Saturday, May 29, 2021

stock up for Memorial Day at the Bloomingdale Farmers Market Sunday, 05-30-2021

From: Robin Shuster 

Sent: Saturday, May 29, 2021 6:40 PM
Subject:   Stock Up for Memorial Day at BFM Sunday   


Damian will have chocolate eclairs and strawberry tarts   

Hi BFM Fans,

I wanted to share a special strawberry and rum based barbecue sauce: for cookouts Monday when it will finally be a lovely, sunny day!  So, whether you are in DC or at the beaches or camping, please try this sauce.  Reid has lots of strawberries.

  Fresh and fruity, it's great with pork and chicken. Think grilled foods, smoked chicken wings, a glaze for meatloaf or even a dip for French Fries.  From Soul: a Chef's Culinary Evolution in 150 recipes by Todd Richards.

 Reid is starting to pivot from their impressive popup Plant Nursery --see the bottom of the email for more details. Meats to grill Monday?  Groff's Content. Their chickens are back in the coolers.

NEW this week:

  • Groff's Content will have their famous Freedom Ranger chickens at BFM again. Just in time to spatchcock and grill one.
  • Damien at Panorama is bringing the new Strawberry Tart and the Chocolate Eclair and hot dog rolls and buns
  • Reid will have a BUNCH of sweet PA strawberries, sugar snaps, spinach, buttercrunch lettuce and ciders in 1/2 gallon growlers
  • Garner will have baby summer squash, baby new potatoes, bunches of basil 
  • Number 1 Sons will add Sunny Dills to their 4 cucumber pickles-- every Memorial Day cookout needs pickles or kraut or kimchi 
  • Whisked cookies are always the right thing to bring.   (Did you know 3 are Vegan?)
  • Chinese Street Market chili sauce is a perfect condiment to grilled veg or meat.
  • Ask Swirly Girl which of the 22 cheeses will melt best on your grilled foods-- Create a cheese platter.
  • Are you grilling some of the King Mushrooms?  
  • Green Kale Fusilli makes the best pasta salad!  

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

GARNERS PRODUCE: The first baby and teenaged squash, bunches of basil and tiny new potatoes, English peas, sugar snaps, last of their local strawberries. 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. 

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 says:  I really like the new Goat Manchego.

SHENANDOAH SEASONAL: Right now the greens and lettuces and 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 grill it. Season with Chinese Street Market's chile oils.

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

GROFF'S CONTENT: Chicken is back. 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 burgers, meatballs, meatloaf 

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.  Perfect to take off a late May chill.  

NUMBER 1 SONS:   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 Habañero . 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 Salad!  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 last week plus lasagne and eggplant parmesan lasagne.... and all their sauces.  

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

WHISKED: Cookies and Pies for every party and picnic and cookout. 

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.

 This week: 3 of Damien's 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: STRAWBERRIES!  1/2 Gallon Cider Growlers. Spinach, buttercrunch and red leaf lettuces.  Sugar Snaps.

Still time to buy and plant those herbs, annuals and perennials. Petunias, geranium, coleus, dahlias, zinnias,  marigolds, impatiens, sunflowers, achillea, guillardia, monarda, flox, heuchera, rudbeckia, agastache,shasta daisy, coreopsis,  Herbs include:  basils, cilantro, chives, coriander, sages, dill, lavenders, cat grass, catnip, parsleys, sweet marjoram, mints, lemon balm, chervil, lemon verbena, lovage, lemon grass, stevia, French tarragon, thymes,  oreganos,  rosemarys.  tomatoes,sweet peppers,hot peppers.
Plus: Apple cider, apple sauce, canned peaches, apple and fruit butter, honey and maple syrup from neighbors


  • We ditched One Way -- you can Zig Zag from stand to stand as you used to.
  • The ropes in the center of the market are gone
  • 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 in person.

Robin and Ted

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