July 25, 2018
The Frisco Rotary Farmers Market Newsletter
John Wayne Nichols
June 27, 1954 - July 18, 2018
John and his husband Richard DeKnock partnered on the Tastefully Simple booth at the Frisco Rotary Farmers Market. We will miss John's friendly face at the market. To view John's obituary, click here .
Richard and Tastefully Simple will return to the market in August.
Product of the Week:
Cantaloupe is a member of the gourd family. This fruit and vegetable family includes winter squash, pumpkin, cucumber, and gourds. Also called muskmelon, cantaloupe will be available at the FRFM through August.
Back in the day when Frisco was an agricultural community, cantaloupe was king in North Texas. This part of the country still produces some of the sweetest juiciest cantaloupe around.

Cantaloupe is a nutritional powerhouse plus low in calories:

A one cup serving of cantaloupe contains:

One of the most common questions from customers about cantaloupe is: "How do I know if a cantaloupe is ripe?"

Our produce farmers are pretty adept at checking out the ripeness of a melon. But if you want to judge ripeness for yourself you can look for the following:

  1. Pick up the melon and check out the skin. Avoid ones with lots of cracks and/or spots of discoloration.
  2. Look for color (white) coming through the webbing on the skin of the melon. No color should come through.
  3. Compare melon weight. The heavier the better because heavier melons have better sugar and water content making them sweeter and juicier.
  4. Thump it. You've probably thumped a cantaloupe or watermelon before. But did you know what you were looking for? Your thump should make a hollow sound, almost an echo. This means the melon is fresh
  5. Smell the skin or stem. It should smell strongly of cantaloupe...the stronger the smell, the fresher the melon.

So, now that you've selected the freshest,
sweetest, juiciest melon what will you do with it?
Slice it up and eat it by the slice or chop it up to eat with a fork. Remember all of the wonderful health benefits and enjoy these fresh melons. Here's another option:
Total Time: 35 minutes
Serves: 4
  • 3 medium cantaloupes
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon or lime juice
  • ½ cup fresh blueberries
  • ½ cup fresh strawberry
  1. Remove the peel and slice the melon into large chunks.
  2. Puree melon in a blender or food processor until it has liquified.
  3. Gently mix in lemon or lime juice and chill the mixture in the freezer for 20 – 30 minutes.
  4. Serve in individual bowls, garnished with fresh berries.
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Pick up your FREE Edible magazine at the Frisco Rotary Booth. It's filled with great information about local food and recipes!
Pick Up Your Limited Edition Frisco Rotary Farmers Market T-Shirt at the Rotary Club of Frisco Booth This Saturday!
The 2018 Frisco Rotary Farmers Market T-Shirts are in! Light gray with the FRFM logo on the front and out sponsors on the back, the t-shirts are $15 each. We have men's sizes M, L, XL and XXL and a limited quantity of women's v-necks in M, L, and XL.

Pick Up Your FREE Limited Edition Big Big Buck the Buck Creek Rooster sticker at the Frisco Rotary Farmers Market booth this Saturday!
We also have a bottomless cup of coffee for $1.50 ( now from The Barking Owl Coffee Roasters) and bottled water for $1.00. Stroll the market and stay hydrated!

We can answer your questions about the Frisco Rotary Farmers Market, the vendors at the market and the Rotary Club of Frisco. Stop by and say hi!
Big Buck with his hen party!
Vendor Profile:
Olives and Oil
The Vandermarks Olives and Oil booth displays balsamic vinegars from Texas Olive Ranch, extra virgin oil oil from Frantoio Grove in California and Texas Olive Ranch and infused olive oil from Texas Olive Ranch.
Roxi Vandermark loves fresh, extra virgin olive oil and she wants to spread the word to the world that Texas and California grown olives make the best olive oil.

" I want to be part of an industry that produces a down to earth real product from scratch." Said Roxi. "The olive oils found here are produced from local orchards in the great states of Texas and California. Grown with care, swiftly harvested and pressed to be bottled for local consumption. Many olive oils are bottled with blends of olives or other oils from multiple sources to maximize profits. I am determined to sell estate only Extra Virgin olive oils not necessarily for profit, but to support the efforts of small farms of being true to themselves and you the consumer. "
Texas Olive Ranch in Carrizo Springs, Texas (two and a half hours southwest of San Antonio) has 50,000 Arbequina, Arbosana and Koroneiki variety olive trees.
Frantoio Grove in northern California has 30 acres of frantoio olive trees.
In addition to extra virgin olive oil from Texas Olive Ranch and Frantoio Grove, the Vandermarks offer flavored balsamic vinegar (think blackberry, fig, pecan, pomegranite and red and white) and infused olive oils (rosemary, herb garden, mesquite, meyer lemon, rattlesnake, roasted garlic and sweet basil).

So...what determines that an olive oil is extra virgin?

The International Olive Council, The California Olive Council and the USDA all have defined extra virgin olive oil as follows:

1. It meets a specific laboratory analysis. These tests are designed to detect oil that has been heat extracted, adulterated , mishandled or oxidized.

2. It passes a taste test by a certified panel of trained tasters. Olive oil will fail at one (or both) of the methods if it has been mishandled, adulterated, oxidized.

Why buy local olive oils? Freshness.
The fresher the oil, the better the oil. Olive oil's enemies are light, oxygen and heat. Both Texas Olive Ranch and Frantoio Grove oils are bottled in dark glass to help protect the oil from light. Bottling is done in small batches and the bulk oil is stored in an oxygen free environment. If oil is kept in a cool dark place, it should be good for 2 years from the milling date.

But, believe me, a bottle of really fresh extra virgin olive oil will not be around that long!

Stop by the Olives and Oil booth this Saturday to learn more about the health benefits of olive oil and to taste the difference between the arbequina and frantoio varieties.
What's Fresh in July at the FRFM?
The following items will be available at the markets in July (tasting allowed!):

Blackberries, Blueberries, Figs, Melons, Peaches
Basil, Mint
Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Corn, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Garlic, Green Beans, Greens (Chard, Mustard), Leeks, Lima Beans, Mushrooms, Peas (Black-Eyed and Purple Hull, Potatoes, Onions, Okra, Peppers, Squash, Tomatoes, Turnips

Be a Market Volunteer!

Need service hours for your company or organization? Need service hours for community service or your school? Volunteer and have fun at The Frisco Rotary Farmers Market each week!
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