Sunday, August 16, 2015

Canning, Pickling, Eating...It's All Good When it Comes to Eat Local Month in August!

Be sure to sign up for our e-newsletter in time for this week. We'll be featuring home cooks and a few of the great, creative ways they use mushrooms, as well as, chicken and pigs' feet! See the right-hand column of our Home page to sign up!

Whether by way of canning, pickling or freezing (and many other forms of preserving), many farmers' market shoppers are busy-busy in the kitchen during this time of year, 'putting up' all kinds of delicious foods, sauces, you-name-it, for their winter menus. Swing by the GFM tent on Tuesday for more ideas, tips and words of encouragement for your next canning project! For now, let's take a peek at what a couple of locavores have been up to this summer so far:
GFM shopper and Seacoast locavore, Hampton resident Laurie H., just canned 100lbs (!) of tomatoes in the form of crushed tomatoes, spicy marinara, and Puttanesca sauce (a tangy, salty sauce that has capers and anchovies in it; Mark Bittman has a great recipe that's easy to make!). She also put up a full bushel (!) of green beans, some with garlic & onion, some with carrots. 
Laurie's canning effort last year! Pretty much makes you drool, doesn't it? From Laurie: "Haha, I'm a bit obsessed! Hubby built me pull out shelves and then had to reinforce them as I could not stop!"
Market manager Jean Eno recently gave sweet gherkins a shot (left) while pickling 5lbs of cukes, some fresh for the refrigerator, others turned into dill spears (right). While the process for gherkins requires 4-5 days of involvement, there really isn't much work involved on any given day. Pickling is fun, just plan on having your kitchen taken over by wafts of apple cider vinegar for a few days! ;) Visit the National Center for Home Canning website for solid instructions.
Freezing corn takes time, and certain knife skills, but the reward of upwards of 7lbs of kernels from a mere 3 dozen ears of corn (such was the case with corn from Barker's Farm last summer)--all for freezing and enjoying over winter--is gratification, plain and simple!
Visit gimmetheknife.kitchen for details on prepping corn for your freezer. 
Freezing berries is a great way to have summer fresh flavor come winter, especially for making smoothies, dessert sauces/trifles, or for just topping ice cream or cereal. Simply give your berries a quick mild vinegar-solution bath, let dry thoroughly on absorptive toweling, freeze in a single layer for 20-30 minutes, and then store in freezer bags. Tip: use a drinking straw to expel as much air as possible from the bag before securely zipping. Place the straw in the corner of the mostly closed bag, then use your lungs to inhale the rest of the air from the bag. Quickly zip close the last bit of bag as you pull the straw out. :)   

Monday, July 13, 2015

NEW Vendors This Week - Week 5!

 Welcome to the Greenland Farmers' Market weekly blog!

Coming to market this week?  Don't forget your bags, and cash/checks.  No worries if you do, you can purchase debit tokens with your debit or credit card for use with any vendor at our market!

Blueberries available at the Arrowhead Farm stall. The GFM is an authorized SNAP ebt market! (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). Thanks to Seacoast Eat Local for providing us the opportunity to provide match in SNAP tokens--up to $10 in FREE fruits & veggies every time you use your electronic benefits card at the market! 

Weekly mushroom ordering at the GFM tent!  (We've got blue pin stripes on our canopy)  Order on Tuesday, receive on Wednesday!  Over 6 kinds of mushrooms, with very nice pricing!




Tuesday, June 30, 2015

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The link below will take you to our latest e-newsletter.  We have great vendors this year, lots of diversity packed into this small market!


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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

GOT FISH?

 Calling All Local Fresh Fish Connoisseurs!


Don't delay, sign up today for Session 2
Pick-ups in Greenland always on Tuesday, 3-6pm at the GFM
July 7th is the first pick-up date for Session 2!


(Session 1 began in May. Only three 6-week sessions remain, beginning with Session 2 on July 7th)

Click on the flyer below to go to NH Community Seafood's CSF (community supported fishery) sign-up page.

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*A previous version incorrectly stated Session 2 begins next week.  Session 2 pick-ups at GFM begin July 7th.