & Local at the Ashburn Farmers Market! Welcome Another New Vendor!
Located in the Ashburn Crossroads Restaurant Park at the intersection of Ashburn Village Blvd and Farmwell Dr--behind IHOP and Fuddruckers! The Ashburn Farmers Market will be open Saturday mornings from 8am until noon through October 29, 2011.
Shop Fresh & Local at the Brambleton Farmers Market for Your Labor Day Cookout!
The Brambleton Farmers Market will be open on Sundays from 9am until 1pm through October 30, 2011 in the Sport & Health parking lot on Soave Dr 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.
Vote for CASCADES as America's Favorite Famers Market! Click here!
Shop Fresh & Local for Labor Day 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 through November 20.
Welcome to our NEW Vendor--We Take the Cupcake! They feature homemade, decadent flavors in cupcakes, cake pops and other treats!
Enjoy music by Crys Matthews at the Cascades Market this week.
Remember! We now have a Wednesday afternoon Farmers Market in Leesburg for everyone who needs their fresh and local produce, meats, baked goods, salsa and dog treats before the weekend starts! The Market will be located in the Virginia Village Shopping Center on Catoctin Circle (same as the Leesburg Saturday Market) and will run from 3pm until 6pm through the end of October. We have a variety of vendors, both new to the Leesburg Market and some of your favorites returning, so come on out and see!
We are always looking for family friendly entertainment for the Farmers Markets. If you would like to perform for tips and free advertising, please contact Market Coordinator, Judy Stroske at Judy@loudounfarmers
markets.org or 540-454-8089 for scheduling information.
||This week's recipe
Brown Sugar Glazed Lamb
1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
2 Teaspoons Ground Ginger
2 Teaspoons Tarragon
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1 Teaspoon Black Pepper
2 Teaspoons Garlic Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Sea Salt
4 Lamb Chops or Lamb Steaks
Mix the brown sugar, herbs and spices together in a bowl. Rub the lamb with the seasonings and place on a plate. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour (overnight is great).
Preheat grill or grill plate. Brush grill grate lightly with oil, and arrange lamb on grill. Cook 5 minutes on each side or to desired doneness.
This glaze also works well with pork and chicken.
Info from the LVHMA Farms!
Each week we give you a look at what is happening at the LVHMA member's farms and businesses.
Shyla and Steve Kennedy of Trinity Church Farm in Lincoln, VA (Ashburn Market) report that the hurricane came through and uprooted about 100 of their heirloom tomato plants, but the heirloom cherry tomatoes were more resilient! They still have their black cherry, the yellow and the traditional red variety to pick for this week's Market. Steve got about half of the plants stood up and repaired, and expects to have the rest up soon. The ripe tomatillos blew off--practically to the neighbors yard--but the plants are still healthy and strong and will continue to produce. Unfortunately, the corn is all but gone; between the dry heat of June reducing pollination and the stinkbugs, they did not get one single ear. In a couple weeks the corn stalks will be uprooted to make room for leeks and greens. Last week's seedlings of turnips are coming up, so there is a silver lining to this whole hurricane experience.
We told you back in June that MaryAnne Klank of Simply NutFree Chocolates (Ashburn & Brambleton Markets) was entering her delicious confections in a contest at the Retail Confectioners International 91st Annual Convention and Industry Expo in Pittsburgh, PA. She presented her chocolates at the Candy Clinic in the category "Best First Timers" and won this national award! MaryAnne was up against another company that had been in the candy business for 20 years but had just joined RCI this year. There were over 200 other confectioners in attendance and they were the ones voting. "RCI is a non-profit trade association serving the chocolate and confectionery industry since 1917. The members are comprised of chocolate makers, confectioners and industry suppliers with a passion for excellent chocolates. From independently owned businesses to large multi-million dollar corporations, RCI provides a forum for confectioners to meet, network, share ideas, solve mutual problems, and develop their candy making and entrepreneurial skills." MaryAnne has also been experimenting with new flavor combinations during the heat of the Summer--her favorite is a Thai Lemongrass Velvet--white chocolate truffle center with lemongrass and ginger plus a hint of cayenne covered in rich dark chocolate. Yum...She'll also have a Tangerine Velvet and a White Chocolate Velvet. All the velvets are gluten free as well as peanut/tree nut, egg and sesame free! . Get ready Ashburn & Brambleton--Simply NutFree Chocolates returns to the Markets on September 10 & 11!
