|Today is Friday, July 2nd, 2010
Vol 2 Issue 26
We Will ReOpen July 10 at 871 E Main St!
We are MOVING!! Look for us on July 10 at our NEW location: 871 E Main Street--just a couple of doors down across from Browning Equipment!
Bluegrass Music by Stomper this week at the Leesburg Farmers Market!
Leesburg Farmers Market Saturdays Virginia Village Shopping Center Catoctin Circle.
Find Farm Fresh Summer Fruits & Veggies at the Cascades Farmers Market Every Sunday!
Cascades Farmers Market Sundays 9am-1pm Senior Center Parking lot, Whitfield Rd by Cascades Library.
Shop Fresh & Local 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.
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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Fresh From the Farm Meats, Fruit, Vegetables, Salsa and Wine on Sundays in Brambleton!
In the Town Center parking lot behind Fox Cinema--visible from NorthStar Boulevard! The Market will run Every Sunday through Oct 31.
Summer is here! Farm fresh fruits and veggies can be found at the Brambleton Farmers Market every Sunday!
Don't Forget to Vote!
Help the LVHMA Brambleton 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 Brambleton 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 Brambleton Farmers Market one step closer to being America's favorite farmers market!
||This week's recipe
VooDoo Stick Kabobs
Hot, spicy & delicious!
3 Tablespoons Beef Bouillon (liquid)
2 Tablespoons minced Garlic
1 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
1 Teaspoon Smoked Paprika
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1 Teaspoon Black Pepper
1 1/2 lbs Beef Sirloin, cut into strips
10 Wooden Skewers, soaked in water for 1 hour
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
Mix the boullion, garlic, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper together in a zip lock bag. Add the meat and mix thoroughly. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours--the longer the meat marinades, the more intense the heat and flavor!
Thread the beef onto the skewer, leaving a small space between each loop for even cooking, then brush the kabob with olive oil. Grill over high heat, turning frequently, until the beef browns lightly--about 8-10 minutes. Remember-pasture raised beef is best medium rare--don't overcook!
Serve with veggie kabobs of onion, mushroom and pepper, or in a pita with some cucumber sauce for those who can't take the heat!
|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.
Calvin Riggleman of Bigg Riggs (Cascades Market) has gotten into politics in a big way! He has recently served his WV family farm grown salad greens at luncheons in both the US House of Representatives and the US Senate. Calvin and Trey participated in this event featuring local agriculture last year (made it through all the security checks and everything) and was invited back again this year. Calvin reports that the Senate side was much nicer--definitely more plush and with more amenities--someone even moved their truck for them after the bomb sniffing dogs were finished. Highlight of the event? Calvin got to shake hands with Mark Warner!
It's been a very good season for berries and Allder School Berries of Purcellville, Va (usually at the Pville Market, but this week in Leesburg)has several varieties of berries right now--red raspberries, black raspberries, (which are as scarce as hens teeth in Virginia), and wonderful blueberries. Warren Howell reports that his huge Chandler variety of blueberry is just about ready. This awesome blueberry is bigger around than a quarter and has a whole mouthful of juice in each one! The recent hot weather means that blackberries are ripening. Warren is particularly happy with his Natchez variety--a recent release from the University of Arkansas collection. Be sure to enjoy these healthful small fruits while you can.
Joan and Bill Baker of New Asbury Farm in Leesburg (Ashburn Market) has 28 bred ewes that are due to lamb in late August and September. These ladies range in age from 6 1/2 years old to yearlings who will be first-time mothers. They recently had their pedicures (that is, their hooves trimmed) and are in excellent health. These White Dorper Sheep normally have twins, although it is not unusual for a first-timer to have a single, and last year 3 of the older ewes had triplets (do the math--that means anywhere from 28 to 84 babies arriving in a month or two)!
Check back next week for more "Info from the LVHMA Farms"!
Farm Market Foodie
Go with Kabobs for the 4th!
Kabobs are always cool and exotic--with a few simple tips, you can serve up some delicious varieties to impress your Fourth of July guests.
