Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Winter Market Details Announced!

There's a chill in the air - winter is right around the corner. We are so happy to announce that the EGFM will be moving indoors for our first winter market! 

That's right - you'll be able to enjoy products from your favorite market vendors all winter long - we have 18 EGFM growers and producers participating in the Winter Market.

How will our Winter Market work - simple
1. We will host an order-only winter market the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at the East Goshen Township Building in the "heated" Municipal Works Garage from 3 PM - 5 PM.

2. We will send our market newsletter via email on the 2nd and 4th Monday to provide you with a listing of participating vendors for the market and what they have to offer. The newsletter will link directly to each vendors website.

3. You will place your order directly with the vendor via email.

4. You will need to pick up your order on the scheduled market date.

Want to be added to our newsletter distribution list - email me and I'll add your information. 

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Turkey Talk

Have you ever seen a more beautiful specimen - I believe this guy is called a bourbon red? Can you guess where I am?
Lindenhof Farms - home of Axel Lindenhof - the sign still reads home of Lindenhof Guernseys - this used to be a dairy farm run by Axel's parents. Today Axel and his family raise a variety of livestock for meat and egg production -
And their specialty - your Thanksgivng Dinner - turkey! I hope you enjoy this visit to Lindenhof's - it is so important for you to appreciate where your food comes from - no farms, no food. I am always so excited when our producers invite us to visit their farms and businesses - it is truly an honor to be given the opportunity, and they are so gracious to take a break from their busy day to show us around.
And folks, when Axel says his turkeys are free range - he means it - they are pastured and allowed to feed on grasses and more. Did you know turkeys are "seasonal" - Axel gets his peeps (baby turkeys) starting in February - and come Thanksgiving those birds are ready for our Thanksgiving table. This year her has about 1000 birds.

These white turkeys are a conventional bird - the kind most of us are accustomed to eating at Thanksgiving.
This gaggle of turkeys are some of Axel's heritage breeds - they have predominantly dark meat and are simply delicious. And - unfortunate for you - they are sold out - Axel has pre-orders for all of his heritage birds.
Here's Axel with one of his turkeys - what a great couple!
Turkeys are not the only animals the Lindenhofs raise - they also have pigs.
These guys are fattening up nicely.
They all wanted their picture taken for the blog!
Now this little lady is just hanging out - isn't she a beauty.
Gorgeous! - I just love her ears!
These fellas are pasture raised and grass fed - very handsome.
 I had to snap a photo inside of Axel's beautiful barn - the barn is civil war era - and the graining of the barn wood and hand hewn beams is stunning. If you're wondering why there are gaps in the boards - it's intentional - these gaps allow for air flow through the barn.
I hope you enjoyed our visit to Lindenhof's - thanks Axel.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Do You Know Your Roots?

As the cold days of winter approach so too does the heartier produce - specifically "roots" - can you name these root veggies - all available at the East Goshen Farmers' Market from any of our produce growers - Blueberry Hill, Taproot and Livengood???
Meet celery root - a gnarly looking offering - and one of my favorite veggies. Don't be intimidated by appearances - this root has a delicate celery flavor and adds a wonderful flavor to soups, stews and my favorite - mashed potatoes with celery root and mascarpone - perfect along side of a roasted turkey on Thanksgiving. 

This fella - a rutabaga. A perfect fall pairing is roasted rutabagas with persimmons - this recipe is so delicious. Persimmons are available locally and add a lovely sweetness to the rutabaga.
If you guessed turnip, you're close - this is a Japanese turnip called a Hakurei turnip. They are pure white through and through and very delicate in flavor. My favorite Hakurei recipe is ginger pickled Hakurei.

This is a carrot - called a maroon - because it is maroon in color. Tastes just like - a carrot,
 but just look at how beautiful they are when cut - imagine how stunning they would look in a salad or as crudite.

