THURSDAYS 4 pm to 8 pm

June 20 - October 31

Bank St & Highland Ave
(Parking Lot of Abbott Church)

Wednesday

Holiday-post-2012

Are you missing your favorite
Farmer’s' Market products?

Thanks to Lynne Ferguson of Ferguson Family Farms, there’s a selection of items making a stop to HIGHLANDTOWN!

***Please order by Dec 20***
DELIVERY INFO [tentative]:
Highlandtown near Farmers’ Market Site (400 block of S. Conkling St)
Thurs. Dec 20 @ 5pm
Sun. Dec 23 @ 10am

TO ORDER:
  1. SEND E-MAIL TO LYNNE@FERGUSONFAMILYFARM.COM LISTING ITEMS YOU WISH TO ORDER & PICKUP LOCATION.   Include preferred weights of turkey, chicken or roasts.
  2. PROGRAM MY CELL 443-845-1554 INTO YOUR PHONE.
  3. YOU WILL RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION E-MAIL WITH DELIVERY SCHEDULE.


* * * * * AVAILABLE PRODUCTS * * * * *
* * *  TURKEY OR MUSKOVY DUCK * * *
PLACE YOUR ORDER FOR YOUR FRESH, PASTURE RAISED BIRD
    • All poultry are truly ROTATIONALLY GRAZED. This is much different than Open Air Confinement rearing where the birds have No Access to Natural Vegetation. Turkeys and Ducks here at the Ferguson Family Farm eat lots of natural grasses and vegetation which in turn provides us with many nutritional benefits as well as an exceptional eating experience.    
    • NEVER given ANTIBIOTICS, HORMONES OR ARSENIC.   
    • Processed at a USDA  Inspected processing facility in Maryland.   
    • Delivered FREE to a convenient location near you.
    • Please Note: Specific turkey weight, but will make every effort to provide a turkey within your selected 2 lb range.  

      Pastured Turkey - FRESH                                             $4.25 / lb.
      Muskovy Duck     - FRESH                                            $8.50 / lb.
      Turkey parts also available.

* * *  GIFT CERTIFICATES & DISCOUNTS * * *
      • GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE   $25, $50, $75, or $100
      • 5% OFF WHEN YOUR BUY 4 FROZEN PASTURE RAISED CHICKENS.
      • 5% OFF WHEN YOUR BUY 4 – 1 LB PKGS OF FROZEN BERKSHIRE SAUSAGE (Italian, Sage, Celery).
      • 5% OFF WHEN YOUR BUY 2 FROZEN PASTURE RAISED TURKEYS (approx 14 – 15 lb birds available).
      • 5% OFF WHEN YOUR BUY 2 FROZEN BERKSHIRE PORK SHOULDER ROASTS or 2 Fresh FROZEN HAM ROASTS.


* * * SEAFOOD & PIES * * *
Also ask about products from GIBBY’S SEAFOOD and MILBURN ORCHARD PIES.

GIBBY’S SEAFOOD
Oysters & Crabs by the pint, quart, dozen, of box (of 100)
Email Lynne to inquire about price.

MILBURN ORCHARD PIES
To be delivered with your holiday turkey or meat delivery
COST IS $12.00 EACH

      PIES FLAVORS AVAILABLE
          • Awesome Apple, Wild About Apple Walnut, Awesome Apple Crisp Pie, No Sugar Added Apple
          • Peter Pumpkin, No Sugar Added Pumpkin
          • Heavenly Pecan
          • Champion Cherry, No Sugar Added Cherry
          • Coconut Custard
          • Blackbeard's Blackberry
          • Really Red Raspberry
          • Big Time Blueberry
          • Sweet Potato,
          • Sweet Potato Crunch


* * * FOR ADDITIONAL GIFT IDEAS * * *
See product list and pricing at www.fergusonfamilyfarm.com/productsprices.


