Farmer's Market Update (34)

 

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Friday, 19 July 2013 07:43

Ratatouille!

 

If you're still wanting to get fresh fruits, blueberries, peaches and cherries are still in season this week at the North Union Farmers Markets.  But what's the most "appropriate" dish to make this week?  Ratatouille! (Pronounced Rat-ah-TOO-ee.)  This casserole layered with zucchinis, eggplant, yellow squash, tomato and onion is the perfect fresh, baked dish for this hot summer heat!

And next week... get ready for NUFM's pride and glory: GARLIC!

 

 

Energy safe tip from Cleveland Public Power - Count on It:

The pinnacle of summer is here... it is HOT out!  So, if you have air conditioning, chances are that it is running at full blast.  Be sure to seal your heating and cooling ducts to save energy!  Ducts that move air to-and-from a forced air furnace, central air conditioner, or heat pump are often big energy wasters.  Sealing and insulating ducts can improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling system by as much as 20 percent- and sometimes much more.

Focus first on sealing ducts that run through the attic,crawlspace, unheated basement, or garage.  Use duct sealant (mastic) or metal-backed (foil) tape to seal the seams and connections of ducts.  After sealing the ducts in those spaces, wrap the ducts in insulation to keep them from getting hot in the summer o r cold in the winter.  Next, seal ducts that you can access in the heated or cooled part of the house.

Listen to this week's MP3 here:

 

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Friday, 26 July 2013 07:42

Sweet Corn Soup

 

TWO new markets this week! First, University Circle from 10:30-1:30 on Thurdays, and Playhouse Square's Star Plaza! Be sure to stock up on high-antioxidant, healthy, and local foods at these and all the regular markets at Chagrin, Shaker Square, and Crocker Park too. This week, we are going to start our reign of garlic, leading up to NUFM's Garlic Festival!  Every recipe we post will have garlic in it to show how versatile this herb is. What else is in season this week?  Tomatoes and sweet corn are at the top!  So try this recipe for Sweet corn, tomato, and garlic soup, garnished with dill and avocado, on our Pinterest page!

 

Energy safe tip from Cleveland Public Power - Count on It:

Make sure that your home and business has working smoke detectors.  It is recommended that you replace the battereis of your smoke detector twice a year.  A good rule is to change the batteries when you change your clocks for Daylight Savings Time.

Listen to this week's MP3 here:

 

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Friday, 02 August 2013 07:42

Grilled Garlic Shrimp with Melon

 

Melons are now in season, with the continuation of tender greens, sweet corn, and of course garlic, and in the MP3 below, you'll hear that Donita brought in some melons and kale for Mark! To marry those ingredients, here's a recipe (sort of... spinach is at least still an in-season tender green!). Click the picture below for Grilled Garlic Shrimp with Melon and Spinach salad on our Pinterest page!  ALSO, this Saturday we will be at the Shaker Square market from 8 a.m. to Noon. Stop by and see us!

 

Energy safe tip from Cleveland Public Power - Count on It:

If every household replaced its most commonly used incandescent light bulbs with CFLs, electricity use for lighting could be cut in half.  Doing so would lower our annual carbon dioxide emissions by about 125 billion pounds.  This action alone could halt the growth in carbon dioxide emissions from the United States, given recent growth rates.

Listen to this week's MP3 here:

 

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Friday, 09 August 2013 07:36

Melons and Berries

 

Melons and berries are still in season, rich with Natural SPF and lycopene! However don't forget about all the great artisan breads and cheeses that are always available at each market too! At our Pinterest page, you can find a cantaloupe salad recipe featuring bacon and garlic scapes (still in anticipation for the upcoming Garlic Festival!) by clicking the image below!  And don't forget to pair it with a crusty, fresh, artisan bread!

 

Energy safe tip from Cleveland Public Power - Count on It:

Are you swimming a lot now that it's the middle of August?  Be sure to dry towels and heavier cottons in a separate load from your lighter-weight clothes to save energy!

Listen to this week's MP3 here:

 

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Friday, 16 August 2013 07:33

Peaches

 

Donita brough a bunch of peaches into the studio today!  Along with peaches we have got plenty of other produce coming along with Ohio's harvest, which lasts through September-- fruits and vegetables such as musk melons, potatoes, green beans, broccoli, cauliflower and more!  This week's seasonal recipe, available on our Pinterest page by clicking the picture below, is grilled peaches with cinnamon honey butter!

