Chelsea Farmers Market: August 31st, 2013

Summer Salad Days  

Labor Day Picnic Salads:  Tomatoes

This week’s newsletter is themed around easy picnic salads, featuring the end-of-summer favorite, tomatoes.  Tomatoes, which are actually a fruit and not a vegetable, are loaded with all kinds of health benefits for the body. They are in fact, a highly versatile health product and due to their equally versatile preparation options, there’s really no reason to neglect the tomato as part of a healthy diet   
One of the most well known tomato eating benefit is its’ Lycopene content. Lycopene is a vital anti-oxidant that helps in the fight against cancerous cell formation as well as other kinds of health complications and diseases.

Free radicals in the body can be flushed out with high levels of Lycopene, and the tomato is so amply loaded with this vital anti-oxidant that it actually derives its rich redness from the nutrient.

Lycopene is not a naturally produced element within the body and the human body requires sources of Lycopene in order to make use of this powerful anti-oxidant. While other fruits and vegetables do contain this necessary health ingredient, no other fruit or vegetable has the high concentration of Lycopene that the tomato takes pride in.  Tomatoes also boast high levels of vitamin C (Don’t forget the green ones – try a pan “fried” green tomato salad too)!

Here are a few of our favorite healthy recipes from the south and southwest – enjoy the last hot days of summer with local salads!

Southwestern Black Bean Salad

  • 3 large ears of corn, huskedSouthwest Salad
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 2 15-ounce cans black beans, rinsed
  • 2 cups shredded red cabbage, (see Tip)
  • 1 large tomato, diced
  • 1/2 cup minced red onion
  • 1 head butter lettuce, town into bite size pieces

  1. Bring 1 inch of water to a boil in a Dutch oven. Add corn, cover and cook until just tender, about 3 minutes. When cool enough to handle, cut the kernels from the cobs using a sharp knife.
  2. Meanwhile, place pine nuts in a small dry skillet over medium-low heat and cook, stirring, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.
  3. Whisk lime juice, oil, cilantro, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add the corn, pine nuts, beans, cabbage, tomato and onion; toss to coat. Refrigerate until ready to serve on top of torn lettuce.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving (4 Servings): 410 calories; 16 g fat ( 2 g sat , 8 g mono ); 0 mg cholesterol; 57 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 16 g protein; 13 g fiber; 477 mg sodium; 537 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (80% daily value), Iron (25% dv), Vitamin A (20% dv), Potassium (15% dv).

Recipe From:

Pan-Seared Pork & Fried Green Tomato SaladIngredients
  • 1 pound pork tenderloinGreenTomato Salad
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1 egg, well beaten
  • 2 small green tomatoes, sliced 1/2-inch thick
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup watercress
  • 2 ounces crumbled blue cheese
  • 1/3 cup bottled sweet and sour sauce (or red pepper jelly, warmed, and mixed with 1 to 2 Tbsp. cider vinegar)
Preparation1. Slice tenderloin crosswise in 12 slices. Slightly flatten with palm of hand. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.2. In shallow dish, combine cornmeal, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/2 tsp. pepper. Place beaten egg in second shallow dish. Dip tomato slices in egg, then coat in cornmeal mixture; set aside.3. In 12-inch skillet heat 1 Tbsp. oil over medium-high heat. Cook pork for 3 minutes each side, until golden brown on outside and slightly pink inside. Transfer to platter; cover to keep warm.4. Add 1 Tbsp. oil to skillet. Cook tomato slices for 2 to 3 minutes each side until golden, adding oil if necessary. Serve pork and tomatoes with watercress and blue cheese. Drizzle sweet and sour sauce.
From the Test KitchenChange Up:

  • Use breadcrumbs in place of cornmeal to coat tomatoes and replace blue cheese with shaved Parmesan cheese.
Nutrition Facts Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 354, Fat, total (g) 16, chol. (mg) 113, sat. fat (g) 5, carb. (g) 22, Monosaturated fat (g) 8, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 2, Trans fatty acid (g) 0, fiber (g) 2, sugar (g) 6, pro. (g) 29, vit. A (IU) 777, vit. C (mg) 15, Thiamin (mg) 1, Riboflavin (mg) 1, Niacin (mg) 8, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 1, Folate (µg) 52, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg) 1, sodium (mg) 918, Potassium (mg) 820, calcium (mg) 162, iron (mg) 3,

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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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 Ed Sugar starts at 10:00 am!

