Monday, June 22, 2015

Foxcroft Wineshop

We had to be in Charlotte last week for some business so we decided to try another fine establishment that serves WTF meat....The Foxcroft Wineshop.
 
 
So here is the disclaimer.....by the time we got there to eat (almost 9 o'clock) I was so hungry that the pictures have part of the food missing because I was like "Oh my gosh, I have to take a picture before we eat everything!"
 
 
 
 
 
House Smoked & Spiced Nuts

 
 
Chef's Bruschetta


 
Lamb Sliders




There was also the Chef's Veggies & Doughnuts but there are no pictures just know that they were VERY GOOD!!!
 
And just in case you are wondering the lamb is WTF lamb.

SFM Newsletter- June 20th


Salisbury Rowan Farmers' Market
June
20, 2015
(Header image from Cherry Hill Farm showing rows of brassica, onion and tomato plants).
Keep doing your rain dance y'all... this dry summer is causing trouble on more than a few of our farms! The little bit we got last night still leaves us behind...

Coming in this week we've still got plenty of cole crops like kohlrabi, cabbage, greens like Swiss Chard, plus, tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, blueberries and more...

Be advised that the Salisbury Pride festival is happening tomorrow downtown. It should be a lot of fun. Starting around 11AM, it probably won't affect the Farmers' Market much. But if you're concerned about parking (which I doubt), come early and you shouldn't have any problems!
(Plus it will be a tad cooler and the selection will be better!)
 
 
Here's what we've got lined up for tomorrow!
All Grown Up:
Hydroponic Persian cucumbers, baby lettuce and spicy greens. Swiss Chard and slicing cucumbers out of the field and more!
 
Bame Farms:
Grassfed beef, pastured pork, free range eggs and meat variety packs.
 
Bread Basket:
Bluebery, peach and pecan pies, shreaded wheat bread and the usual sourdough, multigrain and gluten free bread, coffee cakes, granola, donuts and more!
 
Cherry Hill Farm (New vendor this year):
Squash, cucumbers, broccoli, green and red cabbage, carrots, onions, and eggs.

 
Correll Farm (Now accepting EBT/SNAP):
TOMATOES, bell peppers, banana peppers, japanese eggplant and a huge variety of summer squash and cucumbers. Red and yellow sweet onions, fresh garlic and leeks and possibly beets. And still bringing in leafy green veggies like celery, kohlrabi, kale, collards, Swiss chard, and cabbage. Plus fresh herbs including, basil, parsley, oregano, and cilantro.
 
Country Garden:
Country Garden was there last week with green beans... they might be there again this week!
 
Dover Vineyards:
Delicious dry red and rose wines. Some of the best in North Carolina produced right down the road in Concord.
 
Eagle Produce Farm:
Roma, cherry, Cherokee purple, German Johnson and a few other tomatoes. Bell, jalepeno and banana peppers. Cucumbers, squash, zuchhini (yellow and green), lettuce, spring onions, cauliflower, okra (limited supply), and still bringing in greenhouse tomatoes if you want those good heritage breeds! (Those will be a few more weeks before they start coming out of the field).
 
How Sweet It Is:
Layered decadent chocolate cake, peanut butter, old fashioned sugar, molasses, black bottoms, plus the usual morning muffins (lemon, blueberry and harvest), pound cake, coffee cake, chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter cookies and more!
 
Lee's Fresh Flowers and Vegetables:
Blueberries, malabar spinach and radishes. Dianthus, zinnias, sunflowers, flax, and coreopsis
flowers.
 
McCombs & Company:
Fresh, high quality pimento cheese. Back by popular demand--homemade chicken salad! They also make slaw and spicy snack crackers. The "firecrackers" are killer with pimento cheese!
 
Miller Produce:
SWEET CORN. Green beans, bell peppers, squash and cucumbers. (As well as watermelons and canteloupe from Florida/Georgia.)
 
Silver snapper, pompano, black sea bass, grouper, catfish, whole rainbow trout, wahoo, mahi mahi, yellowfin tuna, catfish, scottish salmon, sea scallops (lg & jumbo), shrimp (lg & jumbo), VA oysters
 
Treehouse Soaps:
Expect a wide variety of soaps: shaving, citrus-loofah (very popular for summer), cooling mint, soothing oatmeal, assorted masculine & unisex ones ...and more. Some might make a good fathers day gift!
 
