It’s Kids Day at the Market, Customers!
What is Kids Day, you ask? It’s a day where we host a TON of activities and giveaways with kids and future farmers in mind. We hill have our usual bunny holding – with a giveaway! – along with face painting, balloon art, games, live animals, Bee Honey Graham Crackers (Sandia Spice Co.), fun handmade coloring pages, a “Grow Your Own Microgreens” station (Kerr Microgreens), and most exciting…our youth vendors! This year, we had more youth vendor applications for Kids Day than ever before. These young entrepreneurs will be selling produce, treats, drinks, eggs, crafts, plants, flowers, jewelry, and more. Come encourage the future of our farmers market!
Kids Day PoP Club
PoP Club is a free market program for kids ages 5-12 that introduces them to healthy produce with fun hands-on activities and challenges that are fresh and new each week. When a child completes an activity, they get a $2 token that they can redeem around the market for fresh fruit, vegetables, and food-bearing plants.
This week’s fun activity: making Strawberry Smoothies on the Smoothie Bike!
This Saturday’s Community Booth
The Suicide Prevention group from Panhandle Health is in our community booth this weekend. They’ll have information and resources for individuals and families and are currently taking sign-ups for their annual “Break the Silence” 5K walk, run, skip (or however you roll!) on Saturday, September 10th. This event is in remembrance of those lost to the completion of suicide and is an effort to raise suicide awareness and prevention.
Let’s start with the fruit. Blueberries are in full swing! Berry & Nut Farm will have THREE varieties of blueberries on Saturday, and Killarney Farms has plenty as well. Cliffside Orchards will be here on Saturday with Red Haven peaches, perfect for a late summer crockpot gluten-free cobbler (see recipe below).
Get your fresh and dehydrated Oyster mushrooms from Gem State and throw them into a salad with some Broccoli or Kale microgreens from Kerr Microgreens and a handful of chopped green or yellow beans from one of our farmers. Oh, and don’t forget the corn! One of the largest GMO crop, corn that is good for you can often be difficult to find. Lore Garden will have fresh bi-color corn on Saturday and Wednesday to add to your next meal. Know your farmer!
Ready for Fall?
As fall sits just beyond the horizon, it’s time to start thinking about canning all this summer bounty and perhaps even growing your own foods during the winter. Check out the canned salsas, jams, chutneys, and more that our farmers are jarring up for you! And grow your own Blue Oyster or Lion’s Beard mushrooms with a grow kit from Rider Mushroom Co.
Garden Party Fibers is also helping you prepare for fall temperatures with a large batch of freshly knit and crocheted hats. All Juaquetta’s items are crafted with local, handspun (by her) wool and alpaca. So soft! So warm! So cozy!
Reminder: Bring your market basket for your shopping or a box for your plants. Our vendors also appreciate small cash bills, especially if you are shopping early.
Fresh this Week:
Saturday: Deep Roots
This recipe can be made gluten free too!
- 8 fresh peaches, peeled, pitted and sliced about 5 cups
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour or gluten free 1-1 flour mix
- 1 cup cane sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp cardamom powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter or dairy-free butter/margarine, thinly sliced
In a large mixing bowl, combine the peaches and brown sugar. Stir and set aside.
In a separate, smaller bowl, combine the flour, cane sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Mix evenly.
Grease the inside of your crockpot with some butter or margarine. Add the peaches and spread evenly on the bottom. Sprinkle the flour mixture over the peaches and lay the butter slices on top in an even layer.
Cook on HIGH for 2 1/2 hours. Then, turn to LOW and cook for another 1/2 hour until golden brown and bubbly.
Serve warm or at room temperature. Top with ice cream of your choice, if desired. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.