LYNNE FERGUSON
FERGUSON FAMILY FARM
WWW.FERGUSONFAMILYFARM.COM
443-845-1554 CELL



MARKET UPDATES 
Walking, Peaches, Sausages...and a WEDDING!?!
None of these things is quite like the other, but ALL of them are happening at the Highlandtown Farmers' Market! 


WALKING
All hands...or should we say FEET...are in! 
Baltimore Medical Systems, Inc (BMS) is hosting a walking group for all ages. Meet, talk, then walk. Begins around 5pm at the market.













PEACHES
Peach season is coming to an end, so get your peaches while they're ripe. Want to save a few for later in the year...check out this easy method from Highlandtown resident and market goer Monica:

How To Freeze Peaches
Cut in 1/2. Peel and slice into 8 pieces. Place in small freezer bag, push out air and freeze. 

You can make individual servings by putting one peach into a sandwich bag and then place the individual serving bags into the freezer bag. It fits about 3-4 individual bags.
 
Add to smoothies, stews, and more. Nothing like the taste of peaches in the middle of winter! 




SAUSAGES
Labor Day is here. It signals the end of summer, but it also means we get one more cook out! Be sure to grab some grillin' grub at the market. Ferguson Family Farm has a great selection of meats...including sausage, ground beef, chicken, and more! 





and finally, the WEDDING
(We'll have more updates in the weeks to come, so stay tuned)



How to be a Farmers Market Farmer
Recipe from the Kahl Family of Kahl Farm

Wondering if you have what it takes to be a Farmers Market farmer? 
I talked with the Kahl family last Thursday and came up with a list of ingredients for good market recipe.

3 cups energy
Getting ready for a market takes a lot of work, as you can imagine, and the Highlandtown Farmers Market on Thursday evenings isn’t the only one the Kahl Family participates in! They also go to the Bel Air Farmers Market every Saturday morning, from 7-11.

“We get up at 4:30 (a.m.), and a lot of times, you don’t get to bed til 1:00, 2:00 in the morning,” said Sharon Kahl, who farms with her husband, Mike. “That one’s a big market, so we’re picking all day Friday and well into the night.”






1/4 lb endurance
“Fighting the traffic!” In the middle of helping a customer, Mike Kahl called it out without any hesitation when asked about the most challenging part of the market process. Mike is a fifth-generation farmer and his 108-acre farm, located in Delta PA, is about an hour drive from Highlandtown.
Sharon and Sierra, their 13-year-old daughter, agreed, but added one more thing.
“The heat” they both said in unison.
“When it’s really hot and humid, it’s just miserable,” said Sharon.
What’s the worst heat they’ve had to endure?
“Probably the first market here,” Sierra recalled, looking to her mom for confirmation.
But, they perservered. The high for the opening market day was 105, and they still showed up the next week!




1 ton vegetables
Here’s an obvious one, but you gotta have lots of veggies to be a good Farmers Market farmer. What exactly does Kahl Farm grow?
“Just about every vegetable,” said Sharon, with Sierra laughing in the background.

1 tablespoon friendliness
Interacting with all kinds of people is a big part of being a Farmers Market farmer, so friendliness is key, both Sharon and Sierra agreed.
Varied knowledge about produce and language barriers are just some of the things that take patience and understanding, they explained.
According to Sharon, being good with people is the most important, and, personally, her favorite part of being at Farmers Markets.
“I think if you’re friendly with them, that’s your biggest draw-in for people,” she said. “They know they can come to you and not get snapped at.”



3 teaspoons teamwork
Having a successful market is a family affair and team effort for the Kahl family. 13-year-old Sierra, who’s been helping on the farm since kindergarten, is good with the numbers; Mike: he’s the muscle.
“He’s very strong!” Sharon said while laughing. “And tall so he can reach things high.”
And Sharon? She’s keeps things in perspective as the jokester of the group.
“She always has the bright side,” said Sierra, smiling, but rolling her eyes. “On Saturday... at 6 in the morning!”
I looked over at Sharon; she just kept laughing.




dash of support (from you!)
It’s not an easy job to keep a small business going. Farmers like Kahl and all small business owners rely on support from residents like you to shop local. So stop by the market this week- say hi to the Kahl family, buy some fresh, locally grown produce, and do some shopping on Highlandtown’s vibrant Main Street!

written by Katie Wollman, Highlandtown Farmers' Market volunteer

Tuesday

This Week at the Market
Thursday, August 16
Sizzlin' Summer Continues!

