Amador Farmers Market
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|June 17-24||2011 Number 5|
Master Food Preservers from El Dorado County will present the class, “Preserving the Harvest – Part 2 of 2” on Saturday July 16 from 9am to noon. Learn safe methods to preserve the products you purchase at the Farmers Market. Class will be held at the GSA Building , 12200-B Airport Road , Jackson .
|Market Openings are a Hit
The openings of the Sutter Creek and Pine Grove markets were quite a hit with the crowds. Both days gave us lovely weather and markets full of vendors. In Sutter Creek, customers were able to watch art in action as they admired the talents of painters Julie Trail, Judy Day, Howard Reese, and Jason Conn, who were on site painting scenes of the market, the produce, and Eureka Street. Market-goers also enjoyed the opportunity to sip tastes of sparkling wine from local wineries Vino Noceto, Karmere, and Story Winery, listening to tunes played by Jonathan Lack.
In Pine Grove, children who came to play in the community park were treated to a variety of activities. The most popular activity was seed-planting, where kids were able to plant and take home their choice of flower and vegetable seeds. Bruce Pacianti of Sutter Creek was on hand for storytelling. The band Crystal Image drew an audience of children and adults alike to listen to classic rock and country favorites.
Assistant manager Vicki Bray comments: “Pine Grove’s opening day was met with wonderful weather along with many eager customers.
Today’s opening was featured with the theme ‘Kids are our future’ and many kids of all ages enjoyed planting their choice of veggie and/or flowers today. Many of the kids had a hard time choosing the right veggie or just the right flower and several had to ask mom for advice. Whichever they chose each child walked away with a smile on their face and a coloring book and plant in hand. What a great opening for Pine Grove’s first market of the season.”
On Sunday, June 19, the Jackson market will celebrate Fathers’ Day! Bring Dad to the market, where he can enjoy a free cup of coffee, and enter his name into a drawing for one of several great prizes, including breakfast at Mel and Faye’s Diner! The music will be by Pat Keene, who, along with his wife Darcel Hunter, is always a crowd-pleaser, so come on by!
The bakeoffs are coming, the bakeoffs are coming! The first bakeoffs of the season will be Saturday, June 25 in Sutter Creek, and Wednesday, June 29 in Pine Grove. For the Sutter Creek bakeoff, contestants may make anything using apricots, and the Pine Grove bakeoff will feature
berries. Entries may contain a combination of fruit, but for best results
should use primarily the featured fruit of the month. Entries must be present 45 minutes after the opening of the markets, for judging on the hour: 9:00 in Sutter Creek, and 4:00 in Pine Grove. To enter, contact the market manager at 419-2503, or sign up at the Sutter Creek or Pine Grove markets.
Farmers Market Garden Salad
3 Medium Tomatoes
4 Large Ears of Corn
¼ to ½ Cup Finely Chopped Mild Onion or Green Onion (optional)
½ Cup Chopped Fresh Green Chiles
1 Glove Garlic
1 T Crushed Fresh Cilantro
2 T Mild Vinegar
¼ tsp Sugar
¼ tsp Salt
1/8 tsp Freshly Ground Black Pepper
½ tsp Dijon Mustard
5 T Olive Oil
Drop tomatoes into 4 quarts boiling water for 1 minute. Then peel; skin should slip off easily. Place tomatoes in a bowl of ice water to cool and then chop coarse. Drop shucked corn into boiling water and boil for 3-4 minutes; do not overcook. Drain and cool. Scrape kernels from cob with sharp knife. In a large wooden salad bowl combine the chopped tomatoes, corn, green chiles, onion, garlic, and cilantro. Toss to mix.
Prepare dressing in a screw top jar: Shake vinegar with sugar, salt, pepper, and mustard, until salt and sugar are dissolved. Add olive oil and shake until well mixed. Pour over salad in bowl. Mix gently.
Don’t Forget the Children’s Activities at the Markets
Vendors Dewey Turner and Zella Redus of Five Brothers Farm have an impressive schedule of fun activities for children at the Jackson and Pine Grove markets this year. UC Davis grads– he with a biological sciences major and art minor, and she with an entomology major– the pair will be bringing their mix of farming and art to the markets, and want to get
children involved. They will be supplying the materials and the instruction, so the kids can just show up and create a project to either take home that day or pick up the next week!
Here’s the schedule through June is:
Choosing a seed to plant Painter Judy Day creating still life.
Painters Julie Trail and Howard Reese at the market
Clip this coupon and enjoy the Farmers Market. Good for one dollar off purchase at the Amador Farmers Market on Sunday June 17, 2011 though Friday June 24, 2011 at Jackson, Sutter Creek and Pine Grove..
Take this with you to the Amador Farmers Market.