The Market Chatter
--Keeping it fresh, unique and local. June 26 , 2020
Vendor Stall Highlights
Justin of Wheeler Produce has been in the produce business for over 20 years (ever since his teenage years). They grow about 1/2 an acre of garden producing beans, peas, carrots, onions, greens, lettuce, radishes, cabbage, cucumbers, squash, tomatoes, peppers, and potatoes. The temperatures have been perfect this year enabling him to participate in the market weeks earlier than usual. Check out their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Wheeler-Farms-Blackfoot-195012243864504/ to see his amazing gardens.
Tom Browning sells Rocky Mountain Clover honey produced in East Idaho and the local area including Idaho Falls, Rigby and Rexburg areas. Tom joined the market last fall and we are happy that he has returned this year. The observation hive is an amazing thing to check out and see if you can find the queen bee. The beautiful amber jars of honey are just as appealing.
Produce of the Week
Grow: Chard prefers well drained fertile soil. Full sun to light shade. Plant at 1/2" depth in early Spring here in Idaho. You should thin the plants to 12" apart as soon as they are manageable.
Pick: Picking Chard is a continuous process. You can use a sharp knife or simply snap one to two of the largest leaves off the plant at a time. This allows the plant to continue to grow and produce week after week.
Prepare: Chard has a large slightly bitter green leaf and then a white or red stalk with a celery like crunch and taste. They can be eaten raw, but cooking the chard brings out some of the bitterness. Chard is between spinach and kale as far as tenderness.
Store: Buy firm leaves, wrap in damp paper towel and store in a open plastic bag in the crisper of your fridge.
Easy Sauteed Swiss Chard
1 large bunch of chard
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 garlic clove, sliced
pinch of red pepper flakes
Prepare chard by removing the leaf from the stalk. Tear leaves and chop stalks into pieces. Heat oil in a large skillet. Saute garlic 2 - 3 minutes until golden and aromatic. Add pepper flakes and chard stalks saute for 4 -5 min and then add leaves and saute another 4 min.
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.
#findlocalbuylocal When you buy items from the Idaho Falls Farmers Market you are supporting local farmers, local artisans, and local food vendors. The Idaho Falls Farmers Market makes it our mission to serve local small family owned agriculture, artisan, and food vending businesses. We provide a venue for these business owners to do direct business with you the customer. Thank you Idaho Falls community for supporting local.