Preserve the Season: Spicy Dilly Beans

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Dilly beans- cute name, but they sure can pack a punch. These are a simple, quick pickle recipe (we don’t like to work too hard) that use local beans, local garlic and local peppers. WARNING! The cherry bomb peppers are pretty dang spicy, as one staff member can attest to, so either omit them and opt just for chili flakes, or prepare accordingly! Dilly beans, while delicious straight out of the jar also make a delicious addition to cheese boards and, our favorite, Bloody Marys.
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To make these Spicy Dilly Beans you will need:
2 overflowing handfuls of beans (enough to fill 2 jars)
1 cup distilled vinegar
4 teaspoons peppercorns
6 sprigs of fresh dill
1 teaspoon chili flakes
1 cherry bomb pepper cut into rings
2 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons salt

Divide ingredients in half and place in jars. Add vinegar to each jar and cover the rest with water until ingredients are submerged. Cover with lids and gently shake to dissolve salt and sugar and to move the ingredients around. Let stand in refrigerator for a couple days. They’ll be good for 2-3 weeks.

5 Ways to Improve Your Farmers Market Experience

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The 5 Spot: Ways to Improve Your Farmers Market Experience
By Sarah Quallen, Co-op Volunteer Writer

If I’m in town, and if it’s not too cold and rainy, I spend Saturday mornings downtown cruising the Farmers Market. My children are used to this routine and, since we have designated Saturday as “treat day,” they
have come to expect either mini-donuts or a scoop of ice cream upon our arrival. My children are three and five; prior to this year it has taken most of my husband’s and my energy just to keep them from getting lost. So
now that we can focus more on the complete Farmers Market experience, I’ve collected some ideas on how to make the shopping part as good asthe social part.
Arrive Early: But not too early. As the saying goes, the early bird gets the worm. Well, at the Farmer’s Market, early birds don’t get the worm, rather, they get the best possible produce and vendors still have their full
selection of products. But if they get there too early, then shoppers get vendors who aren’t completely ready to serve customers.
Arrive Late: Seems a little contradictory to my first suggestion, doesn’t it? Late arrival does limit one’s selection, but it can provide more frugal shoppers the opportunity to get lesser quality produce (usually the stuff
that’s bruised or damaged in transportation) at a lower price. Since it is the end of the farmers’ day, they may also be willing to sell at a lower price just to clear out their inventory.
Bring Cash: Often vendors accept cash only, and if everyone pays with large bills their change gets depleted quickly. Having exact change expedites the transaction and helps the line move quickly. And remember,
small bills are always appreciated!
Bring Your Own Bags/Boxes/Coolers: While vendors often have something to package your purchases in, it raises their expenses (and therefore, yours), and it’s just one more way you can participate in reducing
waste. Another helpful move is to bring your empty boxes from last week back to the vendors so they can reuse them.
Try Something New: The Farmers Market provides an excellent opportunity to step outside of your comfort zone. If you have questions about a food–like how to cook or prepare it or what to pair it with–ask
the farmer. Talking with the farmers is also an excellent way to show your appreciation for them.
While this list focuses on improving your shopping experience, remember that our Farmers Market is about so much more than shopping for produce—it’s also about community, socializing, and fun.

Facebook Giveaway! Onyx + Green School Supplies

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School is just around the corner! And while you parents are probably busy rejoicing at the fact that your little ones will be occupied all day again, the cost of school supplies can add up. Fret not co-oppers! We’re offering a fantastic giveaway of some of the coolest school supplies around from Onyx + Green- a company dedicated to making the greenest (and best looking) stuff around. To be entered to win a basket full of school supplies head on over to our facebook page and find the post about Onyx + Green. Then you need to like, comment, AND share the status. In the comment section tell us what your favorite school supply of all time is. We’ll then pick a winner on Wednesday, August 13th. Happy facebooking!

Preserve the Season: Fridge Pickles

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If tang and crispness is what you crave and simplicity is your style, then we have the perfect recipe for you! A bunch of our local growers have a ton of cucumbers right now (along with garlic) and this fridge pickle recipe is an easy way to put them good use and to make them last a bit longer. Although after we made them, the jar was gone within the day!
To make this recipe you will need:
8-10 firm cucumbers
1/2 cup white vinegar
1 tablespoon coarse salt
2 tablespoons sugar
3-4 sprigs of fresh dill
2 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced
1 tablespoon peppercorns
2 teaspoons mustard seeds
Slice cucumbers into very thin rounds, about 1/8 inch thick. Place them in a large jar with a lid. Add all ingredients then add enough water to cover the cucumbers. Place the lid on and gently shake to move the ingredients around. These were delicious even about 15 minutes after making them and became more delicious as the day went on. And they’ll keep for about 3 months in the fridge (if you can keep your paws out of the jar!)
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Let’s Toast: Stone Fruit + Herb Sangria

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Peaches and plums and apricots, oh my! We have the most delicious local stone fruit in right now and since the weather doesn’t look like it’s cooling down anytime soon, here’s a recipe for a chilled sparkling sangria featuring the juiciest fruit of the season. If alcohol isn’t your thing, this is fantastic made with sparkling apple or pear cider too! It’s lovely made in a large pitcher and ladled into individual glasses with pieces of fruit and sprigs of herbs.
To make this drink you will need:
2 bottles of sparkling wine (like Prosecco or Champagne) or 2 bottles of sparkling cider
3 plums
3 apricots
2 peaches
2 nectarines
2-3 sprigs of rosemary
2-3 sprigs of thyme
Remove pits from fruit and cut into slices. In a large pitcher combine fruit, herbs and wine. Stir to combine.
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