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Grapevine February 22 2009 Market

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this week
- What's Coming To The Market This Week?
- 3rd Annual SW Hope Campaign Begins
- Cooking Ideas - Winter Pestos

We've got another good market lined up this weekend. A few vendors are out this week but all will be back on March 8. This market is the last 2008-2009 winter market session for Ayers Creek Farm. Anthony and Carol will be back in July when the blackberries are ready.

The Blog for Food campaign is going well. Thank you all for your support. Another drive closer to the market starts this Sunday. SW Hope (Feb 22nd through April 5th) is a campaign for Neighborhood House's Emergency Food pantry. Please read the story below for details.

See you on Sunday!

Eamon Molloy
Market Manager

What's Coming To The Market This Week?

Greens will be in good supply again this week. You should find plenty of arugula, escarole, chard, mache, collards, kale and spinach. Salad mixes and braising mixes should be readily available as well. Winter squashes, beets, carrots, celeriac, leeks, parsnips, potatoes, radishes, hamburg parsley and turnips should be plentiful this weekend as well. As for fruit, apples, kiwi and pears will be available this week. It's not too early to think about your garden either. You find a nice variety of hellebores, peonies, tree peonies and other plants too.

Check the availability list for the complete list of who's coming this weekend and what they expect to be selling.

IN
Ancient Heritage Dairy
Boyco Foods
Packer Orchards/Market Fruit

OUT
Copper Crown (back March 8)
Creative Growers (back March 8)
Farris Seaman Plant (back in March)
Kookoolan Farms (back March 22)
Salmon Creek Hydroponics (back in March)
Sungold Farm (back March 22)

SW Hope - Neighborhood House
Feed the Hungry Campaign - Feb 22 - Apr 5

Hungry neighbors need us more than ever. Neighborhood House's emergency food supply is running low as many come for help and the resources dwindle. A year ago, the program was serving around 270 families per month on average. In October 2008, the pantry assisted an unprecedented 429 households.

The third annual SW Hope campaign begins this Sunday. This year's campaign collection goal is 100,000 pounds of food or the cash equivalent. Local businesses and faith communities have stepped up to lend a hand as demand for food assistance increases. Contact Tia Sherry at tsherry(at)nhweb.org or (503) 246 -1663 ext 118 to find out how you can help.

Cooking Ideas - Winter Pestos

Basil pesto is one of those things that just say summer. But you can make pesto in the winter as well. Arugula and spinach are two leafy greens which make great pestos. Spinach pesto is mild and creamy. You can add pine nuts or walnuts but if you want a creamier sauce then leave the nuts out. Arugula has a much stronger flavor and needs a nut like walnuts to round out the flavor. Both are great seasonal pestos. Links to both recipes are featured above. Enjoy!