|Tip of the Week
What on Earth is Fennel?
...And what do I do with it?
Fennel is a crisp, juicy vegetable with a sweet flavor and a hint of anise.
It's versatile and delicious! Try it braised, sauteed, grilled, breaded and fried (yumm), with fish, in soups, in salads and curries, and don't forget to try it on pizza!
Fennel tops make great soup stock too.
Here is a delightfully refreshing way to try fennel:
Trim root and tops and pull bulb apart into spears. Serve spears with seasoned olive oil or other dipping sauces, or with soft goat's milk cheese.
-- Persephone Farm
Part of the beauty of farmers' markets is that our produce changes with the seasons. Stay current with weekly produce highlights here!
Sweet Sue Peaches (Baird Family Orchards)
Van Cherries (Market Fruit/Packer Orchards)
Costata Romanesco (summer squash) (Winter Green Farm)
Early Girl Tomatoes (Deep Roots Farm)
Super Sweet Jubilee Corn (Big "B" Farm)
|Congratulations to our vendors and volunteers! The Willamette Week readers have declared the Hollywood Farmers' Market the Best Place to Shop in our area of NE Portland! We appreciate all the market-goers who voted for us and we are proud to wear the title. So thank you, and thanks to all our fabulous volunteers and vendors who make the market what it is!|
|Winter Vegetables For Your Garden
By Anne Berblinger,
Gales Meadow Farm
Shortly after the summer solstice, weeks before the vegetable garden is in full summer abundance, it is already time to plant vegetables which will produce for you all winter long and even into the spring.
At Gales Meadow Farm, we started seeds for kale, collards, radicchio, and purple sprouting broccoli the first week of July. The starts for brussels sprouts, planted in June, have already reached the right size for transplanting. We will start fall broccoli, beets, turnips, and hardy lettuce in August. Other fall and over-wintering vegetables are direct-seeded.
We will have starts of some of these vegetables for sale at the Market over the next few weeks. Unlike our tomatoes and other summer vegetables, each variety will be available for only one or two weeks only in July or August.
The shallots, brown multiplier onions, and garlic can be planted as well. Each individual onion or shallot bulb will multiply, and each garlic clove will turn into a whole head of garlic.
We will have planting tips for winter veggies on our website, www.galesmeadow.com and we look forward to seeing you at the Hollywood Farmers' Market!
Community Booth Spotlight
Learn more about the organizations tabling at the market each week in our community booth column.
Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides
The Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP) protects the health of
people and the environment by advancing alternatives to pesticides.
NCAP is dedicated to:
· Keeping you informed about pesticide hazards
· Increasing the adoption of alternatives to
pesticides in agriculture
· Working with concerned citizens to challenge
unnecessary spray programs
· Participating in the development of public policy
relating to pesticides
· Fighting for the public's right to know all the
ingredients in pesticide products
· Promoting pesticide use reduction
French American International School
French American International School (FAIS) is preschool through grade eight
independent school with an internationally-focused curriculum and a culturally
diverse community. Our preschool through grade five is full French immersion,
meaning that students are taught in French and learn the language as if they
were native speakers; the Gilkey International Middle School includes a French
immersion option as well as an option for students who have not yet studied a
foreign language. All middle school students choose to study French,
Spanish, German, or Mandarin Chinese.
in 1979, FAIS is Portland's oldest language immersion school and the only
school in the Portland area fully accredited by both the Pacific Northwest
Association of Independent Schools and the French Ministry of National
Education. Located on 14 acres in northwest Portland, our campus features a
nature trail and outdoor classrooms, a multicultural library, music studio,
well-equipped computer and science labs, two gymnasiums, and an arts and
cultural center. We currently have openings in prekindergarten (4-year-olds),
kindergarten, and middle school. Stop by our booth for more info!
Featured Vendor: Feeley's Fruit
Anne and Edward Feeley, of Feeley's Fruit, have been farming
cherries and peaches for 13 years at their Odell, Oregon location, in the Hood
River Valley. They grow cherries, peaches, and hay for cows on ten of their 13
acres. Edward Feeley planted the orchards himself, by hand, 15 years ago and
the Feeleys are proud to have seen it flourish into a full-fledged farm.
In addition to their two daughters, who work on the farm
earning money for college, it takes about ten people to keep their small
operation running, from pickers to sprayers. The Feeleys wash, sort, and pack
the fruit themselves, and have found that it is sometimes difficult to secure
labor because of the size of their farm. Other challenges include the uncontrollable
circumstances of the weather; this year a late spring frost caused the Feeleys
to lose half their crop. Three years ago, nothing pollinated in their orchards
and they were only able to attend one market the whole season.
Despite the difficulties that go along with farming, the
Feeleys are doing what they love. "We love the country. We love knowing what
we're eating and we enjoy what we do. We have such a good product and we put
our heart and soul into it" says Anne Feeley. They Feeleys grow 100% of what
they sell at market and never carry secondary products. They are always working
on changes and improvements which include a recently installed walk-in cooler
and are looking at installing drip irrigation in their orchards.
With the sound of bees buzzing in the orchard, the Feeleys
know that their fruit are being pollinated and are excited to continue bringing
their top-notch product to the Hollywood Farmers' Market in addition to other
markets and restaurants in the area. With people lined up to buy cherries and
peaches from Feeley's Fruit, Anne and Edward can rest assured their product is
a favorite of many.
Please come and check out Feeley's Fruit this Saturday
at the Hollywood Farmers' Market. Both peaches and cherries are available at
their stand, and you can do some vegetable shopping in the rest of the market
while you're at it. That's what Anne Feeley likes to do.
|The Hollywood Farmers' Market is open Saturdays, May through October from 8am - 1pm and November 1, 8, 15 & 22 from 9am - 1pm. We are located on NE Hancock Street between 44th and 45th Avenues (one block South of Sandy Blvd).
For more information, check us out online at www.hollywoodfarmersmarket.org.
See you Saturday!
Hollywood Farmers' Market