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Thursday, February 28, 2019

News from the SVGM

 Indoor market hours 2-5pm
Hello everyone~

I am still mesmerized by the Winter landscape, ice and all. As I walked down the road yesterday, I looked across the old canal that runs between our road and the Susquehanna, to the river beyond and the ridge that rises above it to the Northwest. The canal is almost completely frozen over~ a considerable amount of water remained after the wet year; it’s calmly beautiful, a silver-white glaze that snakes through its deciduous banks. The river beyond is a smoky green-blue, bits of ice float on its currents, and yesterday a flock of seagulls, bright white against the dark ridge, swooped and circled over and around, flying their course over the river as they often do. There is a bright scarlet spot of bittersweet that’s wrapped itself through one of the trees; it’s surprising how it’s held its color so late into the winter.

The cardinals seem prolific this winter, too, scattering their brilliance under shrubs and on evergreens. I looked out a window and saw the fattest red male I’ve seen in a long time, perched on a low fallen branch close to the ground. He sat there, perfectly still, so fat and round and perfect in himself…… Their gorgeous crimson is utterly and simply miraculous against the dormant colors of the season.

Tomorrow's market is a good day to stock up on some delicious local foods to get you through the next winter week. Bill Callahan will have some fresh chickens and guineas; quantities are limited, so get there early if you can. And Marvin Eshbach has luscious late winter spinach and and green lettuce, and freshly baked breads and rolls, among his offerings these weeks. Brian Futhey as always has wonderful raw-milk cheeses and his grass-fed beef products. Steve Forman will be back next week.

Our indoor market vendors are here to help you stay patient and well-nourished with the best in-season local foods until we're back in the green. We'll be here Fridays from 2pm to 5pm, right through the end of April, in our friendly, sheltered, heated indoor space. We're but weeks away from the Vernal Equinox when the days become longer than the nights: hang in there, and stay safe~~~
     
Warmth and blessings from us all for a cozy, healthy Winter!
   
This week at market:
Stone Meadow Farm: 

Artisan cheeses; grass-fed beef, veal
Cow-a-Hen Farm:
Beef, Pork and Poultry: Freshly dressed chickens and guineas. Limited quantities available.
Beaver Run Farms: Out-of-town this week, back next week!
Pork, specialty cuts and products
Punako Lane Artisan Hearth: Will be back later in the winter
Breads, biscotti, cookies, granola, specialty baked goods, eggs
Orchard Breeze Farm:
Lettuce, spinach, apples, turnips, apple butter and jams, fresh eggs, homemade breads and rolls

Email us at svgmarket@gmail.com

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"Momma cat guarding the day old guineas and chickens. No mouse or rat survives an incursion into her territory. In return for her service, she gets to sleep on top of the warm brooder box.
And receives all of the cat food that she can eat."

 On Cow-a-Hen Farm










Thursday, February 21, 2019

News from the SVGM

 Indoor market hours 2-5pm

Hello everyone~

Well, "3-5 inches of snow and ice" seems to be the forecast of the season this year, and last night was particularly messy~~~ but this morning the trees and flower seed heads were sheathed in a coat of ice that glistened in the bright cloudiness of the day's early hours. It seemed to me a beautiful juxtaposition to the inconvenience and hazard of this kind of winter weather.`

As we anxiously await the Spring thaw and its promise of a renewed growing season, our indoor market vendors are here to help you stay patient and well-nourished with the best in-season local foods until we're back in the green.

We'll be here Fridays from 2pm to 5pm, right through the end of April, in our friendly, sheltered, heated indoor space. We're but weeks away from the Vernal Equinox when the days become longer than the nights: hang in there, and stay safe~~~
     
Warmth and blessings from us all for a cozy, healthy Winter!
   
This week at market:
Stone Meadow Farm: 

Artisan cheeses; grass-fed beef, veal
Cow-a-Hen Farm:
Beef, Pork and Poultry: Freshly cut pork this week
Beaver Run Farms:
Pork, specialty cuts and products
Punako Lane Artisan Hearth: Will be back later in the winter
Breads, biscotti, cookies, granola, specialty baked goods, eggs
Orchard Breeze Farm:
Apples, turnips, apple butter and jams, fresh eggs, homemade breads and rolls

Seasonal Recipe 
Texas Chile Short Rib Tacos
Adapted from http://www.foodandwine.com
Recipe by Matt Lee and Ted Lee
Serves 6

Ingredients:

3 1/2 pounds English-cut beef short ribs
Kosher salt
Pepper
3 large onions, quartered lengthwise
8 skin-on garlic cloves, lightly crushed
3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon peanut or canola oil
3 ancho chiles, stemmed and seeded
3 pasilla chiles, stemmed and seeded
2 cups beef stock or low-sodium broth
One 28-ounce can chopped tomatoes
3 tablespoons semisweet chocolate chips
Warm small corn tortillas, sliced avocado, sliced radishes, sliced pickled jalapeƱos, crumbled Cotija or ricotta salata cheese, cilantro leaves and lime wedges, for serving

Directions:   
Season the short ribs with 2 teaspoons of salt, then cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to 1 day.
 