Two Pigs Farm:
Free range eggs, ground turkey, all kinds of pork cuts and sausage. Last I heard he'd run out of chicken! No spray veggies: kohlrabi, Swiss chard, summer squash and more...

 
Upsidedown Farms:
Shiitake and oyster mushrooms.
 
Upcoming Events:
June 23, All local farm-to-fork dinner at Pinocchio's. Featuring Two Pigs Farm pork ossobucco and homemade blueberry cheesecake. $40 with a portion of proceeds benefitting Bread Riot.
 
June 27, "Caveman/Cavewoman" Paleo Grill Competition ($10 Entry Fee)
 
July 25, Salsa Showdown (come make your best salsa recipe!)
($5 entry, audience tastes available a market fundraiser)

Our T-shirt design competition (in partnership with Waterworks) is moving ahead! We started this competition at Bread Riot's Riot in the Pasture (with help from Waterworks), who will be continuing to help us with this project. The top design will get a free shirt and tote bag, second place will also get choice of shirt or tote bag.

Best,
-Eric
Manager, salisburyfarmersmarket.com
Executive Director, breadriot.org

Friday, June 5, 2015

SFM Newsletter- June 5th


We've got our first green beans, peppers, potatoes, onions, garlic, okra and more!

 

My favorite recipe this time of year is sauteed garlic and green beans (sometimes with a little soy sauce). A simple recipe that is so delicious! (I like most of my greens the same way...) If you have a recipe you really like, post it on Facebook and tag the Salisbury Farmers' Market!


 

Here's what we've got lined up for tomorrow!
All Grown Up:

Hydroponic baby lettuce and spicy greens. And some very tasty arugula. Swiss Chard out of the field and more!

 

Bame Farms (New vendor this year):
Grassfed beef, pastured pork, free range eggs and meat variety packs.

 

Bread Basket:

Sourdough, multigrain and gluten free bread. Gluten-free chocolate cookies. And the usual assortment of other breads, coffee cakes, and granola. And donuts.

 

Cherry Hill Farm (New vendor this year):
It's their third week at SRFM (I think) and this week they'll have: squash, cucumbers, broccoli, green and red cabbage, carrots, onions, and eggs.

 

Correll Farm (Now accepting EBT/SNAP):

BRUSSELS SPROUTS, TOMATOES, BELL PEPPERS, Japanese eggplant and a huge variety of summer squash and cucumbers. Red and yellow sweet onions, fresh garlic and leeks.  The greens are still beautiful including: celery, kohlrabi, lettuce, kale, collards, Swiss chard, cabbage, bok choi. Plus fresh herbs including, basil, parsley, oregano, and cilantro.

 

Dover Vineyards:
Delicious dry red and rose wines. Some of the best in North Carolina produced right down the road in Concord. The rose is on sale for 10% off!

 

Eagle Produce Farm:
BELL, JALEPENO and BANANA PEPPERS, GREEN BEANS, cucumber, squash, zuchhini (yellow and green), lettuce, spring onions, cauliflower, okra (limited supply), greenhouse tomatoes.

 

How Sweet It Is:
Morning muffins, pound cake, coffee cake, chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter cookies and more!

 

Lee's Fresh Flowers and Vegetables:
Massive daikon radishes have started coming in and more and more summer flowers...

 

McCombs & Company:
Fresh, high quality pimento cheese. Back by popular demand--homemade chicken salad! They also make slaw and spicy snack crackers. The "firecrackers" are killer with pimento cheese!

 

Miller Produce:
BELL PEPPERS, SQUASH, and cucumbers. And still plenty of cabbage, other greens and beautiful heads of lettuce. (As well as watermelons and canteloupe from Florida/Georgia.)

 


 

Treehouse Soaps:
New: Shaving soap designed specifically for shaving (with conditioning, moisturizing oils & butters, plus clay for "slip"), Beer super lather soap, Goat milk sweet ginger (new).

 

Two Pigs Farm:
Free range eggs, ground turkey, whole turkey (by request only, email twopigsfarm@gmail.com), all kinds of pork cuts and sausage (including a bulk "extra sage" variety), chicken and duck. Kale, Swiss chard, arugula, snap peas and more...

 

Upsidedown Farms:
Shiitake and oyster mushrooms.

