Buy Direct from the Producer at the Purcellville Farmers Market!
In the Loudoun Valley Shopping Center right on Main St! We will be open on Saturdays 8am - Noon
Music by Connor Duffy on Saturday May 22!
Leesburg Farmers Market Saturdays Virginia Village Shopping Center Catoctin Circle.
Buy Direct from the Producer at the Cascades Marmers Market!
Cascades Farmers Market Sundays 9am-1pm Senior Center Parking lot, Whitfield Rd by Cascades Library.
Buy Direct from the Producer at the Ashburn Farmers Market!
NEW LOCATION for the 2010 Season! Ashburn Crossroads Restaurant Park--corner of Ashburn Village Blvd and Farmwell Rd. (behind IHOP & Fuddruckers)
Cosed for the season!
Visit the Leesburg Summer Farmers Market, every Saturday, 8am until Noon in the Virginia Village Shopping Center on Catoctin Circle.
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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Buy Direct from the Producer at the Brambleton Farmers Market!
NEW LOCATION!! In the Town Center parking lot behind Fox Cinema--visible from NorthStar Boulevard! The Market will run Every Sunday through Oct 31.
Follow the Loudoun Farmers Markets on Twitter!
The LVHMA Farmers Markets are currently booking talented people to perform at our Summer Farmers Markets in Ashburn, Brambleton, Cascades, Leesburg and Purcellville. If you are musical, can dance or perform some other type of family-friendly entertainment and are willing to work for tips and publicity, please contact Judy Stroske, Market Coordinator at 540-454-8089 or Judy@loudounfarmersmarkets.org
It's a great gig for talented students who are trying to earn money for school, or adults who enjoy performing!
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.
Hidden Creek Apiary in Purcellville VA (Ashburn Market) has been affected by all the recent rain and cool weather. Their early planting of Blue Lake green beans rotted in the ground and now they have to re-plant six 20 foot rows. The cool weather has also delayed Kim and Doug Bowman's tomatoes from leaving the protective confines of the greenhouse--they are all 2-3 ft tall and growing like crazy--just waiting for warmer temperatures so they can go outside. Kim also works at a Nursing Home and she is now fostering a baby duck that was born to a Momma Duck that the residents feed and care for. Kim noticed that this little guy (named Jordan) was not moving one of his legs about 24 hours after hatching, so she brought him home and put him in the brooder they use for their chickens. After a visit to the vet, it was determined that one of his legs was dislocated and the other has something wrong with his growth plate, so the little guy (who only weighs a few ounces) has both legs splinted. They are keeping Jordan indoors and he thinks Kim's daughter, Marissa, is his mama and if left alone, he cries terribly. He likes to sit on Marissa's lap while she does her home work or watches tv. Luckily, he does sleep through the night but is ready for company as soon as he hears anyone get up. He will probably make the trip to the Ashburn market this weekend as he is spoiled rotten and with both legs splinted they have to keep him still. Kim is feeding him duck starter feed and coconut milk as he is low in calcium, vitamin D and Vitamin B and he is eating at least 10 times a day. Jordan even made a trip to Gettysburg with the Bowmans on Mother's Day weekend and rode the entire way up and back on Marissa's lap and he goes to work with Kim to the Nursing Home every morning.
Warren Howell of Allder School Berries in Purcellville (Purcellville Market) has had better luck dealing with the cold temperatures. None of his 600 tomato plants, which are all planted outdoors, were hurt by last week's frost. The temps only went down to 31 degrees for a short time, so they escaped unharmed.
Warren's early red raspberries are looking wonderful--abundant and well developed for this time of the season. The early berries are Tulameen (a Northwest variety that likes living in NOVA), a big producing variety named Nova (from Nova Scotia) and a purple variety called Royalty. Led by Tulameen, they should make their first appearance in early June.
For the most part, his blueberries are also doing well but the crop might be short this year because he had to move 120 plants to get them out of the way for construction of the new "green" house. Warren was afraid the move might kill many of the mature plants but that fear was misplaced. The problem that has arisen is now that they've survived, keeping them productive has been difficult. Warren underestimated the amount of irrigating they would need to produce both new leaves and berries, and thus some plants have lots of leaves and no berries and others, lots of berries with few leaves. He expects the berries on the leaf-less plants may wither, but we'll keep our fingers crossed.
Check back next week for more information from the LVHMA farms!
Eat Your Weird Veggies! Try Kohl Rabi--
You've probably all seen them on the farmer's table--looking like a little spaceship with green arms (or purple arms, depending on variety). And if you don't have a German background, you may not know how to fix those strange looking things. But Kohl Rabi (German for cabbage turnip) can be eaten either raw or cooked and tastes similar to broccoli stems.
To start with, take a sharp knife and cut off the top and bottom--save the small tender stems and leaves, they're edible, too! Then peel off the tough outer skin, leaving you with a white ball similar to a peeled potato. From here you can go in many directions--slice or julienne the Kohl Rabi and serve raw with salt or any dip for a vegetable tray. You can also add slices to your green salads for additional crunch.
