Cooler Weather Means Sweeter Produce, Market Customers!
The last day of summer is looming on the horizon, but our farmers’ shelves are still full of vibrant, fresh produce and brilliant flowers! Cooler nights simply mean sweeter carrots, corn, beets, and greens. And we have piles of melons along with all the solutions for fresh, healthy snacks for going back to school. Here are some snack ideas fresh from the farmers market:
- sliced cucumbers spread with soft cheese
- carrot rounds drizzled with apple cider syrup
- baked potato chips with herbs and garlic
- peach halves roasted and drizzled with local honey
- green beans rolled in sourdough bread crumbs and baked crispy
- hollowed out bell peppers stuffed with eggs and cheese
- melon balls, stars, or cartoon characters (use a cookie cutter to create!)
- “spring rolls” made with thinly sliced veggies and wrapped in your favorite green leaf – see recipe below.
|Last PoP Club of the Season…
Drop by the PoP Club booth this week to make some Bike-Pedaled Gazpacho! powered by our Blender Bike. Then, tantalize your taste buds with this cool and refreshing summer soup featuring tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, green bell peppers, and other wonderful market produce and ingredients. Gazpacho is widely enjoyed in Spain and Portugal, especially during their hot summers.
It’s hard to believe that this is the last PoP Club of our 2021 summer season! A BIG “THANK YOU” to the Kootenai County Farmers’ Markets, Office Max, our PoP Club members, their families, our volunteers, High Mowing Organic Seeds, and all our market producers and vendors for making it a fun and successful summer. See you next year!
Reminder: the $2 PoP Club tokens that kids earn at PoP Club can only be used at the market to buy fresh produce or a produce producing plant. Be sure to look for PoP Club signs at the booths to confirm that a vendor is participating in our program.
We also have cozy crafts, food, and drink to keep you comfy on cooler nights and fall days. Garden Party Fibers is spinning yards of yarn and knitting soft hats, scarves, and more for you and your family. DOMA Coffee Roasting Co. has beans for home and hot coffee for your market visit. And our food vendors have hot foods to enjoy here or at your home table. Add some additional warmth with Banditos’ salsa or make dessert easy with luscious toffee from Hard Crack.
And Lone Mountain Farms will be bringing their much-anticipated Estate Braunbier to market this Saturday. This is Idaho’s first estate beer! Both the hops and grains were grown at and processed from Lone Mountain Farms. It is brewed in the rare style of a German brown ale, and you can truly taste the terroir of their farm.
Fresh this Week:
Reminder: Bring your market basket for shopping or a box for your plants. Wagons are available but limited. Our vendors also appreciate small cash bills, especially if you are shopping early.
Saturday: Bill Bozly | Wednesday: Justin James
Stuff fresh collard greens with veggies and creamy hummus.
- 2 large collard leaves
- 1/2 cup hummus
- 10 raw asparagus spears
- 1/2 cup cucumber, sliced into short, thin strips
- 1-2 carrots, peeled and sliced into short, thin strips
- 1/2 cup zucchini, chopped into small bits
- 1/2 cup radish, chopped into small bits
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
- sea salt, to taste
- 1/2 cup red cabbage, sliced thin
- 1/2 avocado (optional)
- micro greens or sprouts
Wash and dry collard leaves and then use a paring knife to shave down the stems. This will make them much easier to fold.
Combine the zucchini and radish in a bowl and toss with the oil, vinegar and salt.
Place one collard leaf on a flat surface, spread half of the hummus near the top/middle of each leaf, top with the zucchini/radish mixture, fill with half of the remaining veggies, and finish with the microgreens. Wrap as you would a burrito. Repeat with the second collard leaf.
Cut each wrap in half and enjoy!
Change up your veggies, depending on the season. Add some soft goat or cow cheese for extra creaminess. Dip in a homemade blue cheese, balsamic, or ranch dressing.