The Farmers’ Market Report: April 12-13, 2014
Rhubarb, artichokes, asparagus, lamb roasts, and dog shampoo
By Kate Thornberry,
11:30AM, Fri. Apr. 11, 2014
Those young stalks of rhubarb pictured above are from the STAR table at the Barton Creek Farmers’ Market, and Mr. Star says that he will have even more this Saturday. Mr. McKemie of McKemie HomeGrown says that he will keep having asparagus until it gets hot, which means we have at least another week or two. I haven’t gotten to the market early enough to get any for two weeks; it really is true, you have to get there at 9 on the dot.
Hairston Creek Farm will have organic strawberries, lettuce, green garlic, spinach, and onion scapes at the Cedar Park Farmers’ Market, the Sunset Valley Farmers’ Market, and the Mueller Farmers’ Market.
However, Two Happy Children will have strawberries, kale, spinach, cabbage, carrot, brussels sprout greens, spring onions, and cauliflower. (I didn’t know you can eat brussels sprouts greens.) 2HC sells at Cedar Park and Barton Creek.
Speaking of strawberries, they are at their peak right now. Not only are they available fresh, by the pint and quart, at all area markets, but they are showing up in all kinds of guises. Confituras is currently making the most amazing strawberry/vanilla bean jam; Winfield Farm at Barton Creek is selling their strawberry, rhubarb, and ginger jam; Austin Gelato has chocolate-covered strawberry sorbet pops; Dai Due is serving sprouted wheat pancakes with strawberries, ricotta, dried lemon, and honey; New World Gelato has strawberry gelato, strawberry sorbetto, and strawberry margarita sorbetto.
Dewberry Hills Farm will not be appearing at the markets this weekend. All is well, the chickens just aren’t big enough yet.
The Peached Tortilla, who were at the HOPE Market last Sunday, will be at the Cedar Park Market this Saturday. You may remember their JapaJam Burger from last week's report. Garbo’s Lobster Truck, who are at the Barton Creek Market on Saturdays, will have watermelon/lobster ceviche this week, in addition to their incredible lobster rolls.
The theme for April’s SFC Markets is “Greens, Eggs, and Ham,” which is a pretty good description of April’s bounty. As Suzanne Santos proclaims, “Let us celebrate local, pastured eggs, abundant lettuces and braising greens, all things pastured pork, and everything made with these local, healthy ingredients!”
I am a big fan of Kiskadee Chocolates, in particular their drinking chocolate. But they also make bean-to-bar chocolates, and this Sunday at Mueller they will be selling cinnamon cayenne, pistachio/dried cherry, 60% dark, 85% dark, sea salt/almond, and cacao nib bars. You can also purchase their chocolate salami (chocolate, dried fruit, and nut roll) and hazelnut/chocolate spread, if you get there early. That spread goes fast.
Over at the HOPE Market, Regal Ravioli will be the food truck this Sunday. This week’s special will be kale ravioli with cashew cream and roasted garlic.
Wendy Town will also be selling handmade mustard, made from their own mustard seeds. Varieties include Herbed Stout Mustard, Spicy Herbed Mustard, and “Better Than Yellow” Mustard.
Curious Confections will only be making hot cross buns until Easter, so this weekend is your second-to-last chance to get some. This week's menu also includes almond croissants, apple turnovers, peanut colada energy bars, green tea scones, black cherry marshmallows, coffee caramels, chocolate crackle cookies, ribbon cookies, and white chocolate raspberry brownies.
From Dai Due (Downtown and Mueller)
Breakfast & Lunch at the Market
Lamb Mixiote Taco with habanero pickled onion and cilantro;
Ossabaw Pork Rib with celery root kraut and creamer pea stew;
Sprouted Wheat Pancake with strawberries, ricotta, dried lemon, and honey;
Ossabaw Pork Grillades and Baked Grits with parsley;
Ossabaw Pork Torta Milanesa with avocado, ham, queso Oaxaca, chipotle mayonnaise, and onion;
Cafe a la Olla and Celery Soda.
See you at the markets!
Kate Thornberry, April 18, 2014
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