Now this leggy root stumped even me. At first glance I thought it was a deformed parsnip - nope. It is parsley root - I had never heard of it.
Hmmmm - I've never used this before. Duane from Livengood Produce sent me home with a sample to try - Martha Stewart describes the flavor as a cross between carrots and celery. Her recipe for roasted parsley root is delicious - again - it would be a great side dish for Thanksgiving dinner.
Did you mark your calendar for our Thanksgiving Holiday Market - November 22, 2011 - noon to 3 PM in East Goshen Park - we'll feature over 25 growers and producers for all of your holiday needs.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

The Gathering - What a Lovely Evening!

Well, it took over a week to get photos to you from The Gathering - but here they are - in stages. The Gathering was held in the Historic Village of Sugartown. The calm before the storm - here are the tables set for dinner. The dinner portion of the event was held in the Carriage Museum - 2 swathes of tables each seating 50 patrons.
Lining the walls of the Carriage Museum are, carriages - sleighs, buggies, surreys, and even a Conestoga wagon.
The building is beautiful - the perfect venue for our Gathering!
A view from above - this place will not be empty for long.
Meet Sideview - our musical entertainment for the evening. We met Ryan Locher from Sideview at our Farmers' Market, and knew from our first introduction that his music was going to be special - and, we were far from disappointed. Ryan and Sideview friends were perfect for our Gathering - so talented!
As guests arrived they were greeted with a selection of appetizers and beverages on the lawn surrounding the historic barn which now serves as home to an extensive collection of antique farming implements.
Guests were invited to wander through the historic barn, period correct general store and the book bindery.
 At 5:00 PM sharp the market bell rang - dinner was ready to be served and guests were ushered to the Carriage Museum to enjoy an 8 course dinner prepared for them by 5 of the areas most celebrated chefs: Sean Weinberg from Restaurant Alba in Malvern, Terence Feury from Fork in Philadelphia, Eric Yost from White Dog Cafe in Philadelphia, Peter Gilmore from Gilmore's in West Chester and Zach Grainda of White Dog Cafe in Wayne. These amazing chefs were asked to create one course each featuring products available from the East Goshen Farmers' Market growers and producers - this was Top Chef - East Goshen style.
The Menu:

Cocktail Hour
in the Historic Barn at Sugartown
Visit the Historic Print Shop and Barn

A Tasting of Local Libations

Hard Cider:
Crabby Granny and Hogshead

Apple SNAP


Victory Tasting:
Prima Pils and Headwaters Pale Ale


A selection of Hors d'oeuvres from our Market Producers

Butternut Squash Savory Tart

Mushroom Veloute
served with
Parmesan Pepper Biscotti

Smoked Salmon Spread
Herb Garlic Crackers

Horseradish Hummus on Crudités

in the Carriage House

- First Plate -
Sean Weinberg, Restaurant Alba
Pork Tonnato
Black Walnut Mischief 2008

- Second Plate -
Terence Feury, Fork
Victory Lager

- Third Plate -
Eric Yost, White Dog Café
Veal Bolognese
Black Walnut Syrah 2008

- Fourth Plate -
Peter Gilmore, Gilmore’s
Seared Smoked Scallops / Jasmine Rice Cake
Lettuce Butter Sauce
Black Walnut Pinot Gris Off-Dry 2008

- Fifth Plate -
Zach Grainda, White Dog Café
Black Walnut Pinot Noir 2008
Victory Fest Beer

- Intermezzo -
Mojito Pop

- Cheese Tasting -
Chevre Sharp 2 and Purehaven Provence
Black Walnut Blanc Franc 2007

- Desserts -
Canele Chocolate Cookie
Chili Chocolate Cupcake
ROOT Float

If you were lucky enough to attend the dinner - we hope you enjoyed yourself. For those who did not have the opportunity to attend - there's always next year!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Last Chance to Make Reservations for the Gathering

Tomorrow - Tuesday, November 1st - will be the last day to make reservations for the East Goshen Farmers' Market Harvest Dinner - The Gathering.

The Gathering will be held in Historic Sugartown Village November 6th. The cocktail hour will be in the barn which has been restored and houses an impressive collection of antique farming and woodcarving implements. During cocktails guests will be invited to tour the print shop and general store. Cocktails include a selection of libations made with Root and Snap - 2 liquors from Philadelphia's own Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction.

