Giving Saturday – 09.30.2017

THANKS, WESTSIDE BALTIMORE, FOR BEING PART OF A GREAT THIRD SEASON

The last market of the season is always bittersweet. It’s been a long hard summer – especially for our hard-working farmers. Hard to say goodbye to summer and all of our market friends, but it’s time for fall gleaning, and then a long winter rest.

To thank you for all of your support in 2017. We’re turning our last market of the 2017 season into Giving Saturday – with a lot of help from community members.

We’ll have free coffee for everyone in the morning.

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At 10:30. Mia will be leading a Zumba session. She brought her energy out to the market a few weeks ago and you asked us to bring her back. Come on out and get your autumn energy flowing.
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Thanks to JAMSQUAD, a group of local cyclists, we have bikes to give to a few neighborhood kids who’ve been wanting one for a long time.

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Thanks to the National Aquarium, we have 4 tickets for our most loyal customer. She says she’s been promising her three children a trip to the Aquarium for a long time. Now she can deliver.
(If you come to the market often, you’ve probably seen Sarah. She’s out every Saturday without fail, picking up fresh, in-season, produce.)

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Our own, V and V Baltimore will be holding the last of their popular vegan cooking demos at 11:30.Rachel copy

 

 

We hope to see you Saturday. If you can’t make it – stay in touch via our email
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Let’s Make the Final Market for 2016 the Best One

SEPTEMBER 23RD – SWEET POTATOES,  SQUASH, GREEN BEANS, EGGS AND SO  MUCH MORE!

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Happy autumn everyone!  It’s time for us to park our tractor for the season. This last Saturday in September marks our last market for 2016. We sure did enjoy spending our summer with our market family — our  awesome customers, vendors, and volunteers.  Please be sure to come out and say hello one last time for this season.  We’re a young market, working hard to make sure we succeed and stick around for a long, long time. So your support has been very important to us.  We’ll be back next spring, and we’re planning to have an even longer season in 2017.
Here’s what our farmers say they’ll have this week.
  • Kale
  •  Squash
    • Butternut squash
    • Summer squash
    • Winter squash
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Cantaloupes
  • Watermelons
  • Broccoli
  • Eggplant
  • Potatoes
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Peppers
    • Bell – various colors
    • Sweet
    • Hot – cayenne and others
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Radishes
  • Okra
  • Beets
  • Bitter gourd
  • Green beans
  • Yellow wax beans
  • Beets
  • Variety boxes
  • Early pumpkins
  • Cage free eggs
  • Jam
  • Fresh cut flowers

Vendor Showcase: Taste This Cake

The Edmondson Village Farmers Market is a community venture. We’ll periodically introduce some of the Baltimore-based artisans who come together to make this all possible.

Taste This Cake is a start-up baking business created by Jamillah Muhammad.  She offers an array of pound cakes, muffins, bread puddings, and cookies made from scratch using quality ingredients and products that do not contain pork or alcohol. This is Taste This Cake’s debut year at the Edmondson Village Farmer’s Market.

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Our Media and Communications intern Nicole had the chance to sit down with Jamillah, to ask her a few questions.

 

Nicole: Please state your name and where you live?

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Jamillah Muhammad on a market Saturday

Jamillah: Jamillah Muhammad and I live in Baltimore, MD–well right up the street, in
Gwynn Oak.

N: Where are you from?

J: I was born in Florida, but her [Carol, Jamillah’s mother] job–well she moved to New York and then moved here. We’ve been here ever since.

N: Do you have a full-time job? If so, what is it?

J: I’m a nurse, and have been a nurse since 2003. I have a B.S. and a M.S. in Nursing, and I bake. [laughs]

N: So when did you start baking?

J: Uhh, sheesh. I don’t know if I can put a time on it. It’s been a long time–years. But I started baking to sell in February [2016].

N: Why did you decide to turn a hobby into a business?

J: To be honest, I started focusing on how I wanted to spend the rest of my years because I came into nursing with a bad back and I knew I wasn’t going to be in it–on the floor forever. Then people actually like it [laughs]. Some people actually love it, so I figured “hey” [why not]. I get the most satisfaction out of that, it’s more fulfilling to me than nursing is right now.

N: So why the name “Taste This Cake”?

J: That basically–I like cake okay? I don’t eat a lot of cake and it frustrates me to hear people say “OMG that cake looks great!” But when they eat it, they’re like “Ugh!” So that’s my answer essentially, “Taste this cake!” I focused this on it [the cakes] looking good plus the taste.

N: By far, what is your best seller?

J: The Sweet Potato Pound Cake and the Strawberry Pound Cake. People here love the strawberry.

