|Today is Friday, July 10th, 2009
Vol 2 Issue 28
Shop Fresh & Local at the Purcellville Thursday Farmers Market!
LVHMA Purcellville Summer Market Thursdays 4pm-7pm 21st St Parking Lot
The LVHMA Middleburg Farmers Market is CLOSED
The LVHMA Middleburg Farmers Market is closed. Please shop our other "Producer-Only" Farmers Markets in Leesburg, Ashburn, Purcellville, Cascades and Brambleton.
We have fresh & local foods for all your Summer cookouts! Cookology Demo!
Cascades Farmers Market Sundays 9am-1pm Senior Center Parking lot, Whitfield Rd by Cascades Library.
Shop Fresh and Local at the Ashburn Farmers Market!
Ashburn Farmers Market Saturdays 8am-noon Ashburn Village and Shellhorn Roads, behind the Giant.
The Next Brambleton Farmers Market will be Sunday August 2!
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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Music this Saturday by Sean & Will!
Leesburg Farmers Market Saturdays 8am-noon Virginia Village Shopping Center Catoctin Circle.
Kids and Dogs at the Farmers Markets
We love 'em, and they are always welcome, but we have had a few incidents at the Markets lately which prompts this reminder to all.
Dog Parents: Loudoun County requires that your dog be on a lead at all times when out in public, and that the owner clean up any "messes" they make. LVHMA also asks that you keep track of both ends of your dog around the food on display at the Markets' please keep noses out of products, off the edges of tables and displays and watch what is going on with the rear! If there is an accident, every vendor has plastic bags you can use to scoop the poop. If you have a male dog, take care that he doesn't mark his favorite spot at the Market--your inattention could result in an unplanned purchase of a bushel of corn!
Kid Parents: Please do not let your children run unattended through the Market. We would appreciate it if you would monitor the kids with the perishables and samples. The kids are welcome to try the samples put out by vendors, but please assist them so that everyone can enjoy!
The Loudoun County Master Gardeners will be hosting a series of FREE Children's Garden Workshops at their Demonstration Garden in Ida Lee Park in Leesburg. These workshops are open to any child accompanied by an adult (not recommended for children under 3) and will expose your child to the love of gardens and the outdoors. The next class is "Animal Homes" and will be held on Tuesday, July 14 from 10am-11:30am--no pre-registration required. Another class, "Wiggly Worms" is scheduled for Saturday, July 18. For more information, visit their web site: http://www.loudouncountymastergardeners.org/ and click on the Children's Garden Workshop Schedule.
The Loudoun County Department of Economic Development will be conducting a survey about the Farmers Market on Saturday, June 11. Please give a few minutes of your time to answer their questions. Your participation helps all the LVHMA Farmers Markets by giving a "voice" to the support we get from the community.
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.
You never know what will show up at the Farmers Markets! On July 4th, the Leesburg Independence Day Parade ended in the Virginia Village parking lot. Vendors and customers were treated to a mini parade that included 2 sheep that belong to Ashley Wells of Willow Hawk Farm in Lovettsville VA (Leesburg Market)--Nicolas Flammel (named during the Harry Potter year) and Lucretia (named during the President's and their wives year)--all dressed in their red, white and blue finery. Lew Parker, owner of Willowcroft Vineyard in Leesburg drove his antique car to the parking lot, receiving lots of admiring looks! We'll have to talk him into bringing it back to the Market for a display and photo op--check back for more info!
More fame for LVHMA Producers! This past week, Jim Dunlap of Snow Bear Farm in Lovettsville (Ashburn Market) was featured in an article on the front page of the Food Section of the Washington Post! Unfortunately, the article didn't mention that Jim also sells his chemical-free produce in Ashburn on Saturdays as well as in DC on Sundays. Read the entire article (and view the slide show) at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/30/AR2009063000924.html
The Loudoun County Master Gardeners (Leesburg & Purcellville Markets)were also featured in the Washington Post last week. The article in the Home Section, by Adrian Higgins, told about the increased interest in home vegetable gardening and how the LCMG Volunteers have helped provide information to many beginning gardeners. The article can be found at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/29/AR2009062903732.html and the LCMG will be at the Leesburg and Purcellville Markets every week to help you with your gardening problems.
