Valarie Russell on July 28th, 2014

tomatoesSummer crops are now available… home grown tomatoes – hybrid and heirloom, fresh corn and green beans! We’ll also have Swiss chard, kale, cabbage, new potatoes, zucchini – golden and green, summer squash, egg plants, green peppers, candy onions, beets, cucumbers and cherry tomatoes. Kenny’s hot peppers are going to be available…jalapeños, banana peppers, pablano and a few hot mix variety.

We will have some cantaloupes, a few blackberries and “Black Imagination”  seedless watermelons. We just had  another one tonight and they are delicious!

We have 1/2 bushels of tomatoes, canning pickles, green beans and beets if anyone needs some for canning please let us know and we will be glad to bring them to the market for you.

We will have some of our farm fresh eggs available, but they will be on a pre-order only basis on Wednesdays.  It’s just too hot to keep unwanted eggs in the cooler.  Just let me know if you need me to bring some for you and I will be glad to accommodate you.

Thanks for supporting us with your purchases at the market and we hope to see you there,

Val & Kenny

Valarie Russell on July 28th, 2014

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A surprising and FABULOUS cake full of fresh squash! No one would ever know… especially the kiddos!

 

3 cups sugar

3 cups flour

1½ teaspoons cinnamon

1½ teaspoons baking powder

¼ teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

3 cups finely chopped yellow squash (do not peel)

4 eggs

1½ cups vegetable oil

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup chopped pecans

1 cup raisins

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4 cups confectioners’ sugar

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese

1 cup unsalted butter, softened

Chopped pecans for decoration

 

In a large bowl, combine the sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir with a whisk.

In a medium bowl, combine the eggs, oil and vanilla. In a food processor, pulse approximately 4 to 5 yellow squash until they are evenly chopped.  Add the squash and mix well.

Add the squash mixture to the dry ingredients and mix until combined, add nuts and raisins in the batter. This is a very thick batter, pour the batter into a well-greased 9″ X 13″ pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes to an hour or until a toothpick pierced into the middle of the cake comes out clean. When finished, allow the cake to rest in the pan for at least 10 minutes. You can either frost it in the pan or turn the cake out onto a large plate.

Allow the cream cheese and butter to soften thoroughly. Beat them together in an electric mixer. Add the confectioners’ sugar, one cup at a time until fully combined. Ice the top of the cake with the cream cheese frosting. Decorate the top of the cake with chopped pecans.

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Valarie Russell on July 22nd, 2014

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It’s going to be another great day for the New Albany Farmer’s market.  The market is open from 8-1, come down and see what’s in season.

Don’t forget to place your order for our “Baskets of the Week”, I need all orders by noon Friday.  As the season progresses they just get better and better, this is a picture of last Saturday’s basket.

We’ll have CORN plus plenty of summer crops available… tomatoes are here along with green beans! Kenny finally has a large amount of heirlooms!  We also have Swiss chard, kale, cabbage, new potatoes, beets, zucchini, golden zucchini, summer squash, cucumbers, green peppers and candy onions both red and white.  Kenny still has some fresh dug elephant garlic, eggplants, hot peppers which are becoming plentiful and cherry tomatoes. We will have more cantaloupes, a few blackberries and “Black Imagination” watermelons! Come early to get your pick.

Don’t forget to pick up your farm-fresh, free-range eggs at the market. Just a reminder that we have been selling out early each week… so come early or pre-order to make sure you get the items you need.

Thanks for supporting us with your purchases, and remember to visit other Floyd County vendors while at the market. Have a great week, hope to see you on Saturday.

Val & Kenny

 

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Valarie Russell on July 22nd, 2014

Tomato - Watermelon Salad (2)A refreshing salad of sweet watermelon and bright heirloom tomatoes, complimented with fresh herbs and pine nuts.

 

2 C. Heirloom Tomato (Yellow), Diced

2 C. Watermelon, Diced

¼ C. Pine Nuts

1 tsp. Fresh Mint, Minced

1 tsp. Fresh Basil, Minced (1½ tsp. may be even better)

Pinch of Salt

 

Place all ingredients, except for salt, in a bowl and toss together until combined.

Sprinkle the salt over the top and stir again. Chill, then serve!

Doesn’t get much easier than that, does it? And you can get most everything you need at the farmer’s market this weekend!

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Valarie Russell on July 21st, 2014

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We will have some cantaloupes, a few blackberries and they’re back… “Black Imagination” watermelons. We just had one tonight and they are delicious!

Summer crops are now available… home grown tomatoes, fresh corn and green beans! We’ll also have Swiss chard, cabbage, new potatoes, zucchini – golden and green, summer squash, egg plants, green peppers, candy onions, beets, cucumbers and cherry tomatoes. Kenny’s hot peppers are going to be available…jalapeños, banana peppers, pablano and a few hot mix variety.

We have 1/2 bushels of tomatoes, canning pickles and beets if anyone needs some for canning please let us know and we will be glad to bring them to the market for you.

We will have some of our farm fresh eggs available, but they will be on a pre-order only basis on Wednesdays.  It’s just too hot to keep unwanted eggs in the cooler.  Just let me know if you need me to bring some for you and I will be glad to accommodate you.

Thanks for supporting us with your purchases at the market and we hope to see you there,

Val & Kenny

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Valarie Russell on July 21st, 2014

Black-Bean-Salad-with-Chipotle-Vinaigrette-575x452This is one of my favorite summer salads, it’s delicious as well as beautiful. A great way to make use of the veggies in season.  It could be a meal in it’s self, served with a hunk of skillet cornbread. Yummy!

