Valarie Russell on May 26th, 2015

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It’s going to be another wonderful Saturday morning in beautiful downtown New Albany.  Come join us for another day of fresh home grown produce at the farmer’s market.

This week we will have more greens available… spinach, kale, mixed baby lettuce, Black Seeded Simpson (great lettuce for wilting) and about five other varieties of lettuce. We will have the first picking of our Sugar Ann snap peas, cabbage, rhubarb, green onions and maybe some radishes.  We may have a slight lull in radishes due to over harvesting, the next batches may not be quite big enough. This will be the last week of asparagus, it’s time to stop cutting for the season.  Strawberries are looking awesome, we will have more available on Saturday.

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

We still have plenty of other fresh herbs and garden plants available.  Kenny also has a nice variety of heirloom tomatoes and pepper plants. We will have basil, parsley, cilantro, dill, oregano, sage, thyme, stevia and Rosemary. This will probably be the last week I bring herbs in the single pots. I will have a few herb pots available weekly for a month or so.

Have a great week and we will see you on Saturday,

Val & Kenny

Sugar Ann Anap Peas

 

Valarie Russell on May 19th, 2015

farmer's market May 2011It’s going to be another wonderful Saturday morning in beautiful downtown New Albany.  Come join us for another day of fresh home grown produce at the farmer’s market.

This week we will have more greens available… spinach, kale, mixed baby lettuce and Black Seeded Simpson (great lettuce for wilting). We will also have rhubarb, radishes and green onions this week.  We have asparagus again this week, it was iffy due to all the rain last week. Kenny wants to get one more cut in if possible for next weekend, however, this may be the last cut of the season.  Strawberries are coming along nicely, we will have more available this weekend.

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

We still have plenty of other fresh herbs and garden plants available. We will have basil, parsley, cilantro, dill, oregano, sage, thyme, stevia and Rosemary. Kenny also has a nice variety of heirloom tomatoes and pepper plants.

Have a great week and we will see you on Saturday,

Val & Kenny

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Valarie Russell on May 12th, 2015

week 1, 2015Kenny has just about finished round one of his plowing, tilling and planting… the gardens are finally planted.  He worked all day Sunday and into the evening getting his plants in before the rain. What rain you ask? Well, we finally got about a tenth of an inch Monday evening… so the irrigation continues.

This week we will be taking orders for the greens we have available… spinach, kale, black seeded Simpson and mixed baby lettuce. Kenny will also have asparagus, rhubarb, radishes and more green onions.  Basically a repeat of last weekend. Just a reminder that we have been selling out early… so come early or pre-order to make sure you get the items you need.

We will have plenty of fresh herbs and garden plants available this weekend… basil, dill, parsley, cilantro, oregano, thyme, sage, Stevia and rosemary. Kenny also has a nice variety of heirloom tomatoes, red tomatoes and pepper plants. We will also have some of my winter craft projects available…  items made from recycled materials, Fairy Wands, Grilling Planks, relishes, jams and jellies.

Don’t forget to pick up your farm-fresh, free-range eggs at the market.

Thanks for supporting us with your purchases,

Val & Kenny

Valarie Russell on May 12th, 2015

This Saturday, May 16th will be Russell Veggies’ fourth annual Recycle event.  Anyone who wishes to recycle any previously used items acquired from us (or others) is asked to bring them to the New Albany Farmer’s Market on that day.  We recycle most any items our customers bring, join us and help reuse, reduce and recycle.

Recycling facts that may interest you…

  • About one-third of an average dump is made up of  packaging material!
  • The U.S. is the #1 trash-producing country in the world at 1,609 pounds per person per year. This means that 5% of the world’s people generate 40% of the world’s waste.
  • The highest point in Hamilton County, Ohio (near  Cincinnati) is “Mount Rumpke.” It is actually a mountain of trash at the Rumpke sanitary landfill towering 1045 ft. above sea level.
  • Out of every $10 spent buying things, $1 (10%) goes for packaging that is thrown away. Packaging represents about 65% of household trash.
  • Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours — or the equivalent of a half a gallon of  gasoline.
  • More aluminum goes into beverage cans than any  other product.
  • Because so many of them are recycled, aluminum cans account for less than 1% of the total U.S. waste stream, according to EPA estimates.
  • An aluminum can that is thrown away will still  be a can 500 years from now!
  • There is no limit to the amount of times an  aluminum can be recycled.
  • We use over 80,000,000,000 aluminum soda cans  every year.
  • At one time, aluminum was more valuable than  gold!
  • If you had a 15-year-old tree and made it into  paper grocery bags, you’d get about 700 of them. A busy supermarket could use
    all of them in under an hour! This means in one year, one supermarket can go  through over 6 million paper bags! Imagine how many supermarkets there are just  in the United States!!!
  • The average American uses seven trees a year in paper, wood, and other products made from trees. This amounts to about 2,000,000,000 trees per year!
  • The amount of wood and paper we throw away each year is enough to heat 50,000,000 homes for 20 years.
  • Approximately 1 billion trees worth of paper are thrown away every year in the U.S.
  • Americans use 85,000,000 tons of paper a year; about 680 pounds per person.
  • The average household throws away 13,000 separate pieces of paper each year. Most is packaging and junk mail.