Labor Day Picnic Ideas

This labor day weekend, take a hike!  A new tradition might form – join the Healthy Communities Walking Program this weekend on Monday, September 2nd, at the Eddy Discovery Center at 10:00 am (registration 9:30) for their Annual Labor Day Walk!  We’ve included a few more late-summer, no-cook salads featuring ripe tomatoes to bring to a picnic at the park:

5-Minute Salad: Goat Cheese, Herb and White BeanEddyDiscovery Center



  • 8 ounces stale bread (3 to 4 days old), sliced*
  • Cold water, as needed
  • 4 vine-ripened tomatoes or Roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 small red onion, chopped medium fine
  • 1 European cucumber, halved and sliced into half moons
  • 2 handfuls fresh basil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

New Vendor Offerings this Week:

Seasonal Vendors

Check out the customer loyalty program and organic coffee beans from fresh, and Tantre Farm has returning fall favorites: arugula, spicy greens, fall red raspberries and French Breakfast radishes.   

 * 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 – newest addition is strawberry cheesecake in a jar!
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, popcorn (not here this week)
Heim Gardens – Perennials, annuals, hanging baskets, planters, produce (carrots, summer squash, onions, snap peas)
Kapnick Farms: Tart cherries,  raspberries, peaches, blueberries, maybe baking apples, fudge and baked sweet rolls.  New this week for Kapnicks, red haven peaches, paula red apples, shiro plums and maybe some blackberries. Still lots of sweet blueberries and flaming fury peaches.
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
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,Beans (Tongue of Fire, Yellow), Beets (Chioggia – bulls eye, red), Blackberries, Broccoli, *Cabbage (Green) , Carrots, Swiss Chard, Collard Greens, Corn (Sweet), Cucumbers, Eggplant, Fennel Bulb, *Garlic bulbs, Kale (Green Curly, Lacinato, Red Russian), Kohlrabi, Leeks, Lettuce, Melons, Mushrooms (Shiitake), *Onions (Green, Red, Yellow, White), Peaches, 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 (French Breakfast), Summer Squash, Tomatoes (cherry/grape, heirloom, sauce/plum, slicing), Watermelon (red & yellow), Zucchini (green & yellow).
Tasty Bakery – Gluten-free baked goods 
Zatkovich Pastures – Grass fed beef, eggs, poultry

Daily Vendors

Anna’s Handmade and Homegrown –  Anna will have green beans and tomatoes in edition to her usual knit products
Bee Well – Soaps, heated neck pillows, jewelry and gourds
Country Hills Pottery  – Vases, bowls and more!
Duane Bordine – Snap dragons, gladiolas and pin cushion flowers
Dancy’s Fancy Butter  – Sweet and savory flavored butters
Fairview Studios – New Harvest and Expansion wreaths,medicine wheels, Tarot owls, and five types of freshly-bundled smudge
Renovatio Woodworks – Furniture and art from salvaged wood

Get to Know Your Vendor – Janet’s Delights and Things, LLC

Janet Brown is known for her delicious rubs, tasty treats and homemade cards and gifts.  Beginning in 2003, Janet started selling dried herbs at the Farmers Market in Ann Arbor, MI. From that she evolved into producing herb blends for soups, casseroles, dips, spreads as well as herbal tea blends. In 2008 she added dry rubs for summer grilling, which has expanded into rubs for oven baking, crock pot cooking and deep frying. Janet’s Rubs are an easy solution to flavoring meals without adding calories or preservatives.  Motivated to make ordinary meals more interesting, Janet’s Delights & Things has grown into an exciting business. Her all-natural herb and spice blends have no MSG’s or preservatives and have been carefully crafted and prepared to easily help jazz up every day meals. Use our dry rubs for grilling, roasting chicken, pork or fish and especially on vegetables. Also don’t forget to finish off that meal with some new flavor combinations using our special baking spice blends for your cookies and cakes, or some of her jams and candy products.  Her “delights”  are the perfect accompaniment to your Labor Day cookout or party.Janet adds chocolates (suckers, candy bars, caramels, etc.) for Halloween.  These items will start appearing in October, providing the temperature does not saty in the 80’s!

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