It’s Market Time, Wednesday May 17th, 4pm-7pm

Another potential for crazy weather at market today! Last week we made it through the entire market time with beautiful weather and we were all extremely grateful.  Hopefully that will be the case again today.

Vendors are quite busy as I have not heard fro m all of them yet. But I have become a pretty good  market manager mind reader and can usually predict who will be coming from week to week.

We will continue to have a good amount of just picked strawberries. I am hearing that strawberry season COULD end shortly, so do not wait to  buy yours. With all of the rain, they have been particularly sweet and juicy. I believe we will also have rhubarb today. If you are a strawberry and rhubarb fan; today may be your day!.

Don’t forget to stop by the market tent for your free Schlafly beer sample, take a tour through the Bottleworks garden and enjoy live music by the Riverside Wanderers.

Over the last week I enjoyed  Hakurei Turnips by peeling,  cutting them into a medium size dice,  added chopped onion and fresh garlic, drizzled with olive oil , a medley of fresh herbs, sea salt and fresh ground pepper then roasted them in a hot oven until tender.  I cut off the turnip tops  (the leaves), washed them thoroughly, chopped them and sauteed them with bacon and onion.  I finished them with a splash of good balsamic vinegar. The next day, I prepared them again and added chopped kale. A nice way to use the entire turnip on one meal. I have also prepared turnips like mashed potatoes or potatoes au gratin. Give them a try!

A few nights ago I enjoyed a special meal  and wine tasting that was prepared by Josh Galliano with wine by Robert Sinskey. Josh prepared a very delicious roasted radish dish. It was very mild  and quite tasty. I have also enjoyed pickled radishes as a condiment to burgers, bbq and Mexican food.

It is still radish, turnip, beet, spinach, lettuce, kale, chard and every other thing green season.  Folks are reporting green tomatoes on the vine and soon the color of our local seasonal produce will be bright oranges, yellows and reds.

Today’s vendor list includes a few new vendors along with a few vendors that join us on a regular bi-weekly or monthly schedule. I am very excited about the variety of vendors that we have for you today.

McConauchie Manor Farm– local, fresh, seasonal strawberries
Memorable Creations- an assortment of jams and jellies
Rick Jordan Chocolatier- one of the area’s only bean to bar chocolatiers will be bringing
English Toffee, Honey Foam, Ginger Honey Caramels, Box Turtles, Salt Caramels, Cacao Infused local honey,, Brown Butter Peanut Praline, Honey Crunch Beehive Bar, Raw Cacoa, Missouri Buttered Pecan Bar 70%, Ghost Chili Bar 70%, Cacao Nib Bar 70%
Heirloom Bottling– a unique assortment of locally created cocktail shrubs and syrups
Larder and Cupboard– a selection of local cheeses,  housemade lemon and orange crisps, preserved lemons, and baklava
Stuckmeyer Plants and Produce- a variety of locally grown seasonal produce. Today’s selection will include red and green leaf lettuces, Romaine  and Bibb lettuce, Cherry Belle  and French Breakfast radishes, Curly and Lacinato Kale, Hakurei turnips, Asparagus, on the maybe list – strawberries, rhubarb, collards, mustard and turnip greens
The Tamale Man– those deliciously famous tamales, sauces and aqua fresca
Red GuitarAlex has a special collaboration sourdough bread for us today. He has  named it Cherokee Strong. It’s made from the spent grains of Earthbound beer, with his starter and combination of whole wheat, rye and white flours. It is an evolving taste profile depending on the spent grains he gets from Earthbound.
Eckenfels Family Farm– a variety of locally raised pastured meats and eggs
Farrar Out Farms– a variety of locally raised pastured meats and eggs (maybe strawberries too)
Rosy Buck and Flower Hill Farms– salad mix, sprouts, pastured eggs, radish pods and fresh cut flowers (maybe sugar snaps)
Baetje Artisan Goat Cheese– a variety of locally made, artisan, award winning goat cheeses
Biver Farm- certified organic, plants and local, seasonal produce
El Chico Bakery– traditional Mexican pastries, cookies and fruit filled empanadas
Alpacas of Troy– locally raised and pastured alpaca meat cuts and alpaca fiber crafts and yarn
Grand Army Farm- a variety of local, pastured eggs, quail, duck,  and chicken (sometimes turkey) as well as angora fiber crafts and yarn.
Three Rivers Farm– a variety of local, seasonal produce
Buila Family Farm– a variety of local, seasonal produce
Ivan– a variety of local, seasonal produce
Eddington Farm– starter plants for home and garden, wild flowers and produce
Seed Geeks- a variety of local honey, creamed honey, handmade soaps, and nonGMO seeds
Trail Lodge Tea– a unique variety of blended teas . Today’s tea available by the glass will be Red Panda Chai (green tea with oranges and spices) and Lilac (black tea)
Earring Lady is a MAYBE.

Thank you for your continued support.
Hope to see you at the market.



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