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Farmers Market notes: Strawberries are in

By Sue Davis
For The Salisbury Post
Local strawberries are here!
According to Russ Parsons author of “How to Pick a Peach,” SMELL is the simplest indicator of strawberry quality. This year’s strawberries are so fragrant that as I made my way through the Salisbury Farmers Market, the smell of strawberries seemed to be everywhere. According to Parsons, the best way to store fresh strawberries is “buy berries from a local farmer and eat them the same day without putting them in the refrigerator.” Since this is not always possible, he offers the following solution. Place the berries in a plastic bag, lined with a paper towel to absorb the moisture and refrigerate. Do not wash or cap the berries until you are ready to use them.
Strawberries are available this week from Eagle Farm, Cress Farms and Miller Farms. Besides stopping at the vendors offering strawberries, enjoy what the other vendors are offering this week:
– Correll Farms continues to have a wide variety of cole crops and lettuces. Cabbage is heading up and should be ready, along with cauliflower. Napa cabbage, broccoli, collards, swiss chard, both head lettuce and leaf lettuce and spinach are available.
– Cress Farms, Eagle Farms and Miller Farms have cole crops, spring onions and possibly vegetable plants for sale.
– Garrett Owen of Owen Greenhouse has a good
selection of unusual coleus, geraniums, impatiens and other bedding plants for shade and sun.
– Bluebird Acres Farm has a large variety of herb plants available. They also have a nice selection of flowering and vegetable plants.
– Country Garden has 12 varieties of tomato plants and a nice selection of peppers along with many other vegetable plants for the garden.
– Dawn’s Greenhouse has nice kitchen gardens and lettuce pots. She also has bedding plants, vegetables and other interesting plants and containers.
– Joyce’s Flowers has an assortment of roses, hanging baskets, bedding plants and containers.
– Posh Pasta and Cakes promises three varieties of homemade pasta this week, including cracked pepper. Wine cakes and pound cakes are also available.
– The Bread Basket and How Sweet It Is continue to surprise buyers with loaf breads, pastries and pies and tarts.
– Landis Gourmet Mushrooms has oyster mushrooms. These odd looking mushrooms have a mild earthy taste and can be served many ways. Look over their brochure to learn how to prepare them. I enjoy them sauteed and served with beef or prepared in a cream sauce to serve over pasta.
– Wild Turkey Farms produces and sells naturally raised Berkshire pork, 100 percent grass-fed beef, and free range eggs. Products available include pork chops, ribs, several breakfast sausages, smoked kielbasas, bratwurst, smoked bacon, chorizo, Italian sausage, and a variety of beef products.
– T&D Charolais Beef offers locally grown beef products. The packs of four pressed hamburger patties are great for grilling. Be sure to ask about preparing Charolais beef. Unlike beef we are used to grilling, this meat requires a low, slow grill to preserve tenderness. Everyone in the T&D booth is knowledgeable about how to store and prepare their beef.
The farmers market is open 7 a.m.-noon Wednesday and Saturday at the corner of Bank and South Main streets in downtown Salisbury. Visit www.salisburyfarmersmarket for more information.

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