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Thursday, September 21, 2017

News from the SVGM

Hello everyone!~~~

Late summer's last hurrah officially ends tomorrow at 4:02 pm as we cross that magical and mystical seasonal line that we call Autumn Equinox. Early evening hours are one of my favorite times to be outside, and this time of year I find myself regularly overestimating how much daylight I actually have left: last night I found myself pruning away until I could barely see, the light disappearing all too quickly..... The plants are loving this belated dry heat, but soon they, too, will be winding down with the daylight.

Our tables are full of the transitional vegetables that make this time of year so bountiful and unique. You'll find everything from zucchini and tomatoes and sweet corn, to cabbages and pumpkins and blue hubbard squash. These evenings are a beautiful time to stand outside and grill, beverage in hand, as the sun goes down and the air cools into a refreshing breeze: our meat and poultry farmers have an incredible variety of chicken and pork and beef and specialty cuts to make the most of those cooking times outside!

We are excited to share a very special event that Wild for Salmon is hosting in a couple of weeks. From their email to us:

"On October 4th, Steve and Jen will be hosting a screening of a documentary called The Breach, which was directed by Mark Titus, a filmmaker and one of our crew members on our boat this year! The film documents wild salmon populations, conservation, and how human interactions affect their ability to thrive, and both Steve and Mark will offer a Q&A (a sort of meet the fisherman/meet the filmmaker) afterwards."
Find the details here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/290543038097264/

Wild for Salmon has been with the SVGM since both the market and their company began, and we have been thrilled to watch this wonderful, conscientious family enterprise grow and thrive. Throughout, Steve and Jen Kurian have done all they can to educate their customers about sustainability efforts in the Alaskan fishing industry and beyond. This looks like a great opportunity to learn even more in this critical time we live in.

So enjoy this last blast of summer, revel in the clear blue skies and sunshine~~~ and a Happy Autumn to you all~~~
We look forward to seeing you tomorrow!
This week at market:
Stone Meadow Farm:
Artisan cheeses; grass-fed beef: lean ground beef, steaks, ribs, and specialty cuts & products; veal
Cow-a-Hen Farm:
Beef, Pork, and Poultry: this week, freshly cut pork and freshly dressed poultry
Beaver Run Farms:
Pork and chicken, specialty cuts and products 
Tarsa Family Farm:
Heirloom red, white & blue potatoes, garlic, beets, chard, kale, fennel, eggplant, green beans, celery, basil, and onions, eggs, specialty lemonades, wool, plants
Quaff Meadows:
Sweet corn, green beans, kale, zucchini, Swiss chard, daikon radish, cucumbers, candy onions, red onions, red beets, carrots, garlic, cabbage, red and white potatoes, eggplant, eggs, and lamb, flowers
Garden Secrets:  PA Preferred
All natural ketchups, barbecue sauces, mustards~~~hot pepper relish, sweet pepper relish and pickled green tomatoes, Cherokee Port Gourmet ketchup
Wild for Salmon: First Friday of each month
Sustainably caught wild salmon from Alaska's Bristol Bay
Broadway Acres Farm:
Zucchini, yellow squash, kale, garlic, tomatoes, green and yellow beans, hot peppers, potatoes, green tomatoes, sweet corn, blue hubbard squash, cabbage, kohlrabi, chard, beets
Buzzsaw Coffee:  
Brewed coffee, brewed iced coffee, coffee beans, granola
Gib's Farm:
Cut flowers, plants, herbs, edible flowers, seasonal produce: this week featuring micro greens, herb and dried flower wreaths, succulent boxes and terrariums
Punako Lane Artisan Hearth:
Artisan hearth-baked breads and biscotti, specialty items
Hidden Branch Farm:
Sweet corn, tomatoes, summer squash, zucchini, green beans, basil, chard, beets, eggplant, cabbage, potatoes, onions, peppers, pumpkins

Email us at svgmarket@gmail.com
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Seasonal Recipe 
Grilled Pomegranate-Glazed Chicken With Tomato Salad
Adapted from http://cooking.nytimes.com
Recipe by Melissa Clark
Serves 4

Pomegranate molasses has many uses in traditional Mediterranean cuisine, but you'll find many new uses for it once you start experimenting with it: add a teaspoon of it to a vinaigrette, add a couple tablespoons to finish a lamb stew, use it as a glaze for chicken or other fowl. Here, it is used both as a finishing glaze for an aromatically spiced grilled chicken, and as a vinaigrette ingredient for the accompanying tomato salad.

Ingredients:
2 teaspoons ground cumin
 Kosher salt
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
½ teaspoon ground allspice
 Black pepper
 Large pinch cayenne
3 pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs (about 8)
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
10 thyme branches
7 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 tablespoons, plus 2 teaspoons pomegranate molasses
1 pint cherry tomatoes, or equal amount of heirloom tomato, chunked
10 fresh basil leaves, torn into pieces if large

Directions:
In a small bowl, combine cumin, 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, paprika, allspice, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper and cayenne. Place chicken in a large bowl and toss with spice mixture, 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, thyme, and 6 of the chopped garlic cloves. Let rest for 30 minutes to an hour at room temperature or as long as overnight in the refrigerator. Bring to room temperature before grilling.

Prepare the grill for indirect heat. For a gas grill, set one side to high. For a charcoal grill, mound coals on one side, leaving the other side empty. Brush off garlic and herbs and put chicken pieces on the unlighted or empty portion of the grill. Close cover and cook until chicken is cooked through, about 10 minutes a side. Transfer to a plate and brush generously with 2 tablespoons pomegranate molasses.

Mash remaining garlic with a pinch of salt until it forms a paste. Toss the tomatoes with garlic paste, remaining 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, 2 teaspoons pomegranate molasses and basil leaves. Season with additional salt, to taste. Serve alongside chicken.


