A FULL HOUSE today. Don’t Miss the Market.


Schlafly Farmers Market
Wednesday, August 16th, 4pm-7pm
at the Bottleworks
7260 Southwest Ave, Maplewood MO

You won’t want to miss the market today.  Please come and support the vendors, rain or shine. Bring your market baskets, bags and coolers. The vendor line up is fantastic and the spaces are nearly booked up. We are approaching another change in seasons with school starting and some of the earlier produce vendors now leaving us. Late season vendors and a few new vendors will be joining in and perhaps finishing the season with us at Schlafly Farmers Market.

In our home, we have been canning tomatoes like crazy. All kinds of tomatoes. I think we have reached our canned tomato peak and will be moving on to other produce preparations soon. The season is at it’s peak for most local, fresh, seasonal, summer produce. Enjoy it fresh while it’s here and take extra home to preserve and use for later. Chopping blanching and freezing peppers and onions is a great idea. Grating zucchini and freezing is another option I have been hearing of. I haven’t done that yet. In the past, we have sliced eggplant in thick disk and cut it into larger chunks and put it in the freezer for later use. Anything that will be baked, sauteed or mixed into a soup, stew or casserole at a later date does not have to have picture perfect looks or texture. Blanching helps preserve color and texture. Adding lemon juice or citric acid can help preserve colors as well.  Making sure your produce is thoroughly dry after blanching (or washing) will also preserve the texture of frozen produce. If dried completely, ice crystals are less likely to form inside and around the fruit or vegetable. I learned this one year after cleaning, blanching and freezing a lot of green beans. I had not dried them at all. I just put them into the freezer bags. There were little icecicles inside every bean and the texture was not so great. Lesson learned.

Vist us today and enjoy live music under the patio. The Wise Bros are scheduled to play from 4pm-7pm. Enjoy complimentary Schlafly beer samples and some great, community fun along with a quality vendor line up!  Fresh and frozen tamales,  handmade pasta, a variety of pastries and cookies,  South American savory empanadas, Mexican fruit filled emapanadas, local raw honey, breads, cheeses, teas, pastured meats and eggs, orchard fruits, cut flowers, traditional Cuban style black beans, hummus and dip, fresh figs, dog treats, locally made salsas and pickles, hand spun fibers  along with lots and lots of beautiful, fresh, local, seasonal produce!

Today, our vendors should include
Seed Geeks
Farrar Out Farm
Rosy Buck and Flower Hill Farm
del Carmen Black Beans
Three Girls and a Tractor
El Chico Bakery
My Earring Lady
SudAmerica
Ishaya Farm
Weidner Farm
Red Guitar Artisan Sourdough Breads
Three Rivers Community Farm
Eckenfel’s Family Farm
Two Men and a Garden Salsa and Pickles
Baetje Artisan Goat Cheese
Ivan’s Fig Farm
Green Door Farm
Larder and Cupboard
Trail Lodge Tea
Biver Certified Organic Farm
Vincini Pasta
Alpacas of Troy
Buila Family Farm
Ringhausen Orchard
James Miller
The Tamale Man
Non-Food Vendor Today
The Earring Lady

 See you at the market.
René

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