Preheat the broiler and position a rack 4 to 6 inches from the heat. On a large rimmed baking sheet, toss the onions and garlic with 1 teaspoon of the oil and season with salt and pepper. Broil for 10 to 12 minutes, until the onions and garlic are charred in spots. Let cool, then discard the garlic skins. Reduce the oven temperature to 325°.
  
In a large enameled cast-iron casserole, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil until shimmering. Add the ancho and pasilla chiles and toast over moderate heat, turning occasionally, until they are fragrant and pliable, about 2 minutes. Add the beef stock, remove from the heat, cover and let stand until the chiles are softened, about 5 minutes. In a blender, working in 2 batches, puree the chopped tomatoes with the chocolate chips, onions, garlic and the chiles and their soaking liquid until smooth; season with salt and pepper. Wipe out the casserole.
   
Pat the short ribs dry with paper towels. In the casserole, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil until shimmering. Add half of the ribs and cook over moderately high heat, turning once, until browned, about 8 minutes. Transfer to a plate and repeat with the remaining short ribs. Add the sauce and return the first batch of short ribs and their juices to the casserole. Bring to a simmer, cover and braise in the oven for about 2 hours, until the short ribs are very tender.
   
Transfer the ribs to a plate and let cool slightly, then skim the fat from the surface of the sauce. Shred the meat into bite-size pieces and discard the bones. Return the meat to the sauce and cook over moderately low heat until heated through. Serve the short ribs in warm corn tortillas and garnish with sliced avocado, radishes, pickled jalapeƱos, crumbled cheese, cilantro leaves and lime wedges.

The short ribs can be refrigerated in their sauce for up to 3 days. Reheat gently before serving.


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A Winter Breakfast at Cow-a-Hen Farm










Thursday, February 14, 2019

News from the SVGM

Indoor market hours 2-5pm

Hello everyone~

Another round of snow and sleet and freezing rain has left us with a brilliantly reflective landscape that is glistening in this morning's sunlight. In just about five weeks, the calendar will usher us into Spring: it will be here before we know it!

Cow-a-Hen Farm will have fresh chickens this week among their offerings, Beaver Run Farm will be on hand with delicious pork cuts and products, Stone Meadow Farm with awesome cheeses and grass-fed beef, and Orchard Breeze Farm with still-delicious apples, jams and butters, eggs, and select produce.

This is the time of year most of us anxiously await the Spring thaw and its promise of a renewed growing season~~~the SVGM indoor market is here to help you stay patient and well-nourished with the best in-season local foods until we're back in the green.

To that end, we'll be here Fridays from 2pm to 5pm, right through the end of April, in our sheltered indoor heated space.
     
Warmth and blessings from us all for a cozy, healthy Winter!
   
This week at market:
Stone Meadow Farm: 

Artisan cheeses; grass-fed beef, veal
Cow-a-Hen Farm:
Beef, Pork and Poultry: Fresh chicken this week
Beaver Run Farms:
Pork, specialty cuts and products
Punako Lane Artisan Hearth: Will be back later in the winter
Breads, biscotti, cookies, granola, specialty baked goods, eggs
Orchard Breeze Farm:
Apples, turnips, apple butter and jams, fresh eggs, homemade breads and rolls

Email us at svgmarket@gmail.com

Like us on Facebook:
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Cow-a-Hen Farm in the Winter










Thursday, February 7, 2019

News from the SVGM

 Indoor market hours 2-5pm

Hello everyone~

The partial thawing has uncovered patches of ground that are releasing a heavenly scent of what is yet to come with Spring; we're halfway through Winter, and most likely have some more bouts of bitter snowy freezing weather to get through, but the hope of Spring feels and smells visceral outside right now.

Last week at market, Marvin from Orchard Breeze had beautiful fresh heads of leaf lettuce from their greenhouse: what a wonderful surprise! And there may be more to come in the weeks ahead. HIs apples still taste sweet and remarkably crisp, and their fresh eggs and jams and apple butters are lovely. We're awfully glad they've joined our indoor market this year. Stop by the market tomorrow to see what else he has to offer.

This is the time of year most of us anxiously await the Spring thaw and its promise of a renewed growing season~~~the SVGM indoor market is here to help you stay patient and well-nourished with the best in-season local foods until we're back in the green.

To that end, we'll be here Fridays from 2pm to 5pm, right through the end of April, in our sheltered indoor heated space.
     
Warmth and blessings from us all for a cozy, healthy Winter!
   
This week at market:
Stone Meadow Farm: Back next week

Artisan cheeses; grass-fed beef, veal
Cow-a-Hen Farm: Back next week
Beef, Pork and Poultry
Beaver Run Farms:
Pork, specialty cuts and products
Punako Lane Artisan Hearth: Will be back later in the winter
Breads, biscotti, cookies, granola, specialty baked goods, eggs
Orchard Breeze Farm:
Apples, turnips, apple butter and jams, fresh eggs, homemade breads and rolls

Email us at svgmarket@gmail.com

Like us on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/Susquehanna-Valley-Growers-Market-164215936969045/



Cow-a-Hen Farm in the Winter