Chelsea Farmers Market: September 14th, 2013

Healthy Takeout Fake-Outs

If the hectic pace of fall makes you want to succumb to the same old pizza or chinese takeout, listen up!  There are easy DIY takeout recipes that take no time and fill the need for fast and tasty.  What’s more, you can make most of these favorites from market veggies in no time at all, and you can store and save in the freezer for quick dinners without a lot of prep.  Even your teenagers might get into this!

Here’s what’s on our 30-minute menu:

Instead of italian fast food, try (gluten-free and blood-sugar friendly) zucchini noodle lasagna
Market Ingredients:

+ zucchini (or other squash)
+ tomatoes
+ ricotta

Instead of a mexican, try a whole wheat black bean pizza
Market Ingredients:

+ sweet corn
+ scallions (or onions)

Instead of thai food, try  thai chicken noodle soup
Market Ingredients:+ cabbage+ tomatoes+ onionsInstead of chinese takeout, try this lightened up sweet and sour chicken:
Market Ingredients:

+ broccoli
+ bell peppers
+ green beans

All of the in season veggies throughout this menu can be chopped and prepped on the weekend.

More tips and tricks below!

On Park St. near Main.
Saturday, 8:00 – Noon



We are happy to kick off the Double Up Food Bucks Program (July to October), along with Prescription for Health (starting July 13th) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (also known as Bridge Cards)
Please visit the market information table for specifics on the programs!

For more information on Prescription for Health: Visit Faith in Action and the Prescription for Health websites!  We’ll have healthy market recipes available to inspire you as you fulfill your Prescription for Health goals.
You can also visit the market information table for specifics on the programs!
Music by Keith Parmentier starts at 10:00 am!
The Children’s Tent Theme today is “Chalk it Up!”.  Come and make some temporary art at the market!
This week, we’ll also have Girl Scout Troop 41095 coming to advertise about the Compact Fluorescent Lightbulb recycling – come check them out!



Tips for Making Quick and Easy “Take Out” 
 1.  Buy pre-made items, like frozen rice and pizza dough, so you have them on hand
2.  Cut and prepare vegetables on a weekend so they are ready to go.
3.  Make sauces ahead of time to speed up prep time.
4.  Buy chicken tenders pre-cut, or make the time to prepare if buying from a local vendor.
5.  Sometimes canned goods and dry goods are your best friend!  Canned beans, chicken broth, rice noodles and tomatoes (we like to can our own!) heat up in minutes.Keep this Checklist on Hand to Save Time and Money at the Market!

Before you go: 

  • Bring reusable bags. Tuck a few reusable shopping bags (with handles) into a pocket; merchants sometimes run out. And you’ll be helping the environment.
  • Have cash on hand. Credit cards and checks aren’t always accepted.
  • Dress for comfort. Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared for the weather.
  • Pack a cooler. If you live far away, or plan to be at the market for awhile, bring a cooler for produce. Consider a wheeled cart or travel bag for bulk shopping.
  • Go early… arrive at opening time to ensure the best selection. Smartphone app Locavore and website provide market locations and seasonal hours.
  • …Or go late. Great deals are often available around closing. Many vendors will lower their price rather than haul their wares home. However, some may be sold out.




New Vendor Offerings this Week :
Seasonal Vendors

Ingredient for In-Season Recipe

Back Forty Acres:  Meats / Poultry / Eggs, all raised naturally

Beverly’s Crafts and More:  Pillows, baked goods, body cream, soap, granola, tarts and pies.

Chandra June:  Raw gemstone jewelry

Frog Hollar Farms:  Produce, home-baked breads and cakes, crafts, cut flowers, and more

fresh:  Locally roasted coffee beans.  We appreciate the patience over the last few weeks as we have been tweaking our product with our new roaster! Our roasts are more consistent than ever, which allows us to target each beans flavor profile! With two new organic and fair trade coffees, Guatemalan and Timor, we have a bean for every coffee lover! Come check us out and save money by signing up for our customer loyalty program!