Thursday, September 14, 2017

News from the SVGM

Hello everyone!~~~

It was quite a week with all the heartbreaking news coming out of  the storm-ridden South, and, again, I found myself feeling immensely blessed to be living in an area that rarely feels so ravaged. Our landscape in this valley surrounds us with a sometimes indescribable beauty, and this time of year gives much to us with its river and streams and creeks, and its rolling fields and small farms, and its farmers and others who turn its bounty into delicious artisan foodstuffs. Our vendors' tables and coolers and freezers are full of this harvest time's goods, and the time to take advantage of all this goodness is winding down~~~
this season has gone by quickly, and the Autumn Equinox is but a week away, and the outdoor season for the Growers' Market has only seven Fridays left.  We are truly blessed with the wonderfully loyal support that you, our customers, have continued to provide. Thank you again, so very sincerely, because without you the market wouldn't be.  But be sure to put us on your Friday reminder lists: make the most of the rest of this growing season, and nourish yourselves and your family and friends with the bounty that early fall brings by shopping at the SVGM.

"I arrived in the Susquehanna Valley in 1974 for what I figured would be maybe 5 years. I'm still here. Why?

Well, there aren't any storm surges from hurricanes, or regular tornado outbreaks, or wildfires fueled by the Santa Anna winds. There are changing seasons, adequate water supplies, and green summers. Yes, the winter can be cold at times and snowy. But summer, with it's variety of fresh from the farmer vegetables and fruits makes this a food lovers paradise. We are in the fat of the season---ENJOY!!!"     Bill Callahan, Cow-a-Hen Farm

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow!

This week at market:
Stone Meadow Farm:
Artisan cheeses; grass-fed beef: lean ground beef, steaks, ribs, and specialty cuts & products; veal
Cow-a-Hen Farm:
Beef, Pork, and Poultry
Beaver Run Farms:
Pork and chicken, specialty cuts and products 
Tarsa Family Farm:
Heirloom red, white & blue potatoes, garlic, beets, chard, kale, fennel, eggplant, green beans, celery, basil, and onions, eggs, specialty lemonades, wool, plants
Quaff Meadows:
Lettuce, corn, green beans, kale, zucchini, Swiss chard, cucumbers, candy onions, red onions, red beets, carrots, garlic, cabbage, red and white potatoes, eggplant, and lamb
Garden Secrets:  PA Preferred
All natural ketchups, barbecue sauces, mustards~~~hot pepper relish, sweet pepper relish and pickled green tomatoes, Cherokee Port Gourmet ketchup
Wild for Salmon: First Friday of each month
Sustainably caught wild salmon from Alaska's Bristol Bay
Broadway Acres Farm:
Zucchini, yellow squash, kale, jalapeños, garlic, cucumbers, tomatoes, green and yellow beans, hot peppers, potatoes, green tomatoes, eggs
Buzzsaw Coffee:  
Brewed coffee, brewed iced coffee, coffee beans, granola
Gib's Farm:
Cut flowers, plants, herbs, edible flowers, seasonal produce: including salad mix and escarole, radishes, spring onions, squash, and microgreens
Livin Dreams Farm: 
Oyster mushrooms,  plantain salve
Punako Lane Artisan Hearth:
Artisan hearth-baked breads and biscotti, specialty items
Hidden Branch Farm:
Sweet corn, tomatoes, summer squash, zucchini, green beans, basil, chard, beets, eggplant, cabbage, potatoes, onions, peppers

Email us at svgmarket@gmail.com
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Seasonal Recipe 
Farro and Tomato Salad with Fish-Sauce Vinaigrette
Adapted from http://www.bonappetit.com
Recipe by Joshua McFadden of Ava Gene's, Portland, Oregon
Serves 4

Salty, crunchy, and herbaceous—this is a perfect side dish for grilled meats or fish, and another delicious way to turn some of those tomatoes into a substantial salad. And look closely-- there's no added oil in the vinaigrette, just the tablespoon used to char the scallions. This could be a good contender for another vegetarian main dish salad. Try adding or substituting mint or basil to or for the tarragon; the crunch of nuts or pepitas would be a nice addition, too.

Ingredients:

For the vinaigrette:
1 garlic clove, grated
3 tablespoons fish sauce (such as nam pla or nuoc nam)
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar
Farro and assembly:
1 cup semi-pearled farro
Kosher salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 bunch scallions, trimmed, and cut into 1-1 1/2 inch pieces
8 ounces small tomatoes, preferably heirloom, cut into 1/2" wedges
8 ounces cherry and/or pear tomatoes, halved
2 market cucumbers, thinly sliced
1/2 cup parsley leaves
1/2 cup tarragon leaves
Freshly ground black pepper

Directions:
Vinaigrette:
Whisk garlic, fish sauce, vinegar, sugar, and 1 tablespoon water in a small bowl until sugar dissolves. Vinaigrette can be made 1 week ahead. Cover and chill.

Farro and assembly:
Cook farro in a medium pot of boiling salted water, stirring occasionally, until tender, 20–25 minutes. Drain; transfer to a large bowl.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Cook scallions, turning occasionally, until charred all over, about 4 minutes. Transfer to bowl with farro. Add both types of tomatoes, cucumbers, parsley, and tarragon and toss to combine. Add vinaigrette and toss again to coat; season with pepper.

Bonus Recipe
Pickled Green Tomatoes

Adapted from cooking.nytimes.com
Recipe by Martha Rose Schulman, featured in: How To Make Pickles Without Canning
Makes 4 pints

"This recipe is an adaptation of a recipe in Fred Dubose’s wonderful cookbook from a bygone era, 'Four Great Southern Cooks.' It is sort of a cross between a pickle and a relish. Do not worry about the salt; most of it will go out when the tomatoes are drained."

Ingredients:
2 pounds green tomatoes, sliced
⅓ cup kosher salt
1 ¾ cups cider vinegar
⅔ cup raw brown sugar
3 tablespoons whole mustard seeds
¼ teaspoon celery seeds
1 ½ teaspoons turmeric
2 large yellow onions, sliced
2 large green peppers, seeded and diced
1 to 2 hot red or green chiles (such as a Serrano or jalapeño), seeded if desired and minced

Directions:
Discard stem and blossom ends of tomatoes and place on a rack over a baking sheet. Sprinkle evenly with salt and refrigerate for 8 to 10 hours or overnight. Place in a colander and drain for another 30 minutes.

