August 13, 2015 Vol 10, Issue 26
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Market Updates
With market overflowing with summer's freshest produce, there's no better time to preserve the bounty! From tomatoes to peaches, cucumbers to the season's first apples (!), you'll have lots of options for stocking up and putting by. Read on to learn more about some of the great ways you can savor the season without having to resort to canning.

This Saturday, THINK Unique Gardens will be returning after a week away, while Columbia River Salmon will be taking a week off. Seed & Thistle Apothecary will be back, with handcrafted, wildcrafted teas and tinctures. Other on-call vendors include Portland Regular Bread & Rossi Farms. 

Hope you all enjoyed our National Farmers Market Week celebration this past Saturday! The staff legislators in attendance (Senator Michael Dembrow and Representative Alyssa Keny-Guyer) had a great time learning about our farmers market, and of course the temporary tattoos were a big hit! 

It's August, and that means it's time for HFM's annual photo contest!!! You can enter your beautiful photos simply by posting them on Instagram with the hashtag #hfmphotocontest. You can find the contest rules on the right sidebar of this newsletter, as well as here. First prize is $20  in farmers market tokens!

See you at the market!

15 Great Preserving Ideas for Late Summer
Late summer in the Pacific Northwest is a great time for preserving local produce! Even as we're starting to head back into our fall routines, locally available produce is reaching its peak! Summer fruits and vegetables are cheap and abundant, and usually 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 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 (same location as the NE Portland Tool Library) 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 roasted peppers throughout the year. 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. 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.

8. 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 some 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.

9. 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!

10. Fruit leathers are homemade fruit rollups made from fresh0 fruit! Just pour any fruit puree onto a flat surface for drying, whether in a food dehydrator or a low-temp oven.

11. Another easy-to-dry item are sundried tomatoes, which you can make easily in your oven! Just halve plum tomatoes (or any type of tomato really) sprinkle them with some salt and pepper, and bake them at the lowest temperature your oven will go to. 200 degrees is great; 250 will work too. They'll take anywhere from 90 minutes to six hours, depending on temperature and size. They're done when the edges are shriveled and juices have stopped running.

12. 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.

13. Speaking of soups, have you ever tried making your own boullion? This recipe by Heidi Swanson is a good starting point; it takes up almost no room in the freezer and can add deep flavor to your soup - way more than canned vegetable stocks!

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.
At the Market

Community Booths:

Upcoming Events:

HFM Photo Contest
August (all month!)

Face Painting with Crista
Saturday August 15th, 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Kids' Day
W/ Live music and Kids' Activity: Easy Pickling for Kids!
Saturday, September 12th
HFM Photo Contest Rules
- Photo entries should be posted to Instagram with the hashtag #hfmphotocontest. 

- Photos must be taken at the Hollywood Farmers Market (between NE 44th and 45th Avenues on Hancock Street, Saturdays from 8am to 1pm) during the 2015 season before August 31st.

- By submitting a photo to this contest you agree to grant to Hollywood Farmers Market the right to use your photo freely, in whole or in part, in any manner or medium.

- Staff and board members of the Hollywood Farmers Market are not eligible to enter.

- Winner will receive $20 in Hollywood Farmers Market tokens, runner-up will receive $10 in tokens.

Happy snapping! 
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