Farmers Market Friday: Leek and Potato Ravioli

A Westover Farmers Market seasonal recipe from International Palate:

There are some cooking ventures that are scarier than others. For some people, making pasta is something they would never try and leave the job to the professionals. Others may want to take on the challenge and try to make it themselves. But by the end of this recipe, you will see that making raviolis is not as hard as it may see. With the right ingredients, you can go far! Continue Reading

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Farmers Market Friday: Leek Risotto

A new seasonal farmers market recipe from International Palate:

We all know that strange feeling when you realize that something you thought occurred a few weeks ago actually occurred a few months ago! The feeling presents itself more so as a shock…a shock of how quickly time goes by. Well, it’s 2016 and I’ve been waiting to share this recipe since May 2015…8 months ago. This recipe has been sitting on the back burner for quite some time now, only because it still feels like I made this recipe a week or so ago. But now, it’s finally time to share this recipe…before I forget about it again for another 12 months. Continue Reading.

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Market open this Sunday 1/31

The Westover Farmers Market will be open this Sunday during usual winter hours, 9 – 1.  Vendors will be back with their seasonal fruits and vegetables and with wonderful baked goods and other locally prepared foods.  Come to the market to see where all of last Sunday’s snow has been placed!  A monumental effort by local market volunteers to get the market reopened.

New Vendor: Whitmore Farm

Whitmore Farm http://www.whitmorefarm.com/ joins the Westover Farmers Market beginning this Sunday.  Whitmore Farm raises pastured pork, eggs, and seasonal grass-fed lamb. The farm also raises a small amount of seasonal vegetables, cut flowers and starter plants. The farm is located in Frederick County, Maryland, outside the town of Emmitsburg off of U.S. Highway 15. The pigs and poultry are heirloom breeds humanely raised that yield pork, sausage, and eggs different from those found in most stores.  Whitmore Farm will be located in stall spot # 31 at the north end of the market.  Please give them a warm welcome!

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Winter market hours begin this Sunday; Spriggs Delight Farm starts at the market

The winter season of the Westover Farmers Market opens this Sunday morning an hour later — 9 a.m.  The winter market runs until 1 p.m.

This will give customers more light and warmth during this cooler season of the year.  Adjust your shopping time accordingly.

Spriggs Delight Farm, which produces delectable varieties of goat cheese, begins at the market this Sunday.  The special strains of bacteria that transform the pasteurized goats milk into cheese remain alive in these products.  This means that the cheeses will continue to mature as they age and develop a stronger flavor — unlike store-bought cheeses.  Decide for yourself whether you like the cheese best mild or more funky, and age it at home in the refrigerator accordingly!  Spriggs Delight Farm, which is near Sharpsburg, Maryland, can be found up on the plaza near the Westover Library entrance.

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New Pickles and Sweet Baked Goods Vendors at the Market

This Sunday two new vendors will be selling at the Westover Farmers Market up on the plaza.

Silver Box Baking offers attractively packaged baked dessert items in stall spot # 9 in the market.  (See the market’s virtual map.)  Trisha Downes of Silver Box Baking notes “our company focuses on classic recipes using locally sourced farm fresh fruits and vegetables to create an upscale and delicious product line.  Products include breakfast breads and muffins, Croustades, Cakes, and cookies.”   See some of her fancy baked desserts on their Facebook page.

Fresh Crunch will offer market customers an alternative view of the world of sour.  The market’s existing pickled products vendor, No. 1 Sons, has developed a loyal following at Westover.  But no two customers have exactly the same sense of taste.  Taste Fresh Crunch’s products, and see where your taste buds lead you in the future.  These two Northern Virginia pickle vendors are friendly competitors at several larger farmers markets in the Washington metro area.  We are pleased to see them engage as well at the Westover Farmers Market.  Fresh Crunch can be found at stall spot # 22 on the plaza. You can see more info about their offerings on their website and Facebook page.