|Today is Friday, June 1st, 2012
Vol 2 Issue 22
Shop for Fresh, Local Produce & Meats 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 18, 2012.
Shop Fresh & Local 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.
Shop Fresh & Local 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.
Support Local Agriculture at the Leesburg Summer Farmers Market!
The Leesburg Farmers Market runs every Saturday 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!
Music at the Leesburg Market
The return of the Main Line Gravy Soppers! They are an old time duo featuring Rebecca Adams on clawhammer banjo and vocals and Jeffrey Adams on guitar. Their songs range from fast raucous vaudeville numbers to haunting old fiddle tunes, always telling a story.
Here is a map of the vendors participating at the Leesburg Saturday Market:
Looking for a particular product? Try our search engine to find farm fresh items at ALL the LVHMC Farmers Markets!
Visit the Leesburg Farmers Market Facebook page for market info and updates! We love your comments!
Check out the Leesburg Wednesday Farmers Market page, too!
The Loudoun County Master Gardener Volunteers will be on hand every Saturday at the Leesburg Farmers Market to answer your gardening questions.
||This week's recipe
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
4 Carrots, sliced
1 Cup Onion, diced
1 Cup Zucchini, diced
1 Tablespoon Garlic, minced
2 Cups Water
2 Cups Beef Stock
1 1/2 Cups Salsa, medium or hot
1/2 Teaspoon Paprika
1/4 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper (to taste)
4 New Potatoes, diced
1 1/2 lbs Ground Beef
1/3 Cup Seasoned Bread Crumbs
1/3 Cup Milk
Fresh Cilantro, chopped (for garnish)
In a large pan, saute carrots, onion, zucchini and garlic in olive oil until they start to brown. Add in the water and beef stock, salsa, and spices and bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer.
Mix the beef, breadcrumbs, and milk together in a bowl. Form into 1-inch meatballs, and drop into the simmering broth along with the diced potatoes.
Cover and cook 20 minutes, or until meatballs are no longer pink in center and the potatoes are tender. Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve.
Info from the LVHMC Farms!
Each week we give you a look at what is happening at the LVHMC member's farms and businesses.
Marc & Angie Jimenez of Cocina Rivas (Leesburg Saturday Market) attended the Third Annual Peppers Tailgate Party at Rehobeth Beach, DE over the May 18 weekend. Chileheads from all over came out in crowds to sample sauces and other products from vendors across the country. Also attending were famous chefs and authors, and a Guinness World Record for eating hot chiles was broken. Steve "The Machine" Smallwood demolished the previous Guinness world record of 3 ghost peppers by eating 8 ghost peppers in 1 minute--then a short while later, he proceeded to set a new record by eating 8 Trinidad Scorpion peppers in 1 minute.
There were all kinds of pepper products available, from Cocina Rivas' salsas to Jalepeno Chips--even hot pepper infused chocolates. Marc says the focus was on Wing Sauces, with contests and free samples all weekend.
Marc was interested to find that his style of home-processed salsas and sauces were in the minority. Most of the products available there were made by processors in Florida and bottled for the vendors. His family enjoyed the weekend at the beach (who wouldn't?), but he knows his customers at the Leesburg Market appreciate the work that goes into his products!
Check back next week for more "Info from the LVHMC Farms"!
Farm Market Foodie
Go for the Heat to Fight Fat!
Researchers have revealed that eating foods with capsaicin once a day can lead to a reduction in abdominal fat. Capsaicin is the ingredient in chili peppers and other spicy food that causes the familiar "burning spice" sensation.
Scientists from Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) examined capsaicin found that the ingredient can naturally lead to fat loss and fight obesity. Published in the journal Digestive Diseases and Sciences, the authors revealed that caspaicin could be a natural method of combating obesity that is nearly as effective as intensive surgeries--and with far less complications and risks.
So pick up some spicy foods at the Farmers Markets this weekend! Have some salsa on your fresh salad or on top of your chicken or steak. Try this week's recipe for Spicy Albondigas--you can find most of the ingredients here at the Farmers Market.
---Judy Stroske, LVHMC Market Coordinator
Earth Day Every Day!
Breathe Easy Indoors
Properly ventilating your home is one of the best ways to protect and improve air quality for your family.
High levels of moisture in your home increase dampness and the growth of mold, which not only damage your home but threaten health. Dampness and mold are linked to increased wheezing, coughing and asthma attacks in people with allergies. Normal daily household activities--including cooking, washing and even breathing--produce water vapor, so having adequate ventilation is essential to remove moisture from the air.
Try these dehumidifying tricks to keep the humidity in your home below 50%:
Install and run exhaust fans in bathrooms to remove unhealthy moisture and odors from your home.
Make sure that vents exhaust air outdoors and not into other parts of your home.
Remove any mold damage or growth and fix all leaks.
