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A Farmers Market Sprouts in Southtown


Moulin Rouge sunflowers are very red.

Moulin Rouge sunflowers are a showy red-bronze.

The Southtown Farmers and Ranchers Market opened Saturday morning as a few drops of rain fell here and there across the parking lot of the Blue Star Arts Complex.

That's a good paleta.

That’s a good paleta.

The threat of another downpour wasn’t enough, however, to hold people back from showing up early to check out the fresh produce that area farmers had brought with them and the other treats, including naturally raised chicken, cold-pressed juices, paletas and even doggy treats for the many canine visitors who were sniffing out areas of their own.

Vine-ripened tomatoes

Vine-ripened tomatoes

Among the fresh fruits and vegetables were red, gold and candy striped beets, various types of squash and zucchini, cucumbers, onions, green beans, brussels sprouts and carrots. Red and yellow tomatoes ripe off the vine, fragrant cantaloupes and non-GMO corn all drew customer attention.

The Pork Belly Sandwich from Cheeks and Chops.

The Pork Belly Sandwich from Cheeks and Chops.

Several farmers also brought flowers, including sunflowers, both the traditional sun-kissed yellow and a deep burgundy variety named Moulin Rouge. Another vendor had plenty of herbs, vegetable plants and flowers in case you wanted to start growing some of your own cucumbers and squashes.

For those who want their food already prepared, Cheeks and Chops food truck offered Spanish-influenced treats including paella and a tortilla española as well as a pork belly sandwich. Mom and Pops, all-natural frozen pops, offer colorful paletas in a variety of flavors, from the pale off-white coconut to the deep pink of watermelon agave and on to the dusty brown of Abuelo’s Chocolate with a touch of cinnamon.

There's even a booth for pooches, Katie's Jar.

There’s even a booth for pooches, Katie’s Jar.

In all, there were more than 15 vendors for the first Saturday, and organizer Heather Hunter says she expects more next week, as the Southtown Farmers and Ranchers Market takes root and grows.

The Southtown Farmers and Ranchers Market at the Blue Star Arts Complex, 116 Blue Star, is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

A few drops of rain won't stop market shoppers.

A few drops of rain won’t stop market shoppers.

 

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It’s a Party! Quarry Farmer’s Market Celebrates 1st Anniversary Sunday


Have fresh pastries for breakfast, with coffee, while you shop for veggies and more.

Paper may be the traditional one-year anniversary gift for married couples, but the Quarry Farmers & Ranchers Market will celebrate their anniversary with live music and Texas food Sunday, April 29.

The day marks one year of weekly successes for the group of local vendors. The market has grown to almost 30 active farmers, ranchers, gardeners and food producers, each offering a unique, fresh approach to a naturally healthy local lifestyle.

The party begins Sunday in classy style as the UTSA String Quartet serenades shoppers beginning at 9 a.m.  At 10 a.m., Texas cowboy-chef Lou Lambert will prepare samples of seasonal, market inspired dishes from his “Big Ranch, Big City” cookbook and later sell autographed cookbooks.

Quarry Farmers & Ranchers Market showcases seasonal produce.

From 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., the Texas theme continues with the music of Nicolette Good, recently voted San Antonio’s Best Singer-Songwriter by The Current.

Meanwhile, shop the riches from area farms, ranches a food producers. Vendors currently include: 9-1 Farm, Bakery Lorraine, Bikkurim Farm, Bistro Bakery, Cowgirl Granola, Engel Farms, Good Gluten-Free Foods, Green Hills Poultry, Gwendolyn at the Market, Humble House Foods, Katie’s Jar, Koch Ranches, Lilly’s Chicken Ranch, Lorberau Farms, Miller’s Tropicals, Ming’s Things, Mom & Pops, My Father’s Farm, Patty’s Petals, Revolucion Coffee, Rancho Ojo de Agua, Rolling Pig, Sam’s Salmon, Springfield Farm, The Gardener’s Feast, The Lemonade Co. and Zamudio Farm.

The Quarry Farmers & Ranchers Market is held Sundays, rain, wind, cold or heat, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the parking lot of the Quarry Market (255 E. Basse), adjacent to Whole Foods Market.

For more information call 210-722-5077, email info@quarryfarmersmarket.com, or visit www.quarryfarmersmarket.com.

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Holiday Showcase Comes to Quarry Farmers & Ranchers Market


Radishes are in season.

