|Today is Friday, August 21st, 2009
Vol 2 Issue 34
Fresh From the Farm Meats, Cheese, Produce and More on Thursdays in Purcellville!
LVHMA Purcellville Summer Market Thursdays 4pm-7pm 21st St Parking Lot
LVHMA no longer holds a Farmers Market in Middleburg
The current Market operating in Middleburg is not an LVHMA "Producer-Only" Market.
Music by Connor Duffy on Sunday, August 23!
Cascades Farmers Market Sundays 9am-1pm Senior Center Parking lot, Whitfield Rd by Cascades Library.
Music by Connor Duffy on Saturday, August 22!
Ashburn Farmers Market Saturdays 8am-noon Ashburn Village and Shellhorn Roads, behind the Giant.
The Next Brambleton Farmers Market will be Sunday September 6!
Brambleton Farmers Market, along Emberbrook Circle/Willow Creek Way, in the Town Center, First Sunday of each Month 9am-1pm.
Closed for the season.
Please visit the summer market at same location.
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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Chef Demo from The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm on August 22!
Leesburg Farmers Market Saturdays 8am-noon Virginia Village Shopping Center Catoctin Circle.
The Loudoun Valley HomeGrown Markets Association announces that Chef Christopher Edwards from The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm will present a Cooking Demonstration at the Leesburg Farmers Market on Saturday, August 22 starting at 9:30 am. The restaurant is well known for it's emphasis on fresh, seasonal fare and has won numerous awards including Northern Virginia Magazine's 3rd best restaurant for 2008. Chef Christopher's focus is on technique and flavor and he will be sharing ideas for cooking local food items from the Farmers Market including Sirloin tip roast, yellow squash, zucchini and potatoes. We guarantee that you will take away some amazing new ideas that you can use in your everyday cooking!
Chef Christopher will begin cooking at 9:30 and will continue until 11:30 (or until he runs out of materials to sample). Information on The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm can be found at http://www.patowmackfarm.com
This Week on 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.
Karen Gaylord of Winding Woods Farm in Lovettsville, (Leesburg Market) didn't get to rest after taking her daughter, Erin, to the Loudoun County Fair to show their goats. A few days after the Fair, their Nigerian Dwarf doe, Piper, survived a rough labor to add a new doeling and a new buckling to the family! These little babies weighed just about 2 1/2 pounds each at birth, but were up and walking around just a few hours after being born. The babies have been named Elmer (because he's the color of glue) and Autumn and just love to follow the kids or the dog around. In fact, they have already visited both the Purcellville and Leesburg Markets, where they were quite a hit! Another birth means more milking for Karen, so look for more goats milk soap and goats milk fudge at her booth!
Did Tremaine Hatch look tired when he was running his uncle Chris Hatch's Mill Road Farm (Leesburg & Cascades Markets) booth in Cascades on August 9? Not just because the temperature was hovering in the upper nineties with wilting humidity, but he had just run in the Leesburg YMCA 10k! Conditions were so bad that the officials at the race issued warnings to forget about personal records and concentrate on survival for the 1300 racers who participated in both the 10k and 20k that morning. Congratulations, Tre, on your "Ironman" performance!
Check back next week for more news from the LVHMA Farms!
New at the Market: Peaches!
A fresh, juicy peach is a sure sign that summer has arrived! One of the most popular fruits found at a Farmers Market, the peach originated in China, was brought by the Persians to Europe and was possibly brought to the US in the seventeenth century by an English Horticulturist, George Minifie, who planted them at his estate in Virginia. Thomas Jefferson grew peach trees as a novelty at Monticello, but peaches were not commercially produced in the US until the nineteenth century. Peaches are known as stone fruit or drupe, which means that the soft outer flesh surrounds a large, single seed. Peaches can be categorized as either "freestone" or "clingstone", depending upon how tightly the flesh adheres to the seed. There are many peach cultivars available, with either yellow or white flesh, round or donut shaped. The white fleshed peaches typically are sweeter and don't have the sweet-acid tang of the yellow fleshed peaches. A medium sized fresh, raw peach has about 66 calories and is a good source of Vitamin C, A, dietary fiber, niacin and potassium. They can be eaten raw, dried, canned or made into jams, jellies, fillings or desserts. Peaches can be made into salsa, or made into a yummy Peach Curry Sauce by dicing two fresh peaches and mixing it in a saucepan with about 1/4 cup of honey. Add a teaspoon (or more) of curry powder, salt and pepper to taste and simmer until the peaches break down and thicken. Wonderful served over salmon or chicken, or a great vegetarian sauce for dipping or stir fry vegetables.
Earth Day Every Day Tip:
Try to buy organic cotton clothing. Conventionally grown cotton uses 22.5% of the world's insecticides and 10% of the world's pesticides, all while being grown on just 2.5% of the world's argicultural land. Organically grown cotton uses low-impact production methods and generates less than a fifth of the greenhouse gases the standard cotton does.
