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Englewood Farmer’s Market Logo Contest

When it comes to creative ideas some of the biggest come from some of the smallest…people. Creative ideas are not new to Englewood. Since November of 2011 a very creative venue known as the Englewood Farmer’s Market has created a huge buzz in our community. In a very short period of time the market has grown from 15 vendors to 43 vendors and has the notoriety of being one of the best and most creative on the South West coast of Florida.

veggie-heads-pumpkinSo when the Farmer’s Market committee decided to have a contest for a new logo to be used on some of our special promotional items for this next season starting in October they immediately thought of the creative minds that occupy the halls of Englewood Elementary School.

Mr. Lee Perron, the Englewood Farmer’s Market manager contacted the Principal of Englewood Elementary and asked if their 4th and 5th graders would like to take part in a logo design contest that would use the Englewood Farmer’s Market as the design criteria. The best and most creative logo design from these future artists using farm produce or a food theme from the market will be chosen this April and then used on a number of items at the market this October when it reopens.

The students know this is a special opportunity to both show their art skills and show the people of Sarasota and Charlotte Counties that Englewood is truly a special place. The 4th and 5th graders have taken this contest to heart and it is believed the Englewood Farmer’s Market committee may have to judge over 140 entries. A task they are looking forward to with great anticipation.

The entries will be judged during the week of April 1st with the winner being announced at the April 12th Farmer’s Market. Besides having their art work become part of the Farmer’s Market logo themes the young artisan will win ( along with his or her parents) a large basket full of goodies from all the market vendors including produce, baked goods, cup cakes, pastry, kettle corn (maybe two bags), popsicles, fudge, and some seafood and special meats for Mom and Dad.

All of the finalist’s entries will be posted on our website at: www.englewoodfarmersmarket.org for the public to view. In addition, the winning entry along with all of the finalists entries will be on display at the Elsie Quirk Public Library for two weeks following the announcement of the winner. Comments from the community on the various entries are encouraged.

The market vendors love to get involved with the local schools, so a number of them donated a variety of plants and herbs for all five grade levels at Englewood Elementary. Each grade now has their own little garden to show off to the community. The vendors will tell you that Englewood and the Farmer’s Market hold a special place in their hearts.

The Englewood community has been extremely supportive of the market and we invite them to come down to the market on Thursday, April 12th to meet the logo contest winner. A photograph of the winner along with their entry will be posted on both our website and Englewood Farmer’s Market Facebook page.

apple orange

“APPLE-ORANGE SALAD”

Prep Time: 15 Minutes – Serves 6 to 8  

apple orangeINGREDIENTS:

4 navel oranges
4 blood oranges
3 tbs honey
1 1-inch piece of ginger, thinly sliced
2 firm apples, thinly sliced

PREPARATION:

Cut the ends off oranges, cut away the peels and white pith. Use a paring knife to remove segments and drop them into a bowl. Squeeze the juice from the membranes into a small bowl (you should have about 1 cup of juice). Bring the reserved orange juice, honey and ginger to simmer in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook until syrupy, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool completely; discard the ginger.Toss the syrup with the oranges and apples  

DEGUSTATION: 

This refreshing “fruity” salad can be eaten as an appetizer with grilled rosemary foccacia bread, or can be used as a side dish for grilled fish (grilled salmon would go perfectly!!).

Another Flash Mob at the Market!!!!

We did warn everyone… that you never know what can happen at our market and that our manager, Lee Peron, is full of surprises. The “Loving Yoga Light” flash mob, took the market by surprise again on March 22… Who knows what might be in store for us at the next market… don’t miss it it!!

cucumber soup

“CHILLED CUCUMBER MINT SOUP”

Prep Time: 20 Minutes Serves 6 to 10  (as an appetizer or meal)

cucumber soupINGREDIENTS:         
2lbs regular cucumber, peeled, seeded and cut in 3 pieces     
1/4 medium red onion – skinned     
1 garlic clove – skinned     
8 large mint leaves     
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil     
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice     
1 teaspoon  of honey     
1 teaspoon sea salt     
1–6oz non-fat plain yogurt or  plain Greek yogurt     
1/2 to 3/4 cup water to taste

PREPARATION:
– Place all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor  or blender with 1/2 cup of the water.  Pulse a few times so the ingredients are coarsely chopped, then process until soup is  very smooth, about 2 to 3 minutes. If necessary, thin with the remaining water to the  desired consistency.
– Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate 2 hours or overnight, until well chilled.
  – Ladle soup in chilled soup bowls or cocktail glasses. Drizzle a little olive oil in the center  of each bowl. Garnish with a few mint leaves and serve immediately.  

DEGUSTATION:
This is a very easy and fast soup to make. It can be refrigerated up to 2 days.  
This soup is a wonderful light dish in the heat of summer… And our springtime  is starting to look a lot like summer!!