There is nothing worse than a chewy hunk of meat with burned vegetables masquerading as a kabob. If you are going with beef, try cutting it into thin strips instead of the standard cube--just thread it onto your skewer. The strip cooks faster so your veggies don't burn while the meat is still raw. You can also place the veggies and meats on separate skewers on the grill and mix them together on a plate for serving. This gives you more control over the timing.
Try a vegetarian kabob using 1 inch slices of zucchini and yellow squash, individual mushrooms, whole cherry tomatoes, small whole onions and chunks or red or green pepper. Marinate your veggies for an hour in a mixture of olive oil, lemon juice, basil, oregano, garlic, salt and pepper. Thread onto a skewer (leaving a space between each piece for even cooking) and grill for 10-15 minutes on medium high heat.
You can make a Greek style chicken kabob by marinating 1 inch strips of chicken breast in a mixture of yogurt, crumbled feta cheese, lemon juice & zest, oregano, rosemary and salt & pepper for at least 3 hours. Skewer the marinated chicken with mushrooms, peppers and onions and grill until the juices of the chicken are clear.
If you like your food hot and spicy, check out this week's recipe for Voodoo Stick Kabobs.
--Judy Stroske, LVHMA Market Coordinator
Earth Day Every Day!
Be a Green Teen!
Help your teenager to be "greener" by passing on these tips:
When you're done surfing and IMing, turn your computer off. If you shut your machine off before bedtime, you'll save an average of $90 worth of electricity a year. Save even more juice by unplugging your computer, or flip the switch on a surge protector, to stop the "phantom load" problem.
Another way to save energy is to turn off the lights behind you. It is simply wasteful to leave lights on when you are not using them--and lighting accounts for an average of 11% of a family's total energy bill.
Help fight the battle against litter. Littering is a blight on our landscape that chokes wildlife and releases toxic chemicals when it breaks down. Many neighborhoods hold regular cleanups and volunteering is an easy way to get some exercise while making a difference and meeting new people.
And why not put together a cool vintage outfit. Release your inner "Project Runway" or Rachel Zoe and impress your friends with your fab style sense when you show up to a party in a vintage find--check out gently used clothing for a steal at thrift stores and garage sales. And try raiding your parents' closet for 1970s and '80s styles.
Products in season for the month of July
Apples * Apricots Artichokes Arugula Basil Beef Beets Blackberries Blueberries Bok Choy Breads Broccoli Cabbage Carrots * Cheese Cherries Chicken Cilantro Collards Corn Cucumbers Eggplant Eggs Fava Beans Figs Flowers Garlic * Goat Gooseberries Green Beans Jams & Jellies Kohlrabi Lamb Lettuce Melons Mint Nectarines Okra Onions * Pastries Peaches Peppers Pies Plants Plums Pork Potatoes * Radishes Raspberries Sage Salsa Soaps Soups Strawberries Summer Squash Sweet Potatoes Swiss Chard Tarragon Tat Soi Thyme Tomatoes Turkey Wine Wool & Products Yogurt
|News from the Market Vendors
Baker Pork ~ We have ribs for your Independence Day cookout--and 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! Tel: 540-477-3550 E-mail: email@example.com
Beechwood Orchards ~ Summer fruit is ripe and ready--we have PEACHES! Also nectarines, apricots, blueberries and raspberries--fresh picked on our 5 Generation Family PA farm. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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. E-mail: email@example.com
Medinas Produce ~ Summer is here and we have tomatoes, squash, eggplant, onions, garlic, peppers, okra and more! Don't forget to eat your 5 servings of veggies a day for health!
Milcreek Farm ~ Get ready to grill on the Fourth! 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
North Gate Vineyard ~ We are at Cascades and Brambleton every week--pick up a local Loudoun wine! 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! Tel: 540-668-6248 E-mail: email@example.com
Pleitez Produce ~ Tomatoes & Sweet Corn--ready for your July 4th celebration! 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Stone Soup Bakery ~ Brambleton, we are here to satisfy your sweet tooth! Pick up your Independence Day dessert here! You will be addicted to our handcrafted pies, mega fudge puddles, almond sugar cookies and super fudgy brownies! Check out our Facebook page! Tel: 703-909-6089 E-mail: email@example.com