Farmers Market Update: October 12th, 2013

Healthy Harvest Preservation

The fall harvest festival season is in full swing – and what better way to celebrate than with traditional German foods served at the world’s largest fair, Oktoberfest!  In Munich, this 17 day fair includes traditional foods like roast pork, sausages, pretzels, spatzel, sauerkraut and apple desserts.  Of course, all of those comfort foods aren’t always the healthiest, but we have a few ideas to get you in the Bavarian mood.Health Benefits of Sauerkraut:Sauerkraut combines the health benefits offered by all cruciferous vegetables (a category which includes cauliflowers and brussel sprouts as well as cabbage) with the probiotic advantages derived from the fermentation process.

Cabbage offers a host of health benefits. It is high in vitamins A and C. Studies have shown the cruciferous vegetables can help lower cholesterol levels. Cabbage also provides a rich source of phytonutrient antioxidants. In addition, it has anti-inflammatory properties, and some studies indicate it may help combat some cancers. However, this already helpful vegetable becomes a superfood when it is pickled.

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Here’s one way to use your homemade sauerkraut:

Chicken Sausage with Potatoes and  Sauerkraut


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 12 ounces (4 links) cooked chicken sausage sausage, halved lengthwise and cut into 2- to 3-inch pieces
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 medium Yukon Gold potatoes, halved and cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 1/2 cups sauerkraut, rinsed
  • 1 1/2 cups dry white wine
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1 bay leaf


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add sausage and onion and cook, stirring frequently, until beginning to brown, about 4 minutes. Add potatoes, sauerkraut, wine, pepper, caraway seeds and bay leaf; bring to a simmer. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the potatoes are tender and most of the liquid has evaporated, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove the bay leaf before serving.


Per serving (4 servings): 295 calories; 9 g fat ( 1 g sat , 3 g mono ); 60 mg cholesterol; 24 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 14 g protein; 4 g fiber; 554 mg sodium; 545 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (45% daily value), Potassium (16% dv).

Carbohydrate Servings: 1 1/2

Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 1/2 lean meat, 1 fat

Recipe from Eating Well:

The Children’s Tent is back this week!  See the flyer below for a Halloween dress-up photo booth:

Preserving the Harvest!
Tips and Tricks for Savoring the Summer All Winter
Just a few more weeks to preserve the harvest!  Get all your canning and preserving how to’s at the following websites:
Ball Canning is still the leader in helping you extend the garden harvest:
Food Preservation through Michigan State University Extension is a great place for resources:

How to Make Homemade Sauerkraut in a Mason Jar

New Vendor Offerings this Week for the Chelsea Farmers Market:

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. (not here 9/28)
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 (not here on 10/12)
Heim Gardens:  Perennials, annuals, hanging baskets, planters, produce (carrots, squash, onions, broccoli green beans)
Kapnick Orchards: This week apple cider, caramel apples, pears, prune plums. The following apples honeycrisp, gala, macs, empire, jonathan, cortland, jonamac. Assorted baked goods and fudge as well!
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 (Not attending 10/5).
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 squash!   This Saturday they’ll bring lots of mixed greens to sell, along with fall decorations.
Stone Hearth Breads and Bakery: Stone Hearth will be absent for the next few weeks as they make repairs to their bakery after an accident there.
Tantre Farm:  Assorted Organic Produce and Flowers, including:  Arugula, Beans (Green, Romano (flat), Tongue of Fire, Yellow), Beets (Chioggia, Golden, Red), Broccoli, *Cabbage (Green, Red) Carrots,Cauliflower (Cheddar), Cauliflower (Romanesco), Celery, Chard (Swiss), Collard Greens, Edible Flowers (nasturtiums), Eggplant, Garlic bulbs, Kale (Green Curly), Kale (Lacinato), Kale (Red Russian), Leeks, Mushrooms, Onions (all kinds), Peppers (sweet green bell, hot (mixed), Sweet (mixed), All Blue, Fingerling, Red, Yukon), Pumpkins (pie), Radishes (Nero Tondo (spicy black), Watermelon (red meat), Raspberries (Golden, Red), Salad Mix, Spicy Greens, Spinach, Squash (Winter (mixed)), Sweet Potatoes, Tatsoi, Tomatoes (maybe)
Tasty Bakery:  Gluten-free baked goods
Zatkovich Pastures:  Grass fed beef, eggs, poultry
Daily Vendors
Country Hills Pottery – Vases, bowls and more! (weather permitting)
Debbie Diedrich – Beaded jewelry (weather permitting)
Dancy’s Fancy Butter  – Sweet and savory flavored butters.
Bordine Farms – Cut flowers, including zinnia, pin cushions, gladiola, snap dragons.
Fairview Studios – Celebrate the arrival of the quieter seasons, introspection (Fall) and renewal (Winter),  with fresh smudges, fans, rattles, prayer arrows, and spirit shields. (weather permitting)