Our Sizzlin' Summer Music Series continues with
Save The Empire LIVE this week at the market!
Check them out here.

Beat the heat with Jukai Juice
Stop by and ask Kerri for one of her signature fruit & veggie drinks.
For a full menu, click here.

Every week let your creativity bust with Everything Nancy!
Local artist Nancy Jagelka brings jewelry and other crafts
for you to make and a few of her own creations, too!

Monday

Market Update: Thursday, August 2
This week we welcomed Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to Highlandtown. She stopped by the Farmers' Market and spoke with our vendors, including Anna Pasqualucci, of Anna's Painted Screens.

T n' T Baltimore Steel Band was fabulous as part of our Sizzlin' Summer Music Series at the Market!

And yes, this week we had the debut of CHIPS + SALSA! 
"Frank's Gourmet Chips" has been coming to the market since we opened in June, and we are now so happy to have "I Got Salsa" join the mix! Be sure to see them both each week :D

Thursday

THIS WEEK AT THE MARKET: July 26
SUMMER SURPRISE!


Well, it is no surprise that the last week in July has brough another wave of heat to Thursday night, but don't let that keep you from visiting your favorite Highlandtown Farmers' Market!

Our farmers are dedicated to bringing you the best fruits, veggies, and meats in the area. Our food vendors have a great assortment of cupcakes, flavored tortilla chips, and drinks :D

We do have a SUMMER SURPRISE for you...a "surprise" food truck will be joining us this week. Please stop by and show your support.

As always, we'll be providing water activities for the kids (and adults, if you wish to get wet) and cooling misters for all.

See you at the market!

July 19 Market Recap

The market started out beautiful and sunny...a bit hot, but not too bad. 
Our farmers and vendors were set up and the community came out to shop!

Banner Neighborhoods helped us build our own fantasy city in the Free Family Fun Area!


The Community Drum Circle provided some great music at the market
(thanks to members of the Baltimore Resettlement Center for organizing this every other week) 


AND THEN...
...it rained...a lot. Thunder, lightening, the works.
So we had to close the market a little early :(



We got a little wet, but it was the best "slip 'n slide market" EVER!

Thank you to EVERYONE (volunteers, farmers, vendors, and even some customers) who helped us clean up the market in a down pour! This is why our hearts are in Highlandtown!

Wednesday



Farmer Spotlight: Barbour Fruit Farm
Meet Lee Welty
Lee Welty is a partner in Barbour Fruit Farms in Biglerville, Pa. You may see him every week at the Highlandtown Farmers Market, selling peaches, plums, cherries, apricots, apples—whatever is in season.

But fruit isn’t all he has. The first week in July he had sweet corn, string beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, squash and other vegetables. “The vegetables are the easy part,” he says. “The fruit takes some worry.”

Take the apples that Barbour Fruit Farms grows in its 141-acre orchard, just a little smaller than Patterson Park. Pennsylvania apple growers have been beset by apple scab, a fungus that causes brown, crusted spots on the fruit. So far, Welty says, Barbour’s has spent $20,000 to fight the fungus, which can affect orchards throughout the mid-Atlantic, from the Carolinas to New York.

But the Early Golds he brought to the Highlandtown Farmers Market on the fifth of July were pristine, lovely light green medium apples with a little tartness to them. Welty says they make a wonderful Apple Crisp, but they would also be good for applesauce, pie or just eating out of hand if you like a tart apple.

Coming later in the season are the sweet apples--Gala, Delicious, Fuji and more.

Next to some plump blackberries are the peaches, a darker red than most, large and heavy with juice.

