Sugar snap peas from Natalie's Garden & Greenhouse
Summer, if anything, is fleeting in its bright moments. Fireworks shoot through the sky providing just a glimmer and bang of something magical. When the last ember goes out, the sky is black and calm once more.
The pleasures of market may last a bit longer, but wait too long and you'll miss those wonderful things that go as quick as they come.
Strawberry season has almost wound to a close. Just as we say farewell to one, another berry arrives in the form of fresh organic blueberries from Flyte Family Farms (pictured).
Another short and sweet surprise in the coming weeks is the return of JenEhr Family Farm with their blueberries. While Paul & Kay have retired from produce farming, their tasty blueberries are pulling them back to the WCM to share the harvest.
Elsewhere in the market, seedlings are gone and replaced by the early harvest of summer field crops, like large and yummy red beets from Happy Valley Farm (pictured). A scrumptious beet salad with goat cheese is a wonderful recipe option, especially made with Dreamfarm goat cheese.
Tweaking the dinner menu to make the most out of seasonal specialities may be a challenge, but is always rewarding. Unique finds, like fresh fava beans from Perez Produce (pictured), bring something new to the table. Simple sautéed fava beans are brought to the next level when made with fresh Landmark Creamery butter.
Rolling into July, we can expect many more summer favorites to pop-in, with sweet corn and more just a few weeks away. While we patiently wait for some wonders to arrive, we'll be making the most of those special market finds that come and go before we know it.
See you at the market!
As a reminder to everyone, dogs are prohibited within the market area, though we welcome service animals at all times.
Market Science Returns July 8th
The great folks from Allen Centennial Garden return to market this weekend for another Market Science day. Read more below for the programming description:
Flowering Pounding (offered in Spanish and English)
Learn how to smash flower colors into fabric and experience the joy of destruction to create art! Take home a floral printed fabric made from plant-based dyes, and all the skills needed to create flower-based art with easily harvested flowers, leaves and stems, a hammer, and cloth.
Arrange, and hammer out a cathartic art piece. Flower pounding is exactly what it sounds like with extra little twists. Flowers, fruits, leaves…anything with a pigment goes, and as you slam these materials into the fabric you release their colors and echo their forms from the growing season! From hulk smashing the most delicate flowers to gently tapping leaves to get accents or layers, we will walk you through all the steps of hammering your pieces together so that they can adorn your kitchen stove, entryway, or even just that awkward blank wall.
La transferencia de flores en tela, destruir para crear
Ven al West Side Farmers Market para aprender golpear flores en tela y experimentar la alegría de destrucción para hacer el arte. Llevar a casa una tela hecha de tintes naturales a base de plantas, y todas las habilidades necesarias para crear arte a base de flores, así que poder replicar su obra de arte fácilmente con flores, hojas y tallos cosechados, un martillo y tela en casa.
Arreglar y martillar las plantas para crear obras de arte catárticas. ¡Las flores, frutas, hojas… cualquier cosa con pigmento sale! Golpear estas materiales en tela para liberar sus colores y reflejar sus formas de la temporada de crecimiento. De Hulk Smash flores gigantes a dar un golpecito a las hojitas más delicadas para crear acentos o capas, le explicaremos despacio y claro cada aspecto del proceso de martillar junta su obra. Entonces, puede adornan su estufa de cocina, recibidor o pared en blanco con su arte.
Vendor Notices - July 8
Chris & Lori's Bakehouse & Savory Accents will be absent from the market this Saturday, July 8th. They will both return the following week.
Alice Good Coffee
Country Bloomer's Greenhouse
JenEhr Family Farm
Blue Moon Community Farm are currently on their early-summer market hiatus. They will return to vend with their tasty certified organic produce in August.
Refreshing, delicious and seasonal. Great weekly flavors from Rude Brew Kombucha.
North, south, east or west; it's a breeze to get to our new market location
with easy access off of both Whitney Way and Mineral Point Road.