Please enjoy this latest issue of the farmers’ market newsletter, with photos attached. See you at the markets!
AMADOR FARMERS’ MARKET NEWSLETTER
July 21, 2010
July is flying by, and we are seeing more and more of the summer produce arrive at the market. Each week more vendors have a few tomatoes, and we’ve seen the first of the melons. The summer squash and cucumbers keep on coming in great numbers, to pair with the fragrant basil that can be found on many vendors’ tables, or some hot peppers to liven things up a bit.
If you are looking for some new ideas of what to do with abundant zucchini, come to the Jackson market on Sunday the 25th for the Great Zucchini Contest. This contest has 2 categories: the Tastiest Use of Zucchini is the cookoff portion, with any recipe made with zucchini. The second portion, Most Creative Use of Zucchini, allows you to play with your food to create a work of zucchini art. Entries for both categories must be at the market by 11 am, for the judging at 11:15. Preceding the contest, at 10:30, Steve Muni of Hometown Radio’s Hometown Kitchen will give a cooking demonstration of a delicious zucchini dish using market produce. Don’t miss it!
The Sutter Creek and Pine Grove markets have held their monthly fruit bakeoffs, with delicious results! In Sutter Creek, the competition on Saturday the 17th was judged by Steve Muni and Sutter Creek Cheese Shop owner Kathy Dawson. Winners of the apricot bakeoff were: in third place, with an apricot cobbler, first-time contestant Dan Jauch; in second place, with an apricot dessert called Doug’s Torte, Greg Motch; and in first place, with Peach Pocket Pies, perennial favorite Mary Kuntz. Oops, that’s right, Mary’s little pies were so good, they won even though they were made with peaches instead of the required apricots!
The competition was even hotter in Pine Grove on the 21st, with six entries vying for prizes. Judges Stewart Munnerlyn of Munnerlyn’s Ice Creamery and Kristie Estrada of the Blue Moon Cafe had the difficult job of trying all six desserts to determine their favorites. The winners were: in third place, with a German apricot kuchen, Sara Peterson; tied for second place were Fran Weinrob with fried apricot pies, and Dee Dee Schumann with a Peach Delight—again, too good to disqualify for the peaches; and in first place with a lovely, fresh-tasting apricot pie called “Brother Bill’s Favorite Pie,” Anne Heissenbuttel. Congratulations to the winners of both contests, and the market thanks all the contestants for entering!
The next bakeoffs will be August 18 in Pine Grove and August 21 in Sutter Creek, and this time the fruit really will be peaches! To enter a bakeoff, sign up at the farmers’ markets, or call the market manager at 419-2503.
MUSIC AT THE MARKETS
Saturday, July 24 in Sutter Creek: Pat Keene
Sunday, July 25 in Jackson: Joel Baechle
Wednesday, July 28 in Pine Grove: Jack Magee