Combine vinegar, sugar, mustard seeds, celery seeds and turmeric in a large, heavy saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Add onions and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, peppers and chiles, stir together and bring back to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes.

Pour into hot, sterilized jars. Seal and allow cool. Refrigerate for at least 2 weeks before serving.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

News from the SVGM

Hi everyone!~~~

The nights are crisply cool, aren’t they, with a clarity to them that heightens the sounds and smells that fills them. I’ve noticed the cicadas have diminished in the evenings, if I notice them at all, but the crickets and the mourning doves seem to echo more loudly. Early in the week I was awakened in the middle of the night by the eerie scream of a red fox; I listened to it for a long few minutes, and the next morning I saw just where it had been, only thirty feet or so from my open bedroom window….

And though this early fall weather seems to have settled firmly in, it is, after all, still technically late summer, and we are still firmly in the midst of the growing season’s high harvest time. We’re finally seeing sweet corn at a couple of our vendors stands, and winter squash and a new flush of lettuces aren’t too far behind, and the colors of the cut flowers have a breathtaking depth~~

We have much to be thankful for, having been spared serious flooding and crop damage with the copious amounts of rain we’ve had, and though some of those storms were severe, in the face of what those in the hurricanes’ paths are and will be dealing with, we’ve had a comfortable time of it this summer.

So remember to be grateful for all we have here: a gorgeous and fertile river valley, the immediacy of nature’s beauty and changing seasons, connected and connecting communities of supportive friends and strangers~~~remember, too, to send out a prayer, or some loving energy, and as many blessings as you can muster, to those living along our southern coastlines, as they struggle to rebuild in the storms’ aftermath. There are those nearby in this Susquehanna Valley, who know just how difficult that struggle can be.

And blessings to you, our supportive and loyal customers, we are always grateful for your patronage and company!
We look forward to seeing you tomorrow!

This week at market:
Stone Meadow Farm:
Artisan cheeses; grass-fed beef: lean ground beef, steaks, ribs, and specialty cuts & products; veal
Cow-a-Hen Farm:
Beef, Pork, and Poultry
Beaver Run Farms:
Pork and chicken, specialty cuts and products
Tarsa Family Farm:
Heirloom red, white & blue potatoes, garlic, beets, chard, kale, fennel, eggplant, green beans, celery, basil, and onions, eggs, specialty lemonades, wool, plants
Quaff Meadows:
Lettuce, corn, green beans, kale, zucchini, Swiss chard, cucumbers, candy onions, red onions, red beets, carrots, garlic, cabbage, red and white potatoes, eggplant, and lamb
Garden Secrets:  PA Preferred
All natural ketchups, barbecue sauces, mustards~~~hot pepper relish, sweet pepper relish and pickled green tomatoes, Cherokee Port Gourmet ketchup
Wild for Salmon: First Friday of each month
Sustainably caught wild salmon from Alaska's Bristol Bay
Broadway Acres Farm:
Zucchini, yellow squash, kale, jalapeños, garlic, cucumbers, tomatoes, green and yellow beans, hot peppers, potatoes, green tomatoes, eggs
Buzzsaw Coffee:  
Brewed coffee, brewed iced coffee, coffee beans, granola
Gib's Farm:
Cut flowers, plants, herbs, edible flowers, seasonal produce: including salad mix and escarole, radishes, spring onions, squash, and microgreens
Livin Dreams Farm: 
Oyster mushrooms,  plantain salve
Punako Lane Artisan Hearth:
Artisan hearth-baked breads and biscotti, specialty items
Hidden Branch Farm:
Sweet corn, tomatoes, summer squash, zucchini, green beans, basil, chard, beets, eggplant, cabbage, potatoes, onions, peppers

Email us at svgmarket@gmail.com
Like us on Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/Susquehanna-Valley-Growers-Market-164215936969045/


Seasonal Recipe 
Pasta With Kale, Shiitake Mushrooms and Sausage
Adapted from http://cooking.nytimes.com
Recipe by David Latt
Serves 4

Kale, shiitakes and sausage bring a deep earthiness to this quick weeknight recipe, which can also serve as a great base recipe for endless variations depending on ingredient availability and/or personal tastes. Any number of greens or vegetables can be used, as well as various types of mushrooms, and leftover chicken or pork or beef can be used, too. The larger number of garlic and shallots used will insure good flavor, as well as the quality of grated cheese used to garnish. Keep this recipe in your weeknight rotation during these busy autumn weeknights. The leftovers should be awesome as well!  A meatless version is readily made by omitting the sausages and using pasta water instead of stock.

Ingredients:
1 bunch black kale, washed, ribs removed
4 Italian sausages (mild or hot)
½ pound shiitakes (or brown mushrooms), washed, thinly sliced
4 garlic cloves, peeled, finely chopped
4 shallots, peeled, finely chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cups chicken stock or pasta water
1 tablespoon sweet butter
 Sea salt and pepper
½ cup grated Parmesan or Romano cheese
1 box pasta (spaghetti, ziti, penne, or fusili)
1 tablespoon kosher salt for the pasta

Directions:
Sauté with olive oil or grill the sausages to put a crust on the outside, drain on a paper towel, cut into 1/4-inch rounds, then set aside. In a hot pan lightly brown the kale with the olive oil and remove. Add the shiitakes, shallots, and garlic, and sauté until lightly browned. Turn down the heat to medium. Return the kale to the pan along with the sausages, stock, and butter. Braise for 15 minutes. The liquid should reduce by half.

Make the pasta in boiling salted water, drain (reserve 2 cups of the pasta water if you’re making the vegetarian version), drizzle with olive oil, season with sea salt and black pepper, toss and set aside.

Taste and adjust the seasoning with sea salt and pepper. Add the cooked pasta, toss to coat with the sauce. Serve with grated cheese.

