Please enjoy this issue of the Farmers’ Market newsletter, published by Linda Hagye. Thanks go to Linda and to Diane Kriletich for their contributions. This is the last week of the markets, so bring your coupon, and we’ll see you there!
Amador Farmers Market
October 8, 2010 Volume 2, Number 15
“Fresh From Our Farms To Your Home.” Farmers Markets
Wed 3 to 6 pm
Closed till next yr
Sat 8 to 11am
Sun 10am to 1
Some of the produce at the Amador Farmers Market.
Butternut, spaghetti squash, watermelon, cantaloupe, ambrosia, and honeydew melons, apples, plums, nectarines, pluots, pears, strawberries, eggplant, tomatoes, squash, basil, onions, olive oil, fresh eggs and so much more.
Come see what we have and buy fresh and local grown produce.
Amador Farmers Market.
BAKEOFF FINALISTS RISE TO THE OCCASION
The market’s monthly bakeoffs in Sutter Creek and Pine Grove had their grand finales this week when the winners of the previous bakeoffs competed against each other. With all the contestants being winners, the competition was stiff, and the bakers went all out to bring their best to the finals, for which they had to make something with that fall favorite, pumpkin.
In Sutter Creek on Saturday, October 2nd, judges Steve Muni of Hometown Radio’s Hometown Kitchen, Joe Lewis of Fiddletown, and Fran Perry of Tea Eras in Sutter Creek took on the task of tasting the pumpkin creations, where not a single pie was to be seen. The scoring was very tight: Lottie Tone was awarded Honorable Mention for her moist and spicy Pumpkin Bread; Carol Sethre won third place for her Pumpkin Pear Loaf, tied with Vicki Bray for her Pumpkin Log; Mary Kuntz came in second with her Brown Butter Pumpkin Cake; and Jan Hewitt took first place for her Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake.
In Pine Grove on Wednesday, October 6th, judges Chesney Grant of the Blue Moon Cafe in Pine Grove and Jeremy Wilch, one of the new owners of Tasty Maid Bakery in Pioneer, sat down to taste a gorgeous array of pumpkin delights. One of the contestants cried out in dismay when she saw the high quality of the other entries, “This is getting really hard!” Yes, the competition was tough, and the scores were so close, there was an unprecedented 3-way tie for second place: in third place, with a beautiful Pumpkin Cheesecake with Bourbon Pecan Sauce, was Vicki Bray; in second place was Anne Heissenbuttel with a Pumpkin Pecan Pie, Sara Peterson with a Pumpkin Brownie Layer Cake, and Dee Dee Schuman with a Pumpkin Cake; and edging out the others for first place was Fran Weinrob, with her Pumpkin Cheesecake with Pralines.
The winners received Amador Bucks to spend at the markets. The Market thanks the judges for their expertise, and the contestants for the time and energy they put into participating. The hungry vendors and customers who polished off the entries are grateful, too!
JACKSON SUNDAY RECAP
On Sunday, October 3, Jackson Farmers’ Market Creative Chef Wade Kriletich, showed the market supporters how to prepare Street Tacos. He roasted a variety of chili peppers and vegetables, local grass fed beef and added two types of homemade chipotle sauces to create the tacos. Everything was locally grown and purchased at the market except the corn tortillas. Throughout the demonstration Wade explained the steps while answering questions from the audience. Wade provided a seemingly endless supply of tacos for the market supporters. It was an informative and palate pleasing event.
MARKETS CLOSING FOR THE SEASON
As we enter the last scheduled week of markets, I get many comments from customers and vendors saying that we should be open longer. Wednesday’s bone-chilling breeze and close call with rain tell me otherwise. This time of year, even though we still have lots of wonderful produce, the weather gets too iffy, and the customers become too scarce for us to go on past the second week of October. We appreciate the sentiments of our customers who will miss us over the winter, and we look forward to a productive spring!
The last markets for 2010 are:
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 9 IN SUTTER CREEK, with music by Herb Boxhorn
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 10 IN JACKSON, with music by Harry Jordan
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13 IN PINE GROVE, with music by Crystal Image
Thanks for your patronage of the markets, and we’ll see you next year!
Summer’s Bounty and Autumn’s Fruits.
Have You Ordered Your Produce Box?
The Motherlode Harvest’s multi-farm subscription produce box is now being distributed. Each Tuesday you pickup a box with 6 to 10 items of fresh, local produce and a newsletter with recipes and suggestions for getting the most out of your produce. It’s a prepaid monthly subscription, just call Customer Coordinator Michele Grondin at 209-419-2503.
Amador Farmers Market
Good for one dollar off purchase at the Amador Farmers Market on Saturday Oct 8 thru Oct 14, 2010 at Pine Grove, Sutter Creek and Jackson.
Bring this coupon to the Amador Farmers Market
Pictures from the Amador Farmers Market Bakeoffs
Sutter Creek Judges and Winners.
Pine Grove Judges and Winners
Wade Kriletich Demonstrating Street Tacos
Beautiful and delicious entries