One of the best things about shopping at a farmers market is learning about new foods. Last year, I discovered fava beans for the first time! Here are a few ideas for some of the items you will find at today's market that might seem unfamiliar to you...
Beets: Thinly slice beets and saute in oil/butter on medium heat until nearly cooked through. Roughly chop beet tops and rosemary and saute a few minutes longer with salt and pepper. (Beets are high in folate, manganese and potassium)
Swiss Chard: You can use Swiss Chard for most anything you would use spinach for. I like to saute it with a little garlic and crushed red pepper. It's also good thrown in soupsand pasta dishes. (Also in the beet family, Swiss chard is considered to be one of the healthiest veggies and is high in vitamins A, K, C, fiber and protein)
Whole Chicken: Don't be intimidated - there's something to be said about a chicken that's locally raised and allowed to graze. Preparing a whole chicken is a great value when feeding an entire family but can also become multiple meals for a single young professional. You can roast the bird, throw it in a crock pot, or make beer can chicken on the grill.
Today at Downtown Farmers Market!
Por Bar Farms Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, beans, cucumbers, squash/zucchini, arugula, salad mix, okra, beets, carrots, a few tomatoes
Harvest in Christ Romaine lettuce, arugula, Swiss chard, kale, collards, beets, green onions
Community Greenhouse Partners Swiss Chard, heads of Romaine and Oakleaf Lettuce, and ready-to-serve boxes of Spring Mix combined with Baby Kale and other greens
Tea and Honey Company Lavender Lemonade ($1.00/cup)
Ohio Farm Direct
100% grassfed cheese, drinkable yogurt
Vendor Highlights - lunch specials!
Judy’s Oasis Fresh baked white and wheat Pita bread, hummus, meat pies and spinach & feta pies
Savory Crepe of the Day: French Grilled Cheese: Brie, Cheddar, Mozzarella, organic greens and balsamic reduction
Sweet Crepe of the Day: Fresh Strawberries, dark chocolate and whipped cream
Signature Crepe: S'More: Marshmallows, dark chocolate, graham cracker crumbs
Rust Belt Tees joins us tomorrow: Cleveland themed t-shirts ($15), pint glasses ($4), stadium glasses ($3)
Live Music: Blues guitarist Tim Askin, 11:30am-1:30pm
“Produce Perks” accepted: EBT users will receive “Produce Perks,” a dollar for dollar bonus (up to $10) to be spent on fresh fruits and vegetables. Produce Perks are available at area farmers markets while supplies last. Please stop by the information table tomorrow for more information or to use your card.
EBT, WIC, senior coupons and debit cards are accepted.
Insulated bags available: Chaotic Farms has insulated bags for sale to keep your eggs, chicken, pasta and cheese cool until you get home.
Are you interested in becoming a vendor at DFM? Emaildowntownclevelandmarket@gmail.com for more information of fill out the online application here. Here's a complete list of vendors that you'll find at the market tomorrow:
Por-Bar Farms: Heirloom and organic vegetables, fruits, and herbs
Community Greenhouse Partners: Organic vegetables and greens grown just a few blocks east of downtown
Harvest in Christ: Heirloom produce grown using sustainable methods
Chaotic Farms: Chicken, turkey, and eggs
Ohio Farm Direct: Organic, grassfed cheese
Crystal Moon Acres: Goats milk fudge and baked goods
Judy’s Oasis: Middle Eastern Cuisine, including hoomus, meat pies, falafel and prepared foods for lunch
Peddler Bread:Artisan bread bakery
Ohio City Pasta: Hand-crafted pasta
Rising Star Coffee Roasters: Small batch coffee roasters located in Ohio City
Blaze Gourmet: Exotic hot sauce and salsas
SPICEHOUND: High quality spices, herbs, chillies, and natural salts
The Tea and Honey Company:Locally made teas, honeys, and other aromatherapy items
BONJOUR Crepes: French crepes using locally grown and organic ingredients
In Forno Pizza: Wood-fired authentic neopolitan pizza
The Nosh Box: Amix of midwestern comfort food with a Tex/Mex kick
Hodge Podge:Chris Hodgson's famous food truck
Publish Ohio: Cleveland-area prints, postcards and photos
***Additional produce vendors will be added throughout the season***
Come hungry and enjoy a delicious lunch from one of our prepared food vendors, including Judy's Oasis, BONJOUR Crepes, In Forno Pizza, Hodge Podge and The Nosh Box. Just make sure you save enough time during lunch to visit all of your favorite vendors, enjoy the fresh air, listen to the live music, and maybe even picnic in the grass!