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Berlin, Maryland

June, 2011 


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Farm Fresh Recipes

Lavendar Shortbread

from Cheryl Wiley


Ingredients:


1 lb. butter

1 cup sugar

4 1/2 cups flour

1 tbsp dried lavender flowers

Directions:
Cream butter and sugar. Add lavender flowers and flour. Press dough into ungreased 10" x 15" pan. Prick dough with fork.

Bake at 325 degrees for approximately 40 minutes. Cut into squares while warm but leave in pan until cool.

Herb Butter Basics

from Cheryl Wiley


Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter

1 tsp. lemon juice

1/8 tsp. pepper

salt to taste

Blend together until smooth.

Use this as a base for you favorite herbs.

Add 1/2 to 1 tbsp of ...
  • Parsley and Chives
  • Tarragon and Horseradish
  • Scallion and Parsley
  • Basil
  • Garlic and Oregano
or whatever takes your fancy.

Chill and spread on crackers etc.

Things to look for in July

Get to know...

Heirloom Tomatoes.All kinds of plants have been available. Now, if you don't have space or inclination to grow your own, the real thing will start appearing and you can sink your teeth into varieties you've probably never heard of before. No hard little green rocks here because they didn't have to be stored forever. These are luscious, run down your chin juicy varieties in an amazing selection of colors and tastes. We'll tell you in much more detail next month.


Peter Uprichard, the bread man. People keep saying "You can't buy decent bread south of New Jersey". Try Peter's bread and see if you don't think this is nonsense. He makes a variety to please every taste and he makes them fresh.


Meet the Market's youngest customer. He's three, but he's a regular visitor. Mommy and Daddy know the building-value of good, healthy food and it's never too young to start.


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In This Issue
Recipe - Lavendar Shortbread
Recipe - Herb Butter Basics
Things to look for in July
Take Our Survey!!
Farmer Profile - Paul Wood of A & W Farm
Farmer Profile - Terry Jordan of Longridge Gardens
How do I keep my Veggies in Good Condition??
Smell the Flowers, Tomorrow, The Next Day and the Day After

Paul WoodFarmer Profile
A & W Farms
Paul Wood


Paul sells plants, lots and lots of plants. in fact, every week he brings a truck-load to the market, literally. What does your garden need ? Whatever it is, he's got it and, if you don't see it on display, it's quite likely on the truck. If not, tell him. He may be able to bring it for you next week.

Small Spaces? You live in a condo and don't have room for more than a couple of hanging baskets. Paul has them already made up in a variety of types, or, if you prefer to do it yourself, he has the individual plants in 4" pots.

Beginner Gardener? Paul is a fount of information and really knows his stock. He can supply everything from potted hardy shrubs, all ready to go into your new space, to tropicals for your window sill. Tell him sun or shade and he can recommend the right fit. Or you need some annuals to fill in the blank spots. He has them in individual pots or by the flat.

Perennials? Of course, healthy plants in good-sized pots. Tell him what tricky spot needs a fix and let him recommend.

Ocean Pines residents. Paul carries a variety of hostas for your shady gardens. And, recently, he has had a good supply of hardy hibiscus, if your garden tends more to dry and sunny. Or how about some vines? Mandevillas might be just right and they come with advice on over-wintering indoors.

Lastly, if you want to plant it and eat it, Paul has an excellent variety of potted herb plants and various lavenders. Yes, you can use lavender as a flavoring agent and, If you like your basil fresh, you'll find a great selection here.

When Fall comes, Paul can provide you with some of the best pansies around. If you want them in flats, just let him know the color and he'll supply it. Check those good healthy roots that will give you a wonderful display in the Fall, hunker down in very cold weather and then really come into their own when Spring arrives (finally) and it's still too early to plant annuals.

Paul is at the market on Fridays from 10 am - 3 pm.

Terry JordanFarmer Profile
Longridge Gardens
Terry Jordan


Market Master, Terry Jordan, not only keeps everybody in line and makes things run smoothly at the market, but she shows up year round. The yellow tent may disappear when it gets really cold, but look for the big white van. She'll be sitting inside all ready to jump out and tempt you with some of her specialties.

What are her specialties? Terry is an artist and known for her decorative arrangements, living or artificial. They change with the seasons, so you can always find an appropriate centerpiece for the upcoming holiday, whichever it is. If you have something specific in mind, talk to her and see what she comes up with.

Or how about a tussie-mussie? A what? Tussie-mussies were popular in medieval times, and probably earlier. They are charming, round nosegays of flowers with bound stems, carried in earlier times to mask unpleasant odors. Victorian ladies also carried them as bridal bouquets. Now they are in Berlin, all ready for you to take home and pop into your favorite vase. You can watch Terry making them up to order, or just as the whim takes her, every Saturday.

If you are in a rush she has plenty of flowers by the bunch or by the stem. Depending on the season they may be beautiful peonies, magnificent Asian lilies, casual Sweet Williams or whatever is in bloom in her extensive gardens. She also has some pots of plants, including herbs, ready to find a home in your garden.

Terry has had a life-long interest in plants. She says her mother allowed her to grow string beans on her bedroom curtain rods when she was a little thing. Now there's a child who identified her interests early and followed through with them. And a mother who supported her 100%.

And then there are her edible specialties and they are very special. Depending on weather conditions, Terry has a variety of salad greens. She also has little bags of unique micro-greens. Yes, they are for the health-conscious as well as the gourmet. Terry is very quality conscious. She grows organically, adds green manure and compost to the soil and uses no chemicals on her
plants. She also encourages beneficial insects. No, that does not include mosquitoes, but actually the beneficials outnumber the pests. Ask her about Margaritaville. There's always something interesting growing in there.

Terry will be at the market all summer on Wednesdays from 2-6 p.m and Fridays from 10 am - 3 pm.

It's Hot Today...
How Do I keep My Veggies in Good Condition??

Here's how. Straight from the source, Pat Pilling of Provident Farms.

Get them home as fast as possible and plunge them into cool water. When they start to perk up, take them out and DRY THEM WELL. Then put them into a sealed plastic bag and place in the crisper compartment of your fridge and they'll be ready for a gourmet dinner.

Smell the Flowers
Today, Tomorrow, The Next Day & the Day After

Ginny Rosenkranz, University of Maryland Extension Agent

You've brought home some gorgeous flowers from the market. How can you make them last?
  1. Always wash your flower vase with soap and water and give it a quick rinse with a bleach solution. Get rid of any scum remaining from the last use. Rinse with fresh water and fill the vase before arranging flowers in it.
  2. Clip flower stems at an angle. Remove underwater foliage.
  3. Add flower food to water or add a tablespoon or two of lemon-lime sugar sweetened soda. This makes the water acidic, which reduces the amount of bacteria that can accumulate in the water. The sugar feedsthe flowers.

Enjoy, maybe for a week or more, depending on the variety.

$25

The lucky winner this month is : Sherry Carstair

 This coupon is same as cash and can be used at the Berlin Farmers Market at any of our vendors.   

Thank you for being a loyal customer!!