|Today is Friday, January 9th, 2009|
Vol 2 Issue 02
Baby, it's Cold Outside!!
The weather may be iffy this weekend - we may actually get some snow! But the Leesburg Winter Farmers Market goes on. Now, if conditions truly are dangerous, we don't recommend that anyone take unnecessary chances, but we'll have the fire pit going to keep you warm as you quickly pick up your farm fresh eggs, meat, apples, honey, bread and wine - all the necessities of a cold winter day! A hot mug of cider will do wonders for warming you up--don't forget to grab a bottle from Bigg Riggs or Glascock's Produce to have as soon as you reach home.
This is perfect weather for a hot, satisfying bowl of soup. Pick up some soup bones from Chicama Run or Mill Road Farm, add sausage of your choice from Baker Pork, Haskins Family Farm or Milcreek Farm and give your slow cooker a workout with this week's recipe for Portuguese Kale Soup.
This Week on the Farms
Chester Hess has finished cleaning up his fields in Martinsburg, WV, by taking up the plastic mulch and irrigation drip tapes that were used on his vegetable growing areas. The plastic mulch keeps the weeds down around the vegetables, helping them grow strong without competition for nutrients. The drip tapes help supplement rain water and are filled from the farm's well and water tanks in the fields.
Apple tree pruning is underway and Chester is about to plant several hundred new apple trees in an experimental high density planting in a refurbished peach orchard. He's picking up the trees from a specialty wholesaler in Pennsylvania who custom grafts your choice of varieties onto rootstocks specifically designed to grow under your particular conditions. Combine these apple trees with the 350 peach and nectarine trees Chester put in last year, and we should all see some great fruit at the Market in a couple of years!
Chicama Run celebrated New Year a little bit early as one of their goats started giving birth at 8pm New Year's Eve. Dana Sacco tells us that they had a set of triplets born that night to their daughter's commercial doe "Shelly". Unfortunately due to the freezing temperatures one baby did not make it, but currently one is out in the barn with his mom and the other baby goat is in the house as a bottle baby (and happily keeping everyone up at night)! On Sunday the 4th, one more baby goat (called a kid) was born and more are expected to appear soon. January 10th begins the start of the first part of our lambing season - keeping Dana and the family busy checking on everyone in the barn. The freezing weather means that extra care must be given to babies born this time of year, but Dana and Joe plan these births so that their children have animals to show at the 4-H fair in late July. These show animals need to be born by February in order to make the weight requirements for the market lamb and goats.
Bill Hatch of Zephaniah Farm Vineyard is continuing the finger numbing job of dormant pruning. At this point, about 20% of this cold winter task on the farm's 1000 vines has been completed. Last week, before Bill's son, Tremain left for New Zealand, he and Bill pulled out 190 old Chardonell vines which never performed as hoped. They have ordered 200 Petit Verdot cone# 4 vines grafted to rootstock 3309c from Vintage Grape Vine Nursery in California to replace the Chardonell. This new planting will be done in May, when Tremain returns from his research project in Blenheim, New Zealand.
Check back next week for more News from the Farms!
Products in season for the month of January
Arugula Beef Breads Celery Root Cheese Chicken Cider * Eggs Flowers Goat Jams & Jellies Kale Lamb Lettuce Pastries Pies Plants Pork Salsa Soaps Soups Spinach Turkey Wine Winter Squash * Wool & Products Yogurt
|This week's recipe|
Portuguese Kale Soup
1/2 pound dried white pea beans or 2 cans white beans
1/2 pound sausage of your choice (spicy is good), thinly sliced
1 pound beef soup bones
1 quart water
1 medium head cabbage, chopped
2 bunches kale - rinsed, dried and chopped
5 potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 quart hot water or as needed
salt and pepper to taste
If using dried beans, soak beans in twice their volume of water 8 hours or overnight.
In a slow cooker, place drained beans, sausage, soup bones and 1 quart water (or more as needed to cover) and cook on high until beans are just beginning to be tender, about 1 hour. If using canned beans, everything can go in at once.
Stir in cabbage, kale, potatoes and enough hot water to cover.
Turn slow cooker down to low and cook until potatoes are tender, about 4 hours.
