June 4th Market

We are so blessed to have such great customers!  The picture up here was taken by one of our dearest customers and shared with me.  She was delighted by the beautiful vegetables she bought at market last week.  Her picture looks so scrumptious, I just had to brag on the fact that my husband grew that!!!

This is an exciting week for market because bok choy is in!  We are bringing baby bok choy this week because they are true beauties!
img_3689Cute and tiny and pure perfection!  When I have super fresh bok choy, my favorite way to make it is in a salad!  About six years ago, one of our customers shared this recipe with me and just thinking about it makes my mouth water!  It is so easy!  First throw a chicken breast on the grill.  I break up a bag of ramen noodles (yep the ones we lived off of in college) and toast them.  I then chop up the bok choy (be sure to use the stems), chop up some peanuts, drain a can of mandarin oranges and throw them in along with the toasted ramen noodles and toss.  I slice up the chicken breast and serve on right on top of the salad.  I make an awesome fresh ginger dressing to keep the Asian flair.  I always use our garlic and honey in it.  I am also sure to use Castlemonte Farm’s fresh ginger when it is in season.  It is the very best ginger and it is used in the Hardywood Gingerbread Stout! You can visit them at market, they are right across from us at the South of the James!  You are sure to be delighted by this recipe.  You can also sauté the bok choy in olive oil and garlic and serve them as a side, they are great that way as well.

This year, Matt’ swiss chard has really put on a beautiful show!  Did you know they are in the beet family and offer awesome health benefits?

Swiss chard is not only one of the most popular vegetables along the Mediterranean but it is one of the most nutritious vegetables around and ranks second only to spinach. My favorite way to serve this is in a stir fry!  This shrimp and swiss chard sauté is super quick and easy and is a healthy week night supper!

So, what’s coming to market this week?

  • Salad and Arugula
  • Swiss Chard
  • Kale
  • Fresh Garlic and Garlic Scopes
  • Squash
  • Leeks
  • Bok Choy
  • Honey
  • Eggs
  • Baby Romaine and Butter Crunch Lettuces

We will see you from 8:00-12:00 this Saturday at the South of the James Farmer’s Market!  Remember, market is always best in the rain!

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