New Vendor Offerings this Week for the Bushel Basket Market:

Seasonal Vendors

Ingredient for In-Season Recipe

Flavored nuts, meat and poultry rubs, marmalade, greeting cards and Dammit Dolls from Janet’s LLC.

Kapnick Orchards: Several varieties of  apples (honeycrisp, Gala, Cortland, Yellow Delicious, Empire, Jonathon), plums, pears, fudge, bread and baked sweet rolls.

Kapp Farms: baked goods, bread twists, some fall vegetables.

Lutchka Angus and Farm Market: fall vegetables, peppers, gourds, possibly pumpkins.

Oak Hill Farm: honey, bee pollen, lotion bars, candles, cut comb honey, gift bags with assorted honey products.

Lutz Orchards:  Heritage apple varieties, like Greening, Wolf River, Snow Apples, Northern Spy and Baldwin, plus McIntosh, Cortland, and Jonathon.

Mark’s Farms and Greenhouse: maple syrup and a large variety of fall vegetables.  In season vegetables include winter squashes, kohlrabi, spaghetti squash, broccoli and cauliflower.

Golden Fleece Farm, LLC: Assorted grass fed beef products (no GMO) at 3.5-4.5 pounds at $5 per pound (all out of chicken and oxtail).

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.

Pregitzer Farm Market, LLC: Assorted fall vegetables.

Janet’s LLC: If not too hot, Halloween chocolate goodies, grilling rubs, jam, flavored nuts, suckers, Cajun butter, assorted fudge. spices to make flavored butter, U-M and MSU dolls and greeting cards.

Mama Mo: No longer at the Bushel Basket Farmers Market for the rest of the year!  Please visit them at the Chelsea Farmers Market on Saturday mornings.

Bordine Farm: cut flowers, including zinnia, pin cushions, gladiola, snap dragons.  Only here for two more weeks!

Enrichment Center: vegetables, candles, lip balms, lotions, bracelets, wooden toys, hand sanitizers, soaps, pens with decor that changes with the season.  Come and support breast cancer awareness month with the Enrichment Center, with pink painted garden rocks, fair doors, and pink soaps.


Get to Know Your Vendor – Lutz Orchards

The Lutz Family has been in the apple business for over 5 generations, and Ruth Lutz is carrying on the tradition of selling antique and heirloom apple varieties.  The farm has a long and storied history which started with a dairy farm and apple orchard located amid their lovely centennial farm (over 100 years in one family) on Macon Road between Saline and Tecumseh.  Outside a sign advertises both Apples and Åpfels, a nod to the German lineage of Lutz’s family, one of the many German families that settled in this part of Michigan. Lutz’s great-grandfather purchased the farm in 1882.  In 1884, that same great-grandfather built the solid red barn where Lutz now stores her apples along with the straw and hay a nephew grows for Lutz’s 22 dairy cows.  Lutz’s father set out the 12 acre apple orchard, which is about a mile from the barn, between 1929 and 1931. Ruth Lutz’s brother, Bill Lutz,  owned the orchard since 1983 after his dad passed away, and it recently passed to Ruth’s son, John Braesamle, to manage the farm.

Ruth Lutz loves to talk about the many varieties that she sells, and has a book with many of the antique varieties at the market to share this knowledge with customers.  The heirloom apples she brings includes Greening (developed in Rhode Island in the 1700’s), Wolf River (developed in Wisconsin circa 1870’s), and Snow Apple (developed in Vermont since the 1600’s), many from the same trees her father planted.  She also volutneers with 4-H, and has been active with her local chapter since 1948, as well as participating in the local “Apple Day” festival at the Pittsfield Grange.  Visit her stand or check out her beautiful farm at:

11039 Macon Rd., Saline, MI 48175

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

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