Wildwood Farmers Market
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
16860 Main Street, Wildwood, MO
Saturday, May 27, 2017
This weekend at the market you will continue to see beautiful late spring, early summer greens. The first of the season visit from Cadet Creek with their greenhouse TOMATOES, cucumber and zucchini as well as well as strawberries, asparagus and cauliflower. Yes, you will still be able to take advantage of the harvest of strawberries! In addition, a variety of fresh, just-picked, produce that includes onions, kale, radishes, and turnips, as well as garden starts, bedding plants, fresh cut flowers, herbs and more, will be brought to market by our vendors.
Our Little Sprouts, kid’s market activities and token program will also start this weekend. Children visiting the Little Sprouts tent will be able to participate in an activity and receive $2 in market tokens. These tokens can be spent with various market vendors. The children can purchase their own fruits, vegetables and other, selected market goods.
We have continued to enjoy the local, fresh, seasonal produce in our home and have been quite happy that market season has begun.
One of my favorite salads over the last few weeks has been a bowl of the sweet, spring lettuces (Bibb has been a favorite) with fresh cut strawberries, spring onions, goat cheese and a sprinkling of butter toasted pecans. My dressings have varied. But once again, a favorite has been a strawberry vinaigrette that I have literally “whipped up” shortly before our meal is ready to serve. The quantity of ingredients for the dressing will depend on the amount of salad being served and the flavor (sweet/tart) that one prefers. Use a good quality strawberry jam or jelly, a little Dijon mustard, a bit of salt, fresh ground pepper, vinegar, whisk together and slowly add olive oil. The dressing will emulsify. Taste and adjust to your liking. Sometimes we like it a bit more tart and acidic and add a bit more vinegar or mustard. Other times we want it a bit sweeter and add more jam or honey. Vary the vinegar as well. I have used champagne vinegar, balsamic and cider vinegar. Various vinaigrette’s will become a staple over the coming months for various vegetable and fruit salads and side dishes served in our home. One can add a citrus juice; a squeeze of fresh lemon, lime or orange to always brightens up a dish or dressing. Finely chopped garlic, scallions or shallots are a traditional addition. Various honeys, jellies, sorghum, fruit purees are great sweeteners. Fresh or dried herbs also add another element to a dressing. Many times I save a jelly jar that has just a bit of jelly at the bottom and sides to start the process of making my dressing. Add the remaining ingredients, SHAKE and taste. Save a few jars and bottles and add seasonal, fresh, homemade dressings and vinaigrettes to your repertoire.
Over the last few weeks, I have also enjoyed “playing with” the CaCao Nibs from Rick Jordan. Rick has little bags of single origin, roasted cacao beans. They are fairly easy to crack, peel and get the nibs out. The cacao nibs have various flavor profiles based on the origin. It’s a similar concept to coffee beans. I have used the nibs to sprinkle on yogurt, and have baked them into brownies. I am hoping to mix them into my homemade granola the next time I make a batch. George is thinking homemade chocolate chip ice cream!
I am here to help you step out of the box and expand your creative cooking, tasting and menu planning according to the seasons and market availability of unique products. From week to week and season to season, I am going to make an attempt to share new ideas and inspiration.
The market vendor list will be expanding as the season progresses. I am planning to bring in more vendors, new vendors that are unique to the Wildwood Farmers Market. I want to create a one of a kind farmers market that the community and the shopper will find interesting. A creative mix of local, seasonal, artisanal and FUN vendors. As the vendor list grows, I am depending on the community and the market shopper base to grow with us. Rain or shine, windy, breezy, humid, delightful, cloudy, sunny, drizzly, perfect, not so perfect; through all kinds of weather, temperatures and forecasts the market will remain and the vendors will continue to work hard to bring you their best.
Saturday’s vendor list may change (as the weather changes) and may include
Stuckmeyer Plants and Produce
Rosy Buck Farm
Flower Hill Farm
Alpacas of Troy
El Chico Bakery
Hunters Ridge Berry Farm
Wine Creek Farm
Adventures in Spice
Great Harvest Breads
Rick Jordan, Chocolatier
It’s a Winnerman Card
Rocky Top Crafts
Coasters N More
Lila Bahl Photography
Ray Ray’s Kettle Corn
Enjoy live music by Michael Jonas.
See you at the Market.
Many Thanks for Your Continued Support.
Farmers Market Managers