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Thursday, May 4, 2017

News from the SVGM

Our outdoor market season begins tomorrow!
Outdoor hours: 2-6pm

Hi everyone!~~~

It always feels so good to announce this: the SVGM outdoor market opens tomorrow! And in true spring fashion, the day may look a bit rainy at this point, but as you all know by now, that has rarely hampered any of us in any way. Rain makes everything grow!

The abundance of fresh greens you'll see~~~ from lettuces to kale to chard to arugula to spicy mesclun mixes and spinach~~~ alone is tempting enough for someone like me: I think I'm the proverbial part-rabbit in my need for salads, and the quality and diversity of greens available these days is, quite simply, beautiful!

But come also for the asparagus, fresh eggs, artisan cheese, fresh spring flowers, fresh BBQ sauces; Beaver Run Farms will have fresh chickens, too, this week~~~~and so much more! Come to welcome your favorite vendors back, and come to welcome our new ones. Come to load up those shopping bags with the local abundance that this market has to offer, even in these early, often chilly wet days of spring.

Yes, come to market tomorrow to celebrate all that spring is: the SVGM is the perfect place to honor the growing season that brings us such incredible, soul-nourishing, locally produced food~~~

We are so looking forward to seeing you all again!

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Seasonal Recipe
Grilled Roast Chicken With Spinach-Ricotta Crostini

Adapted from http://cooking.nytimes.com
Recipe by Melissa Clarke

This recipe calls for a whole chicken which is splayed open to grill outdoors in a cast-iron skillet. The results sound delicious, but you could easily simplify by seasoning and grilling the chicken parts you like: the spinach crostini will make a wonderful side accompaniment for both!

2 teaspoons kosher salt, more as needed
½ teaspoon black pepper
¼ teaspoon high-quality chile powder (ancho or New Mexican are nice)
 Finely grated zest of 1 lemon (save the zested lemon to juice over the crostini)
1 whole chicken (3 1/2 to 4 pounds), patted dry
 Extra-virgin olive oil, as needed
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
2 anchovies (optional)
 Pinch red pepper flakes
1 pound mature spinach leaves, cleaned (12 cups)
1 cup chopped dill
4 slices crusty country-style bread, 1/2-inch thick
 Fresh ricotta, for serving
In a small bowl, combine salt, pepper, chile powder and lemon zest. Rub the chicken inside and out with salt mixture. Place chicken on a rack set over a baking pan to catch any drips, and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.

Heat a gas grill, or light a charcoal grill for indirect heat (meaning pile the coals on one side of the gill, leaving the other side empty).

Place a cast-iron skillet on the grate directly over the coals. Cover the grill, and let the pan heat up for 10 minutes.

Remove chicken from the refrigerator. Use a sharp knife to cut the skin connecting the legs to the rest of the body. Use your hands to splay the thighs open until you feel the joint pop.

Rub chicken with oil and place it breast side down in the hot skillet. Cover grill and cook 5 to 7 minutes, until the breast is seared and golden and easily releases from the pan.

Using tongs and a spatula for balance, carefully flip chicken and cover the grill again. Continue cooking until the underside of the chicken is starting to brown, 10 to 20 minutes. Make sure the skin doesn’t get too dark; it will continue to brown even as it cooks over indirect heat. You’re looking for a medium golden color here, a shade or two lighter than what you ultimately want it to look like.

Move the skillet over to the unlit side of the charcoal grill, or turn off the burners on your gas grill that are underneath the pan. Cover grill and continue to cook until the bird is cooked through, 10 to 25 minutes longer. An instant-read thermometer should register 155 degrees in the breast. You’ll need to keep your eye on the grill heat as you cook. If you’ve got a thermometer on your grill cover, you’re looking for it to be at about 450 degrees. If it falls below 400 degrees or seems as if it’s not hot enough (i.e., your chicken is cooking too slowly), add more coals or turn up your burners. Use your intuition here.

Transfer chicken from the skillet to a cutting board, and tent with foil to rest.

Throw garlic, anchovies (if desired) and red pepper flakes into the skillet and cook, uncovered, until the garlic starts to sizzle and turn golden, about 20 seconds. Toss in spinach and dill and cook, stirring with your tongs, until just wilted, 2 minutes longer. If the spinach isn't wilting quickly, push the pan back over the flame to direct heat. Season with salt.

Place bread slices on grill and cook until lightly charred, about 1 minute per side.

To serve, drizzle toasts with oil and slather with ricotta. Top with spinach mix and a little lemon juice. Serve alongside sliced chicken.