As a farmer's market operator I get a lot of "samples" thrown my way by prospective vendors eager to try their hand at selling at the market. Not all samples are created equal.
Once in a while you taste something that really surprises you and then you can't wait to see it under a market tent. Such is the case for the bright green parsley tahini sauce Sierra Quinos, of Hamov Eh had me try. I literally wanted to put this sauce – made with parsley tahini lemon juice, water, cumin, garlic and salt -– on everything I could think of from sautéed vegetables, to baked fish to falafel to a piece of toast, as a bedding for labneh, avocado or eggs. Ditto for her red pepper walnut butter, which she likes to put on sandwiches or use as a dip for pita.
Sierra says her business Hamov Eh, (which means delicious in Armenian), is a love letter to her Armenian grandma Frieda, who liked to belly dance whenever music played and who infused Armenian flavors into everything she cooked, always asking Sierra after her first bite, Hamov Eh? She will be here once a month so purchase accordingly.
We told you recently that La Petite Occasion had discovered a new local salt she liked using for her caramels. Well, now she is selling said salt at her table. You can read more about this small-batch, handcrafted salt here.
How nice to have a quality salt for your French radishes looking so beautiful at the market right now. Or to scatter on your favorite yogurt or vanilla ice cream with a drizzle of Arlotta Blood Orange oil.
Caradonna Farms is bringing the first raspberries, apricots and cherries (sweet & sour) of the season. Make time for twice-baked sour cherry pie this weekend! No time for baking? Noble Pies is bringing plenty of strawberry-rhubarb pies, their special of the week.
We're coming to the end of a long, difficult stretch and there seems to be reason to finally celebrate. Just in time, we bring you Manor Sangria. Red wine sangria, made with local fruit not too sweet and bottled in Mason jars. Seriously, what's not to love.
And to get everyone in a festive mood we bring you an exceptionally groovy jazz band this week: The Richard Cortez Band.
Hometown pop-up shop REFILLERY is back and all stocked up with TruEarth laundry strips, organic wool dryer balls, zero waste shampoo bars, and Stasher silicone bags. Stop buying more plastic! REFILL with their grease cutting dish soap, lavender Castile soap and all purpose cleaner concentrate. Customers can bring their own containers or buy refilled jars at the market. Cool teacher gifts, too.
Also, a reminder that we are selling eco-friendly string bags at the market tent. They hold up to 40 pounds of market grub and are pretty to boot!
Don't forget to pick up some Bourbon for DAD!