N: What’s your favorite thing to make?

J: I would have to say my bread pudding because I basically take my pound cake and then make it into bread pudding. Add a lot of calories but a lot of love. [laughs]

N: Is that why it’s so unique and so delicious?

J: Yeah, yeah, yeah–yes [laughs]

N: When people hear about your Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake Pudding, what are their reactions?

J: Well I have a lot of people standing here and doing commercials as we call them–”OMG! It’s so good!” You know, you can just tell it’s like a sense of nostalgia, their eyes roll back. [laughs] It’s a good feeling.

N: Do you think in the near future, you would ever open up a store?

J: I don’t know, even though I’m an introvert, I like the interaction. I don’t want to lose the personal feeling people get because I think a lot of people that make it to a storefront, they get so far removed from why they started [their business]. They lose focus, and I kind of don’t want to do that. I don’t know, I’m happy with what I’m doing right now. Of course I want to grow, but I’m content with how it is right now.

N: Ok, so how did you come to the farmer’s market?

J: Actually last year, my mom and I were doing a lot of flea markets, and I spent a lot of time on Pinterest–I do a lot of DIYs, anyway I saw a farmer’s market online and I recommended it to Jill [Harrison] that since the closest flea market is in Patapsco, why not have something here. Since then, I’ve realized that I could be selling cakes here. So it sort of shifted from flea markets to farmer’s markets.

N: How was that transition–how’s it been?

J: It’s been going well, I miss the flea market side but you know, we’ll get to that in the fall. [laughs]

We hope you’ve enjoyed this interview with Jamillah from Taste This Cake. She’ll be with us on Saturdays from 9am-1pm.

 

To get in contact with Taste This Cake

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tastethiscake/

Instagram: @tastethiscake

Website: http://www.tastethiscake.com/

From watermelons to pumpkins as summer gives way to fall

September 17, 2016 – Kale, tomatoes, eggplant, squash and more

It’s the last Saturday of the summer. And at the market, it’s that funny time of year when the heat-loving produce like tomatoes and watermelons are still available and all of the fall favorites start to come in.

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Here’s what our farmers say they’ll have this week.

  • Kale
  •  Squash
    • Butternut squash
    • Summer squash
    • Winter squash
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Cantaloupes
  • Watermelons
  • Broccoli
  • Eggplant
  • Potatoes
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Peppers
    • Bell – various colors
    • Sweet
    • Hot – cayenne and others
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Radishes
  • Okra
  • Beets
  • Bitter gourd
  • Green beans
  • Yellow wax beans
  • Beets
  • Variety boxes
  • Early pumpkins
  • Cage free eggs
  • Jam
  • Fresh cut flowers

Recipe of the Week: Roasted Curried Carrots

oven-roasted-carrots-allen-smithQuick and tasty side dish to any meal!

 Ingredients

1 lb carrots, peeled, sliced on diagonal 1/4 inch thick slices
1 TB olive oil
1/2 TB curry powder (hot or mild)
1/4 tsp salt
Bunch of Fresh cilantro chopped (optional)

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 400 degree F. Line baking sheet with foil or parchment              paper.
2. Placed sliced carrots in a bowl with olive oil, salt, and curry powder. Toss          all ingredients until carrots are coated.
3. Spread carrots on baking sheet in a single layer.
4. Roast for 30 minutes, stirring halfway through.
5. Serve warm topped with fresh cilantro.

Sarena C Glenn RD, LDN, MS – Market Dietitian

World’s Tiniest Watermelons?

September 10, 2016 -Mexican sour gherkins are here this week

Not a pickle. Not a watermelon.

They’re tiny cucumber-like vegetables that you eat whole – like a grape tomato. They go by many names: Cucamelon, Mouse melon, sandita (little watermelon in Spanish), and our favorite – Barbie’s watermelon.

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Did you know? The Mexican sour gherkin is not technically a cucumber.  But it tastes quite a bit like a cucumber with a tangy, citrus twist.

We’re still in summer, and it sure is hot out, but we’re starting to see some fall classics come in – like kale, collards, and apples.  Here’s what our farmers say they’ll be bring this week:

  • Tomatoes (beefsteak style and heirloom varieties + cherry tomatoes)
  • Eggplant
  • Radishes
  • Melons – cantaloupes & watermelon
  • Squash – zucchini, summer squash & winter squash
  • Sweet corn
  • Broccoli
  • Lettuce
  • Greens – collards,kale & chard
  • Carrots
  • Cucumbers
  • Bell peppers (red and green)
  • Padrón peppers
  • Beets
  • Okra
  • Yellow beans
  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Potatoes
  • Mexican sour gherkins
  • Ground cherry syrupPeaches
  • Apples
  • Variety boxes
  • Mushrooms
  • Fresh cut flowers
  • Cage-free eggs

And don’t forget – you can turn $5 into $10 or $10 into $20.