Recipes:

One thing I do that my friends give me grief about is using a microwave. Sometimes I'm in a rush and my 2 year old daughter is hungry and it's just faster to cook something in the microwave (sweet potatoes in a microwave with cinammon on top are super popular with a 1 year old).

Garlicky Green Beans:
Green beans, stemmed and cut into whatever size pieces you like (1 pound)
.

Garlic, at least 1 clove (I use about 3). Peeled and minced

Butter, I use around 3 Tbsp of "European" style butter from Ashe County Cheese (available at Salisbury Wine Shop, where the owners happen to be great farmers' market customers!)
Optional: Try using herbs like basil, parsley or oregano to spice this recipe up

Salt & pepper to taste or consider a dash of soy sauce


Optional: pre-cook your beans by boiling or steaming (microwaving them in a covered container with 1/4 cup water for 3-5 minutes usually does the trick). Pre-cooked green beans may be better for some customers. Make sure to strain before adding to hot butter.

Personally, I just fry my beans with the garlic in butter until slightly soft and browned on the sides. Salt and pepper to taste.
If you pre-cook, sautee your garlic at medium high until it gets soft and fragrant, then add the drained beans. Salt and spice to taste.
Simple, delicious and good.

 

Best,

-Eric

Manager, salisburyfarmersmarket.com

Executive Director, breadriot.org

Friday, May 29, 2015

Foothills Meats presents The Butcher's Table

Last night was another of those cool opportunities that we as farmers occasionally get to partake in.   Foothills Meat in Black Mountain, NC partnered with Pisgah Brewing Company for a farm to table meal.
 
 
We have been to several of these type meals & it is always so much fun!  No only do consumers get to meet their farmers we all get to sample creations by some of the best butchers & chefs around.  We got to meet lots of new people & even connected with a couple who use to live in Rowan County & we knew a lot of the same people (small word).
 
The menu & the beer pairings were all awesome & as normal I ate way too much...but it was so good!!
 
 
Another cool thing about these meals is that the people sitting with you don't care if you are taking pictures of the food because they are too!!
 
 
Charcuterie Tray


Charcuterie Tray
Pate Maison, Capicola, Scrapple & Tasso Ham


Smoked Pig Head Meat, Crispy Pig Ears, Roasted, Grilled Kohlrabi, Pickled & Shaved Beets, Shaved Chapel Hill Asiago, Smoked Pig Fat Mustard Vinaigrette


Smoked Pisgah Pale Ale Beer Bratwurst, Grilled Napa Cabbage, Fermented Red Cabbage & Green Apple, Pisgah Pale Ale Beer Broth

Sous Vide Pork Loin, Pickled Chard Stems, Red Russian Kale, Kohlrabi Greens, Charred Pak Choi, Nasturtiums, Dynamite Coffee Aioli Valdez Molasses BBQ Sauce


Boomerang Steaks & Butter Poached Radish
 
 
 

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Triple D- Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives

As I have mentioned many times before we are so lucky to get to have different experiences while promoting eating local.  We have been part of farm tours, various groups such as summer programs, Cub Scouts & college classes have come to the farm, we have spoken at many events through the years & taken part in farm to table events.  Now we can add TV show to our growing list.
 
One of our favorite places to eat (when we make it to Charlotte) is 300 East.  They have being supporting local farms for a while & we are glad to be part of their farm family. 
 
They were chosen to be on the Food Network Show Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives and they featured lamb ragout & Butterscotch Ice Cream sandwiches.  What made it even more special for WTF was that the lamb used was from our farm.
 
The staff at 300 East invited the WTF crowd to be part of the filming for the show.  There were a few days that they actually filmed but we were there the day that Guy was there.
 
Having never been on TV before it was really neat to see the process but unfortunately we were not allowed to have our cellphones turned on (which makes sense) so we have no pictures of that day.
 
The show aired May 22, 2015.  If you know what you are looking for you can see a glimpse of us in the background behind Guy.
 
Congratulations to 300 East for all that you have accomplished!!!

Friday, May 22, 2015

SFM Newsletter 05/23/2015


It looks like we'll have great weather this long weekend as we remember those that died in service of our country. As we remember what they died for, perhaps it's also appropriate to remember America's farming traditions that made this country great. As we remember the fallen, perhaps it's also worth remembering the farms and victory gardens that were integral to America's long history of successful military campains.

