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

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

SFM Newsletter- May 2nd

Second Saturday



Our second Saturday market opens tomorrow at 8AM.
And it looks like it's not supposed to rain this time. I'm late on this one so let's get right to it:

Items available this week:
(Including but not limited to!)
Bame Farm (new vendor!):
Grassfed Beef, Pastured Pork and Eggs

Lee's Fresh Flowers & Vegetables:
Irises, tulips, other fillers. Swiss chards, spring onion, radishes, green garlic

Correll Farm:
Red leaf, green leaf, butter head, romaine, and oak leaf lettuces
Kale, Collards, Oriental mustard, Bak choi, Green garlic, Asparagus (if you're there early). Last week of tomato and basil plants.

Country Garden:
Plants, transplants, baby plants and more plants. All sorts of vegetable, herb and flowering plants. Gardeners come and see!

Two Pigs Farm:
Pastured Eggs, Pork and Poultry. Chemical free swiss Chard, Kale, Spinach and some other things.


 
Eagle Produce Farm:
Kale and mustard greens. Greenhouse tomatoes, squash, zucchini and possibly cucumbers. And tomato plants and more!

Miller Produce:
They're starting to hit stride this weekend with plenty of strawberries starting to come in. Lettuce, onion and plants. And tomatoes, cukes, squash, potatoes and few other things.

OBX Seafood:
I haven't gotten the update on what's on the truck tomorrow, but Jordan's supposed to be there!

And both baked goods folks (How Sweet it Is and Bread Basket) should be there.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

SFM Newsletter April 29, 2015

OUR FIRST WEDNESDAY EVENING!



Tomorrow is the first market Wednesday! And our first evening market in 10 years I'm told. Kabobs will be there! (And again in two weeks).

Here's what we've got lined up:
Eagle Produce Farm (AM):
Kale and mustard greens. Greenhouse tomatoes, squash, zucchini and possibly cucumbers. And tomato plants and more!

Lee's Fresh Flowers & Vegetables (AM):
Irises, tulips, other fillers. Swiss chards, spring onion, radishes, green garlic

Third Creek Cottage Garden (NEW VENDOR, PM):
Pork, Eggs, Homemade soaps (made with honey from our honeybees), and possible lettuce, greens and other produce.

Two Pigs Farm (PM):
Pastured Eggs, Pork and Poultry. A slight change of vegetables! (Their CSA shares get priority while things get going!)

Miller Produce (AM & PM):
Expect plenty of strawberries, lettuce, onions and plants. Expect more from them on Saturday...

How Sweet it Is (AM & PM):
Morning muffins, pound cake, coffee cake, pumpkin bread and more!

SandyCreek Farm (NEW VENDOR, PM):
Fresh Mushrooms, Jellies, Preserves, Chocolate Sauce, Bees wax & Plants.
Of all the vendors, they're coming the furthest so they asked me to mention they may hold off if the forecast gets worse...

Fundraiser:
If you've made it to the bottom this email, I'd wager you're probably a pretty big local food supporter! I'd like to invite you to Riot in the Pasture on May 17th, benefitting both the Farmers' Market and Bread Riot, our partner nonprofit. We're printing tickets tomorrow so hopefully you'll be able to stop in the evening to buy however many you need...

Here's a link with info about the dueling pigs, Salty Caper pizza, local beer and more (more info to come!):
breadriot.org/riot-in-the-pasture
Thanks so much for supporting small local farms.

Sincerely,

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

 

SFM newsletter April 25, 2015



Hey everyone!
Market opens tomorrow at 8AM.
There's a chance of rain starting around 9 it seems but that won't discourage our vendors... Show up at 8 and hopefully the rain will hold off!

If you'd like text message reminders of market on the day of, sign up for our new "FarmFan" service! Get reminders, check in at the market with your phone and win prizes! (Our first prize is that if you check in 10 times, you can win a cloth tote bag designed by the Lettered Lilly with both the Farmers' Market logo and the Bread Riot logo)
Sign up here: http://farmfanapp.com/salisburyfarmersmarket/signup

Items available this week:
(Including but not limited to!)
Bame Farm (new vendor!):
Grassfed Beef, Pastured Pork and Eggs

Lee's Fresh Flowers & Vegetables:
Irises, tulips, other fillers. Swiss chards, spring onion, radishes, green garlic

Correll Farm:
Red leaf, green leaf, butter head, romaine, and oak leaf lettuces
Kale, Collards, Oriental mustard, Bak choi
Green garlic, Asparagus, Tomato and basil plants.

Country Garden:
Plants, transplants, baby plants and more plants. All sorts of vegetable, herb and flowering plants. Gardeners come and see!

Two Pigs Farm:
Pastured Eggs, Pork and Poultry. A slight change of vegetables! (Their CSA shares get priority while things get going!)

Eagle Produce Farm:
Kale and mustard greens. Greenhouse tomatoes, squash, zucchini and possibly cucumbers. And tomato plants and more!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Farmer's Market Shopping Tips

As you all know by now WTF is not returning to the Farmers Markets this season.  Although, you can still come out to the farm & buy our products.  Just call/text first to make sure we are around!

Just thought I would share some shopping tips that we have learned throughout our 8 years at the markets.

1- Bring cash.  Although several vendors do have the ability to swipe cards cash is always the easiest for the vendors/farmers.

2-Bring a cooler and/or shopping bags.  Lots of farmers markets have more than fruits & vegetables.  Many have meats, cheeses, seafood & other perishable items so bring a cooler to store those items in. 

3-Say Hello to the vendor/farmer & ask questions.  If you don't know what something is ask, if you don't know how to cook something ask. 

4-Remember when you are at the farmers market you are shopping seasonally & locally.  Most farmers markets aren't going to have oranges & bananas & there will not be watermelons in April.

5- Don't buy too much!!  Sounds crazy...right?  When you get to the market walk around & see what everyone has then go back & start your buying.  We really don't want you to waste anything or have to throw anything away.

Salisbury Farmers Market Newsletter


Hey Folks!

Winter was a doozy, but fresh veggies, eggs, meats and more are available starting next weekend across from Rowan Public Library downtown. We'll be open:

Wednesdays and Saturdays 8am-noon

And

INTRODUCING

Wednesday 4-7pm!!

Our first Wednesday evening market will also feature the local Kabob Food Truck!

 

Sadly Wild Turkey Farms has grown to the point where they do the vast majority of their business wholesale and won't be at market this year. It's great to see them be able to move that direction. But not to worry! Bame Farms, Third Creek Cottage Gardens, Sandy Creek Farm and Cherry Hill Farm (Rowan Farm School graduates) are all joining us as new vendors this year!

 

I look forward to meeting so many new people starting next week. Not to mention all the delicious local farm products.

Best,

Eric Bowen

Manager, salisburyfarmersmarket.com

Executive Director, breadriot.org