eater update: strawberries and cooking (separately, not together) – http://eepurl.com/eKC6Q

Hello fellow eaters:

Although I had planned to elaborate on the joys and vicissitudes of pesto, two announcement-type items point to a couple of important things about the market, so I will just talk about them (there will be more garlic next week). Like many farmers’ markets, our market benefits from the donation of space for the market. Also like many farmers’ markets, our market functions as a sort of village green where one can catch up with folks not seen during the busy week, exchange information about what is going on in the neighborhood, meetings missed, weather complaints, etc. This Saturday is an opportunity to sit awhile and chat with your friends and neighbors while supporting the institution that gives us a place to set up shop. Bethany Presbyterian Church’s annual strawberry festival is Saturday from 12 to 4pm. Strawberries will be served with locally-made Weber’s ice cream and/or shortcake (2-4 inside the church). Sales benefit Bethany Presbyterian’s outreach programs. Long term patrons of the market have enjoyed the strawberry festival at the market each year. In years past I have found that I can eat strawberries and ice cream much earlier in the day than I would have thought with no ill effect. My strawberries were a bust this year, so I have been looking forward to this for two weeks.

The other announcement is that the first class of cooking class session two is this Saturday at 11. Now if someone were to come up to me on the street and say “cooking class,” the first thing that would pop into my mind is something heavy on technique and equipment, possibly based on the cuisine of a culture whose language that I do not read well or at all. But the cooking classes through the farmers’ market have more to do with ingredients, and specifically focus on Ohio produce–remember how I confessed (again!) that I did not know what swiss chard was until a few years ago and now have the zeal of a convert? Who knows, that veggie you never used before might change your life, too (and most ingredients will be available from vendors at the market). Lisa from Origins Beanery and This Urban Homestead will be leading the class.

EcoVillage Produce will have bib, leaf, and romaine lettuces; carrots; bunching onions; walking onions; yellow, purple, and bluelake beans; kohlrabi, and beets. In the greens department they will have turnip, swiss chard, kale, collard, mixed, and beet top. They will also have thyme, sage, sweet basil, dill, rosemary, peppermint, spearmint, lemon balm, chives, loveage, and parsley. They will also have goat cheese and live plants (separately, not together).

Old Husher apparently fell in. we’ll see if he is there.

Tinker’s Valley will have cabbage, collards, garlic, elephant garlic (leeks)
smooth jam (in raspberry and strawberry rhubarb). Also some potted plants will be available: basil (sweet genovese, thai, and compacto), parsley, and sage as well as bamboo stakes/poles. They may have some beans (pole and bush) and Squash (but they can’t make any promises just yet).

Devil’s Backbone did not check in, so cross your fingers.

Maggie’s Farm will have arugula, beet greens, swiss chard, lemon basil, lime basil, genovese basil, beets, lettuce, red onions, yellow squash, zucchini, russian kale, and curly kale.

MoBite Products will have vegan apple pie, black berry pie, sweet potato pie, carrot cake, spice cake, chocolate cake, cherry pie, roasted kale and zucchini muffins, gluten-free zucchini muffins, banana muffins, and falafel.

Earth’s Crust did not check in.

Origins Beanery did not send the specifics, but they know what would happen if they did not show…

Cathie Brenkus will not be at the market this week.

ReMemories will have “Sit-on-Its”, refurbished orphan chairs, at the market as well as her usual purses, totes, and cutting starters.

This week at the neighborhood table we have Carol with Sammy’s Bags. Sammy’s Bags offers recycled upholstery items, such as eyeglass cases, jewelry bags, and more.

This week we will have Yoga at the market. Yoga will go from 11-12 please plan to come about 15 minutes early to sign in. This is a donation based class. Please pay what you can and all donations will go to the GSFM. Our teacher this week is Sarah Perkins. Her vinyasa-based classes are focused on breath, strength, flexibility, balance, motion, and stillness – and are set to an eclectic mix of music.

Neighborhood table. Do you have a special talent you would like to share? Are you an excellent baker? Do you make wonderful jewelry? Or, a you a part of a group or club that could help people in the neighborhood? If you answered yes to any of these questions, a Saturday at the Gordon Square Farmers Market Neighborhood Table is just what you need! Here is how it works. The market runs from 10:00am-2:00pm on Saturdays during Market Season and is held at Bethany Presbyterian Church at 6415 West Clinton Cleveland, Ohio. The market will provide a table, chairs and a tent for your use. You can come as early as 9am to set up your space as needed. The best part of all this is it is totally free! The only cost to you would be a small percentage of your sales if you use the space to sell something. The only rule is that items for sale must fall within Market Guidelines. For a list of these guidelines and to reserve a Saturday, contact Emily Holody at ncsummer_2000@yahoo.com or 330-256-6641.

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