Since this year, Christmas Day and New Year's Day fall on a Thursday, The Englewood Farmers Market will be open on Wednesday 12/24 (Xmas Eve) and 12/31 (New Year's Eve), so that you can do last minute shopping for the holidays! Mark you calendars...
(a classic fish stew from France)
Prep Time: 20 Minutes Cook time: 40 min Serves: 6
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
peel of 1 orange, orange part only (use vegetable peeler)
3 tomatoes, chopped & seeded
1/3 cup chopped fennel fronds (save the bulb for a salad)
fresh herbs of your choice thyme, parsley, oregano...
1/2 teaspoon saffron threads, crushed
Fish stock (you can buy pre made stock or make your own with fish trimmings and
10 cups water
1 cup dry white wine
1 tablespoon sea salt
3 pounds of assorted fish (grouper, cod, halibut,salmon, shrimp and
shellfish (clams and mussels should be scrubbed clean)
1. In a large stockpot, heat the olive oil on medium heat. When hot, add onion and garlic.
Saute for 5 minutes until softened but not brown.
2. Add in the orange peel, tomatoes, fennel, fresh herbs, saffron, fish stock, water, wine, salt
Bring to a boil, then turn the heat down and simmer for 30 minutes.
Strain the soup into another large pot.
3. Bring the strained soup to a boil over medium high heat. Taste and adjust with additional salt if needed.
Add the seafood, adding in the items that require the most cooking time first.
If you have large crab claws, add them in first and give them a 2-minute head start.
Clams next, then the mussels and extra-large shrimp, lastly the fish, scallops and any smaller shrimp.
You want to be careful not to overcook the seafood, so 4-5 minutes max then turn off the heat.
4. Ladle bouillabaisse into each bowl with the seafood and garnish with fresh fennel fronds.
This is a delicious and light dish. You can also add any kind of fish freshly caught from the Gulf.
For those who like a little spice in their cooking, you can add a pinch of cayenne pepper.
You can serve the Bouillabaisse with fresh baguette or sour dough bread. Bon Appetit!!
Recipe for success
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The connection seems like a natural: participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as food stamps) and fresh-produce vendors at farmers markets.
SNAP recipients could have access to healthy fruits and vegetables -- many of them locally grown and/or organic -- and vendors could expand their customer base.
Further sweetening the deal is the fact that the Florida Department of Agriculture sponsors a program that matches the benefit recipients' expenditures dollar for dollar, up to $20.
Two Southwest Florida farmers markets -- in Venice and Englewood -- are already accepting SNAP cards and participating in the state-sponsored program, the Herald-Tribune's Christi Womack reported Saturday.
The programs at the Venice and Englewood markets provide low-income residents with healthy choices while doubling their buying power through the state-sponsored plan, called Fresh Access Bucks. In addition, volunteers lead market tours and offer advice on preparing meals.
Given the 11, at last count, from Palmetto to Englewood -- we hope others join the program.
Fortunately, other markets are planning to do just that.
The Sarasota Farmers Market -- one of the first and the largest in the region -- is considering implementing the SNAP program, Executive Director Phil Pagano told us Monday. Some individual vendors at the market already accept the SNAP cards, called Electronic Benefits Transfers, Pagano said.
"We are in conversations with the Manatee County Department of Health on how to proceed in a way that makes nutritious food more available," Isham said in an email, "as well as education features and cooking demos to support healthy eating habits."
The participation of the Sarasota and Bradenton farmers markets would be especially important, given their downtown locations and convenience to many beneficiaries of the SNAP and Fresh Access Bucks programs.
Fresh fruits and vegetables, made accessible and affordable to families in need, and provided by local vendors: That sounds like a recipe for success in any community.
The Bradenton Farmers Market is also interested in participating in the SNAP program, said Johnette Isham, executive director of Realize Bradenton, which operates the market.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance ProgramSTAFF PHOTO / THOMAS BENDER