Sunday, August 08, 2021

peach and tomato paloozas at Bloomingdale Farmers Market -- Sunday, 08-08-2021

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From: Robin Shuster
Sent: Sunday, August 8, 2021 8:18 AM
Subject: Fwd: Peach and Tomato Paloozas at BFM


Hi BFM fans,  

NEW or notable this week:

  • Happy Belated National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day from Whisked -- (it was Wednesday).  Jenna says: we bet you didn't know a holiday could be so sweet.
  • Plum tart at Panorama Sunday
  • LOTS and LOTS of Heirloom Tomatoes at Shenandoah Seasonal- German Stripeys, Cherokee Purple, Red Brandywines. Also at Reid and Garner.
  • Peach Strawberry Kombucha says summer to Number 1 Sons.
  • Sunny Dills back at Number 1 Sons
  • Hot Peppers- shishito, poblanos, serranos, jalapenos, fresnos and more.
  • New Potatoes
  • Tomatillos-- Robin's secret ingredient is not just for salsa verde!  I use it to add a citrusy undertone to zucchini soup and gazpacho, for instance.
  • Okra roasted, sprinkled with cumin, salt and lime has no slime and is addictive
  • Sweet Onions
  • Watermelons, Cantaloup and other Melons-- so good sprinkled with lime
  • Ask about Sales on tomato seconds at Garner and Shenandoah and Reid

Pasta IS Perfect for Summer--especially in August

33 great summer pastas -- right here. One of the 33 is a summer specialty of a little Italian fishing village on the Amalfi coast--Spaghetti alla Nerano-- made with toasted garlic and quickly sauteed zucchini. And if you don't feel like cooking Pasta alla Norma eggplant and tomato sauce, you can buy Cucina Al Vola's. It is one of their classic sauces.  Pureed Uncooked Tomato sauce with basil is another of the 33...

Shenandoah Seasonal: lots and lots of heirloom tomatoes: Striped German, German Johnson, Red Brandywine, Cherokee purple, Green Zebra. Check out the ridges on the Italian heirloom Costoluto Genovese. Also nice red and green slicers.  Ali says: "We have big Roma green beans that i love steamed or roasted. Lots of summer lettuces and arugula nd zesty mix. Some zippy radishes also." Robin says: try the yellow cukes too.  They are sweeter than most cucumbers.

REID's ORCHARD: Peaches and Nectarines, white and yellow. Formosa, Santa Rosa, Black Amber, Methley Sugar and Shiro Plums. Blueberries, blackberries. red and black currants/ Earligold, Paula Red, Zestar, Pristine, Summer Apples, Apricots. Cocazelle zucchini, Diva and Pickling cucumbers. Green and red peppers. Green and yellow beans. Big Dena and Heirloom tomatoes.


SWIRLY GIRL CREAMERY:  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: Whip some feta and combine into yogurt and use as a dressing for grilled vegetables. 

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. Beef hot dogs. 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"

POLL: Those hot dogs with Salsa so Verde, Kraut or kimchi and folded into a third of a baguette-- yum....but Jeff and I disagree on whether the hot dogs are better warmed up in a pan of water in a frying  pan or grilled.  What do you think?


PANORAMA: Damien's seasonal fruit tarts. 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..


Garners Produce: Bicolor Corn. Peppers in various shapes and heat and colors, eggplants. Swiss chard, citrusy purslane great with tomatoes, kales, various types of squash and zucchini, tables of tomatoes (early girls, cherry, dozens of heirloom. slicers, Romas), spring onions, loose onions, cabbages, carrots, cukes, radishes, Napa, arrow, Savoy, regular green round), garlic, squash blossoms. Stone ground grits and cornmeal, hot pepper jelly.   Hot sauces.Cut herbs. berries: blueberries and blackberries. Sweet Peppers: Green, red, orange, Italian, banana.  Hot peppers: shishito, jalapeno, poblano, habanero, cayenne, fresno.
 Green and wax beans and romanos basil. cilantro. parsley. sage.  Melons

WHISKED: Jenna says: Our Chocolate Chip Cookies are crisp on the edges, soft and chewy in the middle. Rip open a bag and grab and ice cold glass of milk. This summer there are plenty of reasons to fall in love with Whisked. Which flavor will be your # 1?  S'more Cookies, Orange & White Chocolate Chip, Lemon Poppyseed cookie, Confetti Cookie, Salted Caramel pretzel.


CHINESE STREET MARKET POPUP (AKA Those DUMPLINGS) for your East Asian handmade, flash-frozen dumplings, buns, shumai and more.  Ask about their Dan Dan Noodles kit and Spicy & Sour Glass Noodles. Pork and Chinese Celery, Fish & Perilla & Tomato, Vegetable & Tofu, Eggplant & Egg & Chinese Green Papper. Family Packs and Party Packs and Single Meal packs too.  

The dumplings cook in just 5-7 minutes from the freezer and yes, they are authentic. Did you know that Chilled Rice Pudding is a thing in Sichuan.  Just in time for a hot August week.

Robin is addicted to their Chile Flakes Oil Sauce, Sichuan Pickled Chili Pepper Sauce, Sichuan dry chili seasonings.

NUMBER 1 SONSThis week: Sunny Dills are a beautiful pickle with  bright yellow slices of lemo, vibrant green dill and whie onions plus a hint of turmeric. Super Sours,Half Sours, Crispy Koshers, Honey Habaneros, Red n Butters. Italian Giardiniera, Cider Masala Beets, Garlic Dill Kraut, Clean Kraut.  Peach Strawberry Kombucha is this week's kombucha. And do not miss the Salsa Verde. It goes fast. 

Cucina Al Volo: See the 33 summer recipes above.  

Remember that a Pasta Primavera with bits of fresh vegetables is a classic, light dish.

Here is their (partial) list:

  • Burrata ravioli
  • Spinach and ricotta ravioli 
  • Beef brisket and Parmesan ravioli
  • Roasted butternut squash and mascarpone ravioli 
  • Egg fettuccine 
  • Smoked paprika pappardelle
  • Green kale fusilli 
  • Squid ink chitarra 
  • Egg strozzapreti
  • Hand made potato gnocchi 
  • Eggplant Parmesan (Take and Bake)
  • Beef lasagna (Take and Bake)


  • Pesto
  • Lamb ragu 
  • Bolognese sauce 
  • Cherry tomato sauce
  • Wild mushroom sauce 
  • Eggplant sauce (Norma)


  • 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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