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Tomorrow at the Hollywood Farmers Market, Sept 7, 2013

Please see below this week’s Hollywood Farmers Market Newsletter. See you all tomorrow

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A Visit to the Caspari Farm 

Trip to Caspari Farm

Shortly after graduating from Eco City Farm’s 11-month Immigrant Farmers Program, North College Park’s Roy Caspari decided to put his new knowledge to use and turn his backyard into a small urban farm. Roy and his wife R.T recently gave a tour of their backyard farm, located on the west side of the Hollywood neighborhood, to a dozen local residents, including Hollywood Farmers Market board members, vendors and customers. They even served their visitors coffee and breakfast.

Back in early May, when planning for the farmers market was still underway, one board member asked Roy to become a vendor and encouraged him to plant enough to sell. Roy acted quickly, buying some lettuce and spicy green mix and planting them in the ground. ”We did it – boom, boom, boom!” Now shoppers can buy a bag of fresh harvested greens from Eastern Delights—the name of the Caspari’s business—as well as their delicious spring rolls, green smoothies and vegetable fritters.

In addition to planting greens, the Caspari farm includes fruits; herbs (including basil, onion, and garlic); vegetables like green beans and potatoes.

Featured Vendor: Red Chimney Flower Farm  

For the last 15 years, local markets have benefited from the variety of fresh-cut annual and perennials, including lisianthus plants, that this Bowie-based vendor offers—and now so do shoppers at our market. For more than seven months of the year, this farmer grows more than 100 varieties of flowers, offering customers the “usual and unusual” straight from the garden.

Red Chimney Flower Farm at the Hollywood Farmers Market

Be sure to stop by this vendor’s table to check out the colors and scents of this wide range of fresh-cut flowers.

This week’s Vendors

1. Calvert Farm
2. SunSplash Farm
3. Pleitez Farm
4. Legacy Manor
5. Shlagal Farms
6. Conscious Alchemy
7. Morning Glory Farm
8. Heavenly Created Desserts
9. Christiane’s Knits and Gardens
10. Ear Gear
11. Silent Beading
12. Fertile Soil Teas
13. Caspari Farm
14. Green sprouts
15. Coffee Barn
16. Tiffany’s Oven
17. Tuckey’s Mountain Grown
18. Create Peace Jeweleries
19. Eastern Delights
20. Uptown Bakers
21. Red Chimney Flower Farm
22. Chic Expressions
23. Ozlem Crafts
24. Henna Art
25. Phil’s Dills
26. John & Allie’s Tea Pops
27. Razan Center for Massage & Health
28. Ferguson Family Farm

Featured Produce: Butternut Squash

Sweet and nutty—that’s the way people often describe the taste of this yellow-orange, autumn-ripening squash, which some people call a fruit and others call a vegetable. Whatever you call it, it’s delicious, whether roasted or toasted, pureed for soups, or mashed to use in breads. And an added bonus to this delicious vegetable is that it is super-high in vitamin A with vitamin C close behind.

The hardest part of cooking a butternut squash is removing the hard outer skin, but you can make that easier by simply roasting it. Cut the squash in half lengthwise, remove the seeds, lightly brush with cooking oil, and place the cut side down on a baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees, and, depending on its size, it should be soft and ready-to-eat in 45 to 60 minutes.

After cooking, or even while cooking, it can be seasoned with sweet spices like nutmeg and cinnamon and/or butter. Once it’s out of the oven, try a drizzle of honey or maple syrup.

Recipe of the Week:  Tuscan-Style Stewed Squash

Makes 8 to 10 side-dish servings
Ingredients
3 tbs olive oil
2 celery stalks (approx 1 cup), finely chopped
1 medium red onion (approx 1 cup), finely chopped
3 medium carrots (approx 1 cup), finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 whole stems rosemary
¼ tsp red pepper flakes
½ cup dry white wine
1 to 2 large butternut squashes, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1-inch cubes (about 10 cups)
1 28 oz can whole peeled tomatoes, liquid reserved
2/4 cup vegetable or chicken stock
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Farm fresh squash at the Hollywood Farmers market


Heat oil in medium pot over medium-low heat. Add celery, onion, carrots, garlic, rosemary and red pepper flakes. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes or until vegetables are soft, adding water as needed to avoid sticking.

Add wine. Cook for 3 minutes.

Add squash, and stir well to combine. Cook, stirring occasionally for 10 minutes or until vegetables have softened. Add water if needed.

Add tomatoes from can one at a time, crush with hands. Add ½ cup reserved tomato liquid.
Add stock. Season with salt and pepper.

Simmer, uncovered for 20 to 30 minutes or until squash is tender.


Hollywood Farmers Market is located at the Hollywood Shopping Center (near REI) on Saturdays from 8am to 12 noon. Email: Hollwoodmarketcp@gmail.com. Phone: (301) 659 – 6295 Like us on the FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/hollywoodmarket
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