If you have a SNAP card we will match funds up to $10 per market day and WIC vouchers up to $5 per market day. Just visit our INFO tent

We also have delicious and healthy prepared foods from our other vendors:

  • Baked goods

  • Barbecue

  • Jamaican jerk chicken

  • Crab cakes

  • Vegan mains and sides

Recipe of the Week: Kale & Mushroom Scramble

Breakfast or breakfast for dinner. This quick savory egg scramble can satisfy all appetites anytime of the day!

INGREDIENTS

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  • 1 egg
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2  clove of fresh garlic, minced
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp oil
  • 1/2 cup fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/4 cup onion, diced
  • 1 cup fresh kale, thinly sliced

DIRECTIONS

  1. Beat egg, egg whites, nutmeg, salt, and pepper in small bowl.
  2. Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onions, garlic, and mushrooms, cook about 5 minutes until tender.
  3. Place kale in skillet and cook just until wilted.
  4. Stir in egg mixture; as eggs set, lift edges.
  5. Cook until egg mixture sets, 10-15 minutes. Serve immediately.
    Optional: Select from grated zucchini or carrot, fresh chard, potatoes, parmesan cheese, low fat cheddar, fresh tomato, get creative! 

Sarena C Glenn RD, LDN, MS – Market Dietitian

 

 

 

 

Vendor Showcase: Free My Timber

The Edmondson Village Farmers Market is a community venture. We’ll periodically introduce some of the Baltimore-based artisans who come together to make this all possible.

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Free My Timber is a start-up company created by Christopher Priest. He combines the skills of a seasoned furniture refinisher and an artist to create items such as wood-burned jewelry and furniture.

Our Media & Communications intern Nicole had a chance to sit down with Chris, to ask him a few questions.

Nicole: Please state your name and where you live.

Chris: My name is Christopher Priest and I live in Northeast Baltimore.

N: Did you come from Northeast Baltimore? Did you grow up somewhere else?

C: I’m originally from Atlanta and I moved to West Baltimore when I was around 11. I recently moved to East Baltimore a few years ago.

N: Cool, well you do great wood burning pieces, what were you doing before that?

C: You’ll never guess it but I was electrical engineer before I took the woodworking and wood burning seriously.

N: So did you go to Morgan [State University]? Or did you attend somewhere else?

C: Yeah, I graduated from Morgan and worked for Northrop Grumman for a little bit after that. Then I worked for a local company called Lenox Laser, up in Glen Arm, MD. That was before I decided to work for myself.

N: Was that some kind of principle, like to work for yourself? Like “I’m tired of working for all of these people?”

C: That’s really what it is, I really didn’t know what I was going to do. The woodworking thing wasn’t really an option, it was refinishing furniture and refinishing wood floors was just something I did as a hobby on the side. I quit my job because I was tired of making another man rich and I knew that my hard labor was literally making another man rich and he wasn’t paying me what I deserve to be paid for; so I said I had enough.

N: Right, right. So I’m assuming that you’re self taught, or did that go back to electrical engineering and working with those different companies when it came to wood burning?

C: The wood burning, I got that idea from the laser company that I did work with. We worked with laser and would burn a lot of different materials. So I got the idea to try wood and see what would happen, and I noticed that it left a nice little burn on there; so I decided to make an image on there and a lot of my coasters–well all of my coasters in the beginning were all laser-etched, until I no longer worked with the company. Then I started practicing and doing it by hand, and I just got better at it. Then one thing turned into another and it just developed into a business.

N: The name “Free My Timber,” where does it come from?

C: I would love to be considered a liberator of my people, just an all around educator as far as–you know–the plight that black people are in as a whole. I just want to uplift us as a community, I want to educate us as a community, so that’s kind of where it came from. I wanted to have a name that sort of tied in with what my true dreams are and also what the business is. I just kind of wanted to have a fun name too, so I thought that “Free My Timber” was playful and served all the criteria that I was going for.

N: How did you start doing pendants or coasters–what’s your favorite thing to make?

C: Honestly, my favorite thing to do–I like to put my designs into household things. I really like designing for the house, so furniture would be the first thing that comes to mind. I actually have a project right now where I’m refinishing a door–I’m putting a new front door on and put a big burning on my front door; and I’ve been having dreams of doing steps, putting a nice mural on my steps so it all flows together. So that’s what I really like to do, unique items but more towards the home–home and furniture.

N: What’s your best seller?

