Friday, May 14, 2021

Bloomingdale Farmers Market Sunday, 05-16-2021: Cucumber pickles & strawberry-chocolate macaron edition

From: "Markets & More"

Subject: BFM Sunday- Cucumber pickles & strawberry-chocolate macaron edition

Date: May 14, 2021 at 12:47:49 PM EDT

Damien's brand new Strawberry Chocolate Macaron at Panorama  

Hi BFM Fans,

Damien at Panorama is on fire since he took over the stand and this week he created THREE new desserts for us this Sunday-- Strawberry Chocolate French macarons made with a puree of Garner's strawberries and a dark chocolate ganache. Plus a Breton (he's from Brittany) square apple tarte from local Granny Smith apples. Plus a classic French Creme Brulee.    (He was trained as a pastry chef in France).

Please spread the word to your friends and neighbors that we are open Sundays and Reid turns itself into an impressive popup Plant Nursery for much of May --see the bottom of the email for more details.  Groff's Content has some new cuts of lamb and beef.  

NEW this week:

  • This week Garner will start Sugar Snap Peas, white turnips and chard -
  • Number 1 Sons will have FOUR kinds of Cucumber Pickles- 
  • Whisked has added Strawberry Rhubarb pie, the epitome of Spring 
  • Shenandoah's Greens are making the most of this cooler weather- and they dill, parsley, cilantro and green garlic.

Have you ever tried Kuku Sabzi, the Persian omelette that is green with herbs? This is a good month for it with our eggs and all the different herbs you can chop into it. Easy to make, good for brunch and very pretty. Samin Nosrat's uses green garlic which we have at Shenandoah. She calls it a fried pie of herbs and greens because it is much more greens bound by eggs than the reverse in a classic omelette.


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

GARNERS PRODUCE: Always the first local strawberries, thanks to their Northern Neck Virginia microclimate. Asparagus. Spring onions, scallions, garlic, carrots, kales, arugula, lettuces, beets, radishes, bok choi, chard, spinach, collards, their own grits, cornmeal, potted herbs and annuals and perennials. Sugar Snap Peas start this week. 

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 Flored, Farmhouse, Scratch, Garlic Tomme, Brie, Blue Moon, Bhutlah.

SHENANDOAH SEASONAL: Right now the greens and lettuces amd herbs are thriving. Dill, parsley, cilantro. Big Romaine heads, freah 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, Pea Shoots, Radish micro greens. Lettuces (magenta, romaine, lime oakleaf), arugula, zesty salad mix, lettuce mix,  Cherry Bell radish. I love their Chinese Sprouting Broccoli which it is hard to find. 

Tip: My obsession and favorite green remains their Chinese Sprouting Broccoli,  Toss it into simmering salted water and then stirfry briefly with chopped ginger -- or season with Chinese Street Market's chile oils.

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

GROFF'S CONTENT: 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"

Best ground meat mixture: I recommend mixing ground beef, lamb and pork for meatballs, meatloaf and burgers.  

CHINESE STREET MARKET: Yes, the dumplings and noodles and the spicy chile oils are back! Pork 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. 

TIP: keep some packages in your freezer for meals you can put together in 10 minutes.  


NUMBER 1 SONS:   Cucumber pickles are back this week: Crispy Kosher, Half Sours, Sunny Dills, Honey Habs. Ramp kraut, Clean kraut, Snow Miso Kimchi, Radish kimchi, Sons Kimchi, Kicky Kimchi, Gin Gingers daikons, Honey HabaƱero daikons Szechuan speak daikons, Dilly daikons, Masala beets, Golden beets, Giardiniera. Kombuchas( Turmeric Tang, Lavender Fizz, Original Ginger and a new seasonal flavor surprize.

CUCINA AL VOLO: Don't forget the Pasta!  Pasta Primavera with asparagus. Pappardelle wtih Arugula, Fettucine with market Shiitakes and asparagus. Or get a ravioli which cooks in 4 minutes.  I counted 12 different freshly dried pasta choices at their stand at 14&U today plus lasagne and eggplant lasagne and all their sauces.  

Freeze them --they go from freezer to simmering water to your plate in 5 minutes.  

WHISKED:   This is their 10th anniversary year.  They started their baking success with us!

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, Strawberry rhubarb.

PANORAMA:  Damien, their head baker (yes, he is French), is running the stand.  This week:  3 new desserts.  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...

REID'S: Many many many annuals and perennials.  Petunias, geranium, coleus, dahlias, zinnias,  marigolds, impatiens, sunflowers, achillea, guillardia, monarda, flox, heuchera, rudbeckia, agastache,shasta daisy, coreopsis,  Herbs include: 16 basils, cilantro, chives, coriander, sages, dill, 6 lavenders, cat grass, catnip, parsleys, sweet marjoram, 14 mints, lemon balm, chervil, lemon verbena, lovage, lemon grass, stevia, French tarragon, 5 thymes, 4 oreganos, 5 rosemarys. 30 types of tomatoes, 14 kinds of sweet peppers, 14 hot peppers.
Plus: Apple cider, apple sauce, canned peaches, apple and fruit butter, honey and maple syrup from neighbors.

What is the market like this year?  Full of Spring bounty.

For now,  DC farmers markets have to follow the same rules as last year: please remember your mask--DC requires it.  All this may change next week but not yet.

Looking forward to seeing eveyone in person.

Robin and Ted

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