Check back next week for more "Info from the LVHMA Farms"!
Farm Market Foodie
Labor Day weekend is a great time to grill, so here are some marinades to try out. Make sure to soak your meat at least 30 minutes for best flavor.
Lemon Oregano--great on chicken or pork! Mix lemon juice, oregano, shredded bay leaves, garlic olive oil.
Mustard Beer--try on beef or game! Soy sauce, 1 bottle dark beer, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce to taste, salt & pepper.
Smokin' Honey--good on any meat or try on veggies! Honey, soy sauce, liquid smoke, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, red pepper flakes & salt.
Savory Wine--chicken marinade soak for at least 4 hours before cooking. Olive oil, chopped onion, white wine, lemon juice, parsley, salt & hot sauce.
Try this week's recipe for Brown Sugar Glazed Lamb (or try the glaze on pork or chicken).
---Judy Stroske, LVHMC Market Coordinator
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Products in season for the month of September
Apples * Artichokes Arugula Basil Beef Beets Blueberries Bok Choy Breads Broccoli Raab Brussels Sprouts Cabbage Cauliflower Celery Celery Root Cheese Chicken Cider * Cilantro Collards Corn Cucumbers Dill Eggplant Eggs Fennel Flowers Garlic * Goat Green Beans Jams & Jellies Kale Kohlrabi Lamb Lettuce Lima Beans Melons Mint Mushrooms Okra Onions * Parsley Parsnips * Pastries Peaches Pears * Peppers Pies Plants Pork Potatoes * Raddicchio Radishes Sage Salsa Shallots * Shelling Beans Soaps Sorrel Soups Spinach Summer Squash Sweet Potatoes Swiss Chard Tarragon Tat Soi Thyme Tomatoes Turkey Turnips * Walnuts * Wine Wool & Products Yogurt
News from the Market Vendors
Baguette Republic ~ Get ready for Labor Day and pick up some of our wonderful artesian breads, crossiants and muffins! Breads include: Kalamata Olive, Panebello, Multigrain, Baguettes and more. Check out our new treats--something different every week: Gingerbread, Gourmet Brownies--who knows what else we'll come up with? Tel: 703-870-7740 E-mail: orders@BaguetteRepublic.com
Baker Pork ~ Pick up some kielbasa sausage, chops and ribs for your Labor Day cookouts! We have farm raised bacon and sausage, perfect for breakfast! All our hogs are born and raised on our farm in the Shenandoah Valley of VA. Try our country ribs in a slow cooker with our Family Recipe Barbeque Sauce! Tel: 540-477-3550 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Beckys Pastries ~ Our Bun's Bread makes a great french toast or sandwiches! Try it with some fresh peaches!! Have you tried our scones, tarts and other sweet breads? There's ALWAYS something good on our table! We have healthy multigrain bread, too!
