roasted vegetables

“ROASTED VEGETABLES”

Prep Time:  15 Min
Cook Time:  40 Min
Ready In:  55 Min
Serves 8

INGREDIENTS:     
roasted vegetables1 small butternut squash, cubed     
2 red bell peppers, seeded and diced     
1 sweet potato, peeled and cubed     
3 Yukon Gold potatoes, cubed     
1 red onion, quartered     
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme    
2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary     
1/4 cup olive oil     
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar     
salt and freshly ground black pepper

PREPARATION:  
Preheat oven to 475 degrees F      
In a large bowl, combine the squash, red bell peppers, sweet potato, and  Yukon Gold potatoes.
Separate the red onion quarters into pieces, and add them  to the mixture.    
In a small bowl, stir together thyme, rosemary, olive oil, vinegar, salt,  and pepper.
  Toss with vegetables until they are coated. Spread evenly on a large roasting pan.     
Roast for 35 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven, stirring every 10 minutes,  
or until vegetables are cooked through and browned.  

DEGUSTATION:
Roasted vegetables are a good accompaniment to any grilled meat, fish dish or  over fresh pasta.  
You can also get creative and roast other seasonal vegetables. Broccoli, zucchini, eggplant, asparagus, etc…

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

Where is the market located, which day and what are the hours?

The market is located in historic downtown Englewood at 300 Dearborn Street, Englewood, Florida 34223. The market takes place every Thursday from first week of October through the end of May except Thanksgiving from 9 AM to 2 PM.

Why isn’t the market on a weekend?

In order to attract the best vendors in our region, we needed to pick a week day. The best and most popular vendors are already committed to other regional farmers markets during the weekend.

Isn’t a weekday market inconvenient for those who are working?

We know that a weekday presents challenges so we planned our hours to cross what would be the lunch break for most of our hard working folks in the community. We hope you’ll be able to shop and grab a quick and delicious lunch on Dearborn Street. Or bring your brown bag lunch, have seat and listen to our live performing musicians during your shopping trip!

Is the Englewood Farmers Market a non-profit organization?

Our farmers market is a not for profit enterprise operating as a chapter of the Friends of Sarasota County Parks Inc. which is a federally qualified 501(c)3 independent nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and improvement of the parks, recreation areas and natural resources. The Englewood Farmers Market donates their proceeds after operating costs to community non-profit organizations that add value to the quality of life for the residents of our local community.

How can I volunteer with the Englewood Farmers Market?

I’m so glad you asked! Our organization has many opportunities for potential volunteers. Some of types of jobs where community members are needed are: 1. Site setup before the market which includes hanging banners, laying out the vendor booths and setting out our flags, 2. Staffing our booth during the market requiring assisting in setting up our tent and tables and being available to answer questions, hand out literature and sales for our EFM logo products, 3. Participating in our marketing and public relations efforts through the delivery of flyers, community outreach to various organizations in our region, and 4. Assisting with the organizing and filing for the market’s survey and other data collection activities.

How do I contact the Englewood Farmers Market?

Feel free to visit our website at www.englewoodfarmersmarket.org  You may also call (941) 445-9209 or e-mail us at info@englewoodfarmersmarkt.org

How can vendors participate in the market?

Upon visiting our website at www.englewoodfarmersmarket.org, look on the right site of the page and locate the green box with the orange button that reads: “Download Vendor Forms Here”. From the drop down menu, select to download a vendor application. After completing the vendor application, you may scan it and return via e-mail or by mail to the address located on the application. You may also contact us by phone (941) 445-9209 or via e-mail at vendors@englewoodfarmersmarket.org

How are vendors selected for the market?

The EFM organization has selected a review committee who reviews each application. Authenticity and quality of product, vendor experience, and community desirability are key elements in the decision-making process. The main focus of the market is fresh produce, prepared foods, plants, flowers and products that support the farm to table culinary movement such as spices and cooking oils. The vast majority of these products would not be available through local retail outlets. The committee looks closely for diversity in our product availability while avoiding unnecessary duplication.

Do vendors need licenses and/or permits?

Depending on the type of product that the vendor chooses to sell, they each need to have the required state and/or county permits and licenses. Some vendors are required to have refrigeration and portable sinks where specific food handling is performed. If sales tax is collected then a Sarasota sales tax certificate is required. The best resources for what is required is the Florida agricultural department which can be contacted @ www.florida-agriculture.com and the Sarasota tax office which can be contacted @ www.sarasotataxcollector.com

Do vendors need insurance?

Yes. Each vendor is required to have liability insurance. You must add Sarasota County and the Friends of Sarasota County Parks as an additional insured and certificate holders. The legal entities for the Englewood Farmers Market for liability insurance are as follows:

Sarasota County Government              Friends of Sarasota County Parks
Attn: Risk Management                         234 Nippino Trail E, unit 101
1660 Ringling Blvd., 3rd Floor              Nokomis, FL 34275
Sarasota, FL 34236

Fresh Mango and Pineapple Salsa

INGREDIENTS:       
2 fresh mangoes , diced    
¼ cup thinly diced fresh pineapple     
¼ red bell pepper , coarsely chopped    
¼ green bell pepper , coarsely chopped     
1 jalapeno pepper , seeded and minced finely (for more heat use a Habanero!)    
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil     
1 clove garlic , minced finely     
1 red onion , finely diced     
4 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro     
2 teaspoons fresh lime juice, or lemon juice

PREPARATION:
Mix together all ingredients in a bowl.

DEGUSTATION:
Serve the salsa at room temperature with fresh fish tacos,  chips (and homemade fresh lime Margarita!!) or over grilled tuna,  salmon, chicken or pork! Deliciously fresh!!

baileys

About the Vendor: Beef Country

baileysWhen did you begin to participate in farmers markets and why?

“April it will be 2 years. The Market offered an opportunity to reach out to the people on the street and tell them about our business and how we can share info about what makes us better than the supermarket and large chain accounts. Education about certified Angus beef and why the butcher shop”.

How did you pick the product or service that you offer at the market?

“My background has been in Ford Service all my life, from sales to Director of Dietary Services, and back to the days of the restaurant grind. I think the products and services picked me”.

Tell us something about yourself that you think would surprise people….

“Quit a really good job to run own business. Less financial reward, but way more fun”.

What was the best thing that ever happened while working at a farmers
market?

“Always the generous and positive feedback that comes from someone who has tried our product for the first time and gives us good feedback. Feels good”.

What was the most unusual thing that ever happened?

“Silly things like forgetting to bring key equipment. Forgetting bank, tent flying up on one leg. Witnessing a bad accident due to people trying to get in and out of markets. Slow down! People buying products and leaving it on the table, or leaving their other purchases (from other vendors) on the table”.

What do you like best about the Englewood Farmers Market?

“The appreciation and the great atmosphere”.

New Vendors and Extended Hours

Due to popular demand the Englewood Farmer’s Market has extended its hours to 2pm every Thrusday. We hope that the additional hour will provide more flexibilty for working people to have a chance to shop. And to make it even easier, we added a new vendor, Pitatopia, who sells freshly made breakfast and lunch pitas… ready to eat while shopping.

Since last week we have added 7 new vendors, for a grand total of 36. The new vendors are Pitatopia (mentioned above), Kokokahn (Handcrafted essential oils, balms & sprays), Sift Bakehouse (Artesian cookies, scones, biscotti & more), Olive Oils of the World (Artesian olive oils and balsamic vinegar), Omega-3 Innovations (innovative omega-3 rich products), Tropical Island Exotic Plants (Bromeliads, pitcher plants, ferns & more), Precision Edge (Professional knife & tool sharpening).