Saturday, May 08, 2021

Mother's Day goodies at the Bloomingdale Farmers Market -- Sunday, 05-09-2021

From: Markets & More 
Date: May 8, 2021 at 4:09:19 PM EDT
Subject: Mother's Day goodies at BFM

Hi BFM Fans,

Please spread the word to your friends and neighbors  that we are open Sundays and we will have tons of strawberries and asparagus at Garner.  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.  

Damien at Panorama created Fraisier for us for Sunday -- French Strawberry Shortcake: made of spongebread soaked in vanille syrup, layers of pastry cream, whipped cream, meringue -- and strawberries throughout.


Strawberry Fraisier.peg

Here is a sample of what we will have at market:  think about a great cheese platter and quiche and pies and strawberries and pasta and dumplings for your Mother’s Day brunches. 

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.

TIP: Nothing says Spring like an asparagus omelette or frittata made with local asparagus, scallions, parsley and eggs.  Bernard showed me a  very tempting photograph of his own grits topped with asparagus. He also adds sausage but you do not have to. I will post it as soon as he emails it to me.

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: Ali tells me they think they will have tomatoes in early June but right now the greens and lettuces are thriving.  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 new obsession and favorite green is 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: Dave tells me he is sending Oyster, King Trumpet, shiitake, portobello, chestnut and maitake this week. Also, tinctures, my favorite Hungarian Mushroom soup ....and marinated mushrooms

GROFF'S CONTENT:  Pork and beef and 11 pork sausages and lots and lots of lamb.  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. Pork shoulder, chops, bacon, pork jowls. Julie told me everyone needs to try the thinly sliced "Fajita steak" The whole range of steaks and tons of ground beef.  Chicken and Duck Eggs. Turkey Lasagne and Turkey Pot Pie, Shepherd's Pie, Meatballs in Marinara, Bone Broths, Pork Liver Pate. Ham and White Bean soup.

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.! 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. 

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

NUMBER 1 SONS:  Ramp kraut, Clean kraut, Snow Miso Kimchi, Radish kimchi, Sons Kimchi, Kicky Kimchi, Gin Gingers daikons, Honey Habañero 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.  DYK they started their bakery as a stand at the 14&U Farmers Market and then came to BFM? 

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

PANORAMA:  Damien, their head baker (yes, he is French), is running the stand.  This week: 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 varietals of 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.

Looking forward to seeing everyone in person.

Robin and Ted

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