Here's what we've got lined up for tomorrow!
NEW: Cherry Hill Farm:
Participants of the Rowan County Farm school, Justin and Holly are new to the Salisbury Farmers' Market! In their initial offering they'll have: eggs, broccoli, cabbage, cilantro and squash.
Sounds like a delicious stir fry to me!

 
McCombs & Company:
Fresh, quality pimento cheese that Verne has been making since 1958. Now back by popular demand--homemade chicken salad! We also make slaw and spicy snack crackers. The "firecrackers" are killer with pimento cheese!
 
Dover Vineyards:
A new representative, Liz, will be there with wine only. (No jams this week because they ran out!)
 
Miller Produce:
Mike & co are offering the first field squash and cucumbers of the season. Summer is just around the corner... Plus plenty more Camarosa strawberries, greens and beautiful heads of lettuce.
 
Correll Farm (Now accepting EBT/SNAP):
Squash, zucchini, cauliflower, asparagus, fresh cabbage, collards, kale, swiss chard, broccoli, broccoli raab, napa cabbage, radishes, kohlrabi, fennel, green garlic, leeks, and sweet onions.
Also: fresh cut herbs including, basil, parsley, oregano, and cilantro.
 
Eagle Produce Farm:
Kale and mustard greens. Strawberries. Greenhouse tomatoes, squash, zucchini, cucumbers and more
.

Two Pigs Farm:
"No-spray" strawberries, free range eggs, ground turkey, whole turkey (by request only), all kinds of pork cuts and sausage, cornish hens. Kale, swiss chard, spinach and more...


Lee's Fresh Flowers and Vegetables:
Flowers: bachelors buttons, peonies, snap dragons, larkspur, purple queens and sweet williams.
Vegetables: spinach, spring onion, green garlic
, lettuce, pea shoots, baby boc choi and dill.
 
How Sweet It Is:
Morning muffins, pound cake, coffee cake, cookies and more!
 
Country Garden:
Selling strawberries, an assortment of plants and more...
 
Treehouse Soaps:
New: Shaving soap designed specifically for shaving (with conditioning, moisturizing oils & butters, plus clay for "slip"), Beer super lather soap, Goat milk sweet ginger (new)
.
 
Bread Basket:
Special items: blueberry and cinammon swirl breads, a variety of pies, croutons. And the usual assortment of breads, coffee cakes, granola, gluten and sugar free items. And of course donuts.
 
Here's what we had last week (I didn't get this week's update): Whole Rainbow Trout, Black Drum, Yellowfin Tuna, Yellowtail Snapper Whole, Swordfish, Cod, Flounder, Mahi Mahi, Grouper, Pompano, Salmon (Faroe Island Scotland), Lg & Jumbo Sea Scallops, Large  & Jumbo Shrimp, Lump Crab Meat, VA Oysters.
 
The Funky Pepper:
Homemade jams, jellies and mustard
.
 
Bame Farms (A new vendor this year):
Grassfed beef, pastured pork, free range eggs and meat variety packs
.
 
(And probably another vendor or two that I've neglected!, If you're a vendor and you're reading this thinking "why isn't my name here?" Please send me an email next week 24 hours before market.)

"Riot in the Pasture":
Our event this year was a great success. Well over 400 people attended and tried local, pasture raised barbeque from Two Pigs Farm and Wild Turkey Farms. Other vendors that participated included: Miller Produce (donor) and Correll Farms (donor), Two Pigs Farm (donor), Bread Basket, Lee's Fresh Flowers and Produce, Eagle Farm, Third Creek Cottage Gardens. We also featured Upside Down Farms (a newly approved mushroom vendor!) and Katie's Farm strawberries.
 
See some pictures on Facebook: facebook.com/breadriot
 
Best,
-Eric
Manager, salisburyfarmersmarket.com
Executive Director, breadriot.org

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

SFM Newsletter- 5/16/2015


Here's what we've got lined up for tomorrow!:
NEW: Cherry Hill Farm:
Participants of the Rowan County Farm school, Justin and Holly are new to the Salisbury Farmers' Market! In their initial offering they'll have: collards, cilantro and squash. They're on twitter if you do that sort of thing: twitter.com/cherryhillag

Lee's Fresh Flowers & Vegetables:
Sunday is mother's day and I'll wager many of you will want to stop by Lee's booth early (she basically sold out of flowers last week). She's got peonies, irises, sweet williams and bachelor buttons. Also: swiss chards, spring onion, radishes, green garlic, sweet bok choi, pea shoots, mint and cilantro

 

Miller Produce:
Mike & co are offering the first field squash and cucumbers of the season. Summer is just around the corner... Plus plenty more Camarosa strawberries, greens and beautiful heads of lettuce.

