Thursday, May 21, 2015

Sentinel column - 5/22/15

It’s that delightful time of year at the market when you always find something new popping up. Many of the warmer weather crops are beginning to make an appearance, like zucchini and squash, green beans and new potatoes, peas and carrots. There are more choices at every market. But remember some of this abundance is fleeting. Strawberries are everywhere at the market this week, but in a few weeks will probably only be a sweet memory so be sure to enjoy them now.

We were delighted to welcome back a familiar face on Tuesday. Hector Troyer is back
after a three-year absence. He and his wife Lois began at the market when they were just kids in their early twenties and the market was only about five years old. Then they left to manage a farm for troubled boys sponsored by their church near Stockton. But they’re back. Hector and two of his sons, Logan and Lance, had a table full of squash and zucchini (and smiles) at the market and plan to be back next Tuesday.

It’s a special weekend for us. Poppies will be popping up everywhere – at Maria Vang’s table where the fresh poppy bouquets are festive and bright and in the middle aisle just south of the center where the American Legion Post 322 Auxiliary will give away paper poppies in honor of the men and women who served and died for our country in all wars. Donations go to assist disabled and hospitalized veterans. Poppies will be available at both the Friday and Saturday market and we hope to see them everywhere, at the stands and on our volunteers and customers in honor of Memorial Day.

Today we’re open from 11 to 2. M & M Bistro will serve chicken pita wraps, gyros, hummus and tabbouleh plates and baklava. Lumpy’s Express will have barbecue. The Sours will play traditional music. Weather permitting, KSN is doing a live remote at the market from noon to 12:30. Terrell Creek, our goat cheese dairy, is mixing it up a bit by coming today rather than tomorrow and Kenney’s Farm will bring a boatload of strawberries. Add that to the other four or five farms with strawberries and we should be seeing lots of red today – in a good way.

Tomorrow we’re open from 9 to noon. Cooking for a Cause benefits the Carl Junction High School Archery Team (bet you didn’t even know there was a Carl Junction archery team, but guess what?  There’s a high school team and a junior high team. Our own Katie Fredrickson of Fredrickson Farms went to nationals this month with the junior high team. We thought she did amazingly well. She started archery this year and placed 50th out of hundreds of kids. Way to go, Katie!). The Rebecca Hawkins Project plays tomorrow. Both the meal and the music runs from 9 to 11 on Saturdays.

Tuesday we’ll have wood fired pizza and Supper with Trish. The Pommerts are playing and Extension is demonstrating and sampling Honey Glazed Carrots.

It’s going to be another great week at the market, we hope you can make it by – once, twice or three times because you just never know what delightful surprise is waiting for you!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Sentinel column - 5/15/15



Granny Shaffers is bringing their $3 Catfish and Fried Potatoes to the market today and they’re bringing twice as much as last time so there should be plenty for everyone!  And they’ll also have those coupons for catfish in the restaurant that we’d promised last week. Better late than never, right. So Granny Shaffer’s is offering the deal of the week at the market this week or should I say one of the deals, because there are plenty of other reasons to come to the market. Did I hear someone say “strawberries”?  Or green beans and new potatoes?  Or sugar snap peas?  Oh yes, it’s that delightful time of year when new produce seems to come in every week, like green garlic and garlic scapes which made their first appearance Tuesday. Don’t know what to do with garlic scapes?  Go to the Market Lady Facebook page where we’ve pinned a post featuring our favorite food blogger, Frank Reiter with his recipe for garlic scape pesto.

Today we’ll enjoy the golden oldies sung by William Adkins. Lumpy’s Express is serving barbecue. We’ll have a ton of fresh produce both days and plants of the hanging basket, vegetable, flowering and herb variety. On Fridays we also have Madewell Pork with a wide array of nitrate and chemical free pork, as well as Penn Acres with pastured chicken, grass fed beef and goat meat. Cottage Small Coffee Roasters is usually at the market on the weekends, but they are waiting on a part for their roaster so it may be a while.

