The Market Chatter
--Keeping it fresh, unique and local. June 11, 2020
Vendor Stall Highlights
Williams Woodwerx is based in Blackfoot, Idaho. Handmade hardwood cutting boards that are made using walnut, cherry, maple and hickory woods is their specialty. The boards are both very functional and extremely beautiful. This is their second year vending at the market. #handcrafted
Villa Coffeehouse has been serving nitro cold brew coffee at the market since 2017. This year they have expanded their menu and are very excited to offer espressos. They have been serving the community of Idaho Falls in their downtown coffee house since 2005. Stop by and meet their friendly staff. #buylocal #idahofallsdowntown
Produce of the Week
Grow: There are many methods to growing strawberries, just be sure to choose a variety that is suited to the method you want to try. Raised beds, hanging baskets, and even pwork really well for strawberries. Choose a site that has 6 - 10 hours of sunlight. Plant the bare root crowns 18- 24 inches apart, spreading the roots out and the crown just above the soil. Be sure to keep watered and weed free. It is best to cut off any blossoms the first year to help all the energy go into the plant. Allow runners to spread out and crisscross making a full bed of plants. You can set a layer of straw down to mulch and keep fruit from becoming dirty.
Pick: Again be patient the first year and remove blossoms and allow the plant send runners. You will be glad the next year. Pick berries when they are fully red and twist and pull the berries carefully into the palm of your hand.
Prepare: The best way to eat a strawberry is straight off the plant. If you do manage to get some inside, add to cereal or yogurt. Strawberries make a wonderful jam and add to smoothies or ice cream for a classic treat.
Store: Fresh strawberries will keep in the refrigerator for 3 days. If you have an excess of berries they freeze beautifully.
Spinach Strawberry Salad
10 oz baby leaf spinach
1 pint strawberries, quartered or sliced
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup white vinegar
1/3 cup sugar
1 Tbsp poppy seed
2 Tbsp sesame seed
Combine spinach and strawberries in large bowl. Blend dressing ingredients and drizzle over the salad. Variation: add blueberries and sprinkle with sliced almonds.
Fresh Stuff --What's New
This year has a lot of changes. To accommodate social distancing, vendors are spaced out and some are in different locations. Did you know that you can view our market map weekly to see which vendors are attending and where you can find them?
Here is the link http://maps.managemymarket.com/4289 If you scroll over the map it will light up the vendor name or you can click on the vendor name and it will highlight the booth site that they are assigned to.
OR you can stop by the market booth and Junean or Boston would be happy to direct you in the right direction.
Do you have a great recipe that features product from the market or even something you hope to find at the market? You can email it to email@example.com and I may share it in an upcoming email or a market cookbook. Just put recipe in the subject line. Let's build something fun together.