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
Allder School Berries ~ This week Allder School Berries will have the last of the asparagus, but the start of blueberries. With all the hot and wet weather the berries are huge. I'll also have a few more live plants such as rosemary, green and purple basil, blackberry and tomato. Tel: 540-338-6412 E-mail: Allder.firstname.lastname@example.org
Baker Pork ~ Pick up some kielbasa sausage, chops and ribs for dinner! We have farm raised bacon and sausage, perfect for your breakfast. All our hogs are born and raised on our farm in the Shenandoah Valley of VA. Tel: 540-477-3550 E-mail: email@example.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 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!
Beechwood Orchards ~ We will be at the Leesburg & Cascades Markets this week! Try our fresh PA grown strawberries! Asparagus, veggie plants and applesauce from our apples! Check out our facebook page for latest updates: http://www.facebook.com/beechwoodorchards Tel: E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bigg Riggs ~ Try our specialty jar products made with fruit and vegetables grown on our WV farm. New products include Hickory Magic and our specialty rubs! Check out our Awesome Sauce, Wing Sauce, delicious Pickles, Jams and Drink Mixers. Also WV strawberries, lettuce mix, spinach, chard and more! Tel: 540 550 5480 E-mail: email@example.com
Blue Ridge Dairy Co ~ Try our honey Greek yogurt with fresh strawberries--you will love it! Have you tried our home-made farm style butter? Blue Ridge Dairy has all your favorite gourmet soft cheeses: mozzarella, smoked mozzarella, ricotta, feta for all your cooking needs. We also have yogurt, Greek yogurt and yo-lite. Locally made here in Leesburg! We'll be here in Leesburg for the Summer Market season. Tel: 703-443-6605
Caprikorn Farms ~ Goat Cheese! We have chevre, Swiss, cheddar and flavored cheeses made on our farm in Maryland (just north of Leesburg). Come try a sample! Tel: 301-834-8030 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Catoctin Coffee ~ We are a local, small batch coffee roaster with Fair Trade, Organic coffee. We will have coffee by the cup and fresh roasted beans for sale. Be sure and try our special Leesburg Blend! Ice Lattes for Summer--check the flavor of the week! Tel: 703-615-5548 E-mail: email@example.com
Chase Your Tail Bakery ~ 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chef Eloys KICKIN SALSAS ~ Try our Guacamole! 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. You can find us at Leesburg, Brambleton and Cascades all Summer. Tel: 571-313-1531 E-mail: email@example.com
Chicama Run ~ Try some fabulous fudge and GO GREEN with the Wool Dryer Balls which will replace your dryer sheets and even help cut down on drying time. Visit our Facebook page for the most up to date information http://www.facebook.com/chicamarun We'll be here in Leesburg all summer. Tel: 540-668-9828 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cocina Rivas ~ Pick up some tamales for dinner! Try our authentic Mexican salsas, guacamole and tamales! We are excited to be at the Leesburg Market for the 2012 summer season. Tel: 304-724-4108 E-mail: email@example.com
Don's Dahlias Etc ~ We'll be at market with beautiful peony blooms, dahlia plants and skin care products from our local bee hives. Tel: E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Endless Summer Harvest ~ Pick up our hydroponic lettuce--check out all of our varieties of living heads of lettuce, arugula and our special Loudoun Mix! Grown locally here in Purcellville! Tel: 540-751-0900 E-mail: email@example.com
F & V Farm ~ Sorry--no mushrooms this week. We hope to be back next week. Shiitake mushrooms--Log raised here in Lovettsville. Ask for our delicious recipes. We'll be in the Leesburg and Brambleton for the Summer Market season. Tel: E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Haskins Family Farm ~ We'll have frozen pasture raised chicken and pork on Saturday. Along with bone in chicken breast and thigh drum combos (along with all of our other regular chicken pieces) for grilling, we'll have lots of pork chops, sausage and other pasture raised pork cuts for your grilling fun! Our chickens are laying prolifically so we will have lots of eggs, too. All of our animals are raised on pasture without hormones or antibiotics. Tel: 540-869-3795 E-mail: email@example.com
Lola Cookies & Treats ~ We will not be at the market on June 2nd. Looking forward to seeing you again on June 9th. Tel: 703-669-6970 E-mail: LolaCookies@aol.com
Medinas Produce ~ Fresh picked greens, radishes, onions, summer squash and more from the Northern Neck of VA!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mill Road Farm, Inc. ~ Buy Fresh and Local and support our Rural Economy. Welcome to the market in Leesburg and see you in Cascades on Sunday--pick up beef and lamb for your weekend cookout; Some of the best Grass-Fed Angus Beef in the county (5 miles to Leesburg 16 miles to Cascades) Pastured Lamb and Raw Honey Contact Chris Tel: 703-777-1356 E-mail: email@example.com