Bonus Recipe
Spicy Thai Pork Tenderloin Salad

Adapted from http://cooking.nytimes.com
Recipe by Melissa Clark
Serves 6 to 8

This is a vibrant, fairly spicy, and tasty main dish salad with quite a few ingredients, but much of it can be done ahead of time~  last minute tossing and grilling make it a great guest-and-host-pleaser. The tenderloin gets marinated using part of the dressing used for the salad, and the cabbage and cucumber and pepper for the salad can be sliced ahead of time and very lightly coated with a bit of the dressing. Try it with chicken or steak~~the marinade will hold up well on most any protein you choose.

Ingredients:

FOR THE MARINADE AND DRESSING:
1 ½ pounds boneless pork tenderloin (usually 2 tenderloins)
⅔ cup thinly sliced shallots (about 4 shallots)
⅔ cup chopped cilantro leaves and tender stems
5 tablespoons light brown sugar
6 garlic cloves, grated
5 tablespoons soy sauce
5 tablespoons peanut or grapeseed oil
 Juice and zest of 4 limes
 3-inch piece peeled ginger root, grated
2 tablespoons Asian fish sauce
½ teaspoon kosher salt, more to taste
1 to 2 Thai bird, serrano or jalapeñochile peppers, seeded and minced
FOR THE SALAD:
8 cups Napa or regular cabbage, thinly sliced
5 whole scallions, trimmed and thinly sliced
2 small cucumbers, thinly sliced
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 ½ cups cilantro leaves
1 ½ cups mint leaves
1 cup basil leaves
1 ¼ cups roasted cashews or peanuts, toasted and chopped
¼ cup unsweetened coconut chips or large flakes, toasted

Directions:
Pat pork dry with paper towel. In a bowl, combine shallot, cilantro, 2 tablespoons of the sugar, garlic, soy sauce, peanut or grapeseed oil, lime zest and juice, ginger, fish sauce, salt and chile. Pour a quarter of the mixture into a blender, add remaining sugar and purée until a smooth, loose paste forms. (Save the unblended mixture to use as dressing.)

Place tenderloin in a large bowl and spread the paste all over pork. Marinate at room temperature for 2 hours, or cover and refrigerate up to 24 hours; turn the tenderloin occasionally.

Light the grill or heat the broiler and arrange a rack at least 4 inches from the heat. Grill or broil pork, turning occasionally, until well browned and meat reaches an internal temperature of 135 degrees, 4 to 10 minutes per side depending upon the heat of your broiler or grill. Keep an eye on it so it doesn’t overcook. Let meat rest while you prepare the salad. (Or, cook the pork 1 or 2 hours ahead and serve it at room temperature.)

In a large bowl, combine the salad ingredients, reserving the herbs, cashews and coconut. Whisk the dressing and use just enough to dress the salad, tossing to combine. Let sit for a few minutes for the flavors to meld, then right before serving, add herbs and toss again.

To serve, slice the pork. Arrange salad on a platter and top with sliced pork. Scatter cashews and coconut on top, drizzle with a little more of the remaining dressing, to taste.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

News from the SVGM

Hi everyone!~~~

This has been an usual growing season, with copious amounts of rain right up until a couple of weeks ago; the dry and below normal, autumn-like cool conditions we're presently experiencing look as though they're sticking around, very possibly segueing into an early fall season. It has been beautiful in its own way, with the constant green and hydration, but vegetable growers in the valley have had to deal with replanting early washed out seeds and seedlings and the fungal diseases that come along with so much rain, and gardens and fields lagged in ripening heat-loving crops like tomatoes and corn~~ many of the more abundant harvests occurred from those plants grown under cover in hot houses. But the SVGM growers are an innovative and adaptable bunch, ever-committed to providing you, our customer, with the highest quality produce they possibly can.  And the onset of early autumn brings with it its own gorgeous bounty as summer produce is gradually supplemented with cool weather produce.  We now head into September and into one of the most beautiful times of year at the Growers' Market~~~

This weekend is Labor Day weekend: most of our kids have started back to school and left for college, but Labor Day is still that last summer holiday that celebrates our love of gathering and cooking and eating outdoors. And have we got the goods for you to help with your weekend gathering: all manner of ground meats and excellent cheeses for the ultimate burgers, non-nitrate hot dogs and sausages for the ultimate dogs, a bonanza of local organic corn, zucchini and yellow squash and bread for the grill, potatoes for salads and roasting, tomatoes and lettuces for toppings......we've even got the necessary~~~ but handmade and absolutely delicious~~ ketchup and mustard and barbecue sauces! As always, the SVGM should be your first stop for your Labor Day picnic supplies.

Corey from Hidden Branch Farm emailed to let us know that he will be bringing A LOT of organic bi-color corn to market tomorrow, and Bill Callahan will have freshly dressed poultry with him, too. And it's a Wild for Salmon Friday~~~fresh off this summer's fishing season in Alaska, and perfect timing for this holiday weekend~~~~

 So, don't miss this harvest season of all that’s locally grown; make sure to put the SVGM on your Friday schedules~~
We look forward to seeing you tomorrow!

This week at market:
Stone Meadow Farm:
Artisan cheeses; grass-fed beef: lean ground beef, steaks, ribs, and specialty cuts & products; veal
Cow-a-Hen Farm:
Beef, Pork, and Freshly Dressed Poultry
Beaver Run Farms:
Pork and chicken, specialty cuts and products 
Tarsa Family Farm:
Heirloom red, white & blue potatoes, garlic, beets, chard, fennel, eggplant, green beans, celery, basil, and onions, eggs, specialty lemonades, wool, plants
Quaff Meadows:
Lettuce, green beans, kale, zucchini, Swiss chard, cucumbers, candy onions, red onions, red beets, carrots, garlic, cabbage, red and white potatoes, eggplant, and lamb
Garden Secrets:  PA Preferred
All natural ketchups, barbecue sauces, mustards~~~hot pepper relish, sweet pepper relish and pickled green tomatoes, Cherokee Port Gourmet ketchup
Wild for Salmon: First Friday of each month
Sustainably caught wild salmon from Alaska's Bristol Bay
Broadway Acres Farm:
Zucchini, yellow squash, jalapeños, garlic, cucumbers, tomatoes, green and yellow beans, hot peppers, potatoes, green tomatoes, eggs
Buzzsaw Coffee:  
Brewed coffee, brewed iced coffee, coffee beans, granola
Gib's Farm:
Cut flowers, plants, herbs, edible flowers, seasonal produce: including salad mix and escarole, radishes, spring onions
Livin Dreams Farm: 
Oyster mushrooms,  plantain salve
Punako Lane Artisan Hearth:
Artisan hearth-baked breads and biscotti, specialty items
Hidden Branch Farm:
 I will be bringing A LOT of organic sweet corn this week!
Also, tomatoes, summer squash, zucchini, green beans, basil, chard, beets, eggplant, cabbage, potatoes, onions, peppers