The Quarry Farmers & Ranchers Market is having a Holiday Showcase this Sunday to present a host of gift ideas that you can pick or pre-order.

The market, held in the parking lot of the Quarry Market, 255 E. Basse Road, is also changing its hours this Sunday, the same day we set our clocks back an hour. From now through the summer, the Sunday market will be open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Quarry market is certainly feeding a need within the community. Within five months, it has grown from a dozen booths to 30 every week.

The market structure requires vendors to be local and grow, raise or make their products within a 200-mile radius while not being mass producers.

Among the vendors that show up on a regular basis are those with ready-to-eat products such as organic lemonade, granola, locally roasted coffee, hummus and other spreads, heat-and-eat meals, aguas frescas, paletas, gourmet and everyday baked goods, gluten-free baked goods and tamales. There’s even a natural dog food vendor with loyal fans.

Meat lovers can take home grass-fed beef, wild boar, pastured chicken, lamb and pork as well as farm-fresh eggs from happy chickens.

Shoppers stroll to live music and stop to pick up tips at the occasional cooking demonstration or seminar. It’s a vibrant, yet mellow, Sunday morning ritual for many.

Specialty items available through the holidays include:

9-1 Farm

  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage—green and purple
  • Onions—several varieties including red, crystal white and yellow onions
  • Carrots—several varieties including little finger and atomic red
  • Cauliflower
  • Greens—two kinds of spinach, collard greens, two kinds of mustard greens and turnip greens
  • Radishes
  • Cilantro
  • Turnips—purple 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
  • 10-inch pumpkin cheesecake (made with gingersnap crust and oven-roasted pumpkins)

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
  • Marvelous chocolate meringue pie

Cowgirl Granola

  • Thanksgiving and Christmas blends
  • Jars of merlot-marjoram mustard, chardonnay-tarragon mustard and homemade mayonnaise
  • Organic Blue Cornmeal Pancake and Waffle Mix (gluten-free)

Engel Farms

  • Sweet fall broccoli
  • Greens such as Swiss chard
  • Beets, carrots and turnips
  • Butternut squash
  • Sugar pie pumpkins
  • Cabbage
  • Onions
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Spinach
  • Radishes Lettuce mix
  • Pears
  • Cauliflower

Fresh broccoli is bursting with flavor.

Engel’s

  • Pumpkin-apple curried soup
  • Cornbread and sausage stuffing

Good Gluten-Free Foods—all gluten-free holiday offerings

  • Herb stuffing
  • Roasted turkey gravy
  • Green bean casserole
  • Dinner rolls
  • Pecan pie (no corn syrup)
  • Pumpkin pie
  • German apple pie
  • Pie crusts
  • Turkey-shaped glazed pumpkin pound cakes

Green Hills Poultry

  • Full selection of chickens, cut-up chickens as well as pieces and parts
  • Farm-fresh eggs

Humble House Foods

  • Gift set of four assorted gourmet spreads

Kocurek

  • Duck leg confit
  • Pâté de champagne

Katie’s Jar

  • Gift boxes full of dog bones or empanadas
  • Hand-braided fleece tug toy or bone
  • Gift certificates

Koch Ranches

  • Fall and Christmas wreaths (made with barbed wire or grapevine and a combination of antlers, leaves, ribbons, ornaments, etc., in fall and holiday decor)
  • Beribboned mistletoe
  • Oak firewood
  • Holiday gift sets featuring preserves, honey and jerky
  • Uncured fresh wild boar hams
  • Lily’s Chicken Ranch farm-fresh eggs

Ming’s Things

  • Southeast Asian spiced nuts

 My Father’s Farm

  • Salad mix in a clamshell container, along with assorted lettuces and Asian greens
  • Lettuces in a potted plant
  • Beet greens
  • Multi-colored radishes
  • Spring onions
  • Broccoli, broccoli raab and broccoli greens
  • Bok choy
  • Fresh cut basil and potted herb plants
  • Squash and okra
  • Greenhouse tomatoes, bell peppers and cucumbers

Sol y Luna

  • Gingerbread muffin
  • Cranberry-orange muffin
  • Cranberry-walnut-pumpkin bread
  • Cranberry-apple coffeecake

South Texas Heritage Pork

  • Holiday hams
  • Tamales using South Texas Heritage lard and pork

Try some just-picked carrots.

