What’s New at the Farmers Markets — July

What’s New at the Farmers Markets — July

Reserve your seats for a farm field-to-table dinner this season! Here’s more information about upcoming farm dinners.

FARM DINNERS
Prevedelli Farm

This year the Prevedelli family is celebrating 70 years of farming their land. You’re invited to join them for an authentic Italian feast. Appetizers made by Karin Johnson from Karin Johnson Bakery in Castro Valley will be served in the century old barn, family stories will be shared and later walking tour of their farm. A multi-course dinner will be served an the middle of an orchard in the hills overlooking Monterey Bay. Dinner will be prepared by Executive Chef Kenneth MacDonald from the Quail Lodge in Carmel.

Date: Sunday, September 6 | 4 pm
Location: Prevedelli Farms (Main Ranch), 375 Pioneer View Road, Watsonville, CA 95076
Cost: $150 per person (non-refundable)
Website: www.prevedelli.com/farm-dinner.html

Four Sisters Farm
Enjoy a Back to the Garden Dinner, featuring Chef Josh Even of Café Tosca in San Francisco. Wear casual clothing  and comfortable shoes.

Date: Sunday, August 16 | 4 pm
Location: Four Sisters Farm, 1431 Cole Road, Aromas, CA (approximately 1 1/2 miles from Highway 101, 6 miles north of Prunedale, 10 miles south of Gilroy)
Cost: $150 per person. Tickets can be purchased through Paypal (familyfarm@gmail.com) or checks at the farmers markets. Jill, Prema or Lupe will give you a receipt and collect your name and address so that tickets can be sent to you.

 VENDORS LEAVING FOR SEASON
Astone’s Proteas and Triple Delight are leaving for season.

WELCOME BACK TO THE MARKET!
Pulido Farm is returning to the markets with apricots.
Valencia Creek Farms will be returning to the MPC market with olive oil.
Munak Ranch is returning to the markets with melons and tomatoes.
Malabar Trading Company will to the Aptos market mid July with signature chai blends, tea and pantry products.

FARMERS IN THE NEWS
Read about Monkeyflower Ranch and Garden Variety Cheese‘s award winning sheep milk cheese — Cream of the Flock: Monkeyflower Ranch’s Sheep Cheese is Winning Notice—and Awards  { Read article }

Marguerite Remde of Belle Farms and Chris Banthien of Valencia Creek Farms named Farmers of the Year { Read article }

JULY SUMMER CLASSES
Aptos Farmers Market Cooking Demo — Sweet and Savory Crepes
Join Chef Anne and her crew of culinary arts students as they whip up sweet and savory crepe batter and fill them with the delights of the season. The French crepe is a terrific way to expand on the farmers market’s beautiful fruits and vegetables. Learn how easy it is to make this versatile and classy wrap into an appetizer, main course or dessert. Please arrive early — seating is limited.

Date: Saturday, July 11 | 10 am
Location: Aptos Farmers Market

Companion Bakery Baking Workshops
Companion Bakery will be holding summer baking workshops for all ages at their bakery in Santa Cruz. For full schedule of their upcoming classes, please visit their website at www.companionbakeshop.com.

Kid’s Summer Pies and Tarts
Kids 12 years and under, this one is for you! Bring your parent and learn how to bake a pie from SCRATCH! Hands-on technique included in this fun class! Learn to bake with the seasons and develop a new skill to tell your friends!

Date: Sunday, July 19 | 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Cost: $65 (one child, one adult)  

Breakfast and Brunch Pastries
Summer time is a sublime time for lazy breakfast and brunch themed parties! Learn how to bake off a perfect menu. From scones to quiche!
 
Date: Sunday July 26 | 5:00 PM – 7:00PM
Cost: $65

FEATURED RECIPES FOR JULY
Balsamic Steak SauceBasic Barbecue Sauce
Black Bean and Corn Salsa
Blackberry Preserve Barbecue Sauce
Classic Basil Pesto
Classic Olive Tapenade
Fire and Ice Watermelon Salsa
Grilled Corn Salsa with Avocado and Cilantro
Tomatillo Chipotle Salsa
Summer Peach Salsa
Olive Oil Herb Dip
Spaghetti with Garlic, Olive Oil, and Chili Pepper Flakes
Asian Coleslaw
Balsamic Grilled Strawberries and Little Gem Salad with Creamy Mint Dressing
Cilantro Lime Chickpea Salad
Fourth of July Potato Salad
Fresh Corn Summer Salad
Green Bean Salad with Feta, Mint and Red Onions
Melon Cucumber Salad with Lemon Basil Vinaigrette
Orange Basil Cream Dressing
Watermelon and Tomato Salad with Mint and Chili
Blackberry Cobbler
Blackberry Frozen Yogurt
Buttermilk Pecan Pie
Clare’s Berry Pie
Lemon Ice Box Pie
Rhubarb Custard Pie
Rosemary Olive Oil Cake with Meyer Lemon Glaze
Kalamata Olive Fougasse
Kalamata Olive BreadSouthern Pickled Peaches
Quick Pickled Carrots Scented with Lavender and Fennel
Quick Pickled Fennel
India Relish
Best Bread and Butter Pickles
Best Ever Dill Pickles

CULINARY FEATURES
Baking with Olive Oil
Tips for Cooking with Olive Oil
The New Oil Boom — California EVOO

JULY HIGHLIGHTS AT THE MARKETS
Corn
Peppers
Bell peppers
Apricots
Black raspberries
String beans
Eggplant
Brocollini
Blenheim apricots
Herbs
Blackberries
Hydrangeas