A “Stunning” Day for the Market


Schlafly Farmers Market
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
4:00pm-7:00pm
Schlalfy Bottleworks, 7260 Southwest Ave, Maplewood MO

 

I cannot believe it!! We may have absolutely perfect weather for the market today. We have been real market “weather troopers” since the season started. The rain storms, flooding, wind, chilly temps and everything in between has hit us almost every Wednesday.  Today could be our day!! Yaaa. Please come to the market today and enjoy a variety of vendors bringing the most fresh, local, seasonal produce, plants, herbs and cut flowers as well as honey, eggs, mushrooms, pastured meats, local cheeses, baked goods and more.

“It’s not my favorite.” That’s my phrase for vegetables or other dishes that, well, are not my favorite. I will try bites and do my best to enjoy absolutely EVERYTHING. It’s an adventure for me. Even if I end up not really liking something, I have experienced the taste and texture of a food that is new to me. I have come to appreciate the philosophy that if I don’t like something, it’s probably because I have not tasted or tried it prepared in a way that I WILL ENJOY. So for those foods that aren’t my favorite, I will keep trying and tasting in different preparations with most of the time finding that “sweet spot” and having that AhHaaa moment.

It seems as though recently, every new season brings a new veggie into my path that I have had the “it’s not my favorite” moment with sometime in my life. This season it is the turnip. The root and the greens!  I have great memories as a child, sitting on a grassy slope right next to my grandpa’s garden, eating raw turnips. I remember eating so many that I would get a tummy ache. I remember eating various raw veggies right from the garden. Raw peas, corn, tomatoes, green beans, broccoli were quite frequently sampled with a bit of dirt and probably after picking off a bug or worm!! Organic, right?!! The not so great turnip memory was sitting at the dinner table until dark with a serving bowl (now cold) of boiled turnips in front of me. I would not even take a bite. I do not remember at this point in my life if I ever took a bite of those cold, boiled turnips or if my dad eventually let me be dismissed from the table without even a taste??!! Must have been pretty traumatic.

I have been recently reintroduced to the turnip. The Hakurei turnip is new to me. Since meeting the Gallina’s about a year ago my “like” for different veggies prepared in imaginative, creative ways has been really expanded. I have other chef friends (Rex Hale, Josh Galliano and others)  that have really gifted me with the gift of enjoying more varieties of vegetables that are now “my favorite”!! Having Chef Rob Uyemura and Local Chef Kitchen in my neighborhood has also been a fun way to explore unique, seasonal, local vegetable dishes. Since becoming a market manager I have been introduced to a number of varieties of veggies that I had not seen or tasted before. Several varieties of radishes, a few new turnips, hot and sweet peppers, lettuces, various greens and so much more.

Turnip season is almost at an end. But there will be more harvested in the cooler temperatures of fall. Meanwhile, I am sure there will be an upcoming, unique, summer vegetable that will soon become my new “it’s not my favorite, favorite”.

Join us today for a slow shift to some summer produce that will include cherry tomatoes, yellow squash, zucchini and cucumbers. One more week for strawberries! The lovely weather has lengthened the season for lettuces, beets, radishes, spinach, kale, spring onions, turnips and more.

Vendor List for Today (subject to change)

Seed Geeks – non GMO seeds, a variety of local, raw honey, handmade soap and  body care products
Stuckmeyer Plants and Produce– salad mix, Cherry Belle, French Breakfast and Watermelon radishes, green and red spring onions, Curly and Lacinato Kale, Hakurei turnips, spinach, zucchini, yellow squash, red and golden beets
The Tamale Man– fresh made and frozen tamales, sauces and Aqua Fresca
Biver Farms– a variety of certified organic, seasonal, local produce and plants
Rosy Buck Farm– sugar snap peas, lettuce mix, radish pods, kale, radishes, pastured eggs,
Flower Hill Farm– a variety of locally grown, fresh cut flowers
Grand Army Farm– Pastured Chicken and Duck eggs, Rabbit, Chicken, Duck and Quail meat, fava beans
Larder and Cupboard– Fruit Crisps (orange, Blood orange, Meyer lemon, lime), preserved lemons, candied ginger-orange peel, tart strawberry preserves, wood conditioner
Farrar Out Farm– pastured chicken, beef, pork, lamb and eggs
El Chico Bakery– fruit filled empanadas, cookies, traditional Mexican pastries
Red Guitar– Artisan Bread, including miche, baguettes, batards and focaccia
Grandma’s Nuts– a variety of nut and seed mixes
McConauchie Manor– locally grown strawberries (last week for strawberries)
Weidner Farm– Mary Ellen is back with local, raw honey
Baetje Artisan Goat Cheese– award winning, locally produced goat cheeses
Three Rivers Community Farm– a variety of local, seasonal produce
Cham Bakery– locally made pita breads and traditional mid-Eastern pastries, dips, spreads
Ozark Forest Mushrooms– a variety of locally, cultivated mushrooms and unique mushroom products
City House, County Mouse– plants for your garden and yard, cut flowers, wreaths
Ivan’s Fig Farm– a variety of local, seasonal produce
Buila Family– a variety of local, seasonal produce
Alpaca’s of Troy– a variety of pastured alpaca meat cuts and alpaca fiber crafts and yarn
Two Men and a Garden– a variety of locally made salsa’s and pickles
My Earring Lady– a variety of fun, unique handmade earrings

Support the vendors, enjoy live music on the patio by Connor Low and Cindy Gravens, complimentary Schlafly beer samples at the market tent and University of Missouri Extension Nutrition staff with recipes and tips.

See you at the market.
Rene’
Farmers Market Manager

 

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