“Those are a prize,” says Welty. “We haven’t had much rain this year and that concentrates the sweetness of the peach.”
Sure enough, the peaches taste very—well, “peachy.” They are also juicy, so you might want to lean over the sink to eat one.

Welty answered one more question as he took care of the customers crowded around his stall.

“My pap had two daughters,” said the third-generation fruit farmer. “So the Barbour name didn’t transplant.”

To celebrate the opening of our too-short peach season, here’s a recipe for peach cobbler that has been making the rounds of church socials and family reunions for decades—maybe even a century or more, courtesy of a pal at Homewood Friends Meeting.

 
Perfect Peach Cobbler
3 cups sliced peaches (about three large)
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1 cup self-rising flour (be sure to use self-rising, not all-purpose flour)
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon and 1/2 tsp ginger (optional, but good)
1 egg
6 tbsp melted butter
Place sliced peaches in baking dish and sprinkle with lemon juice. Mix flour, sugar and egg until lumpy and spread over peaches. (Trust these directions even though it looks funny at this point.) Pour melted butter over top and bake at 375 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes.

Monday

Cucumber, Tomato and Feta Summer Salad

Stop by the Highlandtown Farmers' Market this week and pick up the ingredients for this quick, easy and delicious summer salad. You can't go wrong with fresh cucumbers and tomatoes from the market.

Ingredients:
  • 6 cups coarsely chopped cucumbers (about 2 pounds total)
  • 2 large tomatoes (about 1 pound total), coarsely chopped
  • 1 bunch scallions, chopped
  • 1 cup assorted pitted olives (such as Kalamata or Gaeta), halved
  • 1 7-ounce package feta, crumbled, divided
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh mint
  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Preparation:
Combine cucumbers, tomatoes, scallions, olives, half of feta and mint in a large bowl. Whisk oil and lemon juice in a small bowl; season dressing with salt and pepper. Pour dressing over salad; toss to coat. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Sprinkle remaining half of feta over and serve.

This recipe was adapted from one originally posted on Epicurious.com. Click here to see the original recipe.

Wednesday

Soak up the Summer with MUSIC, MARKET-MADE RECIPES, & MUSHROOM UPDATE [Thurs. Jul 5]

MUSIC
Music & Entertainment Provided by Carlos O’ Charlies


MUSHROOM--UPDATE
We were hoping to see Andy’s Mushroom Farm again this Thursday, but we just found out they will not be with us for a few weeks due to a family illness. We wish Carol a speedy recovery! Highlandtown looks forward to your return!








MARKET MADE RECIPES
Balsamic Portabella & Veggie Sandwich
Ingredients
• 4 Large Portabello Mushroom Caps (Andy’s Mushroom Farm)
• 1 Zuccini & 1 Squash (Kahl Farm)
• 1 Tomato (Barbour Fruit Farm)
• Bread/Roll
• Lettuce, mustard, cheese & other sandwich fixins

-Clean all produce; Cut zucchini & squash into strips
-Marinate squash, zucchini, & portabellas in mixture of balsamic vinegar & olive oil (2:1 ratio) and season with pepper & rosemary to taste
-After the veggies are marinated, heat up grill to about 400°
-Wrap zucchini & squash in foil, fold into a pouch, & place on grill (approx 10-15 min) *Note: veggies will take longer to cook than mushrooms
-Place portabellas directly on grill, 4 minutes per side
  *Be sure to baste periodically with leftover balsamic mixture
-When veggies & portabellas are done, make your sandwich! We used cheddar cheese, lettuce, mustard, tomato, & pickles!
(Courtesy of market volunteer, Scott)


Jack’s Cole Slaw (A Simple, Not so Sweet Cole Slaw)
Ingredients:
• 1 Head of Cabbage
• 1 cup peeled carrots
• 2 tbs celery seeds or poppy seeds
• Marie’s Slaw Dressing
• Olive Oil Mayonnaise

-Remove outer leaves from the cabbage. 
-Quarter the head and remove the core. 
-Chop in the food processor using the thin slicing blade. 
-Chop any remaining large pieces of cabbage with a cup of peeled carrots in the food processor using the chopping blade.
-Add 2 Tbs of celery or poppy seeds. 
-Put cabbage/carrot mixture in a large bowl and moisten with equal parts of Marie's Slaw Dressing and olive oil mayonnaise. 