 

These recycling facts have been compiled from various
sources including the National Recycling Coalition, the Environmental
Protection Agency, and Earth911.org. While I make every effort to provide
accurate information, I make no warranty or guarantee that the facts presented
here are exact. We welcome all polite corrections to our information.

 

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Valarie Russell on May 5th, 2015

farmer's market signIt’s finally here… opening day of the 2015 New Albany Farmer’s Market! We will be located on Bank Street… between Main and Spring Streets in beautiful downtown New Albany. Remember we are under construction, but there will be ample parking located at and around the market.

We are so excited to begin the growing season. Kenny has been plowing, tilling and planting every day for weeks now, things are looking wonderful. He has almost everything in the ground except the eggplants (they are taking their sweet time growing.)  It won’t be long before the strawberries will be ready!

This week we will be taking orders for the greens we have available… spinach, kale and mixed baby lettuce. Kenny will also have asparagus, rhubarb, radishes and maybe more green onions this week. Just a reminder that we have been selling out early… so come early or pre-order to make sure you get the items you need.

We will have plenty of fresh herbs and garden plants available this weekend… basil, dill, parsley, cilantro, oregano, thyme, sage, Stevia and rosemary. Kenny also has a nice variety of heirloom tomatoes, red tomatoes and peppers.

Don’t forget to pick up your farm-fresh, free-range eggs at the market.

Thanks for supporting us with your purchases,

Val & Kenny

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Gary on May 5th, 2015

Farmer's Market 2011-3A trip to your local farmers’ market is a great way to eat healthy and support the local economy.  Farmers markets provide consumers access to locally grown, farm fresh produce, and enables farmers the opportunity to develop a personal relationship with their customers, and cultivate consumer loyalty with the farmers who grows the produce.

It’s harder to go wrong at a farmers market than a grocery store, but we wouldn’t want anyone to make any shopping mistakes that could detract from the experience. Here are a few tips to get the most from your market.

Embrace Whole Vegetables

Root vegetables like carrots, beets, and radishes are sometimes sold both whole, with greens attached, and trimmed, as merely a bunch of roots. Always opt for the whole version. They’ll last longer than the trimmed roots, for one thing, but more importantly, the greens are both edible and delicious. Washed carefully, they all make a great, earthy pesto, and radish and beet greens can be prepared the same way as chard or kale. Free bonus food!

Go Early

Treat the farmers market like brunch: get there early, or pay the price. Vendors will often sell out of their best products by early morning.

Know Your Produce

The produce at a farmers market is usually going to be different than at a grocery store. Learn how to pick out the tastiest heirloom tomato, even though they all look equally deformed. Learn to scour the bins of Brussels sprouts for the tightest, smallest ones. Learn to snap a green bean between your fingers to see if it’s ripe. Learn to smell a melon. This is a pain, sure! But the farmers themselves will usually be happy to pick out good produce for you.

Survey Like a Hawk

At most reasonably sized markets, there’ll be more than one vendor selling certain items, whether that’s peaches or grapes or zucchini. Before you buy, take a lap around the market, trying samples, using your new produce-hunting skills to figure out the quality and ripeness of the produce, and, just as importantly, scoping out prices. You don’t want to buy the first pint of blueberries you see, only to find a cheaper, tastier pint at the opposite end of the market.

Try Weird Stuff

Your market is likely home to products you can’t find at the grocery store. So why not try them out? Instead of a standard deep purple eggplant, why not a tiny globular Thai or a long pure white eggplant? Instead of red radishes, why not watermelon or French breakfast radishes. There’s nothing wrong with just getting good, fresh versions of what you usually eat, but the market is also an opportunity to step outside your habits and eat what’s growing nearby.

But the most important tip… Enjoy yourself!

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Valarie Russell on April 28th, 2015

egg drop 10Well this Saturday marks our last “Egg Drop” of the season… but Saturday May 9th is the official opening day of the 2015 Farmer’s Market. It’s going to be a great year!

Spring has truly sprung now and summer is soon to come… we will have fresh cut asparagus this weekend and possibly some fresh radishes.  We had some of each already this week and they are delicious.  The radishes were a bit on the small size so Kenny may hold off pulling them until next weekend.  He will be cutting some rhubarb for the first time this week too.