Tomorrow we’ll have many of the same vendors, especially growers, but we’ll also have Oakwoods Farm and Center Creek Farm which do a lot of specialty produce, as well as E & O Produce (aka Owen Detweiler) with his gorgeous hanging baskets.

Cooking for a Cause tomorrow benefits the Ronald McDonald House, home away from home for families with children at the Joplin Hospitals. Volunteers will serve farm fresh eggs to order, biscuits and gravy, sausage and coffee or orange juice for $4.50. You can have it without the eggs for $3.50. 

The Radley’s are playing for the first time at the market. They’re a well-known eclectic folk group that includes many of our favorite market musicians, just in a different configuration. It should be lots of fun.

Music and breakfast run from 9 to 11. The market is open until noon on Saturdays.

On Tuesday when we’re open from 4 to 7, you may need to enter the park on Garrison Street off of Hall Street. The city is laying the sewer line to the kitchen and, while they hope to have the road open by Tuesday, they may not. There will be plenty of parking on the south end of the pavilion. And it will be worth coming. Supper with Trish (which begins at 5 pm) is pork loin chops, au gratin potato, market fresh salad (and when I say market fresh, I mean it. Trish comes by the market about an hour before we open to pick up the fixings from the growers), chocolate cake, and a drink for $5.

Carmine’s Wood Fired Pizza will be baking from 4 to 7. The Pommerts will play and Extension will demonstrate a quick, easy, budget-friendly recipe. Tuesdays are a great day to pick up your mid-week veggies, meats (we have Luman Farm with some of the best “hillbilly” bacon around, as well as other pork cuts and chicken, as well as Penn Acres with beef, goat and chicken), and other tasty offerings.
To market, to market, twice a week to keep your family’s diet full of fresh and local.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Sentinel column - 5-8-15



Things are really hopping at the market these days. Today should be especially lively because, weather permitting, we are expecting 190 students from Eugene Field Elementary (two or three classes at a time) to visit the market, followed by 115 kindergarteners from Bess Truman. To add a little interest, Penn Farms is bringing a baby goat for them to meet. It’s one of triplets. They’re hoping mamma goat is so busy with two that she won’t notice the third being gone for a while. 

And, of course, we’re expecting a lot of customers, too - and vendors. In other words, the market will be operating at full force today. The farms are beginning to harvest their field crops so we’re seeing lots of cool weather crops like beets, radishes, kohlrabi, green onions, lettuces and other greens. And the spring plantings in the high tunnels are also producing. We even had zucchini on Tuesday, as well as tomatoes and lots of strawberries. In fact, we should have 10 farms at the market today with produce. We’ll have another three with vegetable and herb plants, flowering baskets and planters. 

We’ll have pork, beef, chicken and goat meat, lots of eggs, jams and jellies, raw milk, baked goods and more.

Today M & M Bistro will have a hummus plate and a tabouleh plate, as well as gyros and chicken pita wraps and baklava. Lumpy’s Express will have barbecue and smoked meats. 

The Plainsfolks will play traditional Irish music and will stay longer than usual so all the students get to spend time with them. 

Tomorrow will be a grand day as well. We’re welcoming Owen Detweiler of Lamar back to the market. Owen started selling at the market last year and was very popular. He’s expanded his operation by adding a high tunnel this year and will be loaded with hanging baskets on Saturday.
Saturday we’re also hosting Jon Skinner, the urban forester with the Missouri Department of Conservation. Jon will answer your tree questions. If you have a sick tree, bring a sample in a plastic bag for him to examine. 

We are blessed with two musicians tomorrow. Mark Barger, who plays Native American flutes, plays from 9 to 10:30. Then Rob Pommert takes over from 10:30 to noon, playing soft rock, jazz and classical guitar.

Cooking for a Cause benefits The Webb City High School Band Boosters. Enjoy farm fresh eggs cooked to order, biscuits and gravy, sausage, slices of market tomatoes, and coffee or orange juice while benefiting a great local cause.

