West Chester Growers Market

Thursday, July 2, 2009

This Weekend - July 4 - At the WCGM!

Not only is this Saturday another Grower's Market, but it is also July 4: Independence Day (and, no, I am NOT talking about the movie starring Will Smith). What better way to start the Holiday Weekend then to head over to the corner's of Church and Chestnut Streets and celebrate with WCGM Vendors and Market Goers alike? Believe me, there is plenty to check out and celebrate!

First, let me say that I am personally excited over the WCGM's celebratory promotion this weekend: FREE SNOW CONES. That in and of itself is enough to draw a crowd. Snow Cones will be available during regular market hours (9am-1pm).

The Market will be offering more and more fruit as we head into mid-Summer. (It's good to know What's Fresh at the Grower's Market). Keep an eye out for North Star Orchard in the upcoming weeks for their first appearance at the WCGM. They are waiting until their fruit crop is PERFECT, and when it is, they will come with their bounty! If not this week, continue to check back. Be sure to get to the Market early to grab some fresh fruit for your Independence Day cookouts. I will happily taste-test your fruit salads or warm fruit pies...

If you have the opportunity to pick up some fresh asparagus from any of our fine vendors, here is a great side dish for your 4th of July BBQ's:

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Roasted (or Grilled) Asparagus
  • 1 bunch Asparagus
  • 1 TBS Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Minced Garlic (I usually use jarred)
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Pinch of Pepper

Prepare asparagus spears by snapping off tough woody bottoms (bend the stalk at it's natural breaking point, about 1 to 2 inches from base). Rinse and place on a roasting pan (with sides). Drizzle with Olive Oil. Sprinkle Garlic Powder, Minced Garlic, Salt and Pepper over the stalks. Toss to combine evenly.

To Roast: Keep asparagus on roasting pan. Place in 400ยบ oven for 8-10 minutes, shaking pan halfway through.

To Grill: Using tongs, place asparagus on grill, perpendicular to grates. Grill 5 minutes on each side, or until tips start to brown.
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As you enjoy nurse your snow cone, be sure to stop in at Ellen April's Handcrafted Soap. One thing to be excited about this week is a specialty soap Ellen has made to benefit Alex's Lemonade Stand. I stopped by last week, and got to take in the scent of the Alex's Lemonade Stand soap. It was perfect and citrusy! All proceeds will benefit Alex's Lemonade Stand organization.

With Snow Cones on the schedule, fresh produce and good music sure to follow, you will not want to miss out on this week's Market! Stop in and stay a while...



OpenID chestercountymoms.com said...

Thanks for the information!


July 2, 2009 10:16 PM  

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