|Today is Saturday, May 18th, 2013
Vol 2 Issue 20
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.
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.
Shop 30 Local Farms and Businesses at the Leesburg Farmers Market!
Shop the Leesburg Saturday Farmers Market May 4 through October 26, 8am-noon.
Welcome to Brother's Olde-fashioned Bakery--teenage brothers preparing delicious gluten-free and allergan aware baked goods. Gluten free, but doesn't taste like it is!
Have a gardening question? The Loudoun County Master Gardeners will be on hand at the Leesburg Saturday Farmers Market to help you out!
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 soon! It's under construction now and will be debuted soon.
Visit the Leesburg Farmers Market 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
Allder School Berries ~ Allder School Berries will have local, chemical free asparagus!
Tel: 540-338-6412 E-mail: Allder.email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
Beechwood Orchards ~ Returning to the Leesburg Saturday Market May 25! Check out our facebook page for latest updates: http://www.facebook.com/beechwoodorchards Tel: E-mail: email@example.com
Bigg Riggs ~ Try our specialty jar products--made with fruit and vegetables grown on our WV farm. Check out our Awesome Sauce, Wing Sauce, rubs and other BBQ sauces for your parties, delicious Pickles, Jams and Fruit Drink Mixers! WV APPLES! Winter greens, maybe some baby collards, radishes, onions & lettuce. Tel: 540 550 5480 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Blue Ridge Dairy Co ~ Blue Ridge Dairy has all your favorite gourmet soft cheeses: mozzarella, smoked mozzarella, ricotta, feta for all your cooking needs. We also have yogurt, Greek yogurt and yo-lite. Tel: 703-443-6605 E-mail:
Blue Ridge Gardens ~ We are back with a nice selection of flowering shrubs & a variety of shade and sun perennials for including:Nikko -Deutzia, Quince, Dbl flowering almond,Oak leaf Hydrangea, Lilacs, Varigated Red Twig Dogwoods, perennial ferns,Brunnera-Jack Frost, Tiarella,Blue Eyed Grass, Fragrant Wood Phlox, Helleborus,Delphiniums-Blue Mirror,Agastache-Bolero,Columbine-Double bicolors,
Balloon Flowers,Astilbe,Bleeding Hearts,Dwarf Double Hollyhocks.
Drop by and see the very showy Epimedium Cactus--just starting to bloom & the bright red Barbara Karst Bougainvilla. Tel: 540-955-4208 E-mail: email@example.com
Brothers' Olde-fashioned Bakery ~ New to the Leesburg Saturday Market! We bake dessert items the old fashioned way with the highest quality organic, natural and gluten free ingredients we can get. We use modern tools and traditional techniques to create delicious baked goods--our products may be gluten-free and allergan aware, but they don't taste like it! Stop by for a sample and taste for yourself. Tel: 540-751-8126 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Caprikorn Farms ~ Voted Baltimore's Best Goat Cheese!
Tel: 301-834-8030 E-mail: email@example.com
Catoctin Coffee ~ Locally roasted coffee--beans and ground coffee. Iced coffee available on hot days! Tel: 703-615-5548 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chase Your Tail Bakery ~ Reward your good dog with his favorite, freshly made dog treat from Chase Your Tail Bakery--does he like Puppy Pretzels? Herb Hydrants? Honey Buns? Stop by for the freshest dog treats Loudoun County has to offer! Tel: 703-771-3019 E-mail: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chicama Run ~ Visit our Facebook page for the most up to date information http://www.facebook.com/chicamarun We'll be here in Leesburg all summer. Tel: 540-668-9828 E-mail: email@example.com
Cocina Rivas ~ We have Pork, Chicken and Jalapeno Tamales, Fresh Guacamole, Corn and bean dip and lots of Salsas! Tel: 304-724-4108 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Don's Dahlias Etc ~ We will not be at Market this week - in between flower seasons for us - next week hoping for peonies! And lots of them! See you on the 25th, Don & Rhonda
Tel: E-mail: email@example.com
F & V Farm ~ Shiitake mushrooms--Log raised here in Lovettsville. Ask for our delicious recipes. Tel: E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Haskins Family Farm ~ We will continue to attend the Leesburg Saturday Market for a few more weeks to sell the last of our pork. Sorry, we are sold out of boxes o' pork and pork by the half/whole. All of our animals are raised on pasture without artificial hormones or antibiotics. Tel: 540-869-3795 E-mail: email@example.com
