Saturday, July 10, 2021

Bloomingdale Farmers Market: Tomato palooza, corn, watermelon -- Sunday, 07-11-2021

 From: Robin Shuster 

Sent: Saturday, July 10, 2021 3:09 PM
Subject: BFM: Tomato Palooza, Corn, Watermelon Sunday

Hi BFM Fans,

Garner sent me photos of the tomatoes ripening and that they were picking (above). There will be sooo many tomatoes on Sunday--all kinds and colors of heirlooms, a rainbow of cherry tomatoes and the non heirloom Early Girls that I like a lot.

I will probably just make a tomato salad every day, probably twice a day this week. Tomatoes sliced, salted until the juices run and then I pour some good olive oil over it to make its own tomatogrette.  No vinegar or lemon juice needed.  Sprinkle with chopped chives or mint or basil or parsley.  I also love Caprese:tomatoes layered with mozzarella and I never say no to  Greek Tomato Salad with cucumber and feta and olives.

I am addicted to Panzanella, a Tuscan salad of torn or chopped dense, stale bread, chopped tomatoes and onions. You can add cucumbers and basil too. Olive Oil and Vinegar.  So buy an extra Pano bread so you can make this towards the end of the week.

If you want a modern version that uses toasted bread, tested out by Serious Eats,  try this.

Want a classic tomato Tapa?  I love the Pan con Tomate -- also called Pa amb tomaquet in Catalan. Toast or grill a piece of Pano bread and then rub a peeled clove of garlic into it. Then rub a really ripe, juicy, tomato into it. Drizzle a good olive oil and salt. Serve.

TIP: Some Catalan people grate the tomato into a bowl and spoon that over the garlicky bread.

Cool dessert: As it is getting hotter again, create your own ice cream sandwiches with Whisked cookies. What flavor do you think will go best with their new creamsicle cookie?  Orange sorbet? Never too hot for pie -- add a scoop of ice cream to each slice. 

NEW or NOTABLE this week:

  • Watermelon is back at Garner
  • Shenandoah's summer veggies are in
  • Reid has apricots and plums and cherries and berries  peaches and the first summer apples. 
  • Cucina Al Volo has the best pasta and yes, summer is the perfect time for pasta. (The Italians eat pasta all summer) Try this lemon pasta--
  • Whisked has created a CREAMSICLE beach inspired cook
  • Damien at Pano's new creations: Peach Tart, Peach cinnamon Tart, Breton Apple Tart

Here is a sample of what we will have at market:

SHENANDOAH SEASONAL:   Summer vegetables are starting: tomatoes, squash, eggplant. Cucumbers, summer squash, escarole, frisée. Red, gold and candy striped beets. A rainbow of radishes including those French breakfast radishes you swipe in butter and sprinkle with sea salt. Cabbages in many shapes. The cone shape are my faves. Greens and lettuces and herbs are thriving..  Dill, parsley, cilantro add huge flavor to salads and grilled vegetables. Big Romaine heads, fresh spinach and green garlic. Baby carrots. Baby red Russian Kale, Siberian kale, curly kale, Blue Dazzle Dino kale, collards, Rainbow Chard, Vivid Choi, baby bok choi, purple mizuna, Tokyo bekana, Lettuces (magenta, romaine, lime oakleaf), arugula, zesty salad mix, lettuce mix,  

GARNERS PRODUCE: Tons of Tomatoes, corn, watermelon, okra, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, peppers in many, heat, shades and shapes. Shishito peppers too. Lots of glossy eggplant in all shapes. Lots of pretty squash, bunches of basil and new potatoes, , Spring onions, scallions, garlic, carrots, kales, arugula, lettuces, beets, radishes, bok choi, chard, spinach, collards, broccoli, cauliflower, their own grits, cornmeal. Zinnias. Sunflowers. 

CHINESE STREET MARKET: Yes, the dumplings and noodles and the two spicy chile oils are back! Porky and Chinese Celery, Chicken and corn and shiitakes, Veggie Medley & Tofu, Eggplant &  Chinese greens. Dandan Noodes. Special: Tsing rice cakes.  Big Steam pork buns, Pork soup dumplings.

