Hello fellow eaters:

The thing that I most wanted to see on the Cleveland Garden Walk last
Saturday was the stone-and-cob pizza oven at a community garden in Hough. I
have to confess that when I first heard that a new community garden wanted
to build an outdoor pizza oven in their garden with no fence, I though that
it was a fairly crazy idea–not completely deranged like say, growing
tomatoes in Chile or even Florida and shipping them to Cleveland, gassing
them en route so they turn red–but very far outside of the box. Then I
heard that Elle Adams (who used to be such a dynamic member of OSU Extension
Cuyahoga County’s fabulous community gardening staff) was involved in that
garden and I thought, ok, maybe it is only a little bit crazy. Now I have
seen the oven working and twenty folks making pizzas, cooking pizzas, and
standing around checking out the oven, and I think the whole idea is not
just not crazy, but in fact just what the doctor ordered. In fact, I am
starting to think that lots of community gardens should have them. What
better way to bring gardeners and neighbors together than making pizzas in
the oven in the garden including vegetables just picked from the garden or
brought from the market where they were picked earlier that day? Talk about
eating well in the summer without heating up the kitchen! It is brilliant
and compelling, and it reminds me yet again that the more we try to do with
local food, the more will be possible. So thank you to Elle and Green
Triangle et al. for doing such a fabulous project and to Garden Walk
Cleveland for organizing a tour that allowed everyone to check out this and
other really great ideas.

p.s. I just helped make some of EcoVillage Produce’s Barbara Strauss’s
garlic scape pesto recipe, and if you did not get the recipe from her last
year, please consider doing so. Scape season in coming to an end, and that
pesto is, as the kids used to say, the bomb. Fear of garlic breath is for
people lacking the courage of their convictions.

EcoVillage Produce will be bringing romaine, bib, and leaf lettuces, greens
of several varieties (kale, mustard, collard, turnips, beet, and mixed),
snow peas, onions, rosemary, thyme, sage, chives, lavender,
peppermint/spearmint, and goat cheese. They will also have some plants to
sell: tomatoes, hot peppers, sweet peppers.

The old Husher will have beets, jalapenos(!), some kale and chard, green
onions, and he is not sure what else.

Devil’s Backbone will have head lettuce, herbs, carrots, chard, kale, and a
few surprises.

Mobite Products will have vegan carrot cake, vegan sliced bean pie, sweet
potato pie, vegan gluten-free banana nut muffins, vegan nut carrot muffins,
vegan sugar-free banana nut muffins.

Cathie Brenkus & the Towel Explosion is featuring patriotic towels!

Nicole McGee will be at the neighborhood table this weekend. She plans to do
an interactive craft with market guests. The majority of her for sale goods
are showcased at Collective Upcycle. Stop by the table and say hello to

This is the last Saturday to buy tickets for the Collective Upcycle baskets,
so buy some tickets, support the market, and get great stuff. And if you do
not win (or even if you do) go to the store and checkout the wonderful and
inventive goods made by Nicole and the other artisans.

The market is sponsoring some “cooking with local food” classes! This is a
really great opportunity to expand your cooking horizons (and get me new
recipes to try for the eater update). The dates are as follows series one:
Saturdays July 16, 23, and 30 at 11am at the market. Series two: Tuesdays
July 5, 12, and 19 at 6:30pm at Bethany Presbyterian. Series three:
Tuesdays, August 2, 9, and 16 6:30pm at Bethany Presbyterian.
Pre-registration is required. more info on http://www.gordonsquaremarket.org

The Gordon Square Farmers’ Market: more food, fewer tourists.GSFM is located in the parking lot of Bethany Presbyterian Church at W. 65th and West
Clinton streets (one block south of Detroit Ave.). Every Saturday through
October, 10am-2pm. Feed back? Please email or talk to us at the GSFM booth on Saturday.www.gordonsquaremarket.org