Saturday, July 10, 2010

No Work Produce!

Old Burpee illustrations

Blessing #1: The Midwest produces some of the best summer crops known ANYWHERE!
Blessing #2: There are Farmers' Markets in almost every town in the Midwest!

Wednesday and Saturday - 7:30 to 11 a.m. (or they sell out)
May 19 - September 29
200 Block 3rd St (old police station location)

Thursday - 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.
July 2 - October 1
DT Sales Parking Lot on US Hwy. 34 221W
Thursday - 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.
June 4 - September 24
Downtown Wyoming Corner of 7th and Williams St.

Saturday - 8 a.m. to 12 noon
May 15 to September 25
Simmons St., one block west of Seminary and south of Main Street
309-464-1035 or

Thursday - 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
June 11 to October 22
Central Park Parking Lot downtown Aledo S. (College Ave.)
309-582-2751 or

Tuesday - 3:30 - 7:00 p.m. and Saturday - 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
May 23 to October 31
815-875-6468 or

The Illinois farm direct web site lists 21 Farmers Markets within a sixty mile vicinity of Galva. There are others that do not have their markets on-line, such as Kewanee. Many close when they are sold out for the day. The trick is to get there early enough that you have choices.

I stopped at the Princeton market last week and was amazed at the diversity of vegetables and fruits available. When was the last time you saw organically grown Bok Choy for sale?

Some markets have other food products: baked goods, fresh flowers and crafts type items.

Here's my Farmers Market produce recipe that's great for home use, canning or to take to a potluck. Diane's Veggie Dip:

1 1/4 lb. - Tomatoes - peeled, drained and medium chopped
1 lb. - Black eye peas (Can use a 15 oz. can) - drained
1 lb. - Corn - cooked and cut from the cob
2 Tbs. - Olive oil
2 Tbs. - Garlic - chopped fine
1/2 Cup - Dried cranberries - medium chopped
1/4 Cup - Granulated white sugar
1/4 Cup - Brown sugar
2 Tbs. - Kosher salt
1/2 Cup - Lime juice (fresh)
Zest - From one lime - chopped fine
1/2 Cup - White vinegar
1 tsp. - Dry mustard
1 tsp. - Cumin
1 Tbs. - Cayenne pepper (double & chop fine if using fresh peppers)
Fresh ground pepper to taste
Cup-shaped corn chips

Heat oil and cook garlic and cranberries until soft - do not brown. Remove from heat and add liquids and sugars, stir until sugar dissolves. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, stir and cover tightly. Refrigerate overnight to allow flavors to blend. Serve with corn chips.

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