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Summer Produce is Here

Friday, July 15th, 2016 | George Sackett | market-report

Join at the market tomorrow, 8:30am-12:30pm. Wildwood Town Center, 221 Plaza Drive, Wildwood MO.

Live music, 9am-12pm -Michael Jonas and Will Miskall

We are at the beginning of the Missouri summertime, produce harvest season. Much more is ahead of us in the coming months.

I was visiting with a vendor last week during market and as we were chatting we were admiring all of the brightly colored produce. I mentioned how the color of the food really reflects the season. In the spring, all of the early produce is green. Just as the earth is waking up and greening, much of our food is green. Then spring gradually moves onto summer. As the sun gets brighter, the temperature warmer and the days longer, the color of our food changes and again mimics that intensity of the summer weather. The bright reds, oranges, greens, purples and yellows shine boldly.The flavor of the summer produce intensifies as the sunshine and heat increase. Have you ever heard of the Brix measurements in food?

Each week the amount and variety of fresh, seasonal, local, tasty produce covers my counter and fills my refrigerator. It’s now time to enjoy the fresh flavors, but soon it will be time to think about preserving the bounty. For years I have been making pints and pints of bread and butter pickles and pickle relish. Canning tomatoes in various forms is also a favorite. Making jellies, salsas, chutneys and other hot water bath, low acid or high sugar preserving is pretty easy. This spring I was in a two day class to get certified in processing and low acid canning. It was quite interesting. Over the next few weeks I hope to share some recipe ideas for preserving and canning. Some if it does not require a lot of special equipment and can be fairly easy. Taking the time to preserve when there is a bounty can save time and money in the future months. And the food that one preserves themselves really does taste better.

Meanwhile enjoy all of the local, delicious, fresh food now. The market vendor list is growing. The produce is bountiful. This week continue to enjoy sweet corn, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and more. The weather has been cooperative and has extended the season of some of the more early crops. ENJOY!
Some of the produce available tomorrow will be Peaches, Blackberries and Melons
as well as
varieties of Tomatoes
varieties of Peppers

Reg. Green kale
Lacinato Kale
Green onions
Red Beets
Yellow beets
Yellow squash
Green and red cabbage
Yellow, red and white sweet onions
 Sweet Corn
Green Beans

Fresh and Local Produce and Pastured Meat and Eggs, Plants and Herbs
Brushy Creek- a variety of local,seasonal produce
Cadet Creek- a variety of local, seasonal produce
Cerny Family- a variety of local, seasonal produce
E&E Acres- a variety of pastured pork cuts
Lindsey Orphan-a variety of local, seasonal produce, handmade soap and birdhouse gourds
Milkweed for Monarchs- locally grown potted milkweed plants
Papillon Perennials- herbs, succulents, perennials, natives
Pop Pop & CO- a variety of local, seasonal produce
River Hills Homestead- a variety of local, seasonal produce

Rosy Buck Farm -pastured eggs, flowers and local produce
Stuart Farm -pastured chicken and eggs
Stuckmeyer Plants and Produce – a variety of local, seasonal produce

Locally Branded Food
Adventures in Spice (herbs and spices)
Blooming with Joy (tea blends)
Ken’s Pepperworks (hot sauces)

Koupps Koffee (coffee beans)
Ray Ray’s Kettle Corn

NonFood Vendors
The Earring Lady
Gaelic Irish Designs
Goose Creek Soap
It’s A Winnerman Card
Lavender Leaf
My Creative Outlet 123
Poe’s Wooden Toys and Furniture

Tiles by Terri
Zen Rainbow Creations