Kids Corner- Tasty Garden Snacks

Join us Friday, July 13th from 10-11 am at the Kids Corner to make tasty garden snacks!  Who says kids won’t eat veggies?! Learn some new kid-tested recipes and taste the difference between some popular, locally grown market foods and their grocery store counterparts! Kids of all ages are welcome and activities are always free.

Farm Day

Join us Sunday May 27th from 2- 5 pm at Wagon Wheel Farm, 1132 Gold Hill Rd, Independence VA for an afternoon of hands-on activities.  See and try out some of the best market garden tools. If you’ve taken our “Grow More Vegetables” class, you’ll see those spacings and planting ideas in the ground and[…]

Why Save Seed?

Saving your own seed allows you to select plants that meet your needs. You can choose for size, color, taste or growth patterns. Save money! Seed prices seem to rise every year. While you will probably not save everything that you need, or want, you can save a few varieties every year to ensure that you’ll always have seed. Some cultivars seem to disappear from the catalogs every year, to be replaced by hybrids or patented plants. As long as someone is growing a variety, and saving the seed, the genetics are somewhat safe.

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Recipes from June and July Cooking Days with Chef Jen

COOKING DAY- June 1st: Biscuits and gravy: Jen started the morning with biscuits and gravy. She made the biscuits at home.  Heartmoss Farm sausage was browned until done. Add a handful of flour and stir until the flour is browned and fat is absorbed, making a quick roux.  Add milk gradually while stirring until thickened.[…]

June Events at the Market

Friends of the Market, It’s finally June and starting to feel like summer!  Lots of produce is coming into the Market and Chef Jen is ready to cook this Friday, June 3rd.  To date the menu includes carrot top pesto, grilled kale salad, beef  with shiitakes,  edible flowers, curried beets and carrots and ….June 10th[…]

Great cooking ideas

Getting Hooked On Cooking With CSA by Katherine Deumling of Cook With What You Have       Friends of the Market, here is a a great article by Katherine Deumling .  It talks about using a CSA share, but it applies to using seasonal products from Farmers Markets too.   A CSA share offers a[…]

It’s planting time!

Rick and Jen loaned me their broad fork so I could get a few garden beds ready for early spring crops.  It’s time to start planting peas, spinach, kale, carrots and cabbage outside.  The row cover is handy in case we get another cold snap. The large bed rake is great for both forming and[…]