Bigg Riggs ~ It's Peach Season!! Pick up fresh WV peaches for fresh eating, cobblers, pies, etc. We also have baby summer squash. You can't have a cookout without our farm fresh condiments--check out our Awesome Sauce, Wing Sauce, delicious Pickles, Jams and Drink Mixers! Tel: 540 550 5480 E-mail: email@example.com
Blue Ridge Gardens ~ We're back with beautiful, blooming summer shrubs & perennials--find something to give your tired garden a boost! Tel: 540-955-4208 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
C.Hess Orchard & Produce ~ We have West Virginia PEACHES and Nectarines, yellow and white varieties--also HONEY CRIP Apples and several other delicious varieties! Summer Squash, Green Beans and Cucumbers. Please Try a Slice from our Fully Loaded SAMPLE TABLE. Thank You for Your Patronage. Tel: 304-676-9445 E-mail: C.Hessgrowsit@comcast.net
Chase Your Tail Bakery ~ Don't forget your best friend this Labor Day weekend! Reward your good dog with his favorite, freshly made dog treat from Chase Your Tail Bakery--does he like Puppy Pretzels? Herb Hydrants? Honey Buns? Stop by for the freshest dog treats Loudoun County has to offer! Tel: 703-771-3019 E-mail: email@example.com
Chef Eloys KICKIN SALSAS ~ Our fresh salsa is great for cooking, salad dressing or just eating fresh--and try our Guacamole--great for your Labor Day cookout! Made fresh and has a "kick" at the end! Get your favorite freshly made, "never cooked" salsa! Try our Mild, Medium or Extra Hot; Banana, Mango or Corn & Black Bean Salsas. Tel: 571-313-1531 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
F & V Farm ~ Shiitake mushrooms--Log raised here in Lovettsville. Great on the grill!! Ask for our delicious recipes. E-mail: email@example.com
J & W Valley View Farm ~ Fresh from the Northern Neck of VA--ripe tomatoes, okra, eggplant, sweet and hot peppers, cucumbers and more!
Medinas Produce ~ Fresh picked Tomatoes, eggplant, cantaloupe, summer squash, acorn squash, spaghetti squash, butternut squash, onions, potatoes and more!!
Milcreek Farm ~ We have meat for your Labor Day cookout! 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mill Road Farm, Inc. ~ Comb Honey this week; limited quantity Yum! I want to thank all the customers and Member/Vendors of the LVHM Coop for coming out last weekend. We were blessed in Loudoun with mostly rain (1.3 at the farm), our Northern Neck Farmers had a worse time of it than our neck of the woods. Mill Road Farm-Three generations since 1950-Stewards of the land and purveyors of our bred, born and raised Angus Beef-finished on Loudoun Grass-and Lambs; Steaks, Ground Angus, Patties & Roasts; As always Ground Angus Beef discounts: 5% for three or more packs & 10% for 6 or more; In addition the 2011 Honey Harvest. From our Farm to your Table; Enjoy! Any question? Contact Chris Hatch by email Tel: 703-777-1356 E-mail: email@example.com
North Gate Vineyard ~ Try our Chardonnay, Viognier or Apple Wines on these hot Summer days! We use 100% local grapes in our wines, about 90% coming directly from Loudoun County. Our current offering includes Chardonnay, Viognier, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Meritage (Bordeaux blend), all priced between $16 and $20. Our 2008 Petit Verdot and Meritage are Gold Medal winners! Visit our new Tasting Room at the vineyard! Tel: 540-668-6248 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pleitez Produce ~ Watermelons and Cantaloupes! We also have okra (red and green), sweet onions, tomatoes and cherry tomatoes! We have several varieties of summer squash and eggplant. You can see our family run farm in the Northern Neck of VA on our website www.pleitezproduce.com. Tel: 804-366-7020 E-mail: email@example.com
We Take the Cupcake ~ New to the Cascades Market! We Take the Cupcake is a custom cupcakery featuring our signature, decadent flavors: Red Velvet, Very Vanilla and The Mitchell--a chocolate lover's dream! We also have cake pops and other home made treats. Tel: 703-723-0525 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Westmoreland Produce ~ Try all of our gourmet melons--sweet and delicious varieties of cantaloupe, watermelon and honeydew. We have several varieties of Heirloom Tomatoes and lots of cherry tomatoes--and basil to go with them. Eggplants are ready! Several colors and varieties. We also have sweet candy onions; several varieties of summer squash and more! Visit us at the Ashburn Market on Saturday, Cascades on Sunday and Leesburg on Wednesday! Tel: 804-333-4487 E-mail: email@example.com