Wednesday, November 12, 2014

FarmShare Pop-Up @Evie Lou this Friday!


I'll be at Evie Lou this Friday, November 14 with tasty, locally made cheeses.

Stop in and sample fall selections from some of our favorite Ohio cheesemakers including Lake Erie Creamery, Kokoborrego Cheese Company, Mayfield Road Creamery, and more!

This is a great opportunity to stock up on some locally made cheeses for your upcoming holiday celebrations. And while your sampling, you can browse Evie Lou's beautiful fall and winter collection to find that perfect holiday outfit or maybe a little something to keep you warm on the cold days ahead.

Hope to see you! 

FarmShare Pop Up at Evie Lou
Friday, November 14, 2014, 5-9pm
2509 Professor Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44113

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

It's Apple Season

A couple weekends ago, we enjoyed a perfect fall afternoon of apple picking, hayrides, great food, and friends at Quarry Hill Orchards in Berlin Heights, Ohio.

With plenty of sun-filled autumn days ahead, be sure to plan a visit to Quarry Hill or your favorite local orchard soon and stock up.

I'm always on the lookout for new apple recipes to make delicious use of our abundant supply of local apples.  Here are a few simple ones you might enjoy.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Cardamom-Scented Banana Bread

On this first official day of fall, the weather could not be more fitting. Bright sun, crisp air, and the leaves are just on the cusp of turning.

Maybe it's the weather or perhaps it's all the British books I've been reading, but my cravings for iced tea seem to have waned overnight. What I want now, especially in the late afternoon, is a little pot of hot tea -- Earl Grey in particular. This cardamom-scented banana bread makes a perfect companion.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Tomatoes All Year Long

Simmering pots, tomato-scented steam, open windows, and Indian summer sunlight. That's the scene in our kitchen this time of year as the season's tomato harvest winds down.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Shop, Sip & Savor at Evie Lou This Friday!

Join us this Friday for an evening of shopping, cheese and wine!

Our friends at Evie Lou are hosting a pop-up featuring FarmShare's seasonal selections of Northeast Ohio cheeses paired with wine by Private Reserve Fine Wines. 

It's the perfect opportunity to toast fall and check out what's new at Evie Lou. Bring a friend, sip some wine, and take home some delicious cheese.

Hope to see you there!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Just Being Neighborly

An extra few extra ears of sweet corn, a second basket of tomatoes, two pounds of green beans instead of one, and an assortment of adorable, baby zucchini. These were among the extra items I added to my already-overflowing market basket at this morning's weekly trip to my local farmers'  market.

I had bumped into an elderly neighbor of mine earlier this week and our conversation, as usual, turned to food -- fresh produce in particular. As she lamented the sub-standard, supermarket sweet corn and tomatoes she's had to endure all summer, I remembered that she doesn't drive doesn't enjoy the luxury of just hopping over to the market like so many of us can. I see this woman two or three days a week, but I had completely forgotten. So, instead of offering my usual "try the farmers market" response, I asked if could pick up a few things for her when I went on my normal Saturday morning market rounds. 

We local food advocates are constantly encouraging everyone we meet to support a local farmer or their community farmers market. But it's all too easy to forget that there are many among us who simply can't eat this way. We're quick to assume that this is due to financial or time constraints. But sometimes, maybe more often than not, it's simply logistics.

So, what if we all just acted a bit more neighborly and remembered to ask folks if there's something we could fetch for them while we're at the market? Since this week is National Farmers' Market Week, it's the perfect time to make this a new habit. It doesn't require any extra time or burden, just a moment of reflection about who might need a little help or really enjoy some of this beautiful harvest that's upon us now.

My neighbor's face lit up when I delivered this little basket of sunshine to her this afternoon. But it made my day even brighter.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

In Deep Blue

"I'm in deep blue over here!"

These were the words uttered by my friend Paula as we picked our way along the tall rows of blueberries at Wintergreen Tree Farm earlier this week.

Deep blue indeed! In just an hour and a half we managed to harvest over 20 pounds of blueberries between us. Plump, gorgeous, full-flavored berries of several different varieties ranging from slightly sour (the ones I prefer for baking) to sweeter varieties best suited to eating right out of the picking bucket. I've happily been deep in blue most of the week, nibbling on berries, freezing some for later use, and putting up a few jars of my favorite blueberry compote.

I also whipped up another batch of my mom's wonderful Blueberry Scones. Of course, they're excellent for breakfast but these scones also do double duty as wonderful little shortcakes. Just slice in half, top with Blueberry Lavender Compote and a dollop of ice cream or freshly whipped cream. A perfect, summer dessert from your breakfast leftovers.