We just picked up our 25 news hens today, they are about 13 weeks old and cute as can be.  It will be awhile until they start laying but we still have plenty old girls laying.  Stop by for your fresh eggs this weekend.

Market runs from 10am – noon, on Bank Street this week, then we return to the regular hours on the 9th.  This Saturday we will also have greens available… kale, spinach and baby lettuce. We will bring some of our Jams and Jellies as well. Let me know what your needs are and I will have your order ready when you arrive. E-mail me for any additional information ~ val@russellveggies.com .

I know of several vendors who will be set up with great products as well… 3D Valley Meats, Hensley Homegrown,  Family Spirits Homestead-aka…”Jelly-Lady” and Grass Corp.- dairy products, meats and soap. With the weather improving there are likely to be other vendors there as well.

Have a great week and we will see you Saturday.

Val & Kenny

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Valarie Russell on April 14th, 2015

egg drop7aIt seems like everything has sure greened up the past few days, Kenny is loving being out and about in the greenhouse and gardens. It won’t be long before veggies will be plentiful once again. Kenny is trying to get a jump on things… he planted 5 rows of green beans and set out 24 heirloom tomatoes today.  Hope we don’t get another cold snap!  The chickens are loving this weather, we are seeing egg production going up and up. We should have plenty of eggs for this weekend.

Market runs from 10am – noon, on Bank Street rain or shine. The Farmer’s Market expansion project is beginning to take shape, hopes are it wont last he entire season.  This Saturday we will also have greens available… kale, spinach and baby lettuce. We will have our Jams and Jellies available too. Let me know what your needs are and I will have your order ready when you arrive. E-mail me for any additional information ~ val@russellveggies.com .

I know of several vendors who will be set up with great products as well… 3D Valley Meats, Hensley Homegrown,  Family Spirits Homestead-aka…”Jelly-Lady” and Grass Corp.- dairy products, meats and soap. With the weather improving there are likely to be other vendors there as well.

Have a great week and we will see you Saturday.

Val & Kenny

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Kenny’s tomato plants are looking good!

 

Valarie Russell on April 14th, 2015

crunchy cabbage & kale saladAah yes, I have a salad to share with you today. It’s fresh, healthy and full of color! A much needed departure from all the cooked foods we have been devouring lately. If you’re anything like us, we tend to eat more cooked foods in the winter. It seems to be somewhat instinctual but a good fresh and hearty salad is a welcome change. It all started with some kale & cabbage sitting in our refrigerator that needed to be used up quickly. Hope you enjoy as much as we do, we have now had it two or three times a week.

 

¼ head RED CABBAGE – chopped finely

½ head CABBAGE – chopped finely

½ bunch KALE – chopped finely

2 carrot, peeled and julienned or shredded

¼ cup sunflower seeds – roasted

4 slices of bacon – fried, drained and crumbled

1 TBS Dry Mustard

¼ cup apple cider vinegar

½ cup sugar

1 cup mayo (I use Hellman’s)

2 TBS Lime or Lemon Juice

Salt and pepper to taste

Combine kale and cabbages, carrots. In another bowl, whisk together mustard, vinegar, mayo and citrus juice. Season with salt and pepper. Drizzle dressing on the salad with sunflower seeds and bacon. Toss and coat.** Serve with some fresh crusty bread!

 

**Since this makes a rather large salad I plate individually and add dressing and toppings at time of eating so the greens stay nice and crunchy.

no kneed bread

 

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Valarie Russell on March 31st, 2015

egg drop easterWhat beautiful weather we have had the past couple of days… Kenny is loving being out and about in the greenhouse and gardens. It won’t be long before veggies will be plentiful once again. The chickens are loving this weather, we are seeing egg production going up. We even have new chickens on the way and will have plenty eggs for Saturday.

I will not be under the pavilion from 10-12 am, instead I will be on Bank Street.   Below is a picture of our usual space under the pavilion… it’s looking like the Farmer’s Market improvement project is beginning to take off. Let’s just hope it doesn’t take too long. Plans are to have Bank Street blocked off for vendors, but rest assured we will be there with all or at least some of your needs.

This Saturday we will also have greens available… kale, spinach and baby lettuce. We will have some of our Jams and Jellies available too. Let me know what your needs are and I will have your order ready when you arrive. E-mail me for any additional information ~ val@russellveggies.com .

I know of several vendors who will be set up with great products as well… 3D Valley Meats, Hensley Homegrown  and Grass Corp.- dairy products, meats and soap. With the weather improving there are likely to be other vendors there as well.

Have a great week and we will see you Saturday.

Val & Kenny

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