 

 

Energy safe tip from Cleveland Public Power - Count on It:

Use emergency generators safely. Portable generators designed to supply power to a home or small business during an outage can be extremely dangerous if not used properly.  Contact a licensed electrician before connecting an emergency generator to your home or business.  Improperly installed generators may overload circuits, cause a fire, shock, or cause serious damage to your home or business.

Listen to this week's MP3 here:

 

 

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Friday, 30 August 2013 07:33

Garlic Festival

 

North Union Farmers' Market is proud to present the Fifth Annual Cleveland Garlic Festival at historic Shaker Square! This grassroots food and music event will take place Saturday, September 07, 2013 from 1:00 PM. to 9:00 PM., and Sunday, September 08, 2013 from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM. All proceeds will support North Union's mission of championing local foods by connecting certified producers with consumers through a network of markets in order to: Supply the community with the freshest, most nutritious food – harvested ripe and brought fresh to market, Support growth and incubate over 300 small businesses in Northeast Ohio, Stimulate the local economy by keeping money in our communities, Keep Ohio land producing food and supporting families, which saves farms from destruction.

Energy safe tip from Cleveland Public Power - Count on It:

 

A typical home uses 600-1200 kiloWatt-hours per year for refrigeration and freezing. To become more energy efficient with refrigeration in your home: Keep your refrigerator at 37°- 40° F and your freezer at 5°F, Keep your refrigerator filled to capacity, but don't overcrowd to the point where doors cannot be closed or air cannot circulate, Vacuum the condenser coils (underneath or behind the unit) every three months or so.

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Friday, 06 September 2013 07:32

Everything Garlic!

 

It's The North Union Farmer's Market Fifth Annual Cleveland Garlic Festival - September 7th and September 8th - And we're talking everything Garlic!

Here are a few deatils about the festival:

MUSIC - 14 bands and other acts including headliners Superhuman Happiness (Saturday) and Snarky Puppy w/ Hildegunn Gjedrem (Sunday)

FOOD - Opening Preview Brunch Benefit andTop Chef Grill Off Competition with free samplings Saturday and Sunday

FUN - Miss Garlic and Princess Fairy Court Parade, Kids: Mighty Locavores – rock climbing, tastings, garlic growing, chalk art classes … so much more!

 

Energy safe tip from Cleveland Public Power - Count on It:

Tune up your HVAC equipment yearly! Just as a tune-up for your car can improve your gas mileage, a yearly tune-up of your heating and cooling system can improve efficiency and comfort.

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Friday, 13 September 2013 07:12

Tomato Chutney on Squash

 

What's in season this week at The North Union Farmer's Market?? TOMATOS! This week's seasonal recipe, available on our Pinterest page by clicking the picture below, is Roasted Cherry Tomato Chutney on Squash

Energy safe tip from Cleveland Public Power - Count on It:

About 90% of the energy used for washing clothes is for heating the water. There are two ways to reduce the amount of energy used for washing clothes—use less water and use cooler water. Unless you're dealing with oily stains, the warm or cold water setting on your machine will generally do a good job of cleaning your clothes. Switching your temperature setting from hot to warm can cut a load's energy use in half.

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Friday, 20 September 2013 07:10

PEPPERS!

 

What's in season this week at The North Union Farmer's Market? PEPPERS!!

Energy safe tip from Cleveland Public Power - Count on It:

A typical home uses 200-700 kiloWatt-hours per year with its range/oven. To become more energy efficient with your range/oven, follow these tips: Only use pots and pans with flat bottoms on the stove.  Include more stews, stir-frys (With PEPPERS), and other single-dish meals in your menus.

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Friday, 04 October 2013 07:09

Raspberries and cold weather crops

 

What's in season this week at The North Union Farmer's Market? Raspberries and cold weather crops (Pumpkin, broccoli, cauliflower, etc.) This week's seasonal recipe, available on our Pinterest page by clicking the picture below, is Sweet Corn and Raspberry Ice Cream.

Energy safe tip from Cleveland Public Power - Count on It:

Change your filter regularly! Check your filter every month, especially during heavy use months (winter and summer). If the filter looks dirty after a month, change it. At a minimum, change the filter every 3 months.

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