Layered Cake Patisserie ~ We will have our strawberry rhubarb pies, apple pies, strawberry shortcake cupcakes and a strawberry pistachio cake!! All of our products are made from scratch. We also offer decorated cakes, take a look at our website www.layeredcakepatisserie.com for sizes and pricing. And for your convenience we can have them ready for you to pick up at the Leesburg Farmers Market!!! Tel: 703-957-3353 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Medinas Produce ~ Flowers & veggie plants for your garden from the Northern Neck of VA. Lettuce, spring onions, radishes, greens & more. Tel: E-mail:
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: email@example.com
Mill Road Farm, Inc. ~ Now Starts the Summer Market season. I will be in a different location than the Winter Market, so you can play ‘where’s Chris?. Coming up May 18–19 Spring Farm Tour; Mill Road and Zephaniah are teamed up again for a Special. Thanks to all the loyal customers that have hung with the LVHMC vendors this past winter. Grass Fed Angus Beef–Loudoun Lamb and Raw Honey; Bred–Born–Raised on Mill Road Farm right here in Loudoun County; Limited amount of 2012 raw honey:) follow us on www.facebook.com/millroadfarm need more information contact Chris Tel: 703-777-1356 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mock's Greenhouse ~ We are back at the Leesburg Farmers Market and we have greenhouse-grown, hydroponic Heirloom tomatoes! Also cherry tomatoes and our beautiful heads of lettuce! Tel: 304-258-5608 E-mail: email@example.com
Number 1 Sons ~ Number One Sons is a brother and sister team in Alexandria, VA who hand make wild fermented foods using traditional methods. They work to combine regional ingredients with traditional preservation methods and recipes from diverse cultures. Look for the giant pickle at our stand and come crunch on some pickles and other fermented foods with us! Tel: 202-553-9642 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Potomac Vegetable Farm ~ We will have lots of greens: spinach, kale, lettuce mix, collards, radishes and green garlic. Plus, we'll have plant starts for your garden (chard, lettuce, kale, basil, dill, cilantro, tomatoes) and bags of our PVF compost. Tel: E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Quail Hollow Farm ~ We have beautiful flowering and herb plants! Come see our variety of unusual culinary herbs and garden bowls. Try our herbal soap! Tel: 304-258-0584 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
South Street Under ~ Ciabatta bread!! Stop by Saturday -we have a variety of flavors! Don't forget our bread dips -green or black olive tapanade, veggie cream cheese, white bean hummus, and curried chickpea hummus. We also have the best cookies and scones! Tel: E-mail: email@example.com
Staff of Life Bread Company ~ On the docket this week: Alpenbrot, Whole Wheat Levain, Pane alla Ricotta, Rye with Pumpkin Seeds, Rhapsody in Bleu, and Cranberry Pecan. We'll also be bringing our Breadsticks, Seeded Rolls, and two varieties of savory buns: White Cheddar and Artichoke, and Three Cheese and Basil. Check us out on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Staff-of-Life-Bread/108864981255.) and oh - don't forget your Mandorlatini! Tel: 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
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
Willow Hawk Farm ~ We are at the market with a full range of goodies: an assortment of ecoganic lamb cuts and sausages, mill-spun yarn from our sheep's fleeces, silver and white roving, and an awesome assortment of washable sheep pelts (shearling and luxury, white and natural colored)! Tel: 540-822-9143 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
Woodtrail Graziers ~ Look for our Red Tent every Saturday 8-12. We specialize in 100% grass-fed & grass-finished beef: rib steaks, filet, short ribs, and ground (leaner than ground chuck). Our pasture-raised pigs are never caged and are fed non-GMO feed. Choose from pork chops, loin roasts and fresh ham roasts. Our pasture and cows are certified to USDA organic standards by Certified Naturally Grown (the small farmer's alternative to USDA organic), and our animals are born on-farm. We use no hormones, drugs, wormers or vaccines. Our animals grow naturally without agribusiness chemicals, herbicides, pesticides, or antibiotics. (See www.motherjones.com/tom-philpott for articles about the 30 Billion pounds of antibiotics used for meat, and the health and environmental damage caused by GMO food and crops.) Tel: 703-608-9151 E-mail: email@example.com