Tomorrow, we’ll also have beef, lamb, and chicken from Sunny Lane and goat cheese from Terrell Creek. 

Probably the star of the weekend (besides the baby goat) will be the flowers. The hanging baskets are huge and loaded with bloom. Fairhaven’s handcrafted planters are filled with flowers and creativity. The market is definitely the place to shop for Mother’s Day if she’s a lover of flowers.

And don’t worry about the weather, we’ll be high and dry even if it rains and all our farmers bring their produce and plants in covered trucks and vans.

Our Tuesday market has really taken off, especially about 5 pm when Trish Reed starts serving her $5 supper. This Tuesday Supper with Trish features barbecued brisket sandwiches, spinach side salad, chips, chocolate chip cookies and a drink and, yes, it’s only $5. 

The Pommert’s will play on Tuesday and Extension will demonstrate and sample another easy recipe using market produce.

Don’t forget to check the market’s facebook page on the day of market. We try our best to post a complete list of vendors at the market within 30 minutes of opening along with a lot of photos so you can get a good feel for what’s on offer (that’s an Australian phrase I picked up from my daughter Cora). Regardless, you can always expect a big welcome to be on offer because the market only works because of our customers. We’re always glad to see you!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Sentinel column - 4-30-15



There’s a lot happening at the market. Today, Granny Shaffer’s is serving catfish and fries for $3. Yes, that is not a typo - $3. Mike Wiggins wants to get his catfish on your must-have list, so he is not only cutting the price today at the market, but he is also handing out a coupon with each meal good for a discount on the same dish at his restaurant.

Lumpy’s Express will be at the market with barbecue today and the incomparable Granny Chicks will play. Put your dancing shoes on. There will be polka at the pavilion, along with traditional and popular music.

Fairhaven Gardens returns to the market today for the first time this season with their handcrafted cedar planters, plus pecans and Carrole’s jams and jellies. She’s bringing extra of the hot pepper jellies that are in big demand. Food Blogger Frank Reiter recommends mixing the hot jelly with a soft cheese to top appetizers or using it as a glaze.

Horticulture experts from both University of Missouri and Lincoln University Extension will be on hand to answer questions about growing flowers, vegetables and fruit, as well as landscaping.
We’ll have lots of fresh produce on both days. On Tuesday I noticed many kinds of lettuce, spinach and kale, plus boc choy, green onions, cut herbs, kohlrabi, tomatoes, asparagus, strawberries, radishes and more. We’ll also have baked goods, eggs, vanilla, raw food bars and lots and lots of flower and vegetable plants and hanging baskets.

Tomorrow is Let’s Plant a Garden Day at the market. Every child receives a free tomato plant and instructions from a professional grower. 
Cooking for a Cause benefits Lafayette House, our regional domestic violence shelter. Breakfast is eggs cooked to order, biscuits and gravy, sausage, and coffee or orange juice. Marshall Mitchell will play. He’ll be the guy in the cowboy outfit sitting on a saddle. Yes, he does cowboy music and other kinds of music too, but let a child come by and he dives right in to a routine especially for children. Breakfast and music goes from 9 to 11 on Saturdays.

Tomorrow, Rocky Horse Ranch returns for the first time to the market this year and will have asparagus and strawberries.

Madewell Pork is at the market today, Sunny Lane with beef, lamb and chicken will be at the market tomorrow. Amos Apiaries will be at the market tomorrow. After a disastrous winter this may be their last appearance for a while. It will take several months to rebuild their hives.

On Tuesday, Supper with Trish is meatloaf, mashed potatoes, market-fresh side salad, white cake and drink for $5. And when I say market-fresh, that’s exactly what I mean. Trish starts serving at 5 pm, but she comes by the market while vendors are setting up to pick up the ingredients for the salad. That means that less than 24 hours before you have supper, your salad was still in the ground on the farm. Now, that’s fresh.

