Happy third birthday to the Quarry Farmers and Ranchers Market. That’s this coming Sunday (May 18), and you’re invited to stop by, do your shopping and enjoy some birthday specials.
Since debuting in May 2011, the market has grown from just 10 members to more than 30 farmers, ranchers and artisan food producers. Check out seasonal changes, says market president Heather Hunter.
“The bounty of summer is just really starting to kick in now. We’ll have blackberries, okra, 1015 onions, heirloom tomatoes and herbs, lots of herbs,” she said.
Also in early June get ready for a gelato maker, with three year’s of study in Italy honing his delectable craft, to join the vendor list.
On Sunday, for each year of the market’s history, one spectacular dish will be ready to taste or buy for takeaway, says Hunter.
• Get ready for a whole pig roast by the market’s newest addition, SA Food Bites. Jaime Trevino will be roasting an 80-pound heritage pig from Peaceful Pork, and serving it with cilantro lime rice and Cuban black beans. (Shoppers can purchase pork by the pound or by the plate.)
• Nacho Gallego and Marisa Bushman, of La Mancha Specialties, will be making a classic Spanish paella with seafood as well as La Mancha chorizo.
• Ming Qian of Ming’s Thing will make a market favorite, Jian bing (Chinese crepe filled with your choice of sloppy wang, sausage or pork belly).
To end the celebration on a sweet note, Frio Farm will be making their famous bourbon pecan pies.
Quarry Market is in the parking lot of the Quarry, Basse Road and Highway 281, near Whole Foods. It is open from 9-1 every Sunday.