|Today is Monday, May 20th, 2013
Vol 2 Issue 21
Find Strawberries, Local Meats, Spring Produce, Salsa and More at the Cascades Farmers Market!
The Cascades Farmers Market is located in the parking lot of the Senior Center on Whitfield Dr--near the library and behind Staples.
Shop 30 Local Farms and Businesses at the Leesburg Farmers Market!
Shop the Leesburg Saturday Farmers Market May 4 through October 26, 8am-noon.
Know Where Your Food Comes From! Buy Direct From the Farmer at the Brambleton Farmers Market.
The Brambleton Farmers Market will be open on Sundays from 9am until 1pm in the Sport & Health parking lot--42365 Soave Drive Brambleton, VA 20148, near Olympia.
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We are a "PRODUCER ONLY" market - this means the people who you purchase your items from are the people who produce, plant, grow and harvest, these items. We are very firm in enforcing this rule to assure you that you are getting locally and quality grown products by the producer selling you the products.
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Lost and Found items for each market can be dropped off or picked up with the market manager - just look for the orange "Market Manager" sign.
Music by Mike Waters this Saturday at the Ashburn Farmers Market!
Located in the Ashburn Crossroads Restaurant Park at the intersection of Ashburn Village Blvd and Farmwell Dr--we'll be in the corner in front of Bertuccis! The Ashburn Farmers Market will be open Saturday mornings from 8am until noon.
Welcome back, Patti Cakes Gluten Free Bakery!
This week, the Ashburn Farmers Market features Colorado based singer/songwriter, Mike Waters. Mike is originally from Loudoun County and is back in the area for a short time, giving our Market customers a chance to enjoy his music.
After attending the Farmers Market this weekend, head on out for the Loudoun Spring Farms Tour! Many LVHMC Market Vendors are on the tour and invite you to visit their farms. For more information, visit www.loudounfarms.org
Look for our new, updated Loudoun Farmers Market Website! It's under construction now and will be debuted soon.
Check out the Ashburn Farmers Market Facebook page for updates on the Market! We love your comments!
|This week's recipe
Green Garlic Spaghetti
1 lb Spaghetti
1/3 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
4 Stalks Green Garlic (tough dark green leaves trimmed), thinly sliced
1 Tablespoon fresh Parsley, chopped
Red Pepper Flakes to taste
Parmesan Cheese for garnish
Cook spaghetti until al dente, reserving 1 cup of pasta cooking water before draining.
Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over add the garlic, parsley, red pepper flakes, and 1/4 cup of water. Cover and sweat, stirring occasionally, until soft, adding more water if necessary to keep the garlic from caramelizing too much.
Add the cooked pasta to the garlic mixture and toss well to combine. Add some pasta cooking water if necessary to bring the dish to a creamy consistency. Serve with more olive oil, minced tops of the green garlic and parmesan cheese.
Info from the LVHMC Farms!
Each week we give you a look at what is happening at the LVHMC member's farms and businesses.
New vendor to the Ashburn Farmers Market, Martin's Angus Beef (The Plains, VA), was selling a special product last week--customers who bought his meat are eating beef from the same steer that was served to President Obama by The Jefferson Hotel Restaurant last Wednesday. Martin's sells their 30-day aged Angus to restaurants for the same price you get at the Market. Since 1980, Bill Martin has been managing and growing his own herd of Angus, where he has carefully selected the breeding to ensure a quality beef product. Careful Bull selection has been made based on ability to produce marbling and texture required in a fine piece of beef found in quality restaurants. to providing healthy, flavorful, high quality Angus beef to you and your entire family. Another bonus is that Martin's sells fresh (limited amount of frozen) meat and they are able to provide you with a variety of cuts from the tongue to the tail.
Ben and Jackson Babst are not the usual type of vendor you are used to seeing at the Leesburg Farmers Market. These two teenage brothers from Round Hill, VA, are the bakers for Brother's Olde-fashioned Bakery, specializing in gluten-free and allergen aware products that taste like normal baked goods. Be sure to check out their offerings starting this Saturday!
Check back next week for more "Info from the LVHMC Farms"!
Farm Market Foodie
Go for the Green Garlic!
