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Let the Holidays Begin — at Quarry Farmers Market

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The Quarry Farmers & Ranchers Market will kick off the holiday season with the second annual Holiday Unwrapping on Sunday, Nov. 4 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

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The event features both edible and non-edible gift ideas, holiday menu inspirations and traditions. Nearly 30 market members will showcase, sample, sell and accept orders for the holidays.

Among the special seasonal items: All-natural skin care products, cranberry salsa, pâté de Campagne, pumpkin spice French macarons, smoked King salmon, vegan and gluten-free pies, gift boxes of grass-fed beef steaks, local pecans, orchids and specialty plants and a full turkey dinner with all the trimmings and sides. See the complete list below.

Authors will be at Quarry Farmers Market this Sunday to sell and sign copies of ‘Food Lovers’ Guide to San Antonio.’

This year’s Holiday Unwrapping includes a book signing with local food writers Bonnie Walker and John Griffin of SavorSA.com. Their engaging new book, Food Lovers’ Guide to San Antonio, highlights the best of the Alamo City’s restaurants, markets, bakeries, cooking schools, festivals, food trucks and more, making it an outstanding holiday gift for any foodie.

The Quarry Farmers and Ranchers Market requires its vendors grow, raise or make their products within 200 miles; they must not be “mass” producers.

Like old-fashioned market days, this gathering of like-minded people includes more than produce vendors and ranchers. Look for ready-to-eat products including fresh-squeezed orange juice, granola, savory Chinese treats, crepes, hummus, salsas, heat-and-eat meals, gourmet and everyday bakery treats, gluten-free baked goods and organic tamales.

Every Sunday a growing number of hungry customers flock to the market to gather their weekly supplies and meet up with friends to enjoy breakfast, brunch and lunch.

Ranchers provide grass-fed beef, wild boar, pastured chickens, ducks, geese, rabbits, lamb, venison and pork. Charcuterie fans take home an array of pâtés, rillettes, foie gras, smoked bacon, Italian sausage, chorizo and more. Farm-fresh chicken and duck eggs leave by the dozens. And everything is made with natural ingredients and plenty of love.

Even the music is homegrown, as local musicians share their unique sound with the lively crowds each week. The music serves as a backdrop for the strolling shoppers as they discuss cooking tips with the farmers, ranchers, chefs and friends. It’s a vibrant, yet mellow, Sunday morning ritual for many – set in a growing era of food awareness.

The Quarry Farmers & Ranchers Market is held every Sunday, year-round and rain or shine, in the parking lot near Whole Foods Market in the Quarry Market off 281 N. and Jones Maltsberger Road.

Hours are from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. For additional information, visit www.quarryfarmersmarket.com or call (210) 722-5077.

Specialty Items Available Through the Holidays

3-G Farm Romaine lettuce, Turnips, Turnip greens, Mustard greens, Kale, Radishes, Spinach, Beets, Swiss chard, Red Russian kale, Broccoli, Cauliflower

9-1 Farm Beets—Early Globe, Marla, Detroit Gold, Touchstone Gold Broccoli—Pacman and Imperial Kohlrabi—white, purple and a hybrid Radish—Early Scarlet and Watermelon Spinach—Hybrid Hunter Baby and Long-Standing Collards Swiss chard—red, yellow and white

Bakery Lorraine 9-inch pies—pecan (with Jack Daniels No. 7 whiskey and a touch of molasses), Dutch apple (4 varieties of apples) and oven-roasted pumpkin French macarons—flavors include pumpkin spice, cranberry and pecan pie 12 Macarons of Christmas

Bea’s Handmade Pasta A gift bag filled with your choice of two large bags and one small bag of pasta for $20

Bikkurim Organic Farms Broccoli, Cauliflower, Spinach, Lettuces, Carrots, Beets, Turnips, Radishes, Potatoes, Kale, Collards, Snow peas, Bok choy, Swiss chard, Gift basket filled with assorted canned goods using farm ingredients

Bistro Bakery Roasted and stuffed turkey with all the trimmings (gravy, dressing, green beans, sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce) for parties of 10, 20 or 30 Assorted pastries Pecan, pumpkin and apple pie Grapefruit-pistachio tart Chocolate meringue pie

