Farmers' Market Report: April 19-20, 2014
The first summer squash, chocolate bunnies, and iceberg lettuce
By Kate Thornberry,
11:30AM, Fri. Apr. 18, 2014
The squash are slightly larger than small fingerlings in size. They will also be bringing strawberries, which are still going strong for many area farmers, including Engel Farms and 2 Happy Children. I am told that 2 Happy Children will also have summer squash at the Cedar Park Market this Sunday.
This Sunday is Easter Sunday, which means that many vendors and farmers will not be at the markets that day. Expect the Sunday markets to be smaller than usual. Lone Star Farmers Market will not be open, but Cedar Park, Mueller, and HOPE will all be open. Cedar Park Farmers’ Market will have a scavenger hunt for the kids from 10am-Noon, with Easter and spring prizes for the kids.
Curious Confections at the HOPE Market will have pomegranate and lemon flavored marshmallow Peeps, Heavenly Hash chocolate bars, Easter nests, Easter-themed sugar cookies, and lemon koularakia, which are Greek Easter cookies. This will also be the last Sunday to get hot cross buns. They will also have almond croissants, Battenberg cakes, strawberry breakfast tarts and currant scones.
Over at the Mueller Farmers’ Market, McKemie HomeGrown will have asparagus for sale. Mr. McKemie was unable to attend last weekend (possibly because of a labor shortage), so he should have more than enough this weekend.
Dewberry Hills Farm won’t be at the markets this Saturday (again). Chickens just don’t grow all that fast when it’s chilly, I guess.
Prickly Pair Farm at the Cedar Park Farmers’ Market will have their first cuts of Dutch iris this week in very limited quantities. However, they will have plenty of other flowers including snapdragons, statice, Bells of Ireland, calendula, delphiniums, and dianthus. Juicy Jay’s Meatballs will be at the Cedar Park Market on Sunday with their authentic Sicilian style meatballs and marinara sauces. Jay’s meatballs and marinara are the best I have found available commercially, anywhere in town.
If you can’t make it up to Cedar Park, Kiskadee’s craft chocolate bars are now available at Froyoyo Yogurt (3201 Bee Caves Rd.), across the street from the Randall’s in Rollingwood. Froyoyo is now carrying the best selection of American craft chocolate in Texas, and Kiskadee Chocolate is right up there with the best.
From the Dai Due Butcher Shop:
Breakfast & Lunch at the Market (Downtown only this weekend)
Chicharron and Yucca Blossom Taco with green tomato/lamb's quarter salsa, and pickled cactus buds
Pulled Ossabaw Pork Sandwich with rutabaga kraut, horseradish mustard, and onion
Longanisa Sausage and Egg Torta with queso Oaxaca, chipotle mayonnaise, and cilantro
Lamb Posole with radish, onion, and cilantro
Smothered Ossabaw Pork Chop with grits, duck egg, and kale
Cafe a la Olla
I am sad to say, this is my last edition of the Farmers’ Market Report in the Austin Chronicle.
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