Email us at svgmarket@gmail.com
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Seasonal Recipe 
Chard and Sweet Corn Gratin
Adapted from http://cooking.nytimes.com
Recipe by Martha Rose Schulman
Serves 6

Gratins are easily one of the most adaptable showcases for the season's fresh produce, as you can substitute almost whatever you want to serve your personal tastes or whimsies. Furthermore, they're great make ahead dishes for entertaining, as they hold up well, are often tastier after sitting for a while, and can be enjoyed hot or warm, and are easily reheated. They are also an excellent supper dish for those hectic weeknights; simply add a green salad for a complete meal, or use the gratin as a side to accompany a simply grilled or roasted meat or chicken. The possibilities are truly endless, so enjoy this recipe as a template of sorts~~~  substitute kale or spinach for the chard, and try one of Stone Meadows' cheeses instead of the Gruyere.
Also, the pre-blanching of the chard that is called for here is really unnecessary when you're using chard from the Market that is this fresh!

Ingredients:
Extra-virgin olive oil
1 generous bunch (about 1-1 1/2 pounds) Swiss or rainbow chard, leaves separated from the stems, and stems chopped
 Salt
2 large garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
 Black pepper
3 eggs
½ cup milk
2 to 3 ounces Gruyère, grated (1/2 to 3/4 cup), to taste
 Kernels from 2 cooked ears sweet corn (1 1/2 to 2 cups)
1 ounce Parmesan, grated (1/4 cup)

Directions:
Heat oven to 375 degrees. Oil a 2-quart baking dish or gratin.

Blanch chard (optional): Bring a large pot of water to a boil while you stem and wash the chard leaves. When the water comes to a boil, salt generously and add chard.  Blanch 1 to 2 minutes, until tender but still bright. Transfer to a bowl of cold water, then drain thoroughly and squeeze out excess water; chop leaves medium-fine.

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a medium skillet and add garlic. Cook, stirring, until fragrant, 30 seconds to a minute, then stir in rosemary, thyme and chopped blanched chard. Season with salt and pepper and stir over medium heat until chard is nicely coated with oil, about 1 minute. Remove from heat.

In a large bowl, beat together eggs, milk and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Stir in chard mixture and Gruyère. Stir in corn and mix well. Scrape into prepared baking dish. Sprinkle Parmesan over top and drizzle with olive oil.

Bake 35 to 40 minutes, until nicely browned on the top and sides. Allow to sit for at least 10 minutes before serving.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

News from the SVGM

Hi everyone!~~~
I watched the school bus pick up my niece this morning for her first day back, as the buses did in many of the valley's districts this week, and wistfully remembered how school never started until after Labor Day oh-so-many years ago! Schools starting makes the summer's end feel near, even though the calendar tells us something different, and Labor Day is still over a week away. But the evenings are descending earlier, and the weather feels deceptively autumn-like~~~ and a clear sunny day like today illuminates that subtle golden hue in the landscape that hints at the last month of summer.

It's also a gorgeous time at the market these days, as the end of August is always the high season of harvest.  It's a veritable rainbow of produce and colorful flowers at our market stands, and now is the time to throw the simple local goodness that the SVGM offers into the oven to roast, or onto the grill~~~pork or chicken or steaks or sausages, foil-wrapped potatoes and garlic, sliced summer squash, zucchini, eggplant, sweet peppers and onions. As the end of summer brings its stepped-up pace of fall activities, providing your family with the nourishment of local foods is a great way to take care of them.

Bill Callahan of Cow-a-Hen Farm will have lots of freshness on hand tomorrow, with freshly ground beef, freshly cut pork, freshly dressed guineas, freshly dressed chicken, and freshly dressed turkey.

And be sure to take note, It's Fasta & Ravioli Co.'s last week at the SVGM this season; this week's specialty pasta is Honey Whole Wheat Fettuccine~~ it sounds delicious, and is so easily tossed with grilled vegetables for a side or a vegetarian entree!

So, don't miss this harvest season of all that’s locally grown; make sure to put the SVGM on your Friday schedules~~
We look forward to seeing you tomorrow!

This week at market:
Stone Meadow Farm:
Artisan cheeses; grass-fed beef: lean ground beef, steaks, ribs, and specialty cuts & products; veal
Cow-a-Hen Farm:
Beef, Pork and Poultry: Freshly ground beef, freshly cut pork, freshly dressed guineas, freshly dressed chicken, freshly dressed turkey
Beaver Run Farms:
Pork and chicken, specialty cuts and products 
Tarsa Family Farm:
Heirloom red, white & blue potatoes, garlic, beets, chard, fennel, eggplant, green beans, celery, basil, and onions, eggs, specialty lemonades, wool, plants
Quaff Meadows:
Lettuce, green beans, kale, zucchini, Swiss chard, cucumbers, candy onions, red onions, red beets, carrots, garlic, cabbage, red and white potatoes, eggplant, and lamb
Garden Secrets:  PA Preferred
All natural ketchups, barbecue sauces, mustards~~~hot pepper relish, sweet pepper relish and pickled green tomatoes, Cherokee Port Gourmet ketchup
Wild for Salmon: First Friday of each month
Sustainably caught wild salmon from Alaska's Bristol Bay
Broadway Acres Farm:
Zucchini, yellow squash, jalapeños, garlic, cucumbers, tomatoes, green and yellow beans, hot peppers, potatoes, green tomatoes, eggs
Fasta & Ravioli Co.: this is the last week for the season!
Handmade fresh pastas: Honey Whole Wheat Fettuccine
Buzzsaw Coffee:  
Brewed coffee, brewed iced coffee, coffee beans, granola
Gib's Farm:
Cut flowers, plants, herbs, edible flowers, seasonal produce: salad mix and escarole, radishes, spring onions
Livin Dreams Farm: 
Oyster mushrooms,  plantain salve
Punako Lane Artisan Hearth:
Breads and biscotti, specialty items
Hidden Branch Farm:
Tomatoes, summer squash, zucchini, green beans, basil, chard, beets, eggplant, cabbage, potatoes, onions, peppers