Countryside Farm Whole goose (limited supply), whole duck, whole guinea fowl and chicken and whole rabbit Lamb and wild hog Sausage including Italian; breakfast link; chorizo; porcini; and black truffle Charcuterie including pâtés, rillettes (duck, pork, chicken, guinea), smoked duck breast, smoked bacon, duck leg confit and foie gras Holiday gift box filled with assorted charcuterie

Cowgirl Granola Thanksgiving and Holiday granola blends, Jars of merlot-marjoram mustard, Organic Blue Cornmeal Pancake and Waffle Mix (gluten-free)

Dos Lunas Artisan Cheese, Two pieces of half moon cheese in a wooden birch gift box

Dos Rios Gourmet Salsa Cranberry salsa

Engel Farms Strawberries, Squash and butternut squash, Red tomatoes, Multi-colored tomatoes, Spinach Swiss chard Kale Asian greens—Napa cabbage, mizuna, mustard greens and pac choi, Broccoli, Red and green cabbage, Cucumbers Brussels sprouts

Frank’s Pecans Fresh local pecans (available beginning November 11)

Good Gluten-Free Foods—all gluten-free holiday offerings, Mini pumpkin pies, Mini maple pecan pies (no corn syrup), Mini vegan apple pies, Pumpkin bread with cream cheese swirl (by the piece), Cranberry walnut coffee cake (by the piece) Decorated sugar cookies (3-pack)

Humble House Foods Gift set of four gourmet spreads (basil pesto, cilantro pesto, tapenade and roasted tomato)

Katie’s Jar Beastly Feasts for Thanksgiving—empanada, sweet potatoes and a pup over (Thanksgiving in a bag), Christmas—Holiday box o’ bones, Christmas fruitcake and gingerbone tree, Hanukkah—Eight mini-treat bags stuffed with a variety of treats

Miller’s Tropicals Tillandsia (airplants typically bloom pink with blue flowers) Cattleya orchid (corsage orchid)

Ming’s Things Gift pack of three Asian sauces (Sichuan, Cilantro-Thai Chile and Sweet, Sour Spicy Ginger)

My Father’s Farm Salad mix in a clamshell container, along with assorted lettuces and Asian greens, Lettuces in a potted plant Beet greens, Microgreens, Multi-colored radishes, Spring onions, Turnips, rutabaga, kohlrabi and daikon Broccoli, broccoli raab and broccoli greens, Bok choi, Fresh cut basil, and potted herb plants, Greenhouse tomatoes, bell peppers and cucumbers

Parker Creek Ranch Full selection of Freedom Ranger chickens, cut-up chickens as well as pieces and parts Farm fresh eggs, Limited number of turkeys, Firewood

Patty’s Petals Assorted colorful orchids

Rancho Ojo de Agua Gift box sets of assorted grass-fed steaks (bacon-wrapped filet, ribeye, New York Strip, T-Bone, Club steak and sirloin); Recycled feed bags

Revolucion Coffee + Juice Hot chocolate, hot chai and hot green matcha Holiday coffees Green bloody Mary mix and other specialty cold-pressed juices including The Cure (pear, carrot, beet, lemon and ginger)

Sam’s Salmon Fresh-frozen Sockeye and Coho salmon, Smoked king salmon

Springfield Farm Assorted gift baskets of all-natural skin care products including soaps, salves, lip care and lotions; Spinach Kale, Arugula, Beet greens, Shallots, French breakfast radishes and amethyst radishes

The Gardener’s Feast Vacuum-sealed six-packs of assorted organic tamales

The Lemonade Co. Cranberry-pineapple-lemonade (sold by the gallon for parties), The Oxygenator—fresh pressed apple, beet, carrot, ginger, lemon, with a hint of jalapeño

Well Seasoned Cuisine Classic holiday soups from around the world, Condiments and compound butters, Savory and sweet spreads and sauces, Shrubs (Colonial fruit syrups)

Zamudio Farm Spinach, Carrots, Beets, Kale, Broccoli. Cauliflower. Lettuce, Kohlrabi, Radishes,Sugar snap peas, Cabbage Collards

 

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