The 8 course dinner will be served in the carriage house. Dinner features a 5 course entree tasting prepared by 5 of the areas most talked about chefs - Sean Weinberg from Restaurant Alba in Malvern, Eric Yost and Zach Grainda from White Dog Cafe in Philadelphia and Wayne, Peter Gilmore from Gilmore's in West Chester, and Terence Feury from Fork in Philadelphia. Dinner courses will be paired with wines from Chester County's own Black Walnut Vineyard, and beer from Downingtown's own Victory Brewing.

Music by the amazing Sideview.

For reservations contact us before noon on Tuesday, November 6th.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Market Buzz - Catching Up

My heavens - it's been a while since our last blog - excuse us please - we were busy planning the East Goshen Harvest Festival - hope you were all able to attend - it was a great day!

Now onto the East Goshen Farmers' Market Harvest Dinner - The Gathering. There are only a few tickets remaining - if you're interested, please let me know. Tomorrow, a full post on just the dinner - - - today we just want to catch you up on the market.

Despite soggy conditions this past week we were happy to see a nice crowd of market shoppers - our hours are 2 PM - 6-ish PM - - - as the days shorten we need to close up shop earlier to be out of the park by darkness. This little guy came prepared for the day in his bright red boots.
Because of the rain this past week we decided to move many of our vendors under the pavilion - it worked out just great. Of course a number of the vendors have too much to cart to the pavilion so they made camp in the parking lot including Blueberry Hill Produce, Livengood Produce, Frecon Fruits, Ridge Valley Maple Syrup and Lindenhof - - - Axel from Lindenhof is getting all ready for Thanksgiving - - - pre-order your fantastic turkey from Axel. You gotta love a guy that will wear this hat!

 Peg's been bringing her beautiful gourds.
Livengood Produce had amazing leeks - I made a delicious confit of leeks which is going onto my pizza tomorrow night - confit of leeks, saga Bleu from Shellbark Hollow, roasted delicata squash from Peg, and Frecon apple slices - YUM!
 Livengood also had these things - truth be told I didn't know what they were - flame red and about the size of duck egg - - - eggplants - never saw anything like them!!! I sauteed them in a little olive oil - - -
and then added some bitter greens from Taproot. They kept their color after sauteeing - so cool! 
Look at these gorgeous purple beans from Livengood
 This little guy came to the market all ready for trick or treating -
Kari from Pureblend Tea introduced me to her Ginger Papaya Tea - my new favorite tea.
 Kate's been making hot soup for the market - nothing like a brisk day at the market with a bowl of soup to keep you warm. She was sick this past week but will be back to market next Thursday.
Issa from Mompops has been bringing his specialty pizzas to the market - bake at home. Here's a hint - if you want one get to market early - they go fast - he welcomes pre-orders!
 Marie over at My House Cookies has amazing Pumpkin Pie - perfect for the fall.
Herc and his lovely wife will be at market this week with their bouquet of mushrooms - what a handsome couple!
Who says Ellen April's soaps are just for girls - here's her Handy Man Special - love her labels!
Peg's got corn again - a late season variety - Aztec - white and sweet!
And nothing says fall like the bounty of cruciferous veggies - giant cabbages,
And perfect cauliflower.
See you at market this week!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Peck of Pickled Pickles, and Parsnips and Cauliflower and Turnips

Autumn veggies - nothing like them - welcoming the cooler days of the season. My problem - I just can't say no to a beautiful vegetable - one visit to the market and the drawers of the fridge are overflowing. Solution - pickle them - this is my favorite time of year to break out the canner, preserving  the bounty of the season to be enjoyed for the months ahead.

It all started so innocently - I bought these gorgeous pickling cukes from Peg at Blueberry Hill.
Who doesn't love a great dilled pickle.

Then I got carried away - - -
 Parsnip and Carrot Pickles with Chiles - - -

Pickled Cauliflower - - -