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Seasonal Recipe 
EGGPLANT AND MUSHROOM TAHCHEEN
Adapted from http://epicurious.com
Recipe by Yasmin Khan, from The Saffron Tales: Recipes from the Persian Kitchen ( Bloomsbury USA, 2016)
Serves 6

"This beautiful, saffron-infused savory rice cake is a regional specialty from Shiraz in central Iran. Traditionally it is made with poached chicken, but this vegetarian alternative swaps in rich and earthy portobello mushrooms and meaty eggplants. Tahcheen is a great dish to make if you are entertaining, as you can prepare everything in advance and then simply put it in the oven a few hours before your guests arrive." (Epicurious, April 2017)
This dish is fragrantly spiced, and is a deliciously different way to use fresh eggplant. Be sure to buy your garlic at the market, too; its superior flavor is undeniable. As in the above blurb, this special saffron rice cake is traditionally made with chicken, so feel free, if you're so inclined, to experiment. A wonderful side or main course dish for a gathering~~~

Ingredients:
2 1/4 cups white basmati rice
1 1/4 tsp saffron strands
A pinch of sugar
3 tbsp freshly boiled water
3 medium eggplants (around 1 1/4 lb), cut lengthways into 1-inch slices
Sea salt and black pepper
Sunflower oil
3 tbsp butter
1 medium onion, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, crushed
4 Portobello mushrooms, sliced into large chunks
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
2 egg yolks
Scant cup Greek yogurt
For the topping:
1 tbsp butter
2 tbsp barberries (see Cooks' Note)
1/4 cup + 1 tbsp pistachios, roughly chopped
1 tbsp sugar

Directions:
Pre-heat your grill to medium-high.

Rinse the rice in several changes of cold water until the water runs clear, then leave to soak in a large bowl of water for 15 minutes. Drain and set aside.

Bring a large pot of water to the boil and add 2 tablespoons of salt. (Don’t worry about the large amount of salt here, the rice has a very short time to absorb the water and the final result won’t be too salty.) Add the rice and cook for 4–5 minutes over a medium heat. Taste to test; the rice should be soft on the outside but still hard and firm in the middle. Drain, then rinse with tepid water to stop it cooking any further and set aside.

Make a saffron liquid by using a pestle and mortar to grind the saffron strands with a pinch of sugar and then add the boiled water. Leave to steep.

Drizzle the eggplant slices with some sunflower oil and season generously with salt. Grill for 10–15 minutes, turning occasionally, until the eggplants are cooked through.

Meanwhile, make the rest of your filling. Heat 2 tablespoons of sunflower oil with 1 tablespoon of the butter in a large saucepan and fry the onion for about 10 minutes, until soft. Add the garlic and fry for a further 2 minutes. Add the mushrooms to the pan along with the turmeric, allspice, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, 1 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper.

Lightly toast the cumin seeds in a small pan for a minute and then crush them with a pestle and mortar or a spice grinder, and add them too. Cook until the mushrooms are soft and then take off the heat.

Pre-heat the oven to 375°F. In a large bowl, beat the egg yolks with the yogurt, saffron liquid, 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt, and 1 teaspoon of pepper. Fold the rice in until it is evenly coated with the yogurt and saffron.

Rub 1 tablespoon butter over the base and sides of a 10-cup ovenproof glass dish. Spoon half of the rice into the dish and press it down evenly. Add a layer of eggplants and mushrooms and finish with a final layer of rice.

Dot with the remaining butter, cover the dish tightly with foil, and bake for 1 1/2–2 hours or until the base of the tahcheen is crisp and golden brown.

When the tahcheen is ready, remove from the oven and leave to cool slightly while you make your topping. Melt the butter in a small frying pan and fry the barberries, pistachios, and sugar for 2 minutes until the sugar has melted and the dried fruit has plumped up.

To serve, run a butter knife around the sides of the tahcheen to separate it from the dish. Place a large board over the top and quickly invert the whole thing. Garnish with a sprinkling of the barberry and pistachio topping.

Cooks' Note
Dried cranberries are a good substitute for barberries.


Thursday, August 17, 2017

News from the SVGM

Hi everyone!~~~

The days may be getting a bit shorter, but summer is heating up again, and our gardens and local farm fields are in full August bloom and harvest mode. The hummingbirds, bees and butterflies are flitting and buzzing, the skunks are skunking, the rabbits are munching, and those mosquitos seem to be in the millions this year with all the moisture we've received. The corn is as high as I've seen it in a while, and the trees in my garden keep surprising me with new pockets of shade from the prolific growth of their branches. There's a whole lot of picking produce going on, and with this burst of heat and sun we're entering, our vendor tables should be piled high for the rest of the market season. And as we all know in capricious Central Pennsylvania, summer isn't over til it's over!

This week, Linn Auman of Garden Secrets has the first 2017 batch of his specialty Cherokee Port Gourmet ketchup. This ketchup has become a favorite holiday gift for many of his customers, and he plans to have some at Friday's market for pick-up and early purchase as a holiday gift idea.

Bill Callahan of Cow-a-Hen Farm will have freshly dressed chickens, as well as guineas and turkeys tomorrow.

And Gib's Farm will have an abundance of salad mix and escarole, along with their gorgeous cut flowers.

In honor of the celebration that is high summer in August, we've got three Seasonal Recipes in this email this week~~~ enjoy!

