Olney Farmers & Artists Market

I Play Catch-Up With Debbie and Sarah and Senorita Sunshine

Two Sundays ago, Debbie Amster was the demo chef, and I am just now getting around to posting about it. We also had a visit from Senorita Sunshine. Last week, Sarah Acconcia showed us how to cook chicken thighs.

Debbie did basil - basil oil, basil vinegar, basil varieties, basil honey salad dressing, and poached peaches in basil syrup.  Many of our Market producers contributed their terrific products to last Sunday’s chef demo, and I’d like to thank them here:

Falcon Ridge - Peaches
Westmoreland - Basil
Atwater’s - Bread
All Things Olive - Basil-flavored olive oil
Banner Bee - Honey
and M&M Plants for the varieties of basil plants to be sniffed!

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Debbie Cooks and Teaches

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Ably Assisted by Husband Michael

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 Many Varieties of Basil Were Sniffed

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Peaches Poached in Basil Syrup

Senorita Sunshine (Andrea Hancock) put on a great show, singing and dancing and recruiting a partner from the audience.

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She Sings! She Dances!

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She Recruits a Volunteer!

Meanwhile, in another part of the field, a huge parachute-like object materialized to great enjoyment.

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The Parachute

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Allez-Oop!

And then last week we had Sara Acconcia from Maggie’s Farm.  It’s a restaurant in Baltimore, not a farm, but it sources from local farmers and producers as much as possible - and yes, they do play the song there!

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Sarah and Chicken Plates

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Sarah Grills with Help From Colin

The chicken was brined, rubbed with a spice mixture, brushed with a basting sauce, grilled, and served with a blueberry barbeque sauce and Bread ‘n’ Butter Pickled Squash.  Sarah provided the recipes and sold the barbeque sauce and pickles so the more ambitious market patrons could reproduce the chicken at home.

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Sampling the Chicken

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Sample of Chicken

Plantmasters (subbing for M&M Plants last week) had pomegranate plants.  Carol said the fruits don’t get as big as the ones you see in stores, but they’re still very cool.

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Little Pomegranates Actually Growing on Plants

This Sunday is Kid’s Day.  We’ll have an interactive chef demo of cake pops lead by Jennifer Brown of Cupcakes Lounge.  There will be enough pops for 20 kids.  Sounds like fun!

Judy Newton

 
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