|Tip of the Week|
|Folks start asking for basil starts early in
March and the inquiries reach a fever pitch in early May. I always say, just
be patient and wait! |
Basil simply hates cold, wet weather. It loves
0% humidity, hot days and warm nights. Wait until June for your
best luck at growing lush, beautiful basil. It grows quickly in the
right conditions and will produce heavily all summer long.
-- Vicki Hertel, Sun Gold Farms
of the beauty of farmers' markets is that our produce changes with the
seasons. Stay current with weekly produce highlights here!
Crimson Red Rhubarb
(Peak Forest Fruit)
(Winter Green Farm)
Sugar Snap Peas
(Deep Roots Farm)
Super Crisp and Thin-Skinned Cucumbers
(Sweet Leaf Farm)
|The weather is forecast for another beautiful Saturday! Start your weekend at the Hollywood Farmers'
Market with a bite to eat, and fresh strawberries to take home- if they make it that far. Also be sure to check out the Gales Meadow Farm booth,
this week's Featured Vendor!|
Gales Meadow Farm
Rene and Anne Berblinger began farming in the Gales Creek Valley in western Washington County
in 1999. We produce more than 200
varieties of great tasting, beautiful vegetables and herbs. Many of our
varieties are heirlooms.
We realized a few years ago that we were in a great position to "grow new farmers." David Knaus, who worked both part-time and full-time for us over a period of five years, now has his own farm, Fresh Earth Gardens, in La Center, Washington.
Our farmers-in-training are Lacy Todd, Brandon Mazur, and Adam Baratta, who have all been with us for over a year now, and Joanna Levy, our summer intern from Sterling College in Vermont. Tobias Berblinger is our regular market staffer. Cowan Jenkins, and Fiona Jenkins, students at Laurelhurst School, help at most markets for an hour or two. Isn't it wonderful that
the market provides an opportunity for children as young as 8 or 9 to do real work?
Early in the season, Gales Meadow Farm sells starts of tomatoes, eggplant,
peppers, lettuce, squash, cucumbers, chard, and culinary herbs. We have more than 40 varieties of tomatoes (although we are already sold out of a number of the more well-known varieties, we still have the most interesting and unusual ones), more than 25 peppers, and 5 kinds of eggplant.
This week, we will have produce at the market for the first time this season: our popular salad mix, garlic scallions and garlic whistles, spring onions, radishes, elephant leeks, and pea shoots.
We will also be featuring our sweet and hot pepper starts. From the incredibly sweet and delicious Sheepnose Pimento through Padron and Wenks
to Orange Thai and Habanero, we have the range covered. By the way, we are really in love with the sweet and slightly hot varieties like Alma Paprika and Beaver Dam. They are great for stuffing. A favorite way to prepare almost any pepper is to slap some olive oil on it and put it one the grill. (Use a skewer for the smaller ones like jalapeno.)
As the season progresses, we offer the best familiar summer
and fall vegetables and many unusual varieties. Stop by our booth, ask
questions, get recipes, and share your recipes with us!
Revised article, originally published May, 2007.
|Being Good Neighbors The Hollywood Farmers' Market is so fortunate in the neighbors we have! Grocery Outlet's owners are very generous to allow us to use part of their parking lot for the HFM every Saturday. It is important that we do our part by being as respectful of their business as they have been to ours.
Please only park in the Grocery Outlet parking lot if you plan on shopping at Grocery Outlet. We also ask that people stay out of the bark dust and plantings in and around the lot. With the large volume of people who come to the HFM each week, it is really hard on the plantings when folks walk on them or park their bikes on them.
If you're looking for a place to lock your bikes, there are new bike racks on NE 44th just south of Hancock, as well as the bike oasis on the south side of Sandy Blvd. at Hancock and 43rd.
Learn more about the organizations tabling at the market each week in our community booth column.
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multiple errands into single trips. These travel savvy practices are practical
and can save you money otherwise spent at the gas pump.
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|The Hollywood Farmers' Market is open Saturdays, May through October from 8am - 1pm and November 7, 14, and 21 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