Greystone Farm & Creamery:  Cream cheeses, camembert style cheeses, feta, and gouda, and manchego style cheeses from the sheep’s milk.

H & H Sugarbush:  Maple syrup, maple cream, maple candy, maple nuts

Heim Gardens:  Perennials, annuals, hanging baskets, planters, produce (carrots, squash, onions, *broccoli green beans)
Kapnick Farms: Flaming fury peaches, nectarines, white peaches, prune plums, Gala, McIntosh, Ginger Gold and Paula Red apples.maybe bartlett pears

Greystone Creamery: feta, *possibly ricotta, Man-chel cheese, possibly cow Gouda, Chelsea-cam, Rosy-cam, blue Man-chel, sheep Gouda, butternut, garlic pepper and plain cream cheese.

La Baguette:  French breads and baked goods

Janet’s LLC: grilling rubs, jam, flavored nuts, suckers, cajun butter, spices to make flavored butter, U-M and MSU dolls, and greeting cards.

Mama Mo: hummus and seitan. Hummus flavors include ginger squash, tan/cran orange, sesame chive satay, kalamata rosemary, black pepper walnut, roasted pepper, horseradish, roasted garlic, traditional, lemon zest, curry lime, tomato basil, onion dill, roasted beet, wasabi, jalapeno, chipotle. Seitan flavors include: nuggets, traditional, fajita strips, Italian fennel sausage, breakfast sage sausage, vegan BBQ, BBQ, roast.

Merkel Gardens & Greenhouses:  Hanging baskets, flats and produce (tomatoes, greens, onions)

Myer’s Blackberry Farm:  Blackberries (their in!), raspberries, jams and vegetables

Ruhlig’s Produce:  Wide variety of vegetables and cut flower, including melons, *corn, *cabbage peppers, and acorn squash!

Stone Hearth Breads and Bakery: pumpernickel, German rye and German rye seeded, Italian Milano, honey whole wheat, San Francisco sourdough, assorted cookies and buns, four-cheese pepperoni rolls, spinach feta cheese bread, multi-grain bread, country loaf, cheese bread, rosemary herb and tomato basil bread, four-cheese bread sticks, jalapeno cheese bread and assorted sweet breads — including cinnamon, cinnamon raisin, strawberry white chocolate, peach pecan, wild blueberry cream cheese, Reuben rolls, and bacon cheddar beer bread.

Tantre Farm:  Organic Produce:  Arugula, Beets (Chioggia – bulls eye, red), Blackberries, *Broccoli, *Cabbage (Green, Napa, Red) , Carrots, Swiss Chard, Collard Greens, *Corn (Sweet), Cucumbers, Eggplant, *Garlic bulbs, Kale (Green Curly, Lacinato, Red Russian), Kohlrabi, Leeks, Lettuce, Melons, Mushrooms (Shiitake), *Onions (Green, Red, Yellow, White, Red Long of Tropea), Pears, *Peppers (sweet green bell, hot -mixed, jalapeno, padrom, poblano/ancho, sweet romanian, sweet red bell, sweet red carman, shishito hot), Potatoes (blue, red, Yukon gold), Radishes (Easter egg), Raspberries, Spicy Greens, Summer Squash, Tatsoi, *Tomatoes (cherry/grape, heirloom, sauce/plum, slicing), Watermelon, *Zucchini (green & yellow).

Tasty Bakery:  Gluten-free baked goods 

Zatkovich Pastures:  Grass fed beef, eggs, poultry


Daily Vendors


Country Hills Pottery – Vases, bowls and more!

Debbie Diedrich – Beaded jewelry
Dancy’s Fancy Butter  – Sweet and savory flavored butters.
Gerald Gasche – Homegrown fall rasberries, tomatoes and corn
Johnny Secreto – Tomato sauce, pasta, BBQ sauce and spice rubs – plus apparel!


For all the best in-season, summertime foods and recipes, stay tuned for the weekly installments of the

Chelsea Farmers Market Newsletter