Although we are finally enjoying some dry, sunny weather, the heavy rains we experienced in May and June have affected this Spring's honey crop. According to Joe Orlando of St Ambrose Apiary in Front Royal, VA (Purcellville Market) even though the rain created great blooms, bees don't fly in the rain, so the honey industry is missing important nectar flows. When the bees do fly, they may be bringing back diluted, water ladened nectar. To make honey, bees gather the nectar and load it into the comb, then it is fanned with their wings to reduce the water content and mature the honey. With diluted nectar, the bees may reject it completely, or if they do gather it, the high water content is fanned off leaving half the amount they would normally have gathered in a foraging flight. The bees have to work harder and longer to fill their comb. Bees consume almost thirty pounds of honey to make the wax for one pound of comb. Diluted nectar, fewer foraging flights and less honey means a slow comb building process for the bees, less honey storage area and less overall honey crop. Reports of problems with rain and honey production have been coming in from all parts of the US which may lead to higher honey prices next season.
Check back next week for more news from the LVHMA Farms!
New at the Market: Patty Pan Squash!
Also know as Scalloped Squash, Button Squash (in Australia) or Scallopini, these cute little "flying saucers" are one of the most unusual shaped members of the summer squash (Cucurbita pepo) family. Originally found as a light green color maturing to white, there are varieties of Patty Pans in all shades of green and yellow available. These squash can be harvested at any size, from 1" diameter gourmet baby squash to a more mature 6" across--the smaller ones generally having a better taste and texture.
Patty Pan Squash is a good source of Vitamins C, A, magnesium, iron and folic acid. A cup of steamed Patty Pans has only 30 calories and no fat.
Patty Pans can be used in any recipe that calls for summer squash--try it in this week's recipe for a Summer Vegetable Beef Stew! They can be sliced and sauteed with onions and tomatoes in a bit of olive oil or cut into quarters and roasted with sea salt and olive oil.
Earth Day Every Day Tip:
Don't throw away your old cell phone. Donate it to charity, or return it to the manufacturer for recycling. Electronic trash amounts to 70% of America's toxic waste.
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
||This week's recipe
Summer Vegetable Beef Stew
2 lb Beef Chuck or Roast
1 lb New Potatoes, cut in half
3-4 Medium Patty Pan Squash, cut in quarters
2 Medium Onions cut into quarters
2 Sweet Peppers, cut in chunks
1 Hot Pepper, chopped (optional)
2-3 Fresh Tomatoes, cut in large dice
2 Cloves Garlic, minced
Salt & Pepper to taste
1 Cup Dry White Wine
A lighter version of stew using summer vegetables that is easy to prepare in a slow cooker.
Coat the bowl of the slow cooker with cooking spray. Place the meat on the bottom, season with salt and pepper, then top with the remaining ingredients. Cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 5-6 hours, until the meat is fork tender.
If you have any leftovers, shred the meat, mix with the remaining vegetables and juice from the stew and serve over orzo or other pasta.
News from the Market Vendors
Baker Pork ~ Fix some barbequed ribs with our pork and Family Recipe Sauce! We also can provide you with a complete Barbeque Catering Service for any occasion--just call for info. All of our pigs are born and raised on our family farm in the Shenandoah Valley! Tel: 540-477-3550 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Beckys Pastries ~ Nothing is sweeter than our turnovers, sweet breads and scones! Find your favorite in our wide selection.
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
Bigg Riggs ~ Hey all you foodies out there--try our NEW purple Basil & Garlic Herbal Vinegar! Adds a kick to anything you make with regular vinegar. Our NEW Wing Sauce is the best--hot and spicy with a touch of sweet onion. Tel: 540 550 5480 E-mail: email@example.com
Blue Ridge Dairy Co ~ Fresh Mozzarella, Ricotta, Feta and Yo-fresh made locally here in Leesburg! Tel: 703-779-8291 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Blue Ridge Gardens ~ Have a hole in your garden border? Fill it with one of our new and unusual annuals, perennials or shrubs. We grow our own and will be glad to help you with your selection for sun, shade or inbetween.