Carmine’s Wood Fired Pizza bakes to order from 4 to 7 pm. The Pommerts will play.

Mary Ann Pennington and Gayle Farenbruch with University of Missouri Extension will be at the market on Tuesday. They’re demonstrating and sampling Spinach and Apple Salad. Be sure and stop by. The head honchos from Columbia will be there to see them in action, so we want to be sure there is a lot of action for them to see.
  
The market is open three days a week now through September. On Fridays, we’re open from 11 to 2, on Saturdays, from 9 to noon and on Tuesdays, from 4 to 7 pm. Stop by the information table for a free fridge magnet with the days and hours. And be sure you’re on the market’s facebook page. We post updates before every market and a list of vendors on site and photos within 30 minutes of opening the market so you can see what we have that day. Every market has local fresh produce, baked goods and a meal, but it changes from day to day and from season to season. There’s almost always something new and wonderful showing up at the market. See you there!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Tomorrow's Sentinel Column - 4-24-15



We have lots of choices Friday for lunch. Lumpy’s Express menu includes sandwiches with brisket, pulled port, smoked chicken, turkey, ham or rib meat, half and whole slabs of ribs, smoked chicken – 2 pieces, half or a whole chicken, plus sides of baked beans, chips and potato salad. M & M Bistro will serve Mediterranean style food – hummus, tabouleh, gyro pita wraps and chicken pita wraps, and baklava. 

We still have the sides on the pavilion because of the rainy forecast so you can enjoy your meal inside the pavilion, or you can take out. 

And for the cooks in the crowd, we’ll have plenty of good choices. We’re beginning to add more variety to the fresh produce at the market. On Tuesday, I noticed not only lots of lettuce, kale, boc choy, Swiss chard and other greens, but also beets, radishes, green onions, asparagus and cut herbs.

Saturday we have The Rebecca Hawkins Project playing and the Webb City chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star is serving breakfast. The profits from the breakfast will go to “Homes for Our Troops” which is a national non-profit that organizes the building of homes for post 9/11 veterans who have been severely injured in combat. These homes are adapted to their needs to enable the veterans to live more independently and are provided mortgage-free. Breakfast includes farm-fresh eggs cooked to order, biscuits and gravy, sausages, coffee or orange juice and a sense of supporting a worthy cause. Come enjoy breakfast while making the world a better place.

And while we’re on the subject of better places, we had lots of little children making the Kids Community Garden a better place Thursday. The kindergarteners from Madge T. James walked over in classes to plant potatoes in the garden. Master Gardener Dale Mermoud taught them all about it and they were full of questions – is this a seed?  Why does it look like a stone?  (some questions we just move past without too much discussion) And we had questions for them – tell me something with a seed – oranges, strawberries, watermelon!  How do you like your potatoes?  Cooked!  Not what we were looking for, but a very good answer. I like mine cooked too.

Perhaps one of the most surprising bits of information what that potatoes grow underground and that one plant produces about ten potatoes. That meant that if all goes well this summer, each class’ efforts would result in about 200 potatoes.

The Kids Community Garden will swing into full action in a couple of weeks and we are always looking for volunteers. If you enjoy kids, if you enjoy being outside, let us know. You can join in the fun. We have a volunteer form at the market information table where you can sign up for all sorts of projects from the Kids Garden to running the information table, to helping with set up, to driving the golf cart. 

Be sure to put the Tuesday market on your calendar. We’re open from 4 to 7 and will have a choice of two supper options. This Tuesday Carmine’s Wood Fired Pizza is baking to order. Supper with Trish is serving up spaghetti with a choice of meat sauce or meatless sauce, plus side salad, garlic bread, brownie and drink for $5. The Pommerts will play.

For day by day listings of which vendors will be at the market, be sure and check the market’s facebook page. We also include photos so you can get an idea of what’s on the tables.
Remember, we’re open rain or shine. Market hours are:  Friday from 11 to 2, Saturday from 9 to noon and Tuesday from 4 to 7 pm. 

See you at the market!