 

Correll Farm (Now accepting EBT/SNAP):

Broccoli, Cauliflower, Asparagus, fresh Cabbage, Collards, Kale, Swiss Chard, Broccoli Raab, Napa cabbage, Radishes, Kohlrabi, Fennel Garlic, Leeks, and Sweet Onions.  We will also have fresh cut herbs including, Basil, Parsley, Oregano, and Cilantro.

 

Eagle Produce Farm:
Kale and mustard greens. Strawberries. Greenhouse tomatoes, squash, zucchini, cucumbers and more
.


Two Pigs Farm:
"No-spray" strawberries, free range eggs, ground turkey, whole turkey (by request only), pork, cornish hens. Kale, swiss chard, spinach and more...


Lee's Fresh Flowers and Vegetables:
Irises, bachelors button, peonies, other flowers. Swiss chards, spring onion, radishes, and green garlic
.

 

How Sweet It Is:
Morning muffins, pound cake, coffee cake, cookies and more!

 

Country Garden:
Selling strawberries, an assortment of plants and more...

 

Treehouse Soaps:
New: Shaving soap designed specifically for shaving (with conditioning, moisturizing oils & butters, plus clay for "slip"), Beer super lather soap, Goat milk sweet ginger (new)
.

 

Bread Basket:

Yeast bread, sweet bread, coffee cakes, pies, donuts, fried pies, granola, gluten and sugar free items. (New) multigrain bread and hummingbird cake.

 


It's a big week for seafood: Whole Rainbow Trout, Black Drum, Yellowfin Tuna, Yellowtail Snapper Whole, Swordfish, Cod, Flounder, Mahi Mahi, Grouper, Pompano, Salmon (Faroe Island Scotland), Lg & Jumbo Sea Scallops, Large  & Jumbo Shrimp, Lump Crab Meat, VA Oysters, Crab Cakes.

 

The Funky Pepper:
Homemade jams, jellies and mustard
.

 

Bame Farms (A new vendor this year):
Grassfed beef, pastured pork, free range eggs and meat variety packs
.

 

 

(And probably another vendor or two that I've neglected!, If you're a vendor and you're reading this thinking "why isn't my name here?" Please send me an email next week 24 hours before market.)


Farm-to-table fundraiser Sunday:
"Riot in the Pasture" is a great opportunity to meet your farmer outside the farmers' market. We'll have music and activities from 3-7 at Morgan Ridge Vineyards, with dinner at 5:30.
Here's the menu:

  • Whole hog barbecue from Two Pigs Farm and Wild Turkey Farms. (Vote for your favorite pitmaster/farm!) Buns with NC flour from the Bread Basket.
  • Salty Caper Pizza with NC flour, Eagle farm tomatoes, and Correll farm basil pesto.
  • Miller Produce mixed greens salad with blackberry/chambourcin wine vinaigrette
  • Correll Farms collard green slaw
  • Lee's Bok Choi sautée with sweet potatoes and red wine mushrooms
  • Third Creek Cottage Gardens Chicken Pot Pie
  • MikNik Farm hushpuppies glazed with local honey butter
  • Barbee Farms sweet potato salad
  • Homeland Creamery ice cream with no-spray strawberries from Katie's Farm and granola from the Bread Basket

The event benefits both the Farmers' Market and Bread Riot, our partner nonprofit. Lawn chairs encourage, pop-up tents welcome. Outside drink not allowed with few exceptions.
 

RSVP on Facebook: facebook.com/events/1059049017458517/
Tickets here (or see me at market): riot.ticketbud.com/2015

 

Music: Sue McHugh

This week we will feature singer and guitarist (with a dash of ukulele), Sue McHugh, "Chickweed" organizer. (July 18th music festival by and for women, benefitting the battered women's shelter.)

Best,

-Eric

Manager, salisburyfarmersmarket.com

Executive Director, breadriot.org