C.Hess Orchard & Produce ~ I'll have my 1st variety of Peaches and Sweet Corn at the markets this week also Sweet Cherries,Raspberries, summer squash, onions, cucumbers,green beans and new Potatoes. Tel: 304-676-9445 E-mail: C.Hessgrowsit@comcast.net
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 E-mail: email@example.com
Chef Eloys Kickin Salsa ~ Chef Eloy was thrilled that his salsas were featured on a current episode of " Emeril Green" which is filmed at the WHOLE FOODS store in Fair Lakes, VA! Emeril calls Chef Eloy's Kickin' Salsas a "no nonsense" salsa! Try some to see what you've been missing! Tel: 703-404-3844 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chicama Run ~ FRESH CHICKEN is on the menu this week. We butchered Friday morning to bring the freshest, hand-butchered in Loudoun County chicken to you Saturday morning. Stop by early to get yours - they are sure to go fast! Also, come early for eggs as we don't have many this week because of sales from the farm. Tel: 540-668-9828 E-mail: email@example.com
Don's Dahlias ~ We will return to the Market in mid-July with our beautiful dahlia blooms!
Endless Summer Harvest ~ Don't forget the lettuce!
Greenstone Fields ~ Beautiful, long lasting cut flowers--mini bouquets to grand Oriental Lily bouquets! We will also have garlic and special pesto basil. Tel: 540-882-4408 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Haskins Family Farm ~ Pick up some hot/sweet/mild Italian pork sausage or our garlic/German style bratwurst for an easy meal! Any of our bone-in chicken cuts (thighs, drums, breast, wings) are great on the grill for a quick meal. Fresh, never frozen, free ranged chicken (whole and cut up) 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 ~ We're back from vacation with a great selection of Loudoun's finest cookies and special treats! Are you ready for some Congo Bars? Tel: 703-669-6970 E-mail: LolaCookies@aol.com
Loudoun County Master Gardeners ~ Is something bugging your garden? Need advice on your lawn or flower beds? How are your veggies growing? The Loudoun County Master Gardener Volunteers are here to answer your gardening questions! Tel: 703-771-5150
Medinas Produce ~ Summer produce is ready--we have sweet bicolor corn, eggplant, tomatoes and summer squash. Looking for gourmet veggies? We have lemon and Armenian cucumbers, baby squash and baby eggplant.
Milcreek Farm ~ SPECIAL!!! This Weekend ONLY!!!! Fill your freezer with Ground Meat, ONLY $4.00 a lb!! Also Sirloin Steaks, ready for the grill, JUST $7.00 a lb!! Don't forget to pick up a dozen of our free-range fresh large brown eggs. We are taking orders NOW for our freezer beef and lamb, both 1/4's and 1/2's. Tel: 540-822-4181 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mill Road Farm, Inc. ~ We have Grass Fed Angus Beef and Lamb this week. Our 2009 Spring Harvest Honey will be ready in July. Mill Road is farmed by the Hatch Family, Stewards of the Land in Loudoun since 1950. Thank you for supporting the LVHMA Markets all year long. Tel: E-mail: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Oak Spring Dairy ~ Have you tried our hand crafted cheeses? They are made with milk from our Brown Swiss and Jersey Cows, aged naturally on our farm and flavored with wonderful combinations of herbs and spices. Farmers Market Special: Buy any 2 cheeses and get the 3rd at half price! 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 and the first-of-the-season cantaloupes!
Potomac Vegetable Farm ~ SWEET Onions. We've got loads of delicious juicy sweet onions. The variety is called "Candy" and they are right up there with Vidalia and Walla-Wallas sweet. Eat 'em raw, grilled or sauteed. Try some this week! 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! Tel: 703 400-5273 E-mail: DSchlos1@aol.com
South Street Under ~ Cibatta Bread!!! Need we say more? Try our new Tapanades--you'll love them! We've returned to the Purcellville Market by popular demand--and we're always at Leesburg!
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 ~ We have new potatoes, beets, carrots and cherry tomatoes for all your summer cookouts!
Willow Hawk Farm ~ Be sure to pickup some of our ecoganic lamb sausage to put on the grill for your summer cookouts! Ask us for quick and easy serving suggestions. And pick up some lamb hearts for your canine and feline family members. Contact us: email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 540-822-9143. Tel: 540-822-9143 E-mail: email@example.com
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. Tel: 703-777-8161 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Winding Woods Farm ~ Going to a party and need a hostess gift? Our Handmade Goat Milk Soap or Handmade Goat Milk Fudge makes a perfect gift for your host or hostess. 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. This week's fudge flavors are Chocolate or Chocolate Marshmallo. Tel: 540-668-9036 E-mail: email@example.com
Zephaniah Farm Vineyard ~ Don't forget to pick up some of our Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Goes great with Mill Road Farm burgers or sausage on the grill for your Summer cookouts! Tel: 703 431 2016 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org