Farmer's Market Update (34)

 

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Opening Day isn't just for Baseball! The North Union Farmers Market returns on Saturday, April 12th at Crocker Park. What's in season now? Fresh greens! Check out this amazing recipe for Kale & Apple Salad with Pancetta and Candied Pecans!

 
Ingredients:
2 cupspecans
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Kosher salt
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
6 ounces thickly sliced pancetta, finely diced
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons caper brine (from a jar of capers)
3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
Freshly ground black pepper
2 Granny Smith apples, cut into matchsticks
1 large head radicchio, shredded
One 8-ounce bunch kale—stems discarded, leaves finely shredded
3 tablespoons snipped chives
1 tablespoon chopped tarragon
2 ounces shaved pecorino
 
Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350°. In a bowl, cover the pecans with water. Transfer to a sieve and shake out the water. In another bowl, whisk the confectioners' sugar, cayenne and 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt. Add the pecans and toss. Transfer to a sieve and shake off the excess coating. Arrange the pecans on a parchment paper–lined baking sheet and bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until the sugar is lightly caramelized and the pecans are golden.
 
In a skillet, heat the oil with the pancetta and cook over moderate heat, stirring frequently, until the pancetta is browned, 6 minutes. Strain the pan drippings into a large bowl; whisk in the vinegar, caper brine and maple syrup and season the dressing with salt and black pepper. Add the apples, radicchio, kale, chives, tarragon and pecorino and toss. Mound the salad on plates, garnish with the pecans and pancetta and serve.
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 11:35

Healthy Oatmeal Banana Bread

 

Ingredients:

2 cups whole wheat flour

1 cup of regular oats (quick or regular)

2/3 cups of apple sauce (can sub sugar)

1tsp baking powder

1tsp baking soda

A pinch of salt

1 cup of water (can sub milk or almond milk)

5tbsp of melted butter

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp of cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice

2+ mashed bananas (the more ripe the better)

½+ cup of raisins

½+ cup of walnuts

Other ideas:

½ cup blue berries

½ cup cranberries

(Other dried or frozen fruits)

 

Cooking directions:

Heat oven to 350

Coat bread pan with cooking spray

Combine flour, applesauce, oats, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl

Combine bananas, butter, vanilla, water, spices and fruit in another bowl

Combine both mixtures

Spoon into bread pan

Bake about 45 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean

Friday, 05 April 2013 07:59

Kale & Spinach Pesto

 

We are happy to bring back Donita Anderson, finally the start of the outdoor markets at Shaker Square!  The first market is 8 a.m. to Noon on April 5.  What's in season? Tender greens, such as kale and spinach, early spring plants and flowers, sheep shearings, at more! The tender greens have a lot of energy from the earth and the sun, and would go great in this fresh and delicious kale & spinach pesto, pinned to our "Locally Grown" board.  Every week, we'll continue to pin more recipes with what's in season to our Locally Grown board, so be sure to follow us and re-pin your favorites! To see the pin, click the picture below.

Speaking of energy, here is this week's Energy Saving Tips, from Cleveland Public Power - Count On It.. While cooking your tasty locally grown recipes, make sure you plan ahead-- make sure you have all the ingredients, and remove all ingredients for each recipe one at time, to save the escape of energy from leaving the refrigerator door open for long periods of time. It's simple, but every little difference counts.

 

Listen to this week's MP3 here:

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Friday, 12 April 2013 07:57

Seasonal Flowers

Join us at the Shaker Square Market tomorrow, April 13 from 8 a.m. to Noon!  We'll bring back the WAVE Food Wheel and a bunch of other prizes!   This week we don't have an MP3, but as a continuation of last week's, spring flowers are in season-- so that's what we'll be focusing on this week.  A great infographic about all seasonal flowers is below.  You can find what else is "growin' on" at our Pinterest by clicking it!

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

To save on energy while preheating, make sure you time your preheating period accordingly-- 5 to 8 minutes should be plenty of time.

Friday, 19 April 2013 07:56

Maple Syrup &Ginger Chicken Breasts

This week, maple syrup and honey are in season! Who would have thought? There's a lot of tasty recipes you can make with syrup and honey on our Locally Grown Pinterest board, like this one for Maple Syrup and Ginger Flavored Chicken Breasts... YUM! Who says syrup is just for pancakes? Click the image below to see the pin!

 

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

Be sure to vacuum the condenser coils of your oven (underneath or behind the unit) every three months or so.

