|Today is Friday, April 6th, 2012
Vol 2 Issue 14
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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.
The Leesburg Farmers Market will be OPEN Easter Saturday, April 7!
The Leesburg Winter Farmers Market runs through April 28, 2012--9am until noon. The Summer Market season starts May 5.
The Leesburg Winter Farmers Market will be open no matter what the weather. Check for latest updates on our Website Winter Newsletter page or Facebook and Twitter.
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Follow the Loudoun Farmers Markets on Social Media! Keep up-to-date with happenings from the Market and weather related updates.
New Facebook Pages for the all the LVHMC Farmers Markets! "Like" us and post your pictures from the Markets! Check the pages for info on the new Summer Market Season.
||This week's recipe
Vietnamese Lamb Chops
4 Lamb Loin Chops (1 inch thick)
3 Tablespoons Garlic, minced
1/4 Teaspoon Chili Powder
2 Tablespoons Sugar
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 Tablespoon fresh Lime Juice
1 Tablespoon Soy Sauce
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
Fresh Cilantro, chopped
Lime and Lemon wedges
Place the lamb chops in a plastic zipper bag and add garlic, chili powder, sugar, salt, pepper, lime juice, soy sauce and olive oil. Massage the marinade into the lamb and refrigerate overnight.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Roast uncovered in the preheated oven to your desired degree of doneness, about 20 minutes for medium, or 30 minutes for well done. Garnish with a sprinkle of cilantro and squeeze lemon and lime juice over the top before serving.
Info from the LVHMC Farms!
Each week we give you a look at what is happening at the LVHMC member's farms and businesses.
At Winding Woods Farm in Purcellville, there are plenty of babies around the farm. All of their Nigerian Dwarf Goat does have kidded, giving them a total of 10 babies. Their Alpine Goat does will begin kidding soon. Karen also has several rabbit does raising litters--plus another one due this week. They have new chicks being raised by their children for showing at the 4H Fair this summer (and eventual egg production). It takes about 5 months before egg production begins.
This is the time of year where the winter crops begin to bolt (go to seed) and become unusable. So Kevin of Quarter Branch Farm in Lovettsville has had to pull up all his kale, collards, cabbage, lettuce, claytonia, and beets. He has a fresh crop of baby salad greens (lettuce, mizuna, arugula, pac choi) ready to pick this week. Everyone at Quarter Branch transplanted tomatoes and cucumbers inside the high tunnels last week, taking the place of the winter crops that were pulled out. Out in the field they are doing a lot of tilling and raising beds so they can plant celery, squash, cucumbers, lettuce, pac choi, spinach, and beets. It's really busy inside the greenhouse, starting seedlings, potting up, and watering. April 14 will be Kevin's last day at the Leesburg Winter Farmers Market for this season. He says he will miss seeing each of you during the summer, but is planning to be back in Leesburg again for next winter with a much bigger winter crop! Thank you so much for your support!
Chris Hatch of Mill Road Farm in Leesburg has had a "busier-than-usual" Spring starting when his wife, Janis, had surgery and is now in physical therapy after a ewe ran through her knee--ouch! He is currently weaning calves from their moms, moving cattle onto new grass, monitoring the new grass that was planted two weeks ago--it's started to come up, but needs some rain. Driving the school bus--yay for Spring Break!
Check back next week for more "Info from the LVHMC Farms"!
Farm Market Foodie
Spring Veggie Soups
Light and delicious for the lingering chill of Spring--feaaturing fresh vegetables now appearing at the Farmers Market!
Bring vegetable broth to a boil and add some rice; boil for about 8-10 minutes. Stir in stemmed sorrel and cook until tender. Puree with immersion blender, stir in some cream and salt & pepper to taste.
Spring Onion Soup
Saute chopped green onions, a chopped regular onion and garlic in olive oil until tender. Add chicken stock, salt & pepper and cream and blend well.
Chop asparagus and an onion; simmer in vegetable broth until tender. Make a roux with butter and flour-add in the asparagus mix, Greek yogurt, a splash of lemon juice and blend. Top with grated Parmesan cheese.
Try this week's recipe for Vietnamese Lamb Chops for a new flavor for Easter!
---Judy Stroske, LVHMC Market Coordinator
Earth Day Every Day!
Re-use and re-purpose that old garden hose.
If you are upgrading your garden hose this Spring, don't throw the old one into the landfill--here are some ways to recycle it:
Use sections of hose to cover sharp surfaces (like a saw blade).
