Farmers Market Report: August 24-25, 2013
Melons. soft-shell crabs, popcorn, and fermented pasilla salsa
By Kate Thornberry,
1:00PM, Fri. Aug. 23, 2013
The slightly cooler weather has been great for the crops, not to mention the rain we have been having here and there. There are a few things that are still producing, but many farmers are waiting for fall plantings of peppers and tomatoes to mature.
The star of the season right now are the melons: watermelons, cantaloupes, honeydews, and others. Two Happy Children Farm have all these, plus Ambrosia melons and Israeli melons.
Cucumbers are still going strong, as are all varieties of sweet onion. Okra is producing well, and many farmers are pulling this Spring’s potatoes out of the drying shed during the Dog Days lull.
Fruitful Hill Farm has beaten Jim Richardson to the punch with a new crop of popcorn. Making popcorn on the stove with real melted butter takes about three minutes longer than throwing a heavily processed bag in the microwave, and the flavor and texture are so much better. Fruitful Hill’s popcorn is on the cob, while the Richardson Farms popcorn is already hulled and in a bag.
You’ve been listening to me have a sad about Peeler Farms deserting us for the San Antonio Pearl Brewery Market (which is admittedly about a hundred miles closer to their farm). Well, now I am doing a happy dance because they are going to be selling at the Tuesday SFC East Market. This market runs from 3 PM-7 PM at the Cap Metro M Station at MLK and Miriam Avenue. Peeler Farms sells some just amazing chicken and beef, as well as occasionally having duck breasts and whole ducks.
Vital Farms will possibly have blue eggs for sale this weekend at the Barton Creek Market. If not this week, then next week. I’ve gotta admit, I want some...because they are blue!
Dai Due is taking a break from the Mueller Sunday Market, and will not be serving breakfast and brunch there until September 8th. But they will be at the Downtown Market on Saturdays, and here is this week’s menu:
French Toast with Wild Boar Banger with sweet cracklins and stewed peaches; Fresh Herb Italian Sausage Sandwich with tomato sauce and mozzarella; Beef Picadillo Taco with onions, parsley, and fermented pasilla salsa; Purple Hull Pea Succotash with a fried duck egg, smoked sausage, salt pork, and sweet peppers; Cafe a la Olla Mexican coffee with molasses, brown sugar, and spices. Lime Soda with verbena, lemon balm, and lemongrass.
Dai Due will be selling Blood Sausage with Apples and Bacon and Hot Boudin Coils this Saturday, as well as a Fermented Pasilla Chile Salsa that Jesse says is one of the best things he has ever made. Be sure to check out the news about Dai Due's upcoming brick-and-mortar location here.
See you at the Markets!
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Farmers Market Report, Two Happy Children Farm, K & S Seafood, Richardson Farms, J.J.’s Good Things, Fruitful Hill Farm, Peach Creek Farm, FLOUR, Sustainable Food Center, SFC Downtown Farmers Market, SFC Farmers Market East, Barton Creek Farmers Market, HOPE Farmers Market, Texas French Bread, Cake and Spoon, Red Rabbit Bakery, Casa Brasil, Vital Farms, Dai Due, Peeler Farms