Green garlic is garlic which has been harvested before the outer skin has become papery--essentially, "baby" garlic. The flavor of green garlic is still garlicky, but milder than mature garlic with less of a bitter bite. When cooked, the green garlic sweetens, giving a new layer of depth to a dish. The whole plant-leaves, scapes and bulb--can be used raw or cooked in a wide assortment of cuisines.
Things to do with raw green garlic: mince and add to salads, pound into a paste to make green garlic aioli, use in salad dressings, sprinkle onto any recipe using bread or noodles with cheese.
Things to do with cooked green garlic: poach the last 4" of the tips and dress with a mustard vinaigrette, dice and saute the tender portions and add to an omelet or frittata, chop and add to stir frys, chop and add to soup.
You can roast green garlic (after removing roots and dark green tops) by placing the stalks on aluminum foil, sprinkling with olive oil (perhaps adding salt, pepper and some chopped herbs of choice); close up the foil and bake at 375 degrees until tender--about 45 minutes. Serve with bread or crackers.
For a quick, tasty dinner, try this week's feature recipe for Green Garlic Spaghetti.
---Judy Stroske, LVHMC Market Coordinator
Earth Day Every Day!
How's Your Pet's Carbon "Pawprint"?
When your pet is living green, you are ensuring that both your pet and the Earth is healthy. Here are five things that any pet owner can do:
Purchase Eco-Friendly Pet Gifts
Choose products made from recycled materials or sustainable fibers (such as hemp) and with nontoxic ingredients; purchase pet beds made from organic cottons and recycled PET bottles.
Protect Native Wildlife — Keep Your Pet Indoors
After habitat destruction, the biggest threat to birds are domesticated cats. Most vets recommend keeping cats indoors because of risks such as cars and disease. Keeping dogs on leashes when outside also helps protect local wildlife.
Feed Your Pets Natural or Organic Pet Foods and Treats
Most conventional pet foods are made with processed animal by-products and fillers--some of which has been deemed unsuitable for humans. Natural and organic pet foods are minimally processed and contain meats that are raised sustainably. Certified-organic pet foods must meet strict USDA standards that ensure no pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, artificial preservatives or artificial ingredients go into your pet’s bowl--or belly.
Put Number Two in Its Place
When walking your dog, please pick up with a biodegradable poop bag so your dog’s waste doesn’t live in a landfill taking up to 100 years to decompose. Cat owners should steer clear of clumping clay litters-the clay is strip-mined and contains carcinogenic silica dust that your cat can ingest.
Get a “Recycled” Pet — Adopt From a Shelter
Don't forget one of the best things you can do is to purchase a "recycled pet.” Please consider going to a local shelter or rescue to choose your next animal companion.
Products in season for the month of May
Jams & Jellies
Wool & Products
News from the Market Vendors
Above Ground Winery ~ You can find us at the Ashburn Market every Saturday, starting May 4. Above Ground Winery is an urban micro-winery dedicated to delivering wine education, excellent customer service and unpretentious wines. These handcrafted wines from Loudoun County reflect a family farming tradition and the heritage of Loudoun County and the Commonwealth of Virginia. Everyday above ground is a good day! Try our Exit Strategy Chardonnay and Sweet Rebecca Lynn White wine. Tel: 540-579-4467 E-mail: Info@AGWinery.com
Baguette Republic ~ Select our wonderful artesian breads! Also crossiants--almond or chocolate, and muffins--Breads include: Kalamata Olive, Panebello, Multigrain, Baguettes and more. Tel: 703-870-7740 E-mail: orders@BaguetteRepublic.com
Beckys Pastries ~ There's ALWAYS something good on our table! Check out our variety of fruit & nut breads--including seasonal favorites. Specialty breads available on a rotating basis including Sourdough and Spinach & Feta Breads. We have Cinnamon Buns for breakfast--Bun's Bread makes a great french toast or sandwiches! Have you tried our chocolate chip or raspberry scones, tarts and other sweet breads? We have healthy multigrain bread, too! Tel: E-mail:
