Don't forget that tomorrow is the last Market day of the season!! Come, shop (and stock up your pantries and refrigerators!!) and make sure to wish our vendors a great Summer!! We'll be there at 9am until 2pm! See you tomorrow! The Englewood Farmers Market will be back for it's 4th season the first week of October... We hope everyone had a great time this season and we look forward to seeing everyone again in October!
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
7 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons peach preserves
3 to 4 firm white peaches, cut into 1/2-inch wedges
Confectioners' sugar, for dusting
Preheat the oven to 375° and position a rack in the lower third of the oven. In a food processor, combine the flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, lemon zest and butter and pulse to blend. Add the whole egg and egg yolk and process until a soft dough forms. Turn the dough out onto a work surface and knead just until it comes together. Press the dough evenly over the bottom and up the side of a 10 1/2-inch fluted tart pan with a removable bottom.
Spread 1/4 cup of the preserves on the dough and arrange the peach wedges in concentric circles on top. Bake for 20 minutes, until the peaches are barely tender and the crust is still a bit pale. Brush the remaining 2 tablespoons of preserves over the peaches and bake for about 30 minutes longer, until the peaches are tender and the crust is golden. Immediately dust the tart with onfectioners' sugar and let cool for at least 30 minutes before cutting into wedges and serving.
Make Ahead The tart can be kept at room temperature overnight.
Englewood Farmers Market to help fight hunger
Shoppers stroll through the Englewood Farmers Market on Thursday. In the background, just across Dearborn Ave., is the upstart Dearborn Market.
STAFF PHOTO / MIKE LANG
ENGLEWOOD - Those struggling to pay bills and keep food in their pantries will soon have a new way to buy foods fresh from the farm.
The Englewood Farmers Market will become the first in Sarasota County to accept benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps.
Not only will SNAP recipients be able buy Florida-grown produce or vegetables, a state grant would allow them to double the value of their SNAP dollars.
Lee Perron, director of the market, said the Englewood market has spent months working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to set up the program, order a mobile SNAP terminal and train vendors on what items beneficiaries can purchase.
He hopes to have a test run with the SNAP program in early May and for it to be fully operational by the time the market reopens in October after its annual summer hiatus.
“Once we go through all that and know the entire platform is working from A to Z, then we'll officially kick things off,” Perron said. “We want this to be an extremely easy thing for them to do and to see the benefit of buying fresh, nutritious food from the farmers market.”
The announcement comes at a time when the public has turned its attention to hunger in Sarasota County, especially among children.
A report commissioned by All Faiths Food Bank and the Gulf Coast Community Foundation found that nearly one in four children in Sarasota County are “food insecure,” meaning they are unsure about the source and quality of his or her next meal.
Additionally, more than half the students who attend Sarasota County Schools receive government-subsidized free or reduced-price lunches.
Rachelle Lawrence, a South Venice resident who has children ages 3 and 7, said even when money is tight, she always tries to buy fresh food for her children.
“I always try to get healthier foods,” Lawrence said. “If we have to go without one thing to get something healthy we will.”
She said she was thrilled the Englewood Farmers Market would begin accepting SNAP benefits.
SNAP dollars can only be used to buy foods for a household, such as breads and cereals; fruits and vegetables; dairy products; and meats, fish and poultry.
The benefits can also be used to buy seeds and plants.
They cannot be used for items such as alcohol, hot foods, foods that can be eaten in a store or household supplies.
With the mobile terminal, beneficiaries can swipe their SNAP cards, similar to a debit card.
In turn, market organizers will give each SNAP recipient several plastic, colored tokens to be used like cash at qualified vendors.
Tokens used to purchase produce and vegetables grown in Florida will have a special color and designation. In 2013, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services awarded a group called Florida Organic Growers a Specialty Crop Block Grant.
The grant allows SNAP recipients who use their benefits to purchase Florida-grown fruits and vegetables to double the value of the money they are spending.
For example, if a family buys $20 of Florida-grown fruits and vegetables with their SNAP benefits, they will actually get $40 worth.
Perron said after each market, qualified vendors will turn in the tokens they received and will be reimbursed by the market before the next week's gathering.
He added that the vendors he has talked with seem eager to begin using the new form of payment.
“I've already started talking with produce vendors, they're all incredibly excited about it, especially the six Florida growers,” Perron said. “They see the benefit of SNAP in the community and doubling those dollars to feed more people. They want to be able to do this.”
Florida Peach Tasting Event at the Englewood Farmers Market on May 15th 2014!
It’s time for peaches in Florida so make plans to participate in the first annual Peach Tasting Event at the Englewood Farmers Market! The tasting event is free of charge. Renowned agricultural expert Dr. Robert A. Kluson, Ph.D. from the University of Florida Extension in Sarasota County will be conducting locally grown peach tastings at the Englewood Farmers Market on May 15th, 2014 beginning at 9:30 AM until Noon. The market is located in the 300 block of historic W. Dearborn Street in Englewood.
These activities will include surveys of customer preferences of different varieties from the UF/IFAS Peach Breeding Program. The tasting and customer surveys will provide valuable input to these UF/IFAS fruit breeding programs. Dr. Kluson stated “I really look forward to bringing these activities to the Englewood Farmers Market as the Extension’s way of increasing the public’s awareness of Florida’s fruit industry and supporting our local farmers.”