August 14, 2014Vol 8, Issue 24
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 Market Updates

Midsummer brings a few changes and a few surprises to the Hollywood Farmers Market. Nature's Best - OR Honey and Ole World Oils will be gone this week, but will return next Saturday. In the meantime, you can get delicious local honey from Deck Family Farms and Nature's Wild Harvest. Scoop is back at market after a week off, and we'll also be joined by on-call vendors Home Grown and Dancing Light Ranch.


From melons to blackberries, summer fruits continue to abound, but something new will appear at market this Saturday: certified organic peaches from Kiyokawa Family Orchards! Get to market early to pick some up.


Our month-long Photo Contest continues! This year, we are running the contest on Instagram; just post your photo with the hashtag #hfmphotocontest to enter it. The winning photographer will receive $20 in market tokens! If you'd like to follow us on Instagram, you can find our page at The full contest rules can be found on our website here.


See you at the market!

15 Late Summer Preserving Ideas!

Late summer in the Pacific NW is a great time for preserving local produce! Summer fruits and vegetables are cheap and abundant, and many reach peak flavor this time of the year. Most vendors at the market offer bulk discounts to make preserving an even more attractive option. Tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, corn, eggplant, stone fruit, berries - the list goes on, and it's all available in abundance at the market! To help kickstart your imagination, we've compiled 15 easy ideas for preserving projects. 


1. If you don't have the equipment for any of these projects, check out the kitchen tool lending library Kitchen Share! It's a new non-profit that loans out dehydrators, canning equipment, ice-cream makers, juicers, mixers, bread makers, and more. The SE Portland branch is located at SE 28th and Harrison. The NE branch at 20th and Killingsworth is now open two days a week, Wednesdays and Saturdays!

2.  Tomato paste is a great way to preserve peak-season tomatoes. It's easy, tastes way better than store-bought canned tomato paste, and doesn't take up much room in the freezer. Freeze it in ice cube trays so you can easily use it just a little at a time.


3.  Freezing corn kernels is one of the easiest ways to preserve summer flavor. Just blanch them in boiling water for a few minutes, then pack in a ziploc and freeze. The whole process takes maybe 15 minutes! 


4. For many of us, nothing conjures up the feeling of summer in January like a jar of delicious salsa. The beauty of salsas is that almost every ingredient is available in late summer at the farmers market - for some recipes, everything but salt and citrus or vinegar! There's a tremendous diversity to choose from - tomato salsa, peach salsa, tomatillo salsa... Experiment! Some say spiciness goes really well with melons. If you're making a pureed salsa and have space in the freezer, you can save the work of canning by freezing your salsa. 


5. Next time you fire up your grill for a barbecue, buy some extra peppers and throw them on the grill. Then freeze them to enjoy out-of-season roasted peppers. You can do the same thing with eggplants and whip up some lovely smokey baba ghannoush in the winter! You can also preserve grilled eggplants or peppers for a month or so by pouring olive oil over them and storing them in the fridge. 


6. There are many ways to preserve vegetables naturally without canning or freezing. One is naturally fermented sauerkraut , which only requires two ingredients - cabbage and salt! If you've never had naturally-fermented kraut, give it a try - the taste is more complex and not as vinegary compared to store bought kraut. 

 7. Another naturally fermented preserved vegetable is the traditional dill pickle.  This recipe is the one used by Gales Meadow Farm for their pickled cucumbers.

 8. Most of the ingredients for a delicious fresh pesto are available at the market for much of the year, from the herbs to the garlic to the nuts (hazelnuts and walnuts). You can make pesto from any herb or green - cilantro and arugula are particularly tasty alternatives to the traditional basil. It doesn't take up much space in the freezer - again, use an ice cube tray to freeze it in single-use amounts.


9. We left jams and jellies out of this list, as most people already know about them and many are tired of them! A fun (and low-sugar) alternative to jams are fruit butters. Cook down a bunch of peach (or apricot, or apple, or pear, etc.) puree with spices until it is thick and spreadable. Then pour into jars and can according to your recipes' instructions.


10. If you bake pies regularly, why not can your favorite pie filling? Then all you need to do is open up a jar to make a summer pie in the middle of winter.


11. Raw packing is a great and easy way to can summer fruit and preserve its flavor. Just fill the canning jar up to the neck with rinsed and drained raw fruit, fill it up with hot syrup, juice or water (leaving 1/2 inch headspace), cover and process according to the instructions on this page. Works great for peaches, apricots, plums and berries!

 12. Fruit leathers are homemade fruit rollups made from fresh fruit. Just pour any fruit puree onto a flat surface for drying, whether in a food dehydrator or a low-temp oven. 

13. Pureed soups like tomato or roasted red pepper freeze very well, and during the height of the season it's easy to make more than you need and freeze the rest. If you wanted to can these soups you would need a pressure canner, as they are too low-acid for water-bath canning. 


14. If you love peaches, the best way to preserve flavor is by canning them in syrup. This one is a bit more work, but you get a lot out of it - the sweet flavor of late-summer peaches in the winter. 

15. The National Center for Home Food Preservation has a website that is an amazing resource, with by-the-book instructions on canning, freezing, pickling, drying, etc almost anything! If you prefer the printed page to a computer screen, Putting Food By is a classic comprehensive preserving manual that discusses techniques, reason for techniques, suggestions on timing, storage instructions and more.

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Upcoming Events:

August, all month!

Face Painting with Crista
Saturday, August 16th, 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Market Medicinals cooking demo
Saturday, August 30th, 9:30am - 12:00pm

Kids' Cooking Demo w/ Joanna Sooper
Saturday, September 13th, 9:30 am - 12:00pm
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Nature's Wild Harvest
Walk on the wilder side of the vaccinium genus (shared with blueberries!) and toss some huckleberries in your pancakes or muffins! Their tart-but-sweet flavor is more concentrated in their skins, and they are bursting with antioxidants. 
Pinot Gris
Laurelridge Winery
This week Laurelridge is featuring their 2012 Lujon, a true Willamette Valley pinot gris. Plenty of great pairings for this wine at the market, like fresh-caught salmon. Make sure you stop at their booth at the market to sample and ask questions.
Persephone Farm
Persephone is well into their cucumber season, and they currently have three crunchtastic varieties at market! Mideast cucumbers are ideal for slicing and eating fresh. Pickling cukes are (of course) for making pickles - check out the article on the left for a great recipe. And lemon cukes are the wild card - they only resemble lemons visually, not in taste - but their thin tender skin and mild flavor make them great for snacking!

Stocks, Fats and Organ meats
Pine Mountain Ranch
In addition to beef, yak, buffalo and elk meat - both cuts and ground, Pine Mountain Ranch also carries some hard to find/unusual items.  They have ready to use stock - beef, chicken and yak - for soups, risottos, or whatever you may be cooking!  They also have various fats, including duck fat and beef fat, which may be used in place of butter or lard. Try using it for sauteeing greens or in beans or maybe even on your oatmeal!  If you are looking for offal - heart, liver, tongue, testicles, kidney and oxtail - this is the place!
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