|Today is Saturday, May 18th, 2013
Vol 2 Issue 20
Shop 30 Local Farms and Businesses at the Leesburg Farmers Market!
Shop the Leesburg Saturday Farmers Market May 4 through October 26, 8am-noon.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Missing your favorite cookies from CakeFlower BakeShop? Michelle will be returning to the Brambleton Market on May 26.
Also starting May 26 is Jaysari Sweets featuring Indian treats.
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 Brambleton Facebook page for Market info and updates! 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
Baker Pork ~ We have all cuts of pork, including kielbasa sausage, chops, roasts and ribs for your dinner and delicious farm raised bacon and sausage, perfect for breakfast. All our hogs are born and raised on our Century Farm in the Shenandoah Valley of VA. Tel: 540-477-3550 E-mail: email@example.com
Bread House, Inc ~ Featuring artisan breads--something different every week. Be sure to try our croissants, muffins and baguettes! Tel: 703.505.3344 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Buchanan Farms ~ Sorry, but we will not be at the Brambleton Market this week--we will return next Sunday after the Spring Farm Tour. We will be bringing prepared food items made with our beef--quick and easy for dinner! Take home one of our roasts for dinner and sandwiches. We have Loudoun raised pork, beef and lamb! Check our weekly specials! We'll also give you cooking tips--We take credit cards for payment! Tel: 540-882-4633 E-mail:
Cake Flower Bakeshop ~ Returning to Brambleton with your favorite cookies on May 26! Tel: 888-212-6983 E-mail: email@example.com
Catharpin Produce ~ Catharpin Produce is a small farm committed to providing the best vegetables and flowers to the local community. Everything is grown using sustainable agriculture practices-no pesticides or herbicides and only organic fertilizers. Fresh cut flowers, herb plants and flower plants! Tel: 703-789-2529 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chef Eloys KICKIN SALSAS ~ We have salsa & guacamole! Get your favorite freshly made, "never cooked" salsa! Try our Mild, Medium or Extra Hot; Banana, Mango or Corn & Black Bean Salsas.
Tel: 571-313-1531 E-mail: email@example.com
Fetters Fruit Farm ~ 7 Varieties of our apples kept in cold storage--Try our line of jarred/canned products made from our fruit--Peach Preserves, Peach Daiquiri mix (makes great smoothies), Peach BBQ sauce, Honeycrisp Apple Sauce, tart cherry juice, honey and more! WE TAKE CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS! Asparagus is starting--we'll have some this week! Tel: 717-677-9750 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jayasri Sweets ~ You can find us starting May 26 at the Brambleton Farmers Market featuring sweet & savory Indian treats that everyone loves! Tel: 703-787-9649 E-mail: email@example.com
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: 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:
Pleitez Produce ~ This week we have asparagus, spinach, spring onions and STRAWBERRIES! Greenhouse grown cucumbers and both ripe and green tomatoes--stop by and see! You can see our family run farm in the Northern Neck of VA on our website www.pleitezproduce.com. Tel: 804-366-7020 E-mail: email@example.com
Simply Nut Free Chocolates ~ We're excited to be at the Summer Market in Leesburg and Brambleton. Our gourmet chocolates are delicious for most anyone--ask about our gluten free as well as allergen friendly items. Tel: 703-855-6479 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Valencias Produce ~ STRAWBERRIES and spring produce from the Northern Neck of VA--WE NOW TAKE CREDIT CARDS!! Pick up your fresh veggies from us every Saturday at Leesburg and Sunday at Brambleton! Lettuce, arugula, spinach, chard, baby kohl rabi, spring onions, radishes, lettuce mix and more! Tel: 540-207-8913 E-mail: email@example.com
Willowcroft Vineyard ~ Visit Loudoun County's original winery at the Leesburg Wednesday, Saturday and Brambleton Farmer's Markets! Try our Claire dessert wine with fresh local berries--fantastic! Have a taste of our locally grown international award winning wines--we can help you with meal pairings. Don't forget to look us up on the web at www.willowcroftwine.com or like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter! CHEERS! Check out the adventures of our Wino Dinos on Facebook!
Tel: 703-777-8161 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org