 

2 15-ounce cans black beans, rinsed and drained

3 ears fresh cooked corn, kernels cut off the cob

1 red bell peppers, diced

1 green bell peppers, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 cup onion, diced

2 teaspoons salt

1/4 teaspoon Chipotle pepper

2 tablespoons honey

9 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon lime zest (be sure to zest limes before juicing them)

6 tablespoons fresh lime juice

1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for garnish

2 avocados, chopped

Combine all ingredients except for avocados in a large bowl and mix well. Cover and chill for a few hours or overnight. Right before serving, add avocados and mix gently, being careful not to mash avocados.

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Valarie Russell on July 15th, 2014

002 (3)It’s going to be another great day for the New Albany Farmer’s market.  The market is open from 8-1, come down and see what’s in season.

Don’t forget to place your order for our “Baskets of the Week”, I need all orders by noon Friday.  As the season progresses they just get better and better, this is a picture of last Saturday’s basket.

We’ll have CORN plus plenty of summer crops available… tomatoes are here along with green beans! Kenny is finally picking a few heirlooms, not a lot but they are beginning to be available.  We also have Swiss chard, kale, cabbage, new potatoes, beets, zucchini, golden zucchini, summer squash, cucumbers, green peppers and candy onions both red and white.  Kenny has some fresh dug elephant garlic, a few eggplants and hot peppers which are just beginning. We will have more cantaloupes and a few blackberries and blueberries.  We won’t have a lot so come early to get your pick.

Don’t forget to pick up your farm-fresh, free-range eggs at the market. Just a reminder that we have been selling out early each week… so come early or pre-order to make sure you get the items you need.

Thanks for supporting us with your purchases, and remember to visit other Floyd County vendors while at the market. Have a great week, hope to see you on Saturday.

Val & Kenny

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Valarie Russell on July 15th, 2014

004For years I worked for the Kentucky State Fair in the Media Office, my job was to help publish the results from all the 4-H entries as well as the open class entries. I admired all the entries and ribbons awarded and  always wanted to enter my canned goods at the fair but never seemed to get around to it.  Finally this year I took the time to get some information and requirements for the local 4-H fair, I then decided that since we were canning anyway… what the heck enter a few items and see what happens.

Well I have to say, for the first time… we didn’t do too bad.  I entered Kenny’s pickled beets, his canned tomatoes and green beans as well as a couple of my jams (Strawberry Gooseberry and Spiced Blueberry), “Dilly” beans and our joint effort homemade pasta sauce and chipotle black bean and corn salsa.  I thought with all those entries we might win something and to our surprise we did!  Our canned goods received two honorable mention, two third space, three second place and one first place ribbons. Our chipotle black bean and corn salsa receives a First place, Division Champion, and Grand Champion Ribbon.

Kenny was so proud, he couldn’t believe it when we went to the 4-H fair on Monday evening and saw all the ribbons. I think he has told everyone at the market and beyond about the ribbons. This weekend we will be bringing the winning entries and ribbons to the market for display,  I guess he will be bragging again.

This was a great experience, and I learned a few things I needed to do to make an even better presentation for future entries.  I am already thinking of new items to preserve for next years judging. I may even do a bit more research and see about entering in the Indiana State Fair in the next year or two. Winning a State Fair ribbon maybe an additional goal worth reaching towards.

We will have some of these delicious items as well as others available for purchase if you would like to try them for yourself, just ask us or email us for more information.

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Valarie Russell on July 15th, 2014

005It’s going to be another great day for the New Albany Farmer’s market.  The market is open from 4-7, come down and see what’s in season. A few blackberries are on for Wednesday, they are finally ripening.

We will have more vine ripened red Floyd County tomatoes as well as plenty of squash… both golden and green zucchini as well as yellow summer squash. We’ll also have cabbage, Swiss chard, kale, green beans, new potatoes, beets, green peppers and cucumbers. We will have corn available again this Wednesday, and plenty available on Saturday.

We will have some of our farm fresh eggs available, but they will be on a pre-order only basis on Wednesdays.  It’s just too hot to keep unwanted eggs in the cooler.  Just let me know if you need me to bring some for you and I will be glad to accommodate you.

Thanks for supporting us with your purchases at the market and we hope to see you Wednesday,

Val & Kenny

Valarie Russell on July 8th, 2014

basket 7-5-14It’s going to be another great day for the New Albany Farmer’s market.  The market is open from 8-1, come down and see what’s in season.

Don’t forget to place your order for our “Baskets of the Week”,  I need them by noon Friday.  As the season progresses they just get better and better, this is a picture of last Saturday’s basket.  How beautiful they were!

We’ll have CORN plus plenty of summer crops available… tomatoes are here along with green beans! Kenny is finally picking a few heirlooms, not a lot but they are beginning to be available.  We also have Swiss Chard, kale, cabbage, new potatoes, beets (a few more golden ones too), zucchini, golden zucchini, summer squash, green peppers, cucumbers, candy onions both red and white.  Kenny has some fresh dug elephant garlic, a few eggplants and hot peppers which are just beginning.

We will have some blueberries and hope to have more cantaloupes ripe.  We won’t have a lot so come early to get your pick.

Don’t forget to pick up your farm-fresh, free-range eggs at the market. Just a reminder that we have been selling out early each week… so come early or pre-order to make sure you get the items you need.

Thanks for supporting us with your purchases, and remember to visit other Floyd County vendors while at the market. Have a great week, hope to see you on Saturday.

Val & Kenny