Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Ultimate 'Buy Local' Experience

If you haven't made it to the Umpqua Valley Farmers Market yet, you are missing out on the ultimate spot to 'buy local.'

I've been buying zesty lettuce mix, tender asparagus, leeks, flowers, and of course, sampling the baked goods.  

There are four bakers at the market this year.  Well, five, if you count the baked goods (muffins, tarts, etc.) at the Growing Crazy Farms booth.  B & J's Bakery is there with giant monster cookies, bread, and so far is the only one with pies.  Lighthouse Bakery is back with their hearth loaves, biscotti, and walnut sticky buns.  The Village Baker from Ashland has a booth at our market this year; I haven't tried any of their goods yet.  And Judy, The Baklava Lady, is there with an expanded selection of pastries, biscotti, and cookies in addition to her baklava and spanakopita.   I bought one of her flaky chocolate croissants filled with a mix of Nutella and marshmallow fluff.  Superb!  Her lemon-basil cookies were also excellent--buttery dough with flecks of green basil and lemon zest, then topped with a lemon glaze.

I picked up some local handmade chocolates for my son's Easter basket at the Umpqua Sweets & Treats booth and tried one of the "Yumpqua" bars--a caramel layer, a blackberry layer, all dipped in dark chocolate and sprinkled with hazelnuts.  Yum indeed!

Looks like the sun might actually come out on Saturday, so I'll be checking out the selection of transplants for my garden. 

Hope to see you there!


Friday, April 15, 2011

Return of the Farmers Market!!!

The Umpqua Valley Farmers Market opens at 9:00 am tomorrow morning!  I can't wait.  It's been a long winter.  It's so fun to reconnect with all my favorite vendors again.

I'll be picking up some tender asparagus from Jim and Joni Leet and then I'll be looking for lettuce, arugula, and flowers. 

I hear there is a new food cart this year; I'm looking forward to seeing who it is. 

I'll also check out the transplants for my garden, but I'm in no mood to start digging until the sun comes out.

Hope to see some of you there.