Top 5 Maple Grove Farmers Market Finds Aug. 2
The month of August 2012 will begin with the tribute to the art of food preservation, according to Maple Grove Farmers Market organizers.
The Maple Grove Farmers Market is open every Thursday afternoon, rain or shine, through Oct. 18 at the Maple Grove Community Center. Hours are 3-7 p.m. through September, 3-6 p.m. in October.
Here’s the top five Maple Grove Farmers Market finds for Aug. 2.
- Learn about the power of preservation when University of Minnesota Extension Educator Kendra Kauppi gives a refresher on preserving tomatoes at 4 p.m. Kauppi will demonstrate choosing, preparing, and safely preserving this summer fruit. Market-goers can find samples of canned tomato products from market vendors. Canning resources and information from the Ball Company will also be available at the Market Information Trailer on Aug. 2 and throughout the summer and fall months.
“We enjoyed a whole summer of food preservation and canning events in 2011,” said Market coordinator Carol Morris. “We found that our Market patrons have a great interest in preserving local produce for the winter months.”
- Find a wide variety of tomatoes along sweet corn, squash, Asian greens, early apples, cucumbers, green beans, fresh-cut flowers, a variety of herbs, carrots, potatoes, and more. Locally produced meats, jams, breads, pickles, eggs, maple syrup, honey, will round out the bounty of local produce.
- Be entertained with live music from the Dean Harrington Trio, playing gypsy jazz, from 4-7 p.m. as well as family storytime at 4:30 p.m.
- Visit the Market Information Trailer for free recipes and sign up for the market’s Frequent Shopper Program.
- Stop for a snack or meal with such as wood-fired pizza, barbecue ribs and sandwiches, hot dogs, ice cream, Kettle Korn, cookies, Bavarian pretzels, and more.
Feeling green? The Maple Grove Farmers Market has on-site recycling of all beverage containers as well as all plastic items numbered with recycling symbols #1 through #7.
“We’re committed to doing recycling ‘right’ at the Market and are so thrilled with the community support we’ve received,” said Market Manager Kirsten Bansen Weigle.