Cut a section to use as padding for wire bucket handles.
You can seal off one end and make a series of very small holes in the hose, you will have turned it into a soaker hose!
If you are staking newly planted trees, run a section of hose over the wire to protect the trunk of the tree.
When purchasing a new hose, look for a synthetic rubber hose instead of plastic. Better hoses have many layers of ply and a layer of real mesh for strength. Look for hoses with recycled content and beware of possible lead content. Check to see that the hose is labeled "lead free" and safe for drinking to keep from adding lead back into the environment.
Products in season for the month of April
Apples * Arugula Beef Breads Broccoli Brussels Sprouts Cabbage Carrots * Cauliflower Celery Root Cheese Chestnuts Chicken Cider * Collards Eggs Flowers Garlic * Goat Jams & Jellies Kale Kohlrabi Lamb Lettuce Mint Parsley Parsnips * Pastries Peppers Pies Plants Pork Radishes Rutabaga * Sage Salsa Shallots * Soaps Sorrel Soups Spinach Thyme Turkey Turnips * Walnuts * Wine Winter Squash * Wool & Products Yogurt
News from the Market Vendors
Baguette Republic ~ Pick up some of our wonderful artesian breads for the Easter holiday! Also crossiants and muffins--Breads include: Kalamata Olive, Panebello, Multigrain, Baguettes and more. Tel: 703-870-7740 E-mail: orders@BaguetteRepublic.com
Baker Pork ~ Pick up some kielbasa sausage, chops and ribs for your 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Beckys Pastries ~ There's ALWAYS something good on our table! Poppy Seed Bread is back! We have Cinnamon Buns for your Easter 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!
Blue Ridge Dairy Co ~ Soft cheeses and butter for your Easter holiday cooking. 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! Tel: 703-443-6605
Blue Ridge Gardens ~ Blue Ridge Gardens will be offering a nice selection of native shade perennials and ground covers. Also our orchid cactus are back and blooming-this year we have both red and pink! Do not think of these as your normal cactus as these are very unusual with stunning blooms and are a must have for any shade patio. Our bougainvillas are also in full bloom and are trained onto 2-3 foot trellis. We will also be offering a nice selection of sun to shade shrubs highlighted by our dwarf Miss Kim lilacs--great for Easter gifts! Hope to see you Saturday! Tel: 540-955-4208 E-mail: email@example.com
Cake Flower Bakeshop ~ Unfortunately we are unable to be back to the market until April 21st, but we are still baking! Call (888.212.6983) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to order cookies, cake pops, or cupcakes delivered personally to your home or office in Loudoun County! We also have beautiful gift boxes of cookies by mail on our website www.cakeflowerbakeshop.com Tel: 888-212-6983 E-mail: email@example.com
Caprikorn Farms ~ We won't be at the Market for the next couple of weeks--check back for updates. Tel: 301-834-8030 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Catoctin Coffee ~ We will be back on April 14! 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! Tel: 703-615-5548 E-mail: email@example.com
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. Tel: 571-313-1531 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chicama Run ~ New this week--fudge and wool dryer balls--come out & see! We're back this week with free range eggs and goat meat. Follow us on facebook! Sign in and don't miss our great recipes- http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/pages/Purcellville-VA/Chicama-Run/51719934502 Tel: 540-668-9828 E-mail: email@example.com
Cocina Rivas ~ 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fabbioli Cellars ~ We will be back at the Market on April 14. Come and taste the offerings at Fabbioli Cellars: Royalty, a port-style dessert wine with a taste of smoked cherries, cloves, spices, cinnamon and cranberries; Tennat, a full earthy, rich and rustic wine, which wowed many people in its debut year; and the ever popular Rosa Nera, the port-style, black raspberry dessert wine, wonderful with just about any dessert and with warmth for fall and winter, a perennial favorite. And we will also have your favorites available as always, so stock up for the entertaining and gift giving season. Come on out the the winery--see www.fabbioliwines.com for info! Tel: 703-771-1197 E-mail: email@example.com
Glascock's Produce ~ Vegetable and herb plants for your gardens! Apples, apple butter, hot or mild pepper jelly. Tel: 304-258-1431
