Posts Tagged ‘Recipes’

Tomato Tomato!

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

*UPDATE: We Have a Winner!

The winner of our 2011 Tomato Tomato Raffle drawing was Lois Bedsaul of Galax, VA!

She received her winning ticket after purchasing a mug. Her mug is receiving a lot of comments at work and she just loves it!!

Lois’s Tomato Tomato prize includes:

5 lbs of Bartlett’s Farm tomatoes
Ball’s Discovery Canning kit
Ball’s blue book guide to preserving
Ball Brand Fiesta salsa Mix
And a Nantucket Grown™ Market Bag

Congratulations Lois, and thanks for supporting Sustainable Nantucket and our Farmers & Artisans Market!

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July is Tomato Tomato month at the Farmers & Artisans Market! This month’s demonstrations include:

July 23: Making Salsa

Throughout the month you can enter to win our Tomato Tomato raffle; the prize includes a Nantucket Grown bag, Discovery Kit, canning book, 3 salsa spices, stickers, and tomatoes to use in your own canning projects. We’ll also be handing out samples, free canning information and more – all aimed at getting you on your way to canning the bounty of fresh fruits and veggies available on our island.

Garden Tomatoes

Specialty Crops on Nantucket – Grow & Preserve Your Own!

Friday, July 1st, 2011

WHAT IS A SPECIALTY CROP?

  • Most fruits and vegetables
  • Tree nuts
  • Dried fruits
  • Horticulture and nursery crops (including floriculture)

The USDA describes specialty crops as plants that are intensively cultivated and require a higher degree of management. Specialty crops include almost anything you would grow in your own home garden! Planting and cultivating specialty crops is a great way to maintain biodiversity and a healthy local ecosystem.

SPECIALTY CROP CARE

  • Know Your Soil!
  • Nantucket’s soil is quite sandy—which is actually great for root vegetables, like the potato and the carrot!
  • Add nutrient rich topsoil and ensure your beds are draining properly.
  • Due to Nantucket’s long spring, the growth of seedlings is best if done in a greenhouse or cold frame.

WHAT GROWS BEST ON NANTUCKET?

Specialty Crops Native to Nantucket

  • Beach Plum
  • Black Cherry
  • Highbush Blueberry

Non-Natives that grow well on the Island

  • Strawberry
  • Melons
  • Pumpkin
  • Quince
  • Carrot
  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Kale
  • Green Beans
  • Beets
  • Tomatoes
  • Cauliflower
  • Onions
  • Peas
  • Potatoes
  • Sweet Corn
  • Eggplant
  • Garlic
  • Basil
  • Chives
  • Chamomile
  • Oregano

WHERE CAN I BUY SPECIALTY CROPS ON NANTUCKET?

For a list of island farms: CLICK HERE to Find Our Farms!

PRESERVE THE BOUNTY

Canning and pickling is the perfect way to preserve your garden’s harvest! From jams and jellies to salsa, relishes, and pickles, the options are endless. And what you make…can keep for years!

Learn more about preserving and find specialty crops at Sustainable Nantucket Farmers & Artisans Market!

  • See a canning demonstration
  • Pick up a recipe brochure and free samples of pectin
  • Enter the raffle to win your own Home Canning Kit from Ball ®

Saturday Market: June 11- October 15, located on North Union and Cambridge Streets, 9AM-1PM. (July 2 location: E. Chestnut St.)

New! Mid-Island Market: Tuesdays, July 12 – August 31, located at 113 Pleasant Street (next to Glidden’s Seafood). 3:30PM-6:30PM.

Attend our Preserving Workshop!

Preserving the Bounty: Fruits of Nantucket
Taught by Mary Wawro
Location: at her home kitchen
Date: July 31st
Time: 10AM to 1PM.
Cost: $45. Materials: $15.

Register by clicking here or by calling the office.

You can download a printable brochure that contains all of this information here: Brochure (PDF)

This Awareness Campaign is Funded in part with Generous Grants and Contributions by:

Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources

The Discover you Can Canning Education Program from Jarden Home Brands, Makers of Ball Brand Fresh Preserving Products.

Recipe: “Native Rose Flower Dressing”

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

This recipe was contributed by Dylan Wallace of Nantucket Native.

www.nantucketnative.net

Look for the Nantucket Native table at the next Farmers & Artisans Market for an unusual array of herbs and vegetables to add variety to your culinary repertoire. While your there, pick up a sweet treat like a scone, tart, or box of artisan chocolates!

Native Rose Flower Dressing

Ingredients:

* ½ c.  Grape seed oil

* ½ c   Rosa Rugosa Flower petals

* 1 Tb. Honey, Raw & Local whenever possible

* ½ c. apple cider vinegar

* 1 sprig Thyme (fresh)

* 1 sprig Tarragon (fresh)

* 1 pinch Sea Salt

* Mixed fresh/seasonal vegetables: Carrots, Radish, Lemon Cucumbers

* Mixed Spring Greens: Spinach, Arugula, Baby Beet Greens

Dressing

Warm grape seed oil over medium heat.  Remove from heat.  Add fresh rose petals.  Allow to steep for one half hour.  Remove petals and whisk in honey & apple cider vinegar.  Add to that freshly diced thyme & tarragon, sprinkle with sea salt.

Salad

Chop, dice or shred raw carrots, radish, & lemon cucumber. Mix with fresh spring greens of spinach, arugula & baby beet tops.  Toss with Native Rose Flower dressing, garnish with rose petals…enjoy.


World’s Best Grilled Bruschetta with Summer Tomatoes

Friday, June 25th, 2010

This recipe comes to us from Tim Pitts, Chef/Owner of Centre Street Bistro and NFAM food vendor.

www.nantucketbistro.com

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