Mock's Greenhouse ~ Flavorful hydroponically grown lettuce, basil & tomatoes--heirloom, hybrid and cherry! Hydroponic cucumbers! All of our vegetables are greenhouse grown in beautiful West Virginia. Tel: 304-258-5608 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pleitez Produce ~ SPECIAL this weekend!! PICKLING CUCUMBERS reg $2.50 lb. on sale for $2 lb. Buy 10 lbs or more only $1.50 lb.--time to make pickles! (or great for salads).Greenhouse grown tomatoes & summer squash!! Along with Red and Green Romaine Lettuce, Red and Green Leaf Lettuce, Swiss Chard, Spring Onions, Curly Red and Green Kale, Collard Greens, Baby Turnips, Cilantro, Spinach, Red stem Spinach, Greenhouse Slicing Cucumbers, Greenhouse Pickling Cucumbers, Dill and Radishes, golden and red beets. Come out early to get your Fresh Home Grown Produce.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
Potomac Vegetable Farm ~ Big, beautiful heads of lettuce, tat soi, bok choy, FAVA Beans! Turnips, radishes--all grown chemical free. Plus we have plant starts for the garden and Ellen's famous compost to get your garden ready. Come enjoy. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Quail Hollow Farm ~ We have beautiful flowering and herb plants! Come see our variety of unusual culinary herbs and garden bowls. Tel: 304-258-0584 E-mail: email@example.com
Simply Nut Free Chocolates ~ It's summer season and we are dipping beautiful strawberries in chocolate! Yum! Quantities are limited, so stop by early. All of our Velvets and molded seasonal chocolates are Gluten Free as well as peanut/tree nut, egg and sesame free. Our dark chocolate is also Dairy Free for most sensitivities. We'll be at Leesburg & Brambleton through Father's Day! Tel: 703-855-6479 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
South Mountain Creamery ~ Sorry--we won't be at the Leesburg Market on June 2--we will return June 9! South Mountain Creamery provides antibiotic and hormone free Dairy Products from our Family Farm. Try our MILK: skim, 2%,whole, cream top, chocolate, half & half, buttermilk, and heavy cream; YOGURT drinks & cups in fruit flavors; BUTTER: unsalted, salted, honey, dill & garlic; CREAM CHEESE: plain, crab, horseradish cheddar, apple, vegetable. Come try us out! Tel: 540-465-4742 E-mail: email@example.com
South Street Under ~ Ciabatta bread! Stop by Saturday -we have a variety of flavors! Don't forget our bread dips -green or black olive tapanade, veggie cream cheese, white bean hummus, and curried chickpea hummus. We also have the best cookies and scones! Tel: E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Staff of Life Bread Company ~ On the docket this week: Alpenbrot, Whole Wheat Levain, White Batard, Gouda Batard, Rye with Pumpkin Seeds, Pane alla Cioccolate. We're also bringing our (new) soft buns, our breadsticks, and two varieties of savory buns: White Cheddar and Artichoke, and Three Cheese and Basil Buns. Look up Staff of Life Bread on Facebook, and oh: don't forget your Mandorlatini! Tel: E-mail: email@example.com
Valencias Produce ~ We have new potatoes, kolh rabi, onions, lettuce, radishes, beets, Swiss chard & more! We now take Credit Cards!! Tel: 540-207-8913 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Willow Hawk Farm ~ Need dinner ideas? Check with us for your special lamb cuts and recipe ideas! We have LOTS of our washable sheepskin pelts back in stock!! Shearlings for saddle pads, garments, and seat covers; luxurious full length pelts for warmth, comfort, and home nesting (throws, rugs, mattress pads, pet beds, whatever you can imagine)! Tel: 540-822-9143 E-mail: email@example.com
Willowcroft Vineyard ~ Visit Loudoun County's original winery at the Leesburg and Brambleton Farmer's Markets! Try our Claire dessert wine with fresh local berries--fantastic! Have a taste of our locally grown international award winning wines--we can help you with meal pairings. Don't forget to look us up on the web at www.willowcroftwine.com or befriend us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter! CHEERS! Tel: 703-777-8161 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Winding Woods Farm ~ We will have goats milk fudge this week! Try one of our Shampoo Bars! Enjoy some wonderful Goat Milk Soap. Soap and lotion bars make great gifts too! New limited time soap scent Big Sur. We will have eggs, duck eggs and rabbit meat. Tel: 540-668-9036 E-mail: email@example.com
Woodtrail Graziers ~ We will be at the Leesburg Market all Summer. Look for our Red Tent at the market! We have beef roasts (bone in or boneless). We currently also have free-range veal, which is very lean beef but without some of the texture penalties of older grass-fed beef. We have ground veal, veal chops, scaloppini, and roasts. Our beef and veal are 100% grass fed and finished, pork is garden- and pasture-raised, never caged, and our chickens eat and grow in the sunlight on pasture and in our garden. We do not use hormones, drugs, wormers or vaccines. Our animals grow slowly and naturally without agribusiness chemicals. Our pastures are maintained organically (certified by NaturallyGrown.org) and completely free of herbicides and artificial fertilizers. Tel: 540-554-8665 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org