Monday, August 29, 2011

hurricane recovery

If you are still struggling through the damage done by Hurricane Irene this weekend, we have the perfect solutions for you tomorrow at the market.

Still out of electricity? Why not stop by one of our newest market vendors and pick up a creatively decorated candle! The Happy Place features candles in wine glasses, mugs, and tea pots, among other creative holders. Maria makes the candles and her daughter paints some of them, so you can take home a truly unique design. After you use your candle, why not have a drink out of your new beverage holder? Two great uses with one purchase. I approve!

Picture borrowed from The Happy Place facebook page

If your power is still out, then chances are you are going to need to get some dinner while you are out and about, so why not enjoy it at the Tuesday Market? With choices of Clementine, Jack and Zach, The Red Zebra, Chef Mac's, Zeke's Coffee, Wolfe Street Cuisine, Red Canoe, Hamilton Bakery, Infused Spreads, and Trang Nguyen you will not be short of options!

Also, I must congratulate Infused Spreads for their presence in the daily food email newsletter, Tasting Table, this past week. You can read it here!

Photograph by Delancey Nelson

Now that you are full of food and have your candle supply, why not relax and listen to Bo Lozoff as he performs again this week. For those of you who missed him two weeks ago, he played wonderful renditions of Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, and other tunes from some fantastic artists. Come show your support while he is still in town, from his current home in Hawaii.

Photograph by Regina Lansinger

Monday, August 22, 2011

To market, to market to buy...

... a fat pig?
Maybe not.

But there are lots of other wonderful things to purchase each week at the Tuesday Market.

Vendors at the Tuesday Market

This week, perhaps you will venture to think ahead to those cooler fall and winter days when all you want is a nice sun ripened tomato, which of course is long gone from markets at that point. BUT, alas, you can savor your favorite summer tomatoes in the cooler weather by making tomato sauce with them now!

All the the ingredients for you to make a simple tomato sauce can conveniently be found at none other, but the farmers market.

Beautiful collection of Heirloom tomatoes

What you need:

Tomatoes, lets say 5-7lbs, skinned and chopped - Whole tomatoes available at Hamilton Heirlooms, Twin Compass, Tony Fetters Fruit Farm, and Zahradka Family Farm. (My suggestion: buy a few from each, that way you can concoct a nice flavorful mixture of tomatoes.)

One onion minced - found at either Twin Compass or Zahradka Family Farm

A few cloves of garlic (depending on how much you love it) finely chopped - found at Twin Compass

Olive Oil (about 1-2 Tablespoons) - found at Hamilton Heirlooms

A bunch of basil finely chopped - you can take home a whole plant from God Scent Herbs

Salt and Pepper - Hopefully found in your kitchen

Chopped tomatoes poured on top of the sizzling onions and garlic

Now that you have all your market goodies...

1. Warm up the Olive Oil in a large pot.
2. Once warmed, add in garlic and onions. Stir until lightly browned.
3. Pour in chopped tomatoes. Cook down until desired thickness of sauce is reached.
4. Stir in basil, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
5. Let cool and freeze for enjoyment all winter long!

The finished sauce!

Sauce can also be enjoyed with an assortment of meat products provided by

*All photographes taken by Delancey Nelson*

Monday, August 15, 2011

What do Hawaii and Baltimore have in common?

This week at the Tuesday Market, we will be featuring a wonderful musician from the tropical state of Hawaii.

Bo Lozoff is in town and we are lucky to have him joining us this week. Bo is also the co-founder, with his wife, of the Human Kindness Foundation in North Carolina and the Prison-Ashram Project.

For a sneak peek of some of Bo's works, check out this music video.
Come hear Bo live tomorrow starting around 4pm!

Photo taken by Regina Lansinger

In other market news, for those of you who haven't noticed, Trang Nguyen of the old and loved Saigon Remembered, has set up shop at the Tuesday Market!

She has been doing so well that she has sold out the past two weeks, so if you want some of her delicious Vietnamese Food you better get there early.

Photo by Regina Lansinger

We also had a new vendor join our team last week. Jimi, aka Spoonman, who is a regular at many other markets around the area, showed off his amazing flatware jewelry, as seen above. Talk about a good way to reuse and recycle those unwanted utensils! Not that you often have unwanted, antique, sterling silver flatware... Thanks Jimi for taking care of that issue for us!

Photo taken by Regina Lansinger

Don't worry, despite all this other exciting news, are are still your local neighborhood provider of fresh produce. Come stop by to see what has been harvested this week!

Monday, August 8, 2011

National Farmers Market Week

Don't forget to celebrate
(Aug. 7th- Aug. 13th)

Reasons to love and celebrate farmers markets, especially the Tuesday Market:

1. Fresh, local, healthy produce! What more could you ask for? Look out for some of these things that are currently in season: corn, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, peppers, eggs, honey, cantaloupes, eggplants, and peaches are just a few!

The wonderful women behind Twin Compass Farm, Emily and Amanda.

2. There is a 17% increase from last year in farmers markets across the nation! Keep the increase rising by visiting and supporting your local market(s)!

3. A great way to get in additional family and/or friend time while supporting the community! I'm not sure if there is a certified study on increased happiness and farmers markets, but I wouldn't be surprised. Why don't you give it a try?

Some people enjoying their dinners and hanging out at the market.

4. Don't feel like cooking? Chef Mac, Clementine, Hamilton Bakery, Red Canoe, and Zeke's Coffee represent some of our Hamilton-Lauraville neighborhood staples and are setup to offer delicious offerings at the market. Love what you had for dinner? Just walk down the street to enjoy more, any day of the week!

Red Canoe Cafe and Zeke's Coffee are two of the residing buisnesss' on Harford Road.

5. What better way to support farmers, their farms, and general agricultural land, then to shop at farmers markets. You get to talk to the people who are actually growing YOUR food and help save agricultural land at the same time. Strike up a conversation with a farmer at the market and you might just make a new friend.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Fun and Fruit

The market continues to draw new vendors each week, so make sure to stop by for not only your solid staples, but also for a diverse mix of additions each week.

Last week we had Go-Gos Retread Threads join us in her fabulous blue bus! Featuring an array of fun and fabulous clothing for all to enjoy. Come by tomorrow to enjoy her bus full of well organized goodies!

Go-Go's Retread Threads hanging out at the Market

We also gained another farmer, Tony Fetters Fruit Farm, which is located in Gardners, PA. He brought peaches and was definitely a crowd pleaser. Make sure to check out Fetters each week to see what fruits are in season. Welcome, Fetters!

Peaches overflowing from Tony Fetters Fruit Farm stand

We were also able to get our hands on a short small sketch that was completed during the setup of the market the other day, so we thought we would share it with you. Enjoy!

Sketch done by Andrew Nelson

Also, if you haven't yet... don't forget to vote for your 'Americas Favorite Farmers Market' Contest! Voting ends August 31st!