Celebrate The Dragon Boat Festival with rice dumplings from their Fujian guest chef Mama Xiaya

NUMBER 1 SONS:  .Crispy Kosher, Half Sours, Sunny Dills, Honey Habs. Red & Butters. Clean kraut, Snow Miso Kimchi, Radish kimchi, Sons Kimchi, Kicky Kimchi, Gin Gingers daikons, Honey Habañero daikons, Szechuan spear daikons, Dilly daikons, Masala beets, Golden beets, Giardiniera. Kombuchas (Turmeric Tang, Lavender Fizz, Original Ginger and a new weekly seasonal flavor surprise.

CUCINA AL VOLO: Check out Yolanda's tips on our 14&U facebook and instagram pages. Don't forget the Pasta Salad!  Pasta Primavera with zucchini.  Pappardelle with Arugula, Fettucine with market Shiitakes and . Or get a ravioli which cooks in 4 minutes and sauce it with one of their sauces.   12 different pastas... 

WHISKED: Andre says: The HEAT is ON!! Cool down by making yourself an ice cream sandwich using our cooking.  While you are at it, add a scoop to any of our fabulous pies.   Whether it's a cookout, picnic or camping trip -- come prepared with some delicious cookies and pies.  Cookies: Chocolate Chip, Salty Oatmeal, Molasses Spice Hazelnut Swirl, Pretzel Cowboy, Snickerdoodle. Vegan: Chocolate Black Out, Lemon Poppyseed, Oatmeal Chocolate Chip. Mexican Chocolate has no Gluten ingredients.

Pies: Apple Crumble, Bourbon Pecan, Lemon Coconut, Sea Salt Chocolate Chess, Salted Caramel Apple and Strawberry Rhubarb

REID'S:Peaches! Blueberries! Currants! Cherries!  Hinnonmaki Red Gooseberries. Snow peas, yellow squash, cucumbers, English Hull peas, zucchini, Kiki Fuji Apples. 



Kathy says: "Yellow lugs as they come in from the fields..Hand sorted in our Food Safety Modernization Act approved packing house by folks wearing gloves. Then they get boxed up in quarts or pints to travel to market. We work hard to bring the best to you."

Next week: Apricots, rasperries, Lodi June apples, currants.

SWIRLY GIRL CREAMERY: 22 cheeses!  Come check out this spread of cow and goat milk and mixed milk cheeses. Morbier, Goat Cheddar, Onamar, Tomme, Goast Manchego, Tommy Goat, Goat Gouda, Goat Feta, Cow Feta, Curds,Winter Morning, Cowttin, Chevre, Bovre, Marinated Feta, Mira Flores, Farmhouse, Scratch, Garlic Tomme, Brie, Blue Moon, Bhutlah.

Robin tip: grill some young eggplant or some young squash and sprinkled quite a bit of their feta on it. Or heap with pureed feta.  Olive oil, mint.  Could be basil.  

KING MUSHROOMS: Grill these mushrooms!  Oyster, King Trumpet, shiitake, portobello, chestnut and maitake this week. Also, tinctures, my favorite Hungarian Mushroom soup ....and marinated mushrooms.  

GROFF'S CONTENT: Carnivore Grilling Central.  Chicken and Duck eggs.  Pork and beef and 11 pork sausages and lots and lots of lamb.  Pork shoulder, chops, bacon, pork jowls. Lamb ideas:  Julie's special Leg of Lamb cut for two, Leg steaks for grilling, shoulder roasts, shoulder chops are great in a crockpot.  Have you tried the Denver Ribs -- Lamb spare ribs.  The whole range of steaks and tons of ground beef. Turkey Lasagne and Turkey Pot Pie, Shepherd's Pie, Meatballs in Marinara, Bone Broths, Pork Liver Pate. Ham and White Bean soup. Julie told me everyone needs to try the thinly sliced "Fajita steak"

PANORAMA: Baguettes, croissants (classic butter, chocolate, rain, almond), sourdoughs, multigrain, whole wheat, Plie, Danish, sticky buns, Breton Kouign Amann, palmier, turnover, quiches, bagels, strudle, bricohes, challah, brioche bun, ciabatta, French boule, French loaf, Foccaccia, Olive seed loaf, pumpernickel, rye, muffins, breakfast loaf, olive oil bun. 

  • We are welcoming well-behaved doggies on short leashes again.
  • Please continue to mask if you are unvaccinated (or just want to be cautious).
  • Enter and Exit the market at either First and R or R and Florida only
  • Please avoid crowding each other when there are lines at stands

Looking forward to seeing everyone.

Robin and Ted

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