Slice the ball and boil in water until tender (again like a potato), drain and toss with butter and parsley. You can even make it with your favorite Potato salad dressing. Dice Kohl Rabi and roast it with a little olive oil and salt (maybe a touch of garlic) in a 400 degree oven until tender and a bit carmelized and serve with a splash of good vinegar. For a unique presentation, try stuffing a Kohl Rabi! Boil the whole, peeled ball until a knife can be inserted easily (about 15-20 min), drain and set in a baking dish. Cut a slice off the top and hollow out the insides. Chop the "innards" and mix with ground beef, pork or sausage, diced onion and bread crumbs. Stuff the mixture back into the Kohl Rabi, sprinkle with parmesean cheese and bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes.
Take a look at this week's recipe for Kohl Rabi Casserole and try a new veggie this week!
--Judy Stroske, LVHMA Market Coordinator
Earth Day Every Day!
Your Health, Malathion and other Organophosphate chemicals
This week a study by epidemiologist Marc Weisskopf of Harvard University's School of Public Health was released in the journal Pediatrics which determined that children found to have higher levels of the pesticide malathion in their urine seem to be at an increased risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. Because the government health and nutrition survey is a "snapshot" of urine levels at one point in time, it says little about long-term exposures, Weisskopf conceded, but is still a matter of concern. Weisskopf and his colleagues studied data on 1,139 children from the government's National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey for the period 2000 to 2004. In addition, the 2008 report of the U.S. Pesticide Residue Program found that 28 percent of frozen blueberries, 25 percent of strawberries and 19 percent of celery were contaminated with malathion.
If you are concerned about chemicals affecting you and your children, talk with the Farmer at the Farmers Market. Where not all fruits and vegetables are grown completely chemical free, most of the LVHMA Member Vendors do not need to use pesticides on their products and rely on approved Integrated Pest Management procedures.
Products in season for the month of May
Arugula Asparagus Basil Beef Beets Bok Choy Breads Broccoli Raab Cheese Chicken Cilantro Collards Dill Eggs Flowers Goat Jams & Jellies Kale Lamb Lettuce Mushrooms Onions * Parsley Pastries Pies Plants Pork Radishes Rhubarb Sage Salsa Soaps Sorrel Soups Spinach Strawberries Summer Squash Swiss Chard Turkey Turnips * Wine Wool & Products Yogurt
||This week's recipe
Kohl Rabi Casserole
3 Tablespoons Butter
4 Kohl Rabi, peeled and diced
1 Cup diced Onion
1 Cup sliced Carrots
1 Cup Ham or Cooked Sausage, diced
1 Tablespoon Chopped Parsley
1 Cup Heavy Cream
2 Tablespoons Flour
A Dash of Ground Nutmeg
Salt and Pepper to taste
In a large skillet, melt the butter on medium heat. Add the onion, carrots and kohlrabi and saute for 8 to 10 minutes. Place half of this mixture on the bottom of a casserole dish that has been coated with cooking spray. Layer on the diced meat and parsley. Top with the remaining vegetable mixture. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs and whisk in the heavy cream, flour, nutmeg, salt and pepper until well combined. Pour over the vegetable/meat mixture and bake for 35 minutes at 350 degrees or until golden brown on top.
News from the Market Vendors
Baker Pork ~ We have all cuts of pork available, plus bacon and 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 ~ Coming this week to Brambleton! We have asparagus, strawberries (malathion free!) and veggie plants. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chef Eloys Salsa ~ Have you picked up your Chef Eloy's Preferred Customer Card? Be sure to ask for yours with your purchase this weekend at Leesburg, Cascades and Brambleton. Purchase any 11 salsas, get the 12th salsa FREE! Tel: 571-313-1531 E-mail: email@example.com
Medinas Produce ~ Come see our early Spring produce--Our season in Westmoreland County is a couple weeks ahead of the growers here. We have onions, lettuce, kohl rabi, broccoli, beets and strawberries!
Milcreek Farm ~ 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 and will be in Purcellville next on May 22! 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 ~ It´s sad to say that our Strawberry and Asparagus season is almost over. So stop by and get them while they are still in season. This week we will be having our first picking of Zucchini and Squash. This week we will also have English Peas, Snow Peas and Sugar Snap Peas! Also Strawberries, Asparagus, Okra, Basil, Cauliflower, Spring Onions, Baby Beets, Radishes, Spinach, Kale, Kohlrabi, Fennel, Cabbage, Lettuce, Broccoli. Come by and check our fresh produce selection. You can see our family run farm in the Northern Neck of VA on our website www.pleitezproduce.com Thank you for your support. Tel: 804-366-7020 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Stone Soup Bakery ~ We will be at the Brambleton Market starting May 16 with our special pies, cookies, fudge puddles and pecan pie bars! Tel: 703-909-6089 E-mail: email@example.com