Season to taste with salt and pepper.
News from the Market Vendors
Baker Pork ~ BBQ Sauces, Apple Butter and lots of PORK! Tel: 540-477-3550 E-mail: email@example.com
Beckys Pastries ~ Fresh baked pies, cakes, cookies, turnovers and much more. Come early and get them while they are hot!
Bees & Blossoms ~ Raw Honey, Bee Pollen and Propolis Products Tel: E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bigg Riggs ~ Its back Sweet Fire hot Sauce!!! Also we will have 7 kinds of apples, no sugar added apple butter, and our various jams and jellies! Tel: 540 550 5480 E-mail: email@example.com
Blue Ridge Dairy Co ~ vendor Tel: 703-779-8291 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
C.Hess Orchard & Produce ~ Come and get your FRESH APPLES- Honey Crisp, Mutsu Crispin, Staymen Winesap and other varieties . New Potatoes , Winter Squash, Sweet Potatoes and Fresh Turnips. Tel: 304-676-9445
Chicama Run ~ Eggs, eggs, and more eggs! Our chickens are back to laying eggs after a month off it seems and so we will have a bunch of eggs available this week for you to enjoy! We will also have beef and pork products available along with new recipes to check out and try. Tel: 540-668-9828 E-mail: email@example.com
Corcoran Vineyards ~ Corcoran Vineyards will be offering our 2006 Cabernet Franc warm with some spices for January. 2 bottles of 2006 Cabernet Franc for $25 is the January special....come get it while it is hot! Tastings & sales of our Chardonnay, Chambourcin, Malbec and Meritage will also be available. Tel: 540-882-9073
Glascock's Produce ~ vendor Tel: 304-258-1431
Haskins Family Farm ~ Our next date for whole, fresh chicken is 1/10/09. !!SALE!! on bacon and sausage! Be sure to pick up bacon at $8/lb (usually $11/lb) and sausage at $6/lb (normally $8/lb) for those holiday house guests. Pastured pork products (sausage, chops, bacon, smoked ham, tenderloin, roasts, etc.), whole frozen chicken and free range eggs available now. Tel: 540-869-3795 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Milcreek Farm ~ Producers of Pasture fed Beef, Lamb, and Goat, pick up some of our freshly gathered brown eggs from our free range hens. Tel: 540-822-4181 E-mail: email@example.com
Mill Road Farm, Inc. ~ Grass Fed Angus Beef - Various cuts; Lamb - Various Cuts - Honey is here; Bringing our best to you! Farmed by the Hatch Family, Stewards of the Land in Loudoun since 1950. Thank you the customers for supporting the LVHMA Markets all year long. Tel: E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Oak Spring Dairy ~ We will be at the Leesburg Winter Market every week EXCEPT for the following dates (12-20, 1-24, 2-21,3-21, and 4-18). As always, don't forget the Winter Market Special: Buy any 2 cheeses and get the 3rd at half price! See you Saturday! Tel: 540 592 3559 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Onyx Hill Farm ~ Fresh free range eggs in good supply. As usual, we will have Muffins: Cranberry, Blueberry, Chocolate Chip, Banana Walnut. We always have a most excellent brownie and usually have additional ready to eat baked items as well. The last of this years crop of black walnuts are almost gone. We'll be having bunches of beautiful tulips, hyacinths and daffodils in the spring Tel: 703-989-2784 E-mail: email@example.com
Willow Hawk Farm ~ offering our eco-ganic lamb, handspun yarns, other wool products, and washable pelts. Tel: 540-822-9143 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Winding Woods Farm ~ Goat milk soap is wonderful for your skin! Tel: 540-668-9036
Woodtrail Graziers ~ Our next market in Leesburg will be Saturday, January 10, with the last of our outdoor-raised whole pastured chickens, nitrate-free Italian sausage, pork roasts, fresh hams, beef roasts, steaks, and ground beef. Tel: 540-554-8665 E-mail: email@example.com
Zephaniah Farm Vineyard ~ Our 2007 Cabernet Franc is bottled and ready for your enjoyment! Stop by and pick up a bottle or two. Tel: 703 431 2016 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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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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