Haskins Family Farm ~ 4/7 **CHICKEN IS BACK**!! Fresh-never-frozen pasture raised chicken (whole and in parts) is available this week for the first time since December! With the warm winter/spring, the meat birds have been doing great. We should have chicken in good supply from now until December. Along with chicken, we will have BACON and lots of pork chops and sausage. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hidden Creek Apiary ~ Happy Easter! We will be at market on April 7 and we will have our local honey (great for seasonal allergies and a better sweetner than sugar), fresh eggs (get there early eggs will go fast), Very Berry Jam and Honey-Lemon Jelly. See you Saturday. Tel: 304-261-3237 E-mail: email@example.com
Holy Cow Delivery/South Mountain Creamery ~ HOLY COW DELIVERY is at the Leesburg Winter Market. Holy Cow Delivery provides antibiotic and hormone free Dairy Products from our Family Farm: South Mountain Creamery. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jumping Jack LLC ~ Jumping Jack will return to the Market on April 7--pick up an Easter treat for your 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: email@example.com Follow us: * Website: www.jumpingjacktreats.com * Facebook: www.facebook.com/JumpingJackTreats * Twitter: www.twitter.com/JumpingJackTrts Tel: 703-662-3805 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Layered Cake Patisserie ~ We appreciate your business...stop by to see what delicious treats we have this week! Easter is this weekend. We will have a few new items this week. Strawberry Rhubarb Pie, Strawberry Franigpane tarts, and a strawberry rhubarb french macaron!!! We will also have our lemon loaves, carrot and white chocolate cream cheese cupcakes as well as our lemon and coconut cupcakes!! Tel: 703-957-3353 E-mail: email@example.com
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. ~ I have an attitude of gratitude and thank all the customers that come by the LVHMC Leesburg Saturday Market. Thank you for keeping it Local in Leesburg! Some of the best Grass - fed Angus beef Bred Born and raise right here just five mile from the Leesburg Farmers Market site - by the piece or side (custom cut); Lamb bred & fed at the same location by the piece or whole lamb custom cut; and Honey Bee Hives; part of the community since 1950; Come by the market and say hi to all the vendors: Contact Chris Hatch keeper of the fire pit Tel: 703-777-1356 E-mail: email@example.com
Mock's Greenhouse ~ Flavorful hydroponically grown lettuce, basil & tomatoes--heirloom, hybrid and cherry (we'll have them all Winter--and they taste great)! All of our vegetables are greenhouse grown in beautiful West Virginia. Tel: 304-258-5608 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
North Gate Vineyard ~ We'll be at the Leesburg Winter Market every other week--see you again on April 7! 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: email@example.com
Pleitez Produce ~ We're back with early season ASPARAGUS, just in time for Easter! Both green and purple varieties--quantities limited, so come early. Also green onions, lettuce and some vegetable and herb plants. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Potomac Vegetable Farm ~ This week we will have kale, spinach, green onions, green garlic, chives and sorrel. Great for making sorrel soup! Plus we have plant starts for the garden and Ellen's famous compost to get your garden ready. Come enjoy. Tel: E-mail: email@example.com
Quarter Branch Farm ~ Sweet, tender chard; parsley and baby lettuce this week. We grow these cold-hardy varieties in passive solar heated "high tunnels", where it gets up to 70 degrees during the day, even in the depths of winter! Everything we bring to market is ecologically grown and comes from our 2.5 acre farm in Lovettsville, Virginia. Tel: 540-822-0123 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Simply Nut Free Chocolates ~ We will be back at the Market April 14th with a full complement of our boxed chocolates. 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. Tel: 703-855-6479 E-mail: email@example.com
Staff of Life Bread Company ~ On the docket this week: Semolina Sandwich, Seeded Batard, Olive Love, Rye Levain, Gouda Batard and Paska, our Polish Easter bread. We're also bringing our Crusty White Rolls, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Westmoreland Produce ~ Welcome Spring with potted herb plants for your garden--lavender, rosemary, oregano, parsley & more and fresh green onions for cooking and salads. Tel: 804-333-4487 E-mail: email@example.com
Willow Hawk Farm ~ Lamb for Easter? Check with us for your special 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: 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! We will have eggs, duck eggs and rabbit meat. Tel: 540-668-9036 E-mail: email@example.com
Woodtrail Graziers ~ We will be back at the Winter Market on April 14. We will have plenty of beef roasts (bone in or boneless), ribs, steaks, and ground beef. We also have ground veal, veal chops, scaloppini, and other veal. Free range, of course! 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