*Depending on personal preferences, add cider vinegar, sugar, and/or salt to taste. 
(Courtesy of market volunteer, Jack)
Refill the Fridge Thursday! [Thurs. Jul 5]
Whether you were hit by the storm and lost power or just had too much fun on the July 4th holiday and ate everything in site, chances are by Thursday you need to restock.

Stop by our Highlandtown Farmers' Market for veggies, fruits, and meats!
Featured farmers include:
Kahl Farm--Mike and his family offer a great assortment of veggies including squash, beets, green beans, and more!

Barbour Fruit Farm--Lee & Dave are on hand to give you the best fruits from the area. Peaches and berries are in and they also have veggies, including summer favorite CORN!

Ferguson Family Farm--Visit Lynne for all natural farm fresh eggs, chicken, turkey, duck, Berkshire Pork, and 100 GRASS FED and FINISHED Beef. (All meats come frozen)


*  *  *  *  *  MARKET TIP OF THE WEEK  *  *  *  *  *
Make the most of your trip! Bring a small cooler & tupperware container
* Use a cooler or insulated lunch bag for carrying frozen meats...this way you won't have to rush home to get to your freezer. You can also add other market finds inside so they keep cool until you get home.
* A tupperware container can be helpful for holding berries & fruits, so they don't fall to the bottom of your bag or get smashed by heavier produce. On hot days, but sure to vent/remove the lid.


No matter the heat, we are prepared at the market! 
We've got a sprinkler for the kids and cooling misters for everyone :)

Tuesday

This week at the Market [Thur. Jun 28]
Mariachi Singer Pepe Reyes   *   Prigel Family Creamery Ice Cream   *   Fun Vintage Finds

PEPE REYES, the incredible mariachi singer, is BACK!
Don't miss another fabulous performance this week.


Prigel Family Creamery is making a one-time special appearance this week!
Be sure to stop by for some delicious ice cream & milk shakes.

Fun vintage finds from the 1920s-1970s...every week with Changed My Mind Vintage.


Sunday

Thank you to everyone for a FABULOUS 2012 opening market!

We had so much fun at our first market of the season! We had a great mix of produce & foods and activities for families--hula hoops, water activities, and fun chalk board drawings.

        
        Kahl Farm                                            Miss Pauline's Cupcakes                                       Barbour Fruit Farm

We also had an amazing circus performance by students from Charm City Movement Arts and a beautiful musical performance by mariachi singer Pepe Reyes.
It was a wonderful Thursday night in Highlandtown!


               Charm City Movement Arts                                                                                        Pepe Reyes


Thursday

2012 Highlandtown Farmers' Market Information

OPENING THURSDAY JUNE 21, 2012

2012 Highlandtown Farmers' Market
Thursday Nights 4-8pm (Jun 21-Oct 18)
Conkling St. & Eastern Ave.

Fresh fruits and veggies, home-grown by local farmers, specialty stands with delicious and unique treats, and summer nights spent with friends and neighbors on Highlandtown's vibrant Main Street all make the Farmers' Market the place to be on Thursday nights!
 
2012 Vendors include:
Barbour Fruit Farm
Diveley's Fruit Farm
Pleitez Produce
Kahl Farm
Beans & Buns
Ferguson Family Farm
Bonaparte Breads
The Corned Beef Factory
Frank's Gourmet Chips
Miss Pauline's Cupcakes
Souperfreaks Food Truck
Zonnette Style
Everything Nancy
Changed My Mind Vintage Clothes & Accessories
 
Our opening market on June 21 will also include:
Community Drum Circle (5pm)
Charm City Movement Arts student acrobatic performance (5:30-6:30pm)
Free crafts and games at our Free Family Fun Tent all evening
Wide Angle Youth Media exhibition of photography & video
...and MORE!