Our first two Farmers’ Markets here at the farm have been a GREAT success. On Friday afternoons the courtyard outside the Harvest Kitchen is transformed into a relaxing market featuring our seasonal Jones Grown produce, baked goods from the Harvest Kitchen bakery, childrens’ activities, and other lcoal farm vendors.
Our first Farmer’s Market was on July 2 and was our “Red, White, & Blue Kick-off”. The market helped to collect food donations are raise money for ACT Spooner House/ Valley Food Bank, which is an organization that provides support for people in need in the Lower Naugatuck Valley. They are especially in need of donations at this time of year and always accepting non-perishable food items and cash donations. After the market we were able to FILL their van with non-perishable donations and farm fresh produce! What a success!
Some of the other highlights of our Red, White, and Blue Kick-Off were our blueberry cornbread and strawberry tea bread, as well as a variety of jams made from our strawberries and blueberries. The Jonesitas were also a hit! Similar to a slushie drink, it is a refreshing blend of Jones Grown strawberries, lemonade, and other local fruit juices. At our cooking demonstration, Chef Sherry showed how simple it is to make a blueberry vinaigrette for over greens. Guests could then purchase all of the ingredients and get the recipe in our “Dinner-in-a-Bag” kit to make the meal at home.
Our second farmers’ market featured everything PESTO! Pasta Fina, a local homemade pasta shop, joined us for the first time with some of their handmade ravioli, marinara sauce, and even tiramisu! Our cooking demo featured Pesto Pizza, using Jones Grown broccoli pesto. From our bakery, we had blueberry-lemon bars, blueberry muffin cookies, raspberry cornbread, and pumpkin cranberry walnut bread. I have to say they my favorite was the pumpkin cranberry walnut bread…SO good! Emily and I had a great time in the kitchen serving Jonesitas. There’s nothing better than having an icy treat on such a hot summer day!
A lot of work goes into getting ready for the Farmers’ Market! Emily and I were very busy helping prepare for the festivities – baking sweet treats, making pesto, harvesting lavender, labeling and packaging baked goods and jams, creating/setting up signs, and helping to set up tables/tents for the market. It’s a long to-do list, but seeing all of the happy families at the market makes it worthwhile!
Hope to see you all this Friday, 3:30-5:30 when we’ll feature HONEY!