Celebrating Strawberries

Fresh, flavorful locally harvested foods are available at the Farmer’s Market in May and June. A variety of crops harvested in fall (squash, apples, endive, garlic, grapes, figs, mushrooms) and winter (kale, radishes, turnips, leeks), complimented by tender spring vegetables and berries grace the stalls and tables.

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Why Shop at the Farmers’ Market?

The food is at its freshest because it doesn’t have to travel hundreds of miles to get to you. Local producers can select their produce varieties for taste, rather than their ability to travel.

You can help ensure that local farmland will stay in production. You can talk to the people who grow or make your food and they can and will respond to your needs, tastes, and questions.

More than a marketplace, it’s a social gathering where friends and families meet. And here are 10 very good reasons for why you should eat seasonally.

We are enjoying Asparagus, Artichokes, Cauliflower, Cherries, English Peas, Fava Beans, Fresh Herbs, Green Onions, Lettuce, Mustard Greens, New Potatoes, Radishes, Rhubarb, Salad Greens, Spinach, Swiss chard, and Turnips.

We are also celebrating Strawberries. Recipes for Virgin Strawberry Daiquiris and Strawberry Cheesecake can be found below.

Virgin Strawberry Daiquiri

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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strawberryIngredients

  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • 3 oz fresh strawberries
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Cracked ice

Instructions

  1. Blend lime juice, strawberries, and sugar in a blender until smooth.
  2. Add the cracked ice and blend again until smooth.
  3. Pour into a chilled cocktail glass.
  4. Garnish with whole strawberry or mint leaf.
  5. Serve with a straw.

Strawberry Cheesecake

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: easy
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Crust

  • 1 1/2 c Graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 tb Sugar
  • 3 tb Margarine or butter; melted

strawberryFilling

  • 19 oz Cream cheese; softened
  • 1 c Sugar
  • 2 ts Lemon peel; grated
  • 1/4 tsp Vanilla
  • 3 Eggs

Glaze

  • 1 c Strawberries; mashed
  • 1 c Sugar
  • 3 Tbsp Cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup Water

 

Instructions
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.

Crust

  1. Stir together graham cracker crumbs and sugar.
  2. Mix in butter thoroughly and press into a 9″ springform pan.
  3. Bake 10 minutes.
  4. Cool.
  5. Reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees F.

strawberryFilling

  1. Beat cream cheese in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Gradually add sugar, beating until fluffy.
  3. Add lemon peel and vanilla.
  4. Beat in eggs one at a time.
  5. Pour into shell.
  6. Bake 1 hour or until center is firm.
    Cool to room temperature and then spread with the strawberry glaze.
    Chill 3 hours.

Glaze

  1. Blend sugar and cornstarch together in a small saucepan.
  2. Stir in water and strawberries.
  3. Cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens and boils.
  4. Boil and stir for 1 minute.
  5. Cool thoroughly before spreading over cheesecake.

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I like shopping local. Buying locally is easy and affordable and it’s the right thing to do for the environment and community too. The Advantages of Buying Food Locally are:

  • fresher, healthier and better tasting food;
  • fewer associated transportation emissions;
  • boosting the local economy;
  • building community.