Farmers Market Nov. newsletter

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Glen Park Village Farmers’ Market
November 2011
Ode to Onionssm onionsJulia Child once said, “It’s hard to imagine civilization without onions.” She was right. These hard-working, ever-present root vegetables are the staple of every cook’s kitchen. Versatile, easy to prepare, and full of healthy vitamin C and fiber, they add layers of flavor and texture to a variety of dishes and cuisines. There are many kinds of onions, from green onions and shallots to Imperial, Spanish, red, and yellow onions, and your farmers’ market has a wide variety from which to choose.Learn more here….

Market Highlights

smbrusselsGarcia Farms: All the veggies you could want for your Thanksgiving meal. From carrots, celery and onions, to leafy greens, cabbages, broccoli, and beets, you’ll find it all.

Sunrise Nursery: Can’t have Thanksgiving without the colors of fall on your dining table. Pick up some gorgeous cut flower bouquets in a variety of mixed and single selections.

Rainbow Orchards: Lots and lots of crisp apples here, such as Gala, Fuji, Pink Lady, Golden Delicious, and more. Grab a jug of their fresh-pressed apple cider, too.

O’Live Healthy: Delectable olive oils in virgin and extra virgin, and a selection of delicious olives for healthy appetizers. Cook with olive oil for a healthier you.

Destination Baking Company: Sticky buns, cinnamon rolls, whole grain breads, muffins, rolls, cakes, and pies. Yum! Get your Thanksgiving treats here!

Market Events

winter squash RodinNovember 6 & 13: Enter to win a new roasting pan filled with fresh produce and other goodies for your Thanksgiving feast. (Winner can pick up their prize on the last day of the market, November 20.

Local Happenings

pomsTurkey Trail Trot
Thursday, November 24, 8:00am, polo field. Come kick off a great Thanksgiving with an invigorating fun run or walk at the park before the parades, football games, and feasting commence!

Cookin’ the Market – Chef Mario

marioOf all the questions I get asked at Cookin’ the Market demos, the one I get the most is the dreaded “How do I cut an onion without crying?” Here are some helpful tips: Have a freshly sharpened knife, thus penetrating the bulb quickly and cleanly, causing the least damage to the onion itself. Try opening a window or running some water. Storing the onions in the refrigerator will keep them cold and their cell walls tightened, making onion prepping less drama-filled. Enjoy these awesome bulbs with fewer tears! Happy cooking!

Onion Odyssey

smonionsOnions are one of the most utilized ingredients in your Thanksgiving feast, whether they are the featured ingredient with huge flavor or used as part of a background of flavors in a dish. Here are delicious ideas for using this bountiful bulb.

Scalloped Sweet Potatoes with Caramelized Onions

Easy French Onion Soup

Roasted Green Beans with Onions & Walnuts

Hearts of Romaine Salad with Apples & Onions


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Ode to Onions

Market Highlights
Market Events
Local Happenings
November Food Festivals
Feeding America
Cookin’ the Market
Onion Recipes
What’s in Season

Please note: The market will be closing for the season on November 20. During the winter months visit and view other markets in your area.

November Food Festivals

Mandarin Festival
Friday through Sunday, November 18 to 20, Gold Country Fairgrounds, Auburn. The Festival celebrates the harvest of  locally grown Owari Satsuma Mandarin oranges in Placer County. There will be live entertainment, cooking demonstrations, food booths, crafts, and local citrus producers selling their juicy mandarin crop.

Mendocino County Wine & Mushroom Festival
November 4 thru 13, various venues throughout Mendocino County. Ten days of everything fromWineMushCountyLogomushroom dinners, wine-and beer-pairing classes,  mushroom exhibits, and guided mushroom foraging walks. Click here to view and/or print out the event brochure for a complete list of events, classes, tastings, and exhibits.

Feeding America
Not everyone can sit down to a table laden with all the Thanksgiving fixings. Hunger is prevalent in every community in the nation at all seasons of the year. The hungry are often hard-working adults, children, and seniors who simply cannot make ends meet and are forced to go without food for several meals, or even days. Please find your local food bank and donate generously to those in need to give them a wonderful Thanksgiving. Thank you!

What’s in Season

Apples, grapes, oranges, Asian pears, persimmons, pomegranates.

Artichokes, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, chard, garlic, kale, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, onions,gourdspotatoes, pumpkins, spinach, winter squash.

Tip Fresh produce like winter squash, gourds, pumpkins, and  pomegranates make beautiful arrangements on your front porch and centerpieces for your Thanksgiving table.

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Glen Park Village  Farmers’ Market,  Sundays, 10am to 2pm, through November 20, BART parking lot, Bosworth and Arlington.

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