Products in season for the month of August
Apples * Basil Beef Beets Blackberries Blueberries Bok Choy Breads Cabbage Celery Celery Root Cheese Chicken Cider * Cilantro Corn Cucumbers Eggplant Eggs Figs Flowers Garlic * Goat Green Beans Jams & Jellies Kohlrabi Lamb Lettuce Lima Beans Melons Mint Nectarines Okra Onions * Pastries Peaches Pears * Peppers Pies Plants Plums Pork Potatoes * Radishes Raspberries Sage Salsa Shallots * Soaps Soups Summer Squash Sweet Potatoes Tarragon Tat Soi Thyme Tomatoes Turkey Wine Wool & Products Yogurt
||This week's recipe
Peach French Toast Casserole
Wonderful for Brunch!
1 Cup packed Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup Butter
2 Tablespoons Water
6 sliced fresh Peaches
1 Loaf Day-Old Bread, cut into thick slices
1 1/2 Cups Milk
1 Tablespoon Vanilla
1/4 Teaspoon Cinnamon
In a saucepan, stir together the brown sugar, butter and water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Pour the brown sugar mixture into a 9x13 inch baking dish, and tilt the dish to cover the entire bottom. Place peaches in a layer over the sugar coating, then top with slices of bread. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk and vanilla. Slowly pour over the bread slices to coat evenly. Sprinkle cinnamon over the top. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight. Remove the dish from the refrigerator for about 30 minutes before baking to come to room temperature.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in an oven preheated to 350 degrees, until the bread is golden brown. Spoon out portions to serve.
Change out the type of bread for a wonderful variety! Try Bun's Bread from Becky's Pastries or Cibatta from South Street Under, or a baguette from Baguette Republic!
News from the Market Vendors
Baker Pork ~ We've got any type of pork you could want--chops, ribs, breakfast sausage, roasts and the best bacon you've ever tasted! All of our pigs are born and raised on our family farm in the Shenandoah Valley--you're buying directly from the farmer! Tel: 540-477-3550 E-mail: email@example.com
Beckys Pastries ~ We've got what you're hungry for: Sweet Bun's Bread, tasty scones and turnovers, Zucchini Bread, Pumpkin Bread, Raisin Bread--try them all, and you'll be back for more!
Bees 'n Blossoms ~ We'll bring Orchard Honey, Brambleberry Honey, as well as Clover and Wildflower Honeys. We have Creamed Honeys, Herbal Honeys, Honey Jellies, Propolis Honey, Power Honey, and Bee Pollen. Tel: 804-966-2317 E-mail:
Bigg Riggs ~ Try our NEW Tomatillo Salsa! Great with chips, on chicken, seafood or on pasta! Be sure to try our "Bear Approved" Hot Pepper Jelly and Peach Amaretto Pecan Jelly--see last week's newsletter for the story! Our tomatoes are finally ripe and we have multicolored peppers, peaches and early apples. Tel: 540 550 5480 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Blue Ridge Dairy Co ~ Fresh Mozzarella, Ricotta, Feta and Yo-fresh made locally here in Leesburg! Tel: 703-779-8291 E-mail: email@example.com
Blue Ridge Gardens ~ Check out what is blooming this week! We have what you need to add color to your garden with new and unusual perennials and shrubs!
C.Hess Orchard & Produce ~ This is Peach season! Get all you need for canning, cobblers and eating fresh! We'll also have yellow squash, zucchini and patty pans and cucumbers! Tel: 304-676-9445 E-mail: C.Hessgrowsit@comcast.net
Catoctin Heritage Farm ~ The time is ripe to enjoy our delicious, full-flavored Heirloom Tomatoes, sweet Blackberries and yummy Raspberries -- grown naturally, without the use of conventional pesticides. Tel: 540-882-4437
Chase Your Tail Bakery ~ Stop by for the freshest dog treats Loudoun County has to offer! We plan to offer more varieties of treats this year as the rules have changed for small dog treat bakeries!! Look for both the favorites you have become accustomed to being offered and some new and exciting varieties sure to please your four legged companion. Stop by and see us! Tel: 703-771-3019
Chef Eloys Kickin Salsa ~ Don't forget to pick up your favorite Salsa--mild, medium or really hot! Salsas aren't just for dipping--they make a low calorie, tasty topping for chicken or mix with pasta for a quick meal. Tel: 703-404-3844
Chicama Run ~ Fresh Whole Chicken is back! $4.50/pound - they are sure to sell out quickly so come early! Looking to smoke a large boston butt roast for some incredible pulled pork? We have some that are 7-10 POUNDS and will be putting them on sale for $4.50/pound instead of the usual $6.50! Fire up the smoker this weekend! Eggs will be limited because of the heat so come early and stock up! Ask about the on-farm deals going on after the market you won't want to miss! Tel: 540-668-9828 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Don's Dahlias ~ We're back with our beautiful dahlia blooms! What colors do you want? We have super varieties in all shapes and sizes.
Endless Summer Harvest ~ Hydroponic lettuce fresh from Purcellville, VA!