Don't miss the seasonal splendor of all that’s locally grown; make sure to put the SVGM on your Friday schedules~~
We'll see you tomorrow: Happy Summer!~~~

This week at market:
Stone Meadow Farm:
Artisan cheeses; grass-fed beef: lean ground beef, steaks, ribs, and specialty cuts & products; veal
Cow-a-Hen Farm:
Beef, Pork and Poultry: Freshly dressed chickens, guineas, and turkey
Beaver Run Farms:
Pork and chicken, specialty cuts and products 
Tarsa Family Farm:
Potatoes, garlic, beets, chard, fennel, green beans, celery, basil, and onions, eggs, specialty lemonades, wool, plants
Quaff Meadows:
Lettuce, green beans, zucchini, Swiss chard, cucumbers, candy onions, red onions, red beets, carrots, garlic, cabbage, red and white potatoes and lamb
Garden Secrets:  PA Preferred
All natural ketchups, barbecue sauces, mustards~~~hot pepper relish, sweet pepper relish and pickled green tomatoes, Cherokee Port Gourmet ketchup
Wild for Salmon: First Friday of each month
Sustainably caught wild salmon from Alaska's Bristol Bay
Broadway Acres Farm:
Zucchini, yellow squash, jalapeños, garlic, cucumbers, tomatoes, green and yellow beans, hot peppers, potatoes, green tomatoes, eggs
Fasta & Ravioli Co.: Every other week through August~
July 14 & 28; August 11 & 18
Handmade fresh pastas
Buzzsaw Coffee:  
Brewed coffee, brewed iced coffee, coffee beans, granola
Gib's Farm:
Cut flowers, plants, herbs, edible flowers, seasonal produce: salad mix and escarole
Livin Dreams Farm: 
Oyster mushrooms,  plantain salve
Punako Lane Artisan Hearth:
Breads and biscotti, specialty items
Hidden Branch Farm:
Tomatoes, summer squash, zucchini, green beans, basil, chard, beets, eggplant, cabbage, potatoes, onions, peppers

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Seasonal Recipe #1
Tecate Skirt-Steak Tacos
Adapted from http://bonappetit.com
Recipe by The Mission, Scottsdale, AZ (Published June 2015)
Serves 4

If skirt steak is unavailable, generally any fairly thin cut of beef will work here, try flank or NY strip. Cotija cheese is a seasonally produced Mexican cheese, and is either dry, grainy and salty, like a Pecorino, or moist and less salty, and similar to Feta; feel free to substitute either.  Enjoy these tacos with a fresh watermelon margarita, recipe below!

Ingredients:
1 pound skirt steak, silver skin removed, cut into 6-inch pieces Or use flank or NY strip steak)
1 12-ounce can pale lager (such as Tecate)
4 tablespoons fresh lime juice, divided
1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more
¼ medium onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 large plum tomatoes, cored
½ canned chipotle chile in adobo, coarsely chopped
3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, plus leaves for serving
8 fresh corn tortillas
Avocado slices, crumbled Cotija cheese, and lime wedges (for serving)

Directions:
Combine steak, beer, 1 Tbsp. lime juice, 1 tsp. salt, and ¼ tsp. pepper in a resealable plastic bag. Seal; chill 3 hours.

Cook onion, garlic, and oil in a small skillet over medium heat until soft and translucent, 5 minutes. Let cool.

Prepare a grill for high heat (if using charcoal, prepare two zones of heat, high and medium-high). Grill tomatoes over high heat, turning occasionally, until well charred but still holding their shape, 6–8 minutes.

Reduce grill to medium-high heat (or use medium-high zone if using a charcoal grill). Remove steak from marinade and pat dry. Season with salt and pepper and grill until charred, about 3 minutes per side for medium-rare. Transfer to a cutting board and let steak rest 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, blend onion and garlic, tomatoes, chipotle, and remaining 3 Tbsp. lime juice in a blender until smooth. Add chopped cilantro, season with salt, and pulse until just combined. Transfer salsa to a small bowl.

Grill tortillas until soft and beginning to char, about 30 seconds per side. Slice steak against the grain into ½" strips. Top each tortilla with a few pieces of steak, then some salsa, cilantro leaves, avocado, and Cotija cheese. Serve with lime wedges for squeezing over.


Seasonal Recipe #2
Frozen Watermelon Margaritas

Adapted from http://epicurious.com
Originally published in Gourmet July 1997
Makes 4

In these margaritas, frozen watermelon takes the place of ice. Rim margarita glasses with lime juice and salt first, and garnish with the lime~~ be sure to use a good tequila!

Ingredients:
a 3-pound piece watermelon
1 cup white Tequila
1/2 cup fresh lime juice (from about 4 limes)
1/4 cup sugar or agave syrup, or to taste

Directions:
Remove rind from watermelon and cut enough fruit into 1-inch pieces to measure 5 cups. Freeze watermelon in a sealable plastic bag at least 3 hours and up to 1 week.

In a 5- to 6-cup blender blend frozen watermelon with remaining ingredients until thick and smooth.

Pour into glasses and serve!

Seasonal Recipe #3
Bill Callahan's Susquehanna Valley Growers'  Market All-Star Lunch

Adapted from his email
Serves 1

Directions:
Slice a piece of Punako Hearth baguette (or mini loaf) and place slices of Stone Meadow Swiss cheese on top. While the toaster oven is melting the cheese, slice a tomato from one of our wonderful produce vendors and add that on top in the toaster oven as the cheese is melting. When the cheese is bubbling, plate the cheese bread and add a few Garden Secrets "Some Like It Hot" peppers. "OH MY." (from Bill)

Cheese can be substituted to taste. For those who do not like hot, add sliced cucumber after the sandwich comes out of the oven.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

News from the SVGM

Hi everyone!~~~

This has to be one of the greenest summers I can remember in a long while. There's a lushness to the valley and its fields and woods from not only the ample rainfall, but also the mild~~~almost early autumn-like~~~temperatures that by and large have prevailed over these summer months. The cool mornings are incredibly invigorating, and the evening's window openings utterly refreshing; breathe in this comfortable environ while it lasts~~~gorgeous summer days are such a blessing!

