By Admin, BuyLocalBG.com, BuyLocalBg@gmail.com/
Friday, May 10th, 2013 10:00 AM CST
In special recognition of Mother’s Day, The SKY Farmer’s Market will be holding a raffle for a gift basket filled with some locally grown produce and hand made treasures. There is an incredible variety of some of the areas best produce and beautifully crafted items in the region…100% local 100% of the time. This will be a perfect opportunity to surprise mom and have fun in the process. So come on out and have a hot breakfast with some of Bowling Green’s finest. The weather is expected to be reasonable…no rain or snow so we will see you there !
We will be holding the drawing at 11 o’clock and the items will need to be picked up by 12pm at market close.
What will be available this week?
As we get closer and closer to the summer months, more and more beautiful and delectable produce is becoming available. Just this last week radishes started appearing. Yes.,those little red globes of happiness are here! For some reason I always think of a radish as a staple ingredient of any vegetable salad.
You can even use their leafy greens. They taste wonderful with a nice acidic vinegarette…toss in a few micro greens and BAM…you have a $87 salad ( the high end restaurant price in a big city)
parsnips red gold new potatoes spinach
strawberries pok choi leeks
red beets kohlrabi green curly kale
yellow beets mesclun collards
fennel bulb arugula toscano kale
green shallots endive swiss chard
hydroponic tomatoes radishes
fresh cut herbs galore
Chicken, pork, beef and lamb… all cut and packaged in a variety of shapes, flavors and sizes. Start warming up those grills…the season is about to begin. Who can make the neighborhood smell the best ? You or the Jones’s ?
Artisan breads as well as some of the most delicious milk, yogurt and cream you have ever tasted. When you open your milk and there is a nice little dollop of cream on top… you know you have a good thing. Martha Stewart was right about this one.
We will even have a few treats for the canine mommies in your life. Because it is MOTHER’S DAY this weekend you must remember the mother dogs. They have feelings too you know and like to be recognized.
If you would prefer to add a little activity to your diet, you will have a vast choice of flowers, herbs, veggies and plants to plant in the ground. You can take them home and do it yourself for a gift for your mom. This is a wonderful way to create memories and have some quality time as a family. You can have immediate gratification as well as long term satisfaction. Later this summer you can enjoy the fruits of your labor and there will be a little more meaning to dinner…you planted it for mom and through loving attention and a regular watering schedule you will have edible memories and gorgeous centerpieces.
Come see what our glorious crafters have made for your pleasure… you might end up with a vase for yourself as well or even a cool market t-shirt to sport around town.
Federal Legislation has been Introduced to require the labeling of genetically engineered foods.
Don’t you want to know what you’re eating?
Senator Boxer and Congressman DeFazio have Bipartisan Support and this act is backed by pending state legislation in over Half of U.S. States as well as Labeling Laws in 64 Countries. This is the first federal labeling bill Introduced in the Senate in over a decade.
The Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act, would require the labeling of all genetically engineered (GE) foods at the federal level.
“Americans have the right to know about the foods they are purchasing,” said Andrew Kimbrell, executive director at the Center for Food Safety. “A vast majority of consumers have demanded that GE foods be labeled and without mandatory labeling American families are being left in the dark. The American public deserves the freedom of choice in their foods enjoyed by the 64 other nations that have mandatory labeling of these novel foods.
“Now is the time for FDA to reverse its two-decade old policy decision against labeling,” said Kimbrell. “FDA has the authority to mandate GE labeling, yet they refuse to act.
The bipartisan labeling bill has been supported by over 100 organizations and businesses including Environmental Working Group, Just Label It, the National Farmers Union, Stonyfield Farms, AllergyKids Foundation, National Cooperative Grocers Association, New England Farmers Union, Center for Environmental Health, Chefs Collaborative, Label GMOs, Ben & Jerry’s, Clif Bar & Company, Lundberg Family Farms, Nature’s Path, Annie’s. SKY Farmer’s Market would like you to know a little more about this so please go to ur website and check out more facts. We as a market are behind this movement and think you should know what you are eating.
In the U.S. there is overwhelming public demand—consistently near 95%—for the labeling of GE foods. The U.S. policy to not require GE labeling makes it a stark outlier among developed and developing nations. 64 countries have mandatory labeling policies for GE foods including South Korea, Japan, the United Kingdom, Brazil, China, South Africa, Australia, the entire European Union, and many others.
Already in 2013, 52 bills have been introduced in 26 states, including Hawaii, Washington, Indiana, Missouri, and Vermont, with many more expected by year’s end.
In October 2011, the Center for Food Safety filed a legal petition with the FDA to require the labeling of all food produced using genetic engineering. In 2012, 55 Members of Congress wrote a letter to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg in support of the petition. To date, over one million public comments have been submitted to FDA in support of CFS’s legal petition for labeling; the largest public response the FDA has ever received.
Keeping Basil Green In Pesto
Want to keep that beautiful green color that pesto has right after you make it? Here are some litttle tricks to keep it bright and appealing. Because time can oxidize pesto and the result is a drab army green color…add lemon juice. Lemon juice contains the antioxidants citric and ascorbic acids. Add 4 teaspoons of lemon juice per 2 cups of packed basil. It will lend a pleasant acidity to your pesto. Second is to blanch the basil. Blanching deactivates the enzyme that causes browning when cut basil leaves interact with oxygen. Blanch the basil for 30 seconds in boiling water and then shock it in ice water before you dry it. This brief dunk causes minimal flavor loss. There are wonderful basil plants available for sale at the market as well as precut and bagged basil. Give this a try and let us know how it turned out.
Adding flavor to Potatoes
One of the best ways to flavor potaoes is to simmer whole potaoes with intact cloves of garlic. You will avoid burning the garlic in the brownig process and you will also avoid the overpowering flavor of garlic when you add it to the cooking process at the end. It can tend be unpalatably sharp if not given enough time to cook properly.Garlic and potatoes seem to be a natural pair so why not compliment them at their best. You might also try tossing a few sprigs of thyme into the pan during the simmering process as an easy way to add herbal depth. Thyme is soluble in both water and fat.
For more ideas you can check out Cook’s Illustrated online
SKY Farmers Market is open Tuesday 7am till 1pm and Saturday 7am till noon. Located at 5th and High Streets on The Medical Center Campus this years market will feature all the old vendors plus several new vendors as well.