Greenstone Fields ~ Karma Dahlias are in, along with new lily varieties, fun amaranthus and the splash of colors of zinnias, celosias and sunflowers. We have mini bouquets for the new teachers. We also have incredibly fresh and delicious raspberries and tomatoes. While not certified, all of our products are grown using natural, organic growing practices including the use of our own compost tea brews, cover crops and compost. See you at the market! Tel: 540-882-4408
Haskins Family Farm ~ NEW -- skinless, boneless turkey breast, thighs/drums and SMOKED turkey wings now available!! ALSO -- We are now taking orders for Thanksgiving turkeys. Order your *fresh* free range turkey before we sell out! Free range chicken (whole and cutup) available EVERY week. Pastured pork products (sausage, chops, bacon, tenderloin, roasts, ribs, etc.) and eggs are available now. Tel: 540-869-3795 E-mail: email@example.com
Lola Cookies & Treats ~ SCONES: Cranberry Buttermilk, Cheddar Chive, Apricot with White Chocolate and Walnuts, & Date with Orange Zest. CUPCAKES: Coconut & S'Mores BREAD: Honey Wheat Bread with Cinnamon Swirl and Zucchini Bread PLUS: Jumbo Blueberry Muffins, Southern Biscuits and all our most popular cookies & bars. Best selection is early! Tel: 703-669-6970 E-mail: LolaCookies@aol.com
Loudoun County Master Gardeners ~ The Loudoun County Master Gardener Volunteers are here to answer your gardening questions through the end of August! Tel: 703-771-5150
Medinas Produce ~ Summer produce is ready--we have sweet corn, eggplant, tomatoes and summer squash. Looking for gourmet veggies? Check out our selection!
Milcreek Farm ~ This weekend we will be at the market with a fresh stock of Beef, Lamb and Goat. Also, stop in and pick up a dozen or 2 of our freshly gathered Large Brown eggs from our free range hens. Stock your freezers. 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
Mill Road Farm, Inc. ~ We have Grass Fed Angus Beef and Our 2009 Spring Harvest of Honey has started; One Lamb will be ready by the August 22. Mill Road Farm is farmed by the Hatch Family, Stewards of the Land in Loudoun since 1950. Thank you for supporting the LVHMA Markets all year long. Try this London Broil recipe, I did and think its a keeper: www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/emeril-lagasse/marinated-and-grilled-london-broil-with-emerils-homemade-steak-sauce-recipe/index.html E-mail: email@example.com , firstname.lastname@example.org
Oak Spring Dairy ~ Try our award-winning cheese made from milk from our award winning cows! Let the gourmet in you try all of our special, hand-crafted, aged cheeses--they are great for any meal from a light snack to a fancy party.
Tel: 540 592 3559 E-mail: email@example.com
Pleitez Produce ~ Sweet corn is ready--just in time for your Summer cookouts! We have vine-ripened tomatoes, blackberries, eggplant, many varieties of summer squash, cucumbers, cantaloupes and watermelon!
Potomac Vegetable Farm ~ TOMATOES are in. Finally we have loads of gorgeous fruits of every color. Hybrids, heirlooms, red, pink, green, yellow, striped, cherry .... all soil grown and delicious! E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Quail Hollow Farm ~ Looking for herb plants? We have everything you need--we specialize in culinary, medicinal and hard-to-find varieties. We also have lots of potted herb and flower gardens and beautiful flowering plants.
Simply Good ~ Choose your favorite sweet treat from our selection of muffins, bar cookies, fudge and more! Whole cakes available now! Tel: 703 400-5273
South Street Under ~ Try all of our flavors of Cibatta Bread--one loaf is never enough! Great for sandwiches with our olive spread or vegetable cream cheese. Tel: E-mail:
The Lavender Path ~ We will not be at market for the summer months. Check our website www.thelavenderpath.com/shop. Have a great summer. We may drop in for the fall time. Tel: 703-999-5398 E-mail: email@example.com
Valencias Produce ~ The best of summer produce is now ready--squash, new potatoes, sweet corn, eggplant, cantaloupes and watermelon!
Willow Hawk Farm ~ Stop by for your favorite cuts of lamb. Lamb sausage is always great on the grill--ours is made with NO MSG! Contact us: Tel: 540-822-9143 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Willowcroft Vineyard ~ Don't forget your favorite wine from Loudoun's Original Winery--Willowcroft! We'll be happy to pair our wine with your cookout menus. Our 2008 Chardonnay Cold Steel is aged in stainless steel for a true to fruit flavor that is a favorite in hot weather. Tel: 703-777-8161 E-mail: email@example.com
Winding Woods Farm ~ *New* Almond is our newest scent, stop by and check it out. Try our Gardeners Soap after working in the yard--it will get you clean and leave your hands soft! You will love our Goat Milk soap in your favorite scent. Tel: 540-668-9036 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Zephaniah Farm Vineyard ~ Sorry, but we will not be at the Market this week. Tel: 703 431 2016 E-mail: email@example.com