mango-cucumbers-alad

“TROPICAL CUCUMBER SALAD”

mango-cucumbers-aladINGREDIENTS: 
1 teaspoon freshly grated lime zest, plus more for garnish     
2 tablespoons lime juice     
1 tablespoon canola oil     
2 teaspoons light brown sugar    
1 teaspoon rice vinegar     
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper     
1 medium cucumber, seeded and cut into 3/4-inch dice     
1 avocado, cut into 3/4-inch dice     
1 mango, cut into 3/4-inch dice (see Kitchen Tip)     
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

PREPARATION:
Whisk lime zest, lime juice, oil, brown sugar,  vinegar and crushed red pepper in a large bowl until combined.
Add cucumber, avocado, mango and cilantro; gently toss to coat.  Serve garnished with lime zest, if desired.

TIPS: 
Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 hour.       
Kitchen Tip: To peel and cut a mango:     
1. Slice both ends off the mango, revealing the long, slender seed inside.      Set the fruit upright on a work surface and remove the skin with a sharp knife.     
2. With the seed perpendicular to you, slice the fruit from both sides of the seed,      yielding two large pieces.     
3. Turn the seed parallel to you and slice the two smaller pieces of fruit from each side.     
4. Cut the fruit into the desired shape.

broccoli-grape-salad

“BROCCOLI GRAPE SALAD”

Prep Time: 20 Minutes Serves 8 to 10

broccoli-grape-saladINGREDIENTS:
4 cups of broccoli cut in pieces
2 cups of cauliflower cut in pieces
3/4 C. green onions, thinly sliced
3/4 C. salted sunflower seeds (roasted cashews work well too)
1 cup of Feta cheese
3 C. red grapes cut in half        

DRESSING:
2/3 cup reduced fat mayonnaise
1/2cup fat-free plain yogurt
4 tablespoons honey salt and pepper to taste


PREPARATION:  

Put all vegetables in a large salad bowl.  
Mix dressing ingredients together and add to the vegetables right before serving.
Top salad with the fresh grapes, sunflower seeds (or nuts) and feta  

DEGUSTATION:  This salad is great for pot lucks, picnics or simply served as an accompaniment with grilled meats.
You can also use bacon instead of feta.

Fresh & Local – Article in the Harbor Style Magazine

Englewood Farmer’s Market has the energy and vibe of something new and fresh, and it is. The market only started in November of last year and only after
much research.

Marie Laforge, who owns Mango’s Restaurant on Dearborn Street, talked to vendors at other farmer’s markets and learned that there was a huge interest in
having another market on a weekday. By visiting other markets, the Englewood market’s organizers were able to handpick vendors to get a variety of local products.

“We weren’t sure how it would go, but on the first day we had more than 1,200 customers and a lot of vendors were out of products before it was over,” said market manager Don Musilli.

Vendors, many of whom sell at several other markets from Tampa to Naples, praise how well the Englewood market is organized and managed, especially for being so new.

pjnutsPJ’s Nuts is one vendor that sells at nine markets from Marco Island to Sarasota. “We’re impressed with the selection of vendors in this market, and the enthusiasm of the shoppers,” said Jay Kelly, who owns PJ’s with his wife Pat. PJ’s sells nuts, dried food, edible seed and mixtures, granola, energy bars and some gluten-free products.

Woof ‘n Purr sells food products, too, but for pets. Ellie Simonetti is the owner and chief cook” of products like “Chicken Biscuits,” “Callie Cat Tuna Crackers” and “Yip Yap Banana Snacks.” All are made with no salt, sugar or preservatives and incorporate a variety of textures so older animals, who may not have teeth, can have snacks, too. They also make all-natural grooming products. “People are pleasantly surprised to see us,” Simonetti said.

lou bonsaiLou Rindner, a local resident, has been selling his bonsai trees on the internet since 1997. He got into farmer’s markets when a Sarasota market asked him to give lessons on making bonsai trees once a month. The response was so great that he now participates in nine markets, including Englewood. “Having a market off the weekend is great,” he said.

Vendor Maggie’s Seafood sells fresh local grouper, snapper, swordfish, mahi-mahi, “and fish we get from the north because the snowbirds want it,” said owner Maggie Balch. They also sell homemade crab cakes, soups and seafood pies.

Daniel Bouvier has been growing wheat grass, sprouts and micro-greens for his own use for eight years and has been selling them to others for two years. He recommends grinding wheat grass into juice for its vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidant benefits.

For something really different, don’t miss Green Leaf Worm Farm. Their 100 percent organic fertilizer and insecticide is made from earth worms and can be used on all plants without the burning that often occurs from synthetic products.
“We’re a green business, so all the bottles we use were recycled and donated,” said owner Sean Moore.

Although they go to five markets, brothers Vaughn and Dean DuFour say they have encountered the friendliest, most appreciative people at the Englewood market. “They often thank us for being there,” they said. The DuFours sell mostly herbs but also starter vegetable plants in season. All are started in compost, fertilized with organic materials, and are pesticide-free.

yumyum vincentAmerican Paradise Produce in Port Charlotte has been selling produce in the area for more than 40 years. Wayne Dancer and Sky Stockton go to 13 markets. “We see more little children with their parents in Englewood, and it’s nice to know they’re eating healthy,” Dancer said. Hernandez Farm from Plant City and Yum Yum Tree Produce from Sarasota also sell at the Englewood Farmer’s Market.

The market has no shortage of dessert and snack vendors either. Nino’s Italian Bakery, German Bakery and Sugar Island Cupcakes are just a few of the sweet-treat sellers. Tropical Island  Foods, which sells their Kettle Korn at the Punta Gorda and Englewood markets, has found a way to make their treat healthier. Made with soybean oil, their Kettle Korn has no trans fat, no cholesterol, and just 143 calories per two-cup serving while retaining all the taste and just the right amount of sweet and salt. Husband and wife owners Carol Turner and Jim Dembrowski have made the Korn in Punta Gorda since 2003 and will soon open a factory there.

To read the full article in the Harbor Style magazine… PLEASE CLICK HERE

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