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Thursday, July 9, 2009

News from the SVGM - July 10th

Susquehanna Valley Growers' Market
July 10th, 2009

In this week's email:

  • News From The Market
  • Products This Week
  • Seasonal Recipe
  • On The Website
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News From The Market
You can expect to find plenty of fresh, ripe blueberries this week at the Growers' Market, along with all sorts of other exciting and fresh foods. If you're not sure what to do with all of those fresh berries, why not enjoy them in a freshly made Blueberry Smoothie? It's a refreshing summer drink to take the edge off of a hot day. This week, we also have a recipe for Steak Diane, for those who'd rather cook up a steak indoors and avoid the mosquitoes.

We have music this week, too: Woody Wolfe, of Heart to Hand Ministries, will return with his guitar and good spirits. Stop on by to listen while you shop!

Pass the newsletter along! If you've received a copy from a friend, and would like to get one each week during the market season, send an email to: svgmarket@gmail.com

Susquehanna Valley Growers' Market
July 10th, 2009
12pm - 6pm
Hufnagle Park, Lewisburg
(between 5th and 6th Streets, just off of Market Street)
Visit our website at http://growersmarket.blogspot.com/

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Products This Week
Following is just a partial list of what you can expect to find at the market this week:
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Broccoli
  • Green beans
  • New potatoes
  • Red, golden, and striped beets
  • Cherries
  • Snap peas
  • Shelling peas
  • Farm-fresh eggs
  • Salad greens
  • Swiss chard and beet greens
  • Collard greens
  • Spring onions
  • Shallots
  • Fruit jams
  • Greenhouse tomatoes
  • Freshly baked breads and muffins
  • Locally-made prepared foods
  • Fresh goat's milk ricotta
  • Pasture-raised poultry
  • Grass-fed beef
  • Pasture-raised veal
  • Farm-fresh pork
  • Freshly cut flowers
  • Hanging baskets and bedding plants
  • Fresh herbs
  • Dried herbs, blends, and teas
  • Handmade soaps and bath accessories
  • Raw milk cheeses
  • Salsas, barbecue sauces, and hot sauces
  • Dry rubs and flavored salts
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Seasonal Recipe
Blueberry Smoothie

Serves 4

The real trick to making a delicious, intensely flavored smoothie is to freeze your fruit ahead of time. Doing so eliminates the need for ice, which only waters down the finished product. Blueberries, in particular, freeze exceptionally well; simply toss them in a heavy-duty resealable bag in the freezer, and remove them for smoothies, pancakes, or anything else you might like all year round.

  • 3 to 4 cups frozen blueberries
  • 1 to 1-½ cups milk, or as needed
  • ½ cup vanilla ice cream (optional)
  • Simple syrup, to taste (See Note below.)
  • A pinch of salt
  1. In a blender, add the blueberries and milk. For a thicker smoothie, the sort that requires a spoon, add just enough milk to come to the top of the blueberries. For a more drinkable smoothie, add milk well above the blueberry line. Process for a minute, until the blueberries are pureed.

  2. Add the remaining ingredients, and process until smooth. Taste and adjust as necessary. Serve immediately.

Note: Simple syrup is just that. Bring equal parts water and sugar just to a boil in a saucepan, and allow to cool. Unlike granulated sugar, simple syrup dissolves immediately even in cold drinks. Use it sparingly, though; a little bit goes a long way.

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On The Website
A good steak tastes wonderful just off the grill, but made with a richly flavored pan sauce, like that for Steak Diane, it can be even better. With fresh shallots, fresh herbs, and lots of flavor, it's a stunning dish.

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