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  • Post #181 - July 6th, 2019, 10:59 am
    Post #181 - July 6th, 2019, 10:59 am Post #181 - July 6th, 2019, 10:59 am
    NFriday wrote:Evanston does not have peppers yet because they are not in season.
    ... The first week maybe the pickings were slim at the Evanston market because everything was late, but when I went two weeks ago, I spent $30 there. ... Peppers are going to be in season in 2-3 weeks, and the same with tomatoes.
    My complaint wasn't directed at the market's offerings in May, or even early June necessarily. Peppers have been available by mid-June in most years.

    I was there this morning ~9:20-9:40am. The selection was a little better, but the only peppers were small green bell peppers at Nichols, which didn't look very good. The Romaine offerings were pretty slim. Nichols had none, Henry's offering was worse than last week were it was 2 for $5 on decent size heads, it was $3/per, smaller, no deal for multiples. No one else had Romaine.

    As stated by Nancy, spinach is at it's end w/ places stating it was the last week of it (Nichols, and 1 other IIRC). I thought of trying Nichols's Spigarello to compare w/ rapini, but went with an Italian spinach at Green Acres (mostly organic vendor), whose season might last longer than other spinach. Thai basil looked like Green Acres' best deal at $3/bag, but I still have some from Fresh Farms. Next week. If the heirlooms sold by Nichols are indoor grown, so be it. They were in good shape at $4/lbs.

    I don't buy fruit really (been ordering peaches from "http://www.thepeachtruck.com", my god, so damn good!), but the sample strawberries of Lyons Fruit Farm were phenomenal. Carrots still only available at incredibly inflated prices; IMO 5x's supermarket price is too much to give in to.
  • Post #182 - July 6th, 2019, 12:40 pm
    Post #182 - July 6th, 2019, 12:40 pm Post #182 - July 6th, 2019, 12:40 pm
    I got a dozen eggs today from Jon First for $2 because the eggs somehow got frozen, and one of them was cracked. All the rest of his eggs were $5 a dozen. I also bought 2 quarts of strawberries for $7 from Jon and a pint of blueberries and a pint of cherries for $7 total too. While I was paying for those somebody asked me if I was interested in the eggs.

    They had some romaine at Green Acres for $3 a bag. They had a special on cauliflower and broccoli for $2 a small bag, and so I got that instead, and I also got a half pound of sugar snap peas from Nichols

    I got a bunch of swiss chard from Henry, but all of his lettuce was sold out. I saw a sign for 2/$5 lettuce, but all they had left was arugula. Henry has had a rough year this year. It rained almost every day in May and so he was late replanting his lettuce and most everything else, and then the beginning of June he got a really bad hail storm, which damaged most of his lettuce. His heads are smaller right now because he has had to remove at least the top two bunches of lettuce leaves from his lettuce because of the hale damage. What would normally be extra large heads, are now only medium heads.

    You should really go to Henry's Farm and sign up for the email his Sister Terra sends out on late Thursday evenings. She mentions what has been going on at the farm that week, and she also mentions what Henry is bringing that week, and she includes recipes. This week she had recipes for swiss chard. Hope this helps, Nancy
  • Post #183 - July 6th, 2019, 1:17 pm
    Post #183 - July 6th, 2019, 1:17 pm Post #183 - July 6th, 2019, 1:17 pm
    NFriday wrote:I got a dozen eggs today from Jon First ...
    They had some romaine at Green Acres for $3 a bag. ...
    I got a bunch of swiss chard from Henry, but all of his lettuce was sold out. I saw a sign for 2/$5 lettuce, but all they had left was arugula. ...
    You should really go to Henry's Farm and sign up for the email his Sister Terra sends out on late Thursday evenings. She mentions what has been going on at the farm that week, and she also mentions what Henry is bringing that week, and she includes recipes.
    -When you say "John First" I assume it is the owner of 1st Orchards in the SW corner. For whatever reason (I guess saving characters helps in the digital age) he downplays the naming. If he runs a different stand, please let me know what he DBA.
    - Shame on me for not noticing Romaine at GA. I'd gone through their stuff my first trip around, thought I checked again when redoubling in a search for Romaine.
    - The 2 for $5 only applied to arugula, even when other stuff was present. The sign wasn't prominent and tight to the corner of the arugula shelf. I asked a staffer directly, and she said it was arugula-only, unlike last week.
    - It's probably a good idea to get on the email list, thanks. If for no other reason, recipes that utilize these greens are always welcome.
  • Post #184 - July 6th, 2019, 1:34 pm
    Post #184 - July 6th, 2019, 1:34 pm Post #184 - July 6th, 2019, 1:34 pm
    You can sign up for the newsletter at http://www.brockmanfamilyfarming.com

