Market Updates |
|With the arrival of corn at the market, it seems that summer is here to stay. Happy Harvest Farm, Sweet Leaf Farm, and Thompson Farms all have delicious sweet corn available at the market. Deep Roots Farm's peppers are starting to turn red, a sure sign that hot peppers and eggplant will soon be showing up at the market! In fact last Saturday, THINK Unique Gardens had a very small but very sweet amount of eggplant available. Mark your calendars now for the Crazy Eggplant Festival at the Hollywood Farmers Market on September 4th! More information is on its way.|
See you at the Market!
Pie Contest Reminder!!! |
|Just a quick reminder that the Pie Contest is quickly approaching. |
As you've no doubt noticed, we're into the heart of berry season at the
market, and for the next few weeks will be enjoying the rich harvest of
local berries at the market. And one of the best things about berry
season is berry pie, which is why we're happy to announce our 1st Annual
Berry Pie Contest!
A number of folks have asked about submitting peach or cherry pies and while the contest is being promoted as the "Berry Pie Contest" no judge is going to frown at a slice of peach pie or ding someone points for their creative (and delicious) use of cherries. So bring on the pies, folks, bring on the pies.
Here's a great article about making the perfect fruit pie if you need a little inspiration.
The pie contest will be held at the market on Saturday, August 7th, so pick out some fruit or berries this week at the market for
practice! Remember, the pie contest needs you to make it happen. Points will be awarded for
deliciousness, creativity and visual appeal. Happy baking!
-- Contest Rules --
- Pies entered for
judging must be made with fruit or berries purchased fresh. Fruit and berries do not need to
come from the Hollywood Farmers Market, but there will be extra points for
buying local. Ask at the information booth for more details on
mid-week farmers markets.
- Pie crust and
filling must be prepared and baked by the person submitting the pie for
- Entries must include
entry form and original recipe listing all ingredients and method in order
to be considered for judging.
- Pie plates will not
be returned to contestants, so we encourage contestants to submit pies in
a recyclable pie plate.
- All pies submitted
for judging become the property of the Hollywood Farmers Market and may
not be returned to you in time for dessert.
- Entries will be
accepted from 8am until 10am. Judging will begin promptly at 10:30am, with
winners announced at 12:00 noon.
Making and Freezing Basil Pesto |
|To me, summer just isn't summer without fresh basil pesto and everyone has their own favorite recipe. I will not try to sway you from yours, but here is one definitely worth trying. |
3 cups loosely packed basil leaves
1 cup loosely packed flat leaf parsley
4-6 garlic cloves
1/2 cup olive oil
3/4 cup toasted walnuts
1/4 - 1/2 cup finely grated parmigiano reggiano (omit if freezing)
1 teaspoon salt or to taste
finely ground black pepper to taste (optional)
Lightly toast walnuts in a dry pan over low or medium-low heat. Stir
and watch carefully to make sure they don't burn or get too brown. Remove walnuts from
pan and set aside to cool.
Pulse garlic cloves in a blender or food processor and add handfuls of basil and parsley leaves until everything is coarsely chopped. Add toasted walnuts, olive oil, parmigiano reggiano, and salt and pepper to taste. Blend. Add
more olive oil if the mixture gets too thick. Taste and adjust proportions as you see fit!
There are a couple ways to freeze pesto. I like the freezer tray method but some people prefer to fill ramekins or 4 oz jelly jars. Here are directions for both.
Using a spatula or spoon,fill an ice cube tray with pesto. Once frozen, pop the cubes into a freezer
bag. Try to get as much air out of the bag as you can and consider double bagging for protection. To freeze into ramekins or jelly jars, fill the containers, pour a thin layer of olive oil on top, wrap in saran wrap and freeze. If you have lids for the jelly jars, use them. Don't forget to label with the date and contents!
Remember to omit
the cheese if you are going to freeze a batch, it
tastes so much better with the cheese added just before serving.
Freezing pesto will remind you of why you love living in Oregon this winter as you thaw your pesto and enjoy a little Oregon summer in the rain.
-- Sarah Broderick, HFM Market Manager
|This Week at the Market|
|Check here each week for updates on our fund raising efforts for the Fresh Funds Program, the Hollywood Farmers Market's SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) match program. |
Fresh Funds Goal: $7,000
Amount Raised to Date: $3,238
Total Dollars Matched to SNAP Customers to Date: $2,883
Every Saturday, SNAP customers can use their EBT card to
withdraw SNAP dollars to be used on market fresh produce and goods. The
Hollywood Farmers Market will match up to $5 in tokens to increase SNAP
customer spending power at the market and reward healthy eating.
A big thank you goes to New Seasons Market for their generous $3,000 grant that got this program started. Now it is up to us to keep it going.
This match only lasts as long as we have funds for it. Please consider donating today! Call 503-709-7403 for more information.
Corn is here!
HFM Volunteer Laura loves summer squash (and vegetables that come in fun shapes).
Sunny sunflowers from Sweet Leaf Farm.
Edible flowers and cut herbs from Gales Meadow Farm are the perfect way to season a summer salad.
Golden Raspberry Pie anyone?