It's the high season of summer's harvest, when neighbors sit on their porches shucking bushels of corn, all kinds of pickling commences, and field-grown tomatoes are eaten over the sink, jars of mayo at hand.  Bill Callahan sent me an email last night that perfectly expressed this sense of seasonal bounty: "On the tailgate of my truck on an early August evening, chores done and time to appreciate the natural environment that surrounds me, I love the sounds that I hear- katy-dids, grasshoppers, and treefrogs. These sounds signal the fat time of the year, produce at it's peak, the fatted animals, and sweet fruits." And there's nothing quite like shopping at the Growers' Market during these harvest months. Shopping at the SVGM allows you to interact with the farmers and producers who truly live their lives in sync with these seasonal rhythms; even the shortest of conversations with them can put you in touch with a wisdom of the land that you'll never feel in a grocery store. It's a wisdom we all should be more aware of.

Some vendor updates:
Last week was the first week for our newest produce vendor, Corey Sweeley of Hidden Branch Farm, a young farmer with a wonderful background who is a delight to talk to! So be sure to stop by his stand and welcome him this week.

Fasta & Ravioli Co.will be with us, too; they have one more market with us after tomorrow, so think about stocking your freezer a bit!

And Cow-a-Hen Farm has their first freshly dressed Guineas of the summer; they don't have many so come early. They'll also have turkey, ducks, and chickens.

So don't miss the seasonal splendor of all that’s locally grown; make sure to put the SVGM on your Friday schedules~~
We'll see you tomorrow: Happy Summer!~~~

This week at market:
Stone Meadow Farm:
Artisan cheeses; grass-fed beef: lean ground beef, steaks, ribs, and specialty cuts & products; veal
Cow-a-Hen Farm:
Beef, Pork and Poultry: first freshly dressed Guineas of the summer, turkey, ducks, and chickens
Beaver Run Farms:
Pork and chicken, specialty cuts and products 
Tarsa Family Farm:
Potatoes, garlic, beets, chard, fennel, green beans, celery, basil, and onions, eggs, specialty lemonades, wool, plants
Quaff Meadows:
Lettuce, green beans, zucchini, Swiss chard, cucumbers, candy onions, red onions, red beets, carrots, garlic, cabbage, red and white potatoes and lamb
Garden Secrets:  PA Preferred
All natural ketchups, barbecue sauces, mustards~~~hot pepper relish, sweet pepper relish and pickled green tomatoes
Wild for Salmon: First Friday of each month
Sustainably caught wild salmon from Alaska's Bristol Bay
Broadway Acres Farm:
Seasonal produce, including greens, eggs, cucumbers, hothouse tomatoes
Fasta & Ravioli Co.: Every other week through August~
July 14 & 28; August 11 & 18
Handmade fresh pastas
Buzzsaw Coffee:  
Brewed coffee, brewed iced coffee, coffee beans, granola
Gib's Farm:
Cut flowers, plants, herbs, edible flowers, seasonal produce
Livin Dreams Farm: 
Oyster mushrooms,  plantain salve
Punako Lane Artisan Hearth:
Breads and biscotti, specialty items
Hidden Branch Farm:
Tomatoes, summer squash, zucchini, green beans, basil, chard, beets, eggplant, cabbage, potatoes, onions, peppers

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Seasonal Recipe
Zucchini Fritters with a Sour Cream Dipping Sauce
Adapted from http://agardenforthehouse.com
Recipe by Kevin Lee Jacobs
Fifteen to twenty 2-1/2 to 3-inch fritters

These fritters can be absolutely ethereal when made with the season's small to medium size zucchini~~~try to avoid the temptation to use those huge overgrown ones simply to use them. The success of the recipe depends on the fresh sweetness of zucchinis no larger than 8 inches. And be sure to get some farm fresh eggs from one of our vendors to use, also!
The bright flavors of the lemon and chives lift the fritters out of the ordinary~~~ great appetizer or side dish during these high summer days!

Ingredients:
2 pounds (about 4 medium) zucchini
2 teaspoons Kosher salt, plus a 1/2 teaspoon more for seasoning
1 Tablespoon finely chopped fresh chives
Grated zest of 1 lemon, divided
Juice of 1 lemon
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
Grinds of black pepper
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
Olive oil
1 cup sour cream for dipping (or a good-quality plain Greek yogurt)
Chive blossom petals or snipped chives for garnish

Directions:
Preparing the zucchini: Slice both ends off the squash, then cut it crosswise in half. Cut each half in half lengthwise. Then shred the pieces in a food processor that’s outfitted with the metal shredding disk. (This can be done on a hand grater-use the large grate openings.) Pour the shreds into a large bowl; sprinkle with 2 teaspoons of Kosher salt. Toss the shreds with your hands, then let sit for about 10 minutes while they drain.
Grab a handful of shredded zucchini, give it a squeeze, and then place it in a clean kitchen towel. Twist and squeeze the towel over a bowl or sink to relieve most of the water from the squash. Pour the squash into a large glass bowl. Repeat this step for the remaining squash.

Making the fritter batter: To the bowl of squeezed-out squash, stir in the 1/4 teaspoon salt, several grinds of black pepper, 1/2 tablespoon lemon zest and the chopped chives. Then stir in the beaten eggs.
In a small bowl, whisk together the flour and baking powder, then add to the zucchini mixture. Stir just enough to incorporate the flour. The mixture will be very thick.

Frying the fritters: Pour a glug of olive into a skillet (cast-iron preferred), enough to coat the bottom of the pan. Heat the skillet over a medium flame. Then, with your hands, scoop up a cherry-tomato sized clump of dough, and set it in the heated oil. Place as many fritters as will fit in the pan, but make sure to leave air-space between each morsel. Fry for 3-4 minutes, or until the underside is golden-brown. Flip the fritters over, and fry for another minute or two. Adjust the heat as needed. Let drain on a layer of paper towels. (If you are not going to serve the fritters right away, keep them warm in a 200°F oven.)

Serving: Make a quick dipping-sauce by combining, in a small bowl, one cup of sour cream, the juice of one lemon, and the remaining 1/2 Tablespoon of lemon zest. Set the bowl in the center of a serving platter. Garnish fritters and sauce with chive blossom petals or snipped chives.