Day Spring Farm ~ Sorry, but we will not be at the Ashburn Market this week--we will be back next week after the Spring Farm Tour. Grass fed, pasture based chicken and eggs, turkey, lamb and beef raised on our family farm in Loudoun County. Tel: 540-454-3145 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Georges Mill Farm Artisan Cheese ~ We are a small, family owned farm that makes artisan cheese on a seasonal basis with milk from our Alpine dairy goats. Our dairy is located in a historic bank barn that has been in our family for eight generations. Find us at Ashburn starting in June! Tel: 571-442-7444 E-mail: email@example.com
Glascock's Produce ~ Tomato plants, herbs & more colors of petunias that you will find anywhere! Apples! Apple Cider and Cherry Apple Cider; Winter Squash. Try our Bloody Mary Mix made with our tomatoes, spicy peach bbq sauce, fruit butters & pasta sauce. We have 2 new kinds of hot sauce--one made with serranos and one made with habaneros. Tel: 304-258-1431 E-mail:
Gleason Greenhouse ~ Come check out our BEAUTIFUL flowering hanging baskets, fine container perennials and seasonal potted plants. Tel: 304-258-9367 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hidden Creek Apiary ~ This week at Ashburn & Cascades we will have Farm Fresh Eggs, Local Honey, Shiitake Mushrooms, beeswax candles, fresh flowers and Home made Jelly. Tel: 304-261-3237 E-mail: email@example.com
Honey Brook Farms ~ A family farm producing non-gmo eggs, chicken meat, turkeys, seasonal produce, raw honey, cut flowers, granola & baked goods--no pesticides or herbicides. Tel: 540-825-8375 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Loudoun's Breezy Meadow Farms ~ All natural pasture raised poultry and eggs--call to reserve a dozen! Our meat poultry and layer hens are raised from chicks in our open air brooder, then transferred to our lush, green, all natural pastures and rotated daily to maintain the highest level of rich, dense greens, bugs, and worms. Rabbit meat & spice rubs! Selling out the last of our Chicken Gumbo--get it while you can! We will have Chicken Salad with our homemade mayo soon-- Tel: 540-882-4969 E-mail: email@example.com
Martin's Angus Beef ~ We raise the highest quality natural grass fed/grain finished, 30 day dry aged prime Angus Beef! President Obama ate our beef at the Jefferson last week! We have most cuts available FRESH (not frozen) from tongue to tail every week--steaks, roasts, ground beef--even Angus frankfurters! We sell to the public for the same price we sell to restaurants. Tel: 540-253-5264 E-mail: info@MartinsAngusBeef.com
Milcreek Farm ~ Beef, Lamb and Goat (Chicken coming soon) -- no hormones, no MSG, no antibiotics! Some of Loudoun County's best Grass-Fed and pasture raised meats! Try some and taste the difference. Come early for Large Brown Eggs from our free range hens that will make your breakfast special! Stock your freezer! We are taking orders for our grass fed Beef, Lamb and Goat. Offered in 1/4's and 1/2's. Tel: 540-822-4181 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Oak Ridge Farm ~ We are a family owned and operated business. We raise Berkshire, Yorkshire cross, Hereford and Duroc pigs and have all pork cuts available for you. Loose Sausage, Links and Grillers; Pork Chops, Ribs, Sliced Tenderloin and Ham Steak--all nitrite free! Try our rabbit meat and free range eggs! Tel: 304-702-0085 E-mail:
Patti Cakes Gluten-Free Bakery ~ We are back to the Ashburn Farmers Market this week! Gluten free goodies made with whole grain gf flours and all natural ingredients-organic and local whenever possible. We have 20 different products including raspberry lemon swirl cookies, cakes & cupcakes, muffins, pies & more. Tel: 304-261-8301 E-mail: email@example.com
Shenandoah Seasonal LLC. ~ Shenandoah Seasonal is a sustainable farm that specializes in select produce, free range eggs, herbs and flowers. Located in Millwood, VA, we provide farm fresh products using sustainable methods, organic seeds and heritage breeds of livestock. Our chickens are pasture raised and our produce is chemical-free. Learn more about us at www.shenandoahseasonal.com Tel: 5405355474 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Small Pond Farm ~ A certified Naturally Grown farm with produce and eggs raised with no synthetic pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers or gmo. Looking for a new, unusual tomato or pepper plant to grow this summer--check out our selection! Veggies this week: kale, collards, bok choy, turnips--come see what else! Tel: 571-226-7322 E-mail: email@example.com
Westmoreland Produce ~ Strawberries, Spring onions, greens and LOTS of herb, veggie and blackberry plants!
Flowering dahlias, marigolds and basil hanging baskets. Tel: 804-333-4487 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org