October 20, 2011
Vol 5, Issue 27
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Market Updates                       
This Saturday will likely be the final market for Maryhill Orchards peaches so if you're still craving that last bit of summer make sure to stop by. This Saturday is also the final market of the season for Big B Farm. Big B Farm usually goes until the end of October, but Frank is getting married next Saturday! For those of you who missed the farmers' market love story, you can click here to read all about it. Confectionery and Sage & Sea Farms will be absent this Saturday, but they'll be back next week to meet your needs! New vendor, Nature's Wild Harvest, starts the market this Saturday with foraged mushrooms, mushroom powders, and other forest products - look for Bill in the back row of the market next to Deep Roots Farm.

Also this Saturday at the Hollywood Farmers Market, the Hollywood Lions will host a mobile screening unit for free health screenings for the community. They will be at the corner of 44th Ave and Hancock Street from 8 am to noon, and will offer tests for vision, blood pressure, diabetes, glaucoma, and hearing.

Calling all bakers: The Fourth Annual Pumpkin Pie Contest is coming up in just a couple weeks! The contest will be held on Saturday, November 5th, making this Saturday a perfect time to pick up a pumpkin or squash for practice. Remember: The pie contest needs you to make it happen! Points are awarded for deliciousness, creativity and visual appeal. Stop by the Information Booth on the corner of 44th & Hancock for an entry form and a copy of the rules, or check back in next week's The Local Dirt. Happy baking!

See you at the market!
Sage and Sea Farms
by Chelsea Harlan

A beverage with its roots sunk deep in American history is making its way to the forefront of the cocktail scene. You may know it as sipping vinegar, but it also goes by drinking vinegar, switchel, haymaker's punch, and fruit shrub. A concentrated blend of fruit, sugar, and vinegar, sipping vinegar has been a part of the country's landscape since Colonial times. Brought from Southeast Asia by sailors in the late 17th century, the concoction became a popular summer drink in the American South; by the 19th century, thirsty farmers drank it at harvest time as a healthful tonic. Herman Melville and Laura Ingalls Wilder even mention "switchel" in their novels.

 

line of drinking vinegars

In our current era, in a city known for its love of all things spirit-related, it's surprising that sipping vinegar has flown under the radar for as long as it has-particularly as it makes the perfect cocktail companion. Slightly sweet, slightly tart, and rich with seasonal fruits or herbs, its combinations with liquor, seltzer, and juices are limitless. It's an ingredient with exciting creative potential, and Sage and Sea Farms is at the vanguard of its resurgence in popularity.

 

One of only three producers of sipping vinegars in the country (Tait Family Farms in Pennsylvania and Portland's own Andy 

Ricker of Pok Pok and Whiskey Soda Lounge fame are the others), Sage and Sea Farms entered the scene three years ago. Its gregarious proprietress is Deb Tabor, real estate agent by day and switchel alchemist around the clock. The name of Deb's business is an homage to her family: "Sage" is connected with her relatives who live in the deserts of eastern Oregon, in Lake County. She's spent countless summers there, visiting her great-uncle Steve and great-aunt Lette, who taught her to make raspberry sipping vinegar as a young girl. "Sea" is for the family she has on Camano Island in Washington state.  A family staple for generations, Deb didn't really consider taking her sipping vinegars to market until friends encouraged her, raving about her recipes. The first season was a test run, with Deb selling her vinegars at a select few holiday markets. When she sold out at every fair, she realized there was a largely-untapped market for her vinegars.

 

It's essential for Deb that Sage and Sea uses locally-grown produce as much as possible, usually finding fruit at various farmers markets and local farms. Keeping it local means the flavors are very seasonal. She says, "It's the only way to make the flavor real, to have it taste like you just bit into a ripe peach. To have it taste like July in a bottle when you're drinking the raspberry vinegar." Deb gets her mint from Gales Meadow Farm near Forest Grove, her fennel from Big Fork Farms in Washington, and her berries from Unger Farms in Cornelius, among others. She also picks her own ingredients when she can. There's a certain cherry tree out on Sauvie's Island that Deb keeps her eye on; when the tree is overflowing, she'll climb right up on the surrounding picnic tables to harvest its fruit.

 

At the Market

Music & Entertainment:

Chata Addy 

 

Community Booth:

Off the Couch Events

Iraq Veterans Stress Project 

 

Upcoming Events:

Hollyween Farmers Market and Pet Parade - Saturday, October 29, Parade at 11:00 am

Pumpkin Pie Contest - Saturday, November 5, winners announced at 12:00 noon

Tip of the Week
brought to you by Robert Reynolds' Chefs Studio

Swiss Chard - Chard is actually two vegetables: the leaf and the stalk.  Separate the leaf from the stalk by holding the stalk with one hand and ripping the leaf away with the other, moving from bottom to top. At a certain point, the stalk will come off with the leaf.

 

Cut the stalk in -inch slices. Blanch the greens in salted water and remove, but keep the water. When the greens come out, add the stalks to the same water. Blanch until there's no crunch. Dress the greens with olive oil, garlic and parsley. Dress the stalks with a vinaigrette.

 Market Pics   

volunteer guys

some winter squash

child with apples

fig etc cupcakes

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hfm_mapDays:
Every Saturday, May - Thanksgiving
1st & 3rd Saturdays, December - April

Hours:
May - October, 8am - 1pm
November - April, 9am - 1pm

Location:
NE Hancock Street between 44th and 45th Avenues (one block South of Sandy Blvd). In the Grocery Outlet parking lot!

For more information, check us out online at www.hollywoodfarmersmarket.org.

See you Saturday!

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