In This Issue
Cooking Demo Recipe
Photo Contest Winner
Featured Vendor
This Week at
the Market

Grupo Condor

Community Warehouse

Golden Bond

Wiggles the Clown
Tip of the Week
Creamy Pesto Pasta

Try Dante's Garden Chevre Pesto on local noodles for a creamy alfredo sauce.

To Prepare:
Saute garlic and veggies in olive oil and white wine. Reduce heat and stir in one container of Chevre Pesto. Mix with noodles and enjoy.

- Barry & Carole, Dante's Garden Pesto

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The Local Dirt
As many of you know, the Hollywood Farmers' Market is extending its season into November for the first time ever. Join your friends and neighbors each Saturday until Thanksgiving to celebrate the bounty of the fall harvest.

We will be open November 3, 10 and 17 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM (please note later start time). Tell your friends!

October Cooking Demo

Cooking Demo Recipe

This past Saturday, Piper Dixon, chef and owner of Proper Eats Market and Cafe in St. Johns, cooked up a delicious fall treat for shoppers at the market.

Stuffed Delicata Squash

2 delicata squash cut in half lengthwise
and seeded
one cup quinoa, cooked
one red or yellow onion, diced
one carrot, grated
one red potato, diced
one red bell pepper, diced
½ cup mushrooms, diced
½ cup greens, chopped
3 cloves garlic
¼ cup hazelnuts, chopped
fresh basil, oregano and thyme if available, or dried
2 Tbl. olive oil
1 Tbl. tamari
salt and pepper to taste
tomatoes if available for garnish

Feel free to add or change vegetables as availability changes and have fun with your creation!

Bake squash at 350º for 30-40 minutes until easily pierced with a fork. Heat olive oil and add onion, garlic, and potato. Cook for 5 minutes. Add carrots, mushrooms and herbs and let cook 5-7 minutes more. Take off heat and toss with the rest of ingredients, adjusting seasonings to taste. Stuff delicata and bake for 10 more minutes. Enjoy and be well!

Photo Contest Winner: Pets

Winning Photo_Pet CategoryAileen Cava, an employee of The Village Crepery, won first-place prize in the Pets category. "The photo captured a proud father and son moment at the Hollywood Farmers' Market," Aileen said.

This picture is one of four winning photos from the Hollywood Farmers' Market Photography Contest that took place in August.

If you didn't get to participate this season, we hope you will submit a photo next year!
Ristretto Roasters
Featured Vendor: Ristretto Roasters

There are a lot of things I might do on Saturday mornings, but for about sixty of the past one hundred, I've spent them behind the Ristretto Roasters booth the Hollywood Farmers' Market, selling the hot coffee and freshly-roasted coffee beans that are the work of my husband, Din Johnson. We wound up there a little into the 2006 season, when a regular customer named Spencer came into the shop and said, "What gives?"

What gives what, I asked?

"Why aren't you at the market?" he asked, and though he has nothing to do with the market's infrastructure, enumerated why we needed to be there: because it was a great place, because it was in the neighborhood and would be good exposure for our less than year-old coffee roastery and cafe; because if more people knew about Ristretto Roasters, it would be the only place they'd buy their coffee, and most importantly, because it was where he and his two-year-old daughter Ava went every Saturday morning.

How could I refuse? We contacted Daurie, who was nice enough to get us in a little into the season. At the market, I saw many existing customers, who were always kind enough to stand by like carnival barkers and sing the coffees' praises; who called over their friends and said, "This is the place I was telling you about." Who came week after week and brought more people. Really, I needed to do little more than make change for a twenty and refill the half-and-half.

And then, a funny thing, or perhaps the natural thing happened: I started to know all these people; I knew their kids, who would run over to give me honey sticks or a strawberry pilfered from their moms' baskets. I gave coffee to the vendors, who in turn would slip a fresh melon or head of radicchio on my table. And then the 2006 season ended, and then 2007's started, and there were new vendors and new faces and just as many of the old ones, including Spencer and Ava, now joined by a baby sister.

Sometimes, there are other things I might like to do on Saturday mornings, sleeping comes to mind. But once I am at the market, giving people their morning coffee, chatting about why it's so good, about the beans, about the beautiful work my husband is doing with single origin coffees, from Sumatra and Guatemala, Ethiopia and Mexico, medium-roasting them so you get all the nuances and flavors and aromas, I'm happy, and they're happy. It's about coffee, of course, but it's also loaded with real affection.

And now 2007 is about to end. We'll only be at the market another few weeks, so please come see us at 3520 NE 42nd Avenue where we have a full espresso bar, pastries and free wifi. Also, look for our second shop opening in the spring on N. Williams Ave., or visit us online at

- Nancy Rommelmann, Ristretto Roasters
The Hollywood Farmers' Market is open Saturdays, May through October from 8am - 1pm and November 3rd, 10th and 17th from 9am - 1pm. We are located on NE Hancock St between 44th and 45th Ave (one block South of Sandy Blvd).

For more information, check us out online at

See you Saturday!

Hollywood Farmers' Market