    They also have a fairly active Facebook page where they share pictures of what's being harvested.
    "I live on good soup, not on fine words." -Moliere
  • Post #185 - July 6th, 2019, 2:50 pm
    Post #185 - July 6th, 2019, 2:50 pm Post #185 - July 6th, 2019, 2:50 pm
    Hi- Jon First is 1st Orchards. He is a good friend of my Sister that took over the farm when my Father died 30 years ago. I usually get to the market when they are winding down. You can get some really good deals then. Jon used to have a bag sale at the end of the day for $5 a bag for what ever he had left. He used to have heirloom tomatoes marked down to 3/$1 too. He still marks some of his stuff down at the end of the day like he did today with the fruit, but he quit the bag sales when Hillside food pantry started doing pick ups there. He donates more stuff than any other farmer there. He donates all of the asparagus he has left, and I am sure he donated the rest of the strawberries he had left today, although he sold the great majority of them. He also donates all of the tomatoes he has left. Hillside makes it really easy for farmers to donate. They go stall to stall and provide bins for the donated produce to go into. They usually show up around 12:30.

    One of the organic growers it starts with a K Kennibeck or something like that, has mixed lettuce in bags for $3. They keep it in a cooler and so it is always in good condition. I'll buy lettuce from them if Henry is out. I also buy heirloom tomatoes from them starting in August. If you go there after 12:00, they usually mark them down to $1 a pound. By then they have been picked over, and so you have to use them up in a day or two, but they are really good.
  • Post #186 - July 6th, 2019, 4:30 pm
    Post #186 - July 6th, 2019, 4:30 pm Post #186 - July 6th, 2019, 4:30 pm
    bw77 wrote:You can sign up for the newsletter at http://www.brockmanfamilyfarming.com
    Thanks. The link to Henry's on the EFM website's vendor list is nonfunctional. Ironically, because they have recipes on the website, I might not need emails as much.
    NFriday wrote:Jon First is 1st Orchards. ... I usually get to the market when they are winding down. You can get some really good deals then.

    One of the organic growers it starts with a K Kennibeck
    Thanks for confirming. Deals at closing is the smartest, most opportunistic approach, but I get burned b/c things I really want, like criminis at River Valley are sold out.

    Must've been Kinnikinnick. I usually associate them with meats & eggs. I'll have to keep an eye on greens now.
  • Post #187 - July 6th, 2019, 5:35 pm
    Post #187 - July 6th, 2019, 5:35 pm Post #187 - July 6th, 2019, 5:35 pm
    bw77 wrote:You can sign up for the newsletter at http://www.brockmanfamilyfarming.com
    Thanks. The link to Henry's on the EFM website's vendor list is nonfunctional. Ironically, because they have recipes on the website, I might not need emails as much.

    The Facebook page is under Henry's Farm rather than Brockman Farm. They got so much rain in May, it shows them planting rice.
    "I live on good soup, not on fine words." -Moliere
  • Post #188 - July 10th, 2019, 2:52 pm
    Post #188 - July 10th, 2019, 2:52 pm Post #188 - July 10th, 2019, 2:52 pm
    Hi- Can anybody tell me if the farmer's market at the Evanston YMCA is taking place again this summer. I tried looking it up on the friends of the Evanston farmer's market site, but it is not listed. Ridgeville is listed for Wednesdays. Thanks, Nancy
  • Post #189 - July 10th, 2019, 3:03 pm
    Post #189 - July 10th, 2019, 3:03 pm Post #189 - July 10th, 2019, 3:03 pm
    I asked several strawberry farmers last Saturday, and they told me that they won't have nearly as many strawberries this Saturday at Evanston. The hot weather kind of did them in. They should still have cherries and lots of blueberries, and hopefully some apricots. I am not sure how large the Michigan apricot crop is though due to the polar vortex, Hopefully corn will be coming either this Saturday or the following Saturday due to all of the hot weather we have been having. Henry even had a few tomatoes for his first 10 customers last Saturday,

    Yes there is a chance that the market will be out of some of the stuff you want if you show up late, but when I show up at 11:30, River Valley Ranch always has crimini. I usually don't buy it in the summertime though, because I can get it at the winter market all winter.

    Due to the hot weather lettuce should be harder to come by this Saturday, and so if you want any get there before 9:00. Hope this helps, Nancy
  • Post #190 - August 16th, 2019, 10:46 pm
    Post #190 - August 16th, 2019, 10:46 pm Post #190 - August 16th, 2019, 10:46 pm
    Hi- I just received an email from Henry that his truck is loaded to the brim for tomorrow's market. He is bring the first of his melons, and lots of tomatoes. I have had his melons before, and they are really good. I bought a bag of lettuce from Henry around noon last Saturday, and he still had tons left. It is going to be a few more weeks though before he has any more lettuce. He is lucky that his melons came out okay. He could not direct seed them back in May because the ground was too muddy, and so he had to start some transplants, and transplant them after the ground dried out. He is also having a special on basil tomorrow. $3 a bunch or 3 bunches for $7.

    The last two weeks I bought tomatoes from Jon First when he marked them down to 3/$1. The first week I only got conventional tomatoes, and they were only fair, but last week I found some smaller heirlooms that were much better.