 

Listen to this week's MP3 here:

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Friday, 26 April 2013 07:55

Balsamic Roast

Nurses, syrup, honey, and tender greens are still in season... but this week at the market, there's also artisan cheeses, grass-fed beef and pork, and so much more.  Listen below for everything you can expect at the markets this week.  We've got plenty of tasty, fresh, delicious and locally grown and raised recipes on our Pinterest, including this Balsamic Roast that you can make in your slow cooker! Just click the image below.

 

 

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

If every household in the U.S. replaced one light bulb with a CFL (coiled) bulb, it would prevent enough pollution to equal removing one million cars from the road!  Replacing a 100-watt incandescent with a 32-watt CFL can save you at least $30 in energy costs over the life of the bulb.

 

Listen to this week's MP3 here:

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Friday, 03 May 2013 07:55

Garlic Butter Spaghetti

Of course, tender and leafy greens are still in season, but now come to the market to pick up some fresh herbs!  And if you're coming to the Crocker Park market, we'll be there too-- come on by and spin the WAVE wheel for a chance to win $1 of some great market fare, plus more goodies that we've got in store.

Since herbs are in, try this Garlic Butter Spaghetti with Herbs, and check out all the other fresh, locally grown recipes on our Locally Grown Pinterest board!

 

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

It's getting warm out, so make sure you change your air filter every month- and ESPECIALLY of r heavy use months like the hot summers ahead.  IF the filter looks dirty after a month, change it.  At a minimum, change the filter every three months.  A dirty filter will slow down air flow and make the system work harder to keep you warm or cool-- wasting energy.  A clean filter will also prevent dust and dirt from building up in the system, leading to expensive maintenance and/or early system failure.

 

Listen to this week's MP3 here:

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Thursday, 09 May 2013 07:54

Asparagus & Ramp Soup

It's Mother's Day weekend, and what better way to prepare than to stop by the North Union Farmers Market to pick up ingredients for dinner, or a nice potted plant or flowers for the garden?  If you're heading to the Crocker Park Market, it's flower week there, plus a chef and live music.  At both markets though you'll find plenty of gorgeous flowers, and the in-season vegetables this week are ramps and asparagus.  Pick up some asparagus and some locally raised beef for a fantastic Mother's Day Meal!

If you'd like to take full advantage of both ramps and asparagus, try this Asparagus and Ramp Soup with Yogurt found on our "locally grown" board on Pinterest-- but make sure you re-pin many of are delicious locally grown recipes as well!

 

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

With the weather as it's been, have you been breaking out the electric gardening tools?  Electrical cords can be a tripping hazard.  Place them carefully to avoid injury.  Warm electrical cords are a sign of overloading; ensure that before an appliance is plugged in with an electrical cord that it is properly rated.  Brittle, cracked, or worn electrical cords should be discarded.   Never run electrical cords under rugs, near heaters, or water pipes.

Listen to this week's MP3 here:

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Friday, 17 May 2013 07:52

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There's a lot going on at the markets this week-- flower day is still here, herbs such as rosemary, basil, Italian parsley and cilantro are flourishing, tender greens are still in such as spinach and Swiss chard, and maple syrup is in excess in NE Ohio! But the big star, especially at the Crocker Park market, are the mushrooms, wonderful as a substitute for meat in vegetarian dishes.  Plus, speaking of herbs, did you know that the #1 herb in the market is cilantro?  It's great for detoxing, and very versatile.  Click the picture below for a tasty Mexican dish that combines all of these locally owned ingredients: Chard and Mushroom Tacos with Cilantro Jalapeno Sauce! And check out the WHOLE Locally Grown board on Pinterest for many more recipes!

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

Unplug appliances or equipment if you are repairing it.  Some items are still an electrical hazard even when unplugged, such as televisions and computers.  These items have devices called  capacitors that retain an electrical charge after they are unplugged, as they are designed to store electricity.  It is always best for a licensed professional to repair such items.

Listen to this week's MP3 here:

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Friday, 24 May 2013 07:51

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

The North Union Farmers Market will be celebrating the strawberry with "Farm to Table - Year of the Strawberry on Monday, June 3 at the Cleveland Botanical Garden.  So, this week, why not pick up strawberries!?  Also in season-- rhubarb!  We all know what you're thinking-- time to bake a strawberry rhubarb pie!  But don't stop there-- there's a LOT you can do with both of these, such as this chilled and fresh Strawberry, Rhubarb, and Watermelon soup.  Make sure you check out Pinterest for more locally grown, fruity recipes to enjoy.

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

It's an easy one this week... with some thunderstorms brewing this weekend, make sure you don't touch any downed electrical lines, or anything around it (like branches or trees) and stay away from them until the emergency crews arrive. Once power is restored, gradually turn on the electrical appliances.

Listen to this week's MP3 here:

 

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