Saturday, June 05, 2021

Wow. Summer starts already at the Bloomingdale Farmers Market

From: Markets & More 

Date: June 5, 2021 at 6:04:13 PM EDT
Subject: wow. summer starts already at BFM

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Reid Strawberry Central will have tables of strawberries Sunday. 

Hi BFM Fans,

I don't have a photo yet....but Reid is bringing the first of their tomatoes!   Yes, they are greenhouse grown:  Big Denas.  Kathy gave a few to her regular Saturday customers and asked them their honest opinion.  It is larger than most greenhouse varieties and their response was positive for both texture and flavor!  Reid gambled on this one because other growers she talked to before purchasing the seeds said the tomatoes were similar to a Burpee's Big Beef in size, texture and flavor.  She says they are spot on.  They will also have a few zucchini and yellow squash.  

Looking for red fruit?  Reid is now Strawberry Central at BFM. There will be lots of delicious strawberries of mixed varieties plus sugar snap peas.

Garner MAY have some blackberries and maybe a few pints of raspberries.....

I wanted to reshare this special strawberry and rum based barbecue sauce from last week for cookouts

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

Make strawberry jam - buy a flat.  Make strawberry syrup. Strawberry ice cream or granita..  Freeze strawberries for later.  Now is the time. 

Too hot to cook?  Grill everything outside.  Or buy dumplings or pasta: they go from your freezer to your table in less than ten minutes. Fast food the way it SHOULD be.

Notable  this week:

  • Love chicken? 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 MORE new pastries: Asian Pear and Cinnamon Cream Tart, Rhubarb and Strawberry Tart and Vanilla Caramel Eclair and the 2021 fave: Breton Apple Tart.   
  • Garner is welcoming summer with many summer squash,  sugar snaps, shelled peas, new potatoes, bunches of basil and bunches of cilantrol and parsley.  They may have some blackberries and a few pints of raspberries.
  • Number 1 Sons will add Sunny Dills to their 4 cucumber pickles-  don't miss the Mustard Kraut and teh Many Berry Kombucha 
  • Which of Whisked cookies do you like the best?   (Did you know 3 are Vegan?)
  • Chinese Street Market chili sauce is a perfect condiment to grilled veg or meat.
  • Have you tried the Goat Manchego at Swirly Girl -- and the 21 other cheeses?   Create a cheese platter.
  • King Mushrooms?  Grill or saute them. 
  • Green Kale Fusilli makes the best pasta salad! 

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

GARNERS PRODUCE:The summer squash is begging to be grilled, bunches of basil for Reid's tomatoes, and new potatoes, English peas, sugar snaps,. Spring onions go very well with those shelled peas.  Scallions, garlic, carrots, kales, arugula, lettuces, beets, radishes, bok choi, chard, spinach, collards, their own grits, cornmeal, potted herbs and annuals and perennials. 

A nice summer salad is new potatoes, scallions and shelled peas....

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 grilled some young squash last week and sprinkled quite a bit of their feta on it.  Olive oil, mint.  Could be basil.  

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: Terrific greens?  Wash, slice, Toss into simmering salted water and then stirfry briefly with chopped ginger -- or season with Chinese Street Market's chile oils.

KING MUSHROOMS: Grill this 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 still 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.  Perfect to NOT heat up your kitchen 

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 Many Berry. .

Robin says: pickles are so refreshing.

CUCINA AL VOLO: Don't forget the Pasta Salad!  Pasta Primavera with sliced or diced squash. Pappardelle wtih Arugula, Fettucine with market Shiitakes  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.

PANORAMA: 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:Tomatoes. STRAWBERRIES!  1/2 Gallon Cider Growlers. Spinach, buttercrunch and red leaf lettuces.  Sugar Snaps.

Yes, there is still Still time to buy and plant those herbs, annuals and perennials. 

Plus: Apple cider, apple sauce, canned peaches, apple and fruit butter, various single blossom honeys 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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