    I bought a quart of Michigan peaches from Seedlings last week that were okay. Apparently they had a few they were able to pick off of their farm. Two weeks ago I bought a quart of bruised apricots from Keningshof's that I was only charged $3 for that were really good. They got them from a farm North of Grand Rapids that did not get as cold. One of my friends was with me, and it took some talking to convince her to buy the second quart of apricots. She saw the sign that they were bruised, and decided she did not want them, but did not want to pay $7 a pint for the other ones. after she got them home, she told me that they were really good. Some were bruised, and some were ripe, and some had scars on them. Corn should be plentiful tomorrow. I usually get my corn from 1st Orchards or Nichols. They botgh have excellent corn. Hope this helps, Nancy
  • Post #191 - September 10th, 2019, 2:28 pm
    Post #191 - September 10th, 2019, 2:28 pm Post #191 - September 10th, 2019, 2:28 pm
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    ________________________________________
    For Immediate Release
    September 10, 2019
    Media Contact: Jessie Mayo jmayo@cityofevanston.org
    Phone: 847-448-8041
    EVANSTON, IL - Community members are invited to support and celebrate the continued success of the Downtown Evanston Farmers’ Market at the annual Truck to Table community celebration and benefit on Saturday, September 21, 10 a.m. to noon, at the Market.
    The family-friendly outdoor event will partner top local chefs with prominent Midwest sustainable growers to create small plates celebrating the bounty of local produce available at the Market. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Market at the City of Evanston tent or online at cityofevanston.org/rectickets. Admission is $35 for seven chef-table tickets in advance, or $6 per chef-table ticket on the day of the event.
    Among the chefs volunteering their time this year are those from Kinship, Koi, Feast and Imbibe, Chef's Station, Gigio's, Edzo's, Gotta B Crepes, River Valley Kitchen, Sweety Pies Bakery, NaKorn, Baked Cheese Haus, and Found Kitchen & Social House. Chef Brian Huston is also participating.
    Proceeds from the event will benefit the Market’s outreach and educational programming, including the children’s “Spud Club” and the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) matching program. Residents who support "eating local” and want to ensure the continued success of the Downtown Evanston Farmers’ Market should reserve tickets now.
    The event is presented by the City of Evanston’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department and sponsored by Hilton Garden Inn and Dale Bradley.
    The Downtown Evanston Farmers' Market, which is held on Saturdays from early May to early November at 1800 Maple Ave., was voted "Best Chicago
    Suburban Farmers’ Market" in 2018 by Make It Better readers.
    For more information, please visit cityofevanston.org/market or call/text 847-448-4311 For convenience, you may dial 311 directly while in Evanston.
    -END-
    "I live on good soup, not on fine words." -Moliere
  • Post #192 - Yesterday, 10:52 pm
    Post #192 - Yesterday, 10:52 pm Post #192 - Yesterday, 10:52 pm
    Hi- I just got the email from Terra about what Henry is bringing to market this Saturday. Henry got a late start in planting his tomato transplants due to all the rain he received in May, and so he did not have a lot of tomatoes in August like he usually does, but he says that they are going gangbusters right now, and he will have the largest tomato crop he has ever had in 26 years of farming. He will have bulk specials for those people that can use at least a peck. Last week, I noticed that everybody had lots of tomatoes, and Nichols had 5 pounds for $10. I and a friend of mine went in together and got over six pounds of organic tomatoes for $1.50 a pound from Kennibek. They were getting ready to pack up though. They were $3 most of the morning.

    Jon First told me last week that he was not going to have any more corn. Nichols should still have corn this Saturday, but the quality is not as good this time of year as it is in August. I asked Linda Koeningshof if she was going to have any more Michigan peaches this year, and she said she did not know. The ones I got from her two weeks ago were really good. Last Saturday she only had ones from New Jersey though, and so I passed.

    Henry did not mention whether he was going to have any more soybeans this Saturday. I love his soybeans. I stick them in the microwave for three minutes with a little water. Last Saturday Henry still had some mesclun at 12:00, which I was surprised. He did not mention it in his email though. When I forwarded Henry's email to my friend last week, I asked her if she read it, and she said she glanced at it, but it was all about tomatoes, and so she did not read much of it. Hope this helps, Nancy
  • Post #193 - Today, 3:17 pm
    Post #193 - Today, 3:17 pm Post #193 - Today, 3:17 pm
    I just received another email from Henry, and for those people who can use lots of tomatoes, he is throwing in a peck of tomatoes for free if you buy a half bushel. For those people like me that cannot use that many tomatoes, he is having a deal on smaller amounts. If you buy two pounds of tomatoes, you get an additional pound for free. If you buy 10 pounds of tomatoes, you get an additional five pounds for free, and so essentially it is buy two get one for free. This is for all of his tomatoes including his seconds. For those people that want to buy large quantities of seconds, Henry asks that you order them by 7:00pm tonight. Henry is going to have a full truck this week, and so he is not bringing up all of his seconds.

    Henry is also bringing up a new item called Chinese stem mustard. I looked it up, and it can tolerate temperatures down to 6 degrees F!. That means you could pick it in December. Henry is also bringing a lot of radicchio. Does anybody here use it for salads?

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