Thursday, May 14, 2015

Sentinel column - 5/15/15

Granny Shaffers is bringing their $3 Catfish and Fried Potatoes to the market today and they’re bringing twice as much as last time so there should be plenty for everyone!  And they’ll also have those coupons for catfish in the restaurant that we’d promised last week. Better late than never, right. So Granny Shaffer’s is offering the deal of the week at the market this week or should I say one of the deals, because there are plenty of other reasons to come to the market. Did I hear someone say “strawberries”?  Or green beans and new potatoes?  Or sugar snap peas?  Oh yes, it’s that delightful time of year when new produce seems to come in every week, like green garlic and garlic scapes which made their first appearance Tuesday. Don’t know what to do with garlic scapes?  Go to the Market Lady Facebook page where we’ve pinned a post featuring our favorite food blogger, Frank Reiter with his recipe for garlic scape pesto.

Today we’ll enjoy the golden oldies sung by William Adkins. Lumpy’s Express is serving barbecue. We’ll have a ton of fresh produce both days and plants of the hanging basket, vegetable, flowering and herb variety. On Fridays we also have Madewell Pork with a wide array of nitrate and chemical free pork, as well as Penn Acres with pastured chicken, grass fed beef and goat meat. Cottage Small Coffee Roasters is usually at the market on the weekends, but they are waiting on a part for their roaster so it may be a while.

Tomorrow we’ll have many of the same vendors, especially growers, but we’ll also have Oakwoods Farm and Center Creek Farm which do a lot of specialty produce, as well as E & O Produce (aka Owen Detweiler) with his gorgeous hanging baskets.

Cooking for a Cause tomorrow benefits the Ronald McDonald House, home away from home for families with children at the Joplin Hospitals. Volunteers will serve farm fresh eggs to order, biscuits and gravy, sausage and coffee or orange juice for $4.50. You can have it without the eggs for $3.50. 

The Radley’s are playing for the first time at the market. They’re a well-known eclectic folk group that includes many of our favorite market musicians, just in a different configuration. It should be lots of fun.

Music and breakfast run from 9 to 11. The market is open until noon on Saturdays.

On Tuesday when we’re open from 4 to 7, you may need to enter the park on Garrison Street off of Hall Street. The city is laying the sewer line to the kitchen and, while they hope to have the road open by Tuesday, they may not. There will be plenty of parking on the south end of the pavilion. And it will be worth coming. Supper with Trish (which begins at 5 pm) is pork loin chops, au gratin potato, market fresh salad (and when I say market fresh, I mean it. Trish comes by the market about an hour before we open to pick up the fixings from the growers), chocolate cake, and a drink for $5.

Carmine’s Wood Fired Pizza will be baking from 4 to 7. The Pommerts will play and Extension will demonstrate a quick, easy, budget-friendly recipe. Tuesdays are a great day to pick up your mid-week veggies, meats (we have Luman Farm with some of the best “hillbilly” bacon around, as well as other pork cuts and chicken, as well as Penn Acres with beef, goat and chicken), and other tasty offerings.
To market, to market, twice a week to keep your family’s diet full of fresh and local.