C: My best selling piece by far is the large pendant of “Life Begins Here.” It’s basically the silhouette of a woman with the continent of Africa between her legs, kind of a dual meaning to me. Meaning that life begins with the woman and in Africa. That is the best selling piece I have.

N: How did you come to the farmer’s market?

C: Just through word of mouth. I remember seeing a poster on Facebook or I got an email just telling me about the farmer’s market and I contacted Jill [Harrison] and it went from there.

N: Do you like the idea of the farmer’s market helping the community?

C: Yes, this is my first time participating in a farmer’s market for myself but I’ve been going to them and attending them for a few years now, and I just love the idea as a customer and as someone selling now. As far as for my business, I think it’s really nice and it’s a real eye opener. It’s a learning experience for me if I ever want to grow to be like a brick and mortar store–or something like that, this experience is helping me tailor to my audience.

We hope you’ve enjoy this interview with Chris from Free My Timber. He’ll be with us on Saturdays from 9am-1pm.

To get in contact with Free My Timber:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NaturalWoodDesigns4U/

Instagram: @freemytimber

Website: http://freemytimber.com/

Vendor Showcase: A Few Nice Pieces

The Edmondson Village Farmers Market is a community venture. We’ll periodically introduce some of the Baltimore-based artisans who come together to make this all possible.

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If you’ve visited the market you may have lingered to admire the handcrafted jewelry at A Few Nice Pieces’ booth.  What began as a hobby for Fatima Frazier is a full time business today. Her pieces feature sterling silver, copper and copper patina as well as gems and glass. No two pieces are alike. This is A Few Nice Pieces’ second year with the Edmondson Village Farmer’s Market.

Our Media and Communications intern Nicole had the chance to sit down with Fatima, to ask her a few questions.

Nicole: Please state your name and where you live.

Fatima: My name is Fatima Frazier and I live in Baltimore, MD.

N: Where are you from?

F: I’m from Baltimore–West Baltimore. [chuckles]

N: Is this your full-time job making jewelry?

F: This is what I do, this is my new way of life. I make jewelry all week and I sell it on the weekend. I have worked for a non-profit agency with families for many years, but for the last two years, this is what I do. This is my work.

N: Are you self-taught?

F: I am self taught–a little of that, YouTube and some support from my dad. He made jewelry for many years as well. For the most part, I see a technique that I like, and I learn how to do it by basically finding a tutorial online.

N: So how did you get started–why did you decide to do a career change?

F: I actually started making jewelry about eight years ago and I was working full-time with families as well, I always knew that I was creative but I wanted to be able to make something. I think the reason I gravitated to jewelry was because I’m an earring fanatic. When I went to go buy earrings, I could never find what I wanted, so I wanted to create what I wanted. I just started with some basic beading, and people kept saying “Oh that’s nice, can you make me one?” That grew into somebody allowing be to be a part of a small market, and then expanding over the years.

N: Has anyone praised you for your work?

F: Well I do get a lot of praises, I have a great following at both markets that I do. I think one of the biggest things that was really happy for me was when I was out of town–in Virginia at a fair and I saw somebody walk by with my earrings on and she goes, “OMG, these are my favorite earrings. I wear them all the time!” So that was cool, to be out of town and to run into somebody who had earrings [that I made]. Where I am all day, ya know people walk by saying “I’ve had these for four or six years and they’re still going strong;” watching people wear them and talking about how they always get compliments. I think the ones that I make, I would wear them all but they’re typically statement pieces, so they stand out and they’re always getting complimented on. I think I was blessed with the talent to be able to–jewelry is always about symmetry and color and I think I have a great eye for that, and of course I’ve been blessed.

N: What’s your best seller so far?

F: Earrings are typically my best sellers, I think what I’ve done is–ya know I do a lot of sterling silver but I think when I started at the farmer’s market downtown, I started a group of people with copper that were not interested in it. Now that’s all they want and also my patina, not that they still don’t wear sterling silver but copper was new to them. I’m excited about the new techniques that I’ve done with patina, and that’s one of the things that sells best for me as well.

N: So how did you come to our farmer’s market?

F: Well I actually didn’t come to the farmer’s market, I think Jill [Harrison] came downtown and she asked me if I wanted to be a part of this market. When I found out that it was a new farmer’s market–so being a part of a market is great, but being a part of a market from conception is even better. Being able to grow with this market, starting when they started, is a great piece for me and I hope to continue.

We hope you’ve enjoy this interview with Fatima from A Few Nice Pieces. She’ll be with us on Saturdays from 9am-1pm.

To get in contact with A Few Nice Pieces
Email: pacmktmanager@gmail.com