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Farmers Market Update

As a reminder, the Atherton Farmers Market is open 5 days a week (Tue-Sat) from 9am to 2pm with extended hours on Tuesday until 7pm. Enjoy the update from market manager, Lynn Caldwell.

What’s happening this week at the Atherton Market?

Today is the last time I’ll talk about school for a while, but because this year is a milestone for my kids, I want to emphasize again how important it is to feed our families well.  Franklin started middle school on Monday, and Lucy started 4th grade, which is an academically challenging year.  We worked together to develop “menus” over the weekend that my kids can use each afternoon to pick their breakfast and lunch for the next day.  They will also get to pick what we are having for dinner one night a week.  Is it more work for me?  Yes.  But it is worth it to get their involvement in meal planning.  They eat better.

I have been very inspired by Lisa Leake and her 100 Days of Real Food blog, and I also got some great ideas for our menus from the cooking demonstration last Wednesday.  We’re going to offer you two more “walk up” opportunities this week to get inspired in the kitchen with cooking demonstrations on Wednesday and Friday by Chef Robee Owens-Gill.  She’s a personal chef who can also do some cooking for you, but she’s happy to empower you in the kitchen to make your own creations.

On Wednesday she’ll do a snack-themed demo, and feature two variations of Chewy Granola Bars; Nut Butter & Jam Power Bars; Grilled Chicken Quesadillas on Whole Wheat Tortillas served w/ Cilantro-Lime Hummus and Avocado/Grilled Corn; and Strawberry-Kiwi Smoothies.

On Friday she’ll tackle entrees, and offer recipes and tastings of Grilled Heirloom Tomato & Zucchini Soup served with a Grilled Whole Wheat & Cheese Sandwich; Vietnamese-Style Meatballs in a Light Coconut-Lemon Grass Sauce on a bed of Stir Fried Summer Vegetables and Whole Wheat Pasta; and Indian Summer Pot Roast, lightened to make the traditional recipe more healthful.

Both demos will begin at 11:30 am, so bring your friends, bring your kids if you homeschool or haven’t started back to school yet, and bring your questions!  Most of her ingredients can be procured at the Atherton Market.  She’ll tell you where and provide you with recipes, though remember – recipes are a guide and not the gospel.  They can be changed to suit your family’s dietary needs and preferences.

The Food Hub this week has a couple of interesting seasonal things to offer.  Speckled butter beans and crowder peas are both in abundance, and they are all shelled, so the “hard” work is done for you.  Pat will also have an organic lettuce mix from Windcrest Organics.  Salad season is upon us again!  She’s also got lots of tomatoes, so take advantage of the transitional opportunities.

We’re excited to welcome Omni Montessori on Thursday for a field trip!  Look for pictures on Facebook.  Now that we are open more days we have more opportunities to engage the community in education.  As you can tell things are getting busier and busier around here.

I’m excited to invite you to a session on Thursday evening at a TBA location from 5:30 pm until 7:00 pm featuring Carol Peppe Hewitt, founder of Slow Money NC.  She’ll speak about the mission of Slow Money and the benefits of investing in local, sustainable farms and food businesses.  We’d love to start a chapter of Slow Money in Charlotte, and this is where we begin.  Because everything… starts… somewhere.

Keeping it fresh and local,

Lynn S. Caldwell, Atherton Market Manager



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