Springfield Farm

  • Skin care products using natural farm ingredients including salve with rosemary, lip balms with honey and a variety of goat milk soaps
  • Carrots
  • Spinach, kale, arugula and beet greens

The Gardener’s Feast

  • Vacuum-sealed six-packs of assorted tamales

The Lemonade Co.

  • Green Machine juice—celery, apples, alfalfa sprouts, parsley, mint leaves
  • Fresh pressed carrot, apple and grapefruit juice
  • Kidney cleanser—watermelon, cucumber, apple and cranberries

Wholesome Harvest Farm

  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage—green and Napa
  • Cauliflower
  • Bok choy
  • Asparagus
  • Assorted lettuces including several red leaf varieties as well as frisee, romaine and red oak leaf
  • Greens—arugula, spinach, mustard and collards
  • Root vegetables—beets, carrots and rutabagas
  • Raw peanuts

For information, visit www.quarryfarmersmarket.com or call 210-722-5077.

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At New Quarry Market, You Can Have Your Goat Two Ways


Mark Rodriguez (right) talks with customers about his Alamo City Pepper Products.

Sunday marked the grand opening of the Quarry Farmers and Ranchers Market. And it was indeed grand, with Mayor Julián Castro dropping by to mark the official opening. But the main attraction for many, and not just the younger set, was the pen Springfield Farms set up with baby goats that were glad to be fed and petted. A pair of hens was also on display, but they couldn’t compete with the goats for attention.

Oh, yeah, there were also fresh peaches, heirloom and conventional tomatoes, Indian cucumbers, kohlrabi, beans, blackberries, leeks and plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables from nearby farms as well as baked goods, including some gluten-free, locally harvest honey, fresh cheeses and granola. One of the market’s organizers, David Lent, was handing out samples of organic watermelon.

Mark Rodriguez of Alamo City Pepper Products was sampling his series of seasonings, which included a powdered version of the Indian ghost pepper. Even a touch on the tip of a toothpick was enough to set one’s tongue on fire. Far milder but no less flavorful were the Jalapeño Salt, Honey Chipotle and Hatch Green Chile Salt.

A baby goat waits for a treat.

Koch Ranches offered grass-fed kebabs, hot dogs and sliders, including some made from ground cabrito, which proved to be the big seller of the morning. Did anybody make the connection between the cabrito on the bun and cabritos in the pen? Did anybody care?

They were more interested in checking out the varieties of squash on display, including calabaza, zucchini, yellow and pattypan, which one vendor said she liked to fix simply by sautéing it with salt, pepper and a little olive oil.

The lineup of farmers, ranchers and culinary artisans included Cowgirl Granola, Edelen Farm, Engel Farms, From Deborah’s Garden, Good Gluten-Free Foods, Humble House Foods, Koch Ranches, Markley Family Farm, My Father’s Farm, Nature’s Select, Orange Blossom Farm, Patty’s Petals, Sol y Luna Baking Co., Springfield Farm, The Gardener’s Feast, The Lemonade Co. and Zamudio Farm.

The market runs each Sunday from 8 a.m. to noon.

Indian cucumbers

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Weather Cooperates for Pearl Market Birthday Bash


Johnny Walker and his mother-in-law, Linda Perez, sold out of their beef early Saturday.

A fine morning, with temperatures in the 70s and no rain, was perfect for a successful first anniversary party at the Pearl Farmers Market today.

“It’s been good, really good,” said organic farmers and vendors Eugene and Yolanda Martinez, of Martinez Farm in Pleasanton. Their certified organic, colorful squash, cucumbers and onions were selling well.

“We sold out of beef at eleven,” said Johnny Walker, a few booths further down. Walker’s mother-in-law, Linda Perez, raises  the grass-fed cattle at her L&M ranch south of San Antonio.  “Everyone is so appreciative and they value our product so much. We couldn’t be happier,” Perez said.

The market manager, Tatum Evans, had planned for the possibility of rain. Many of the vendors were set up inside the Full Goods building breezeway, but others were comfortable under white canopies in the parking lot.

The Alamo City Community Marching Band played marches and oldies— a twirler even joined them for “Rock Around the Clock.” Chefs offered demonstrations and samples and Evans’ mom, visiting for the birthday celebration, cut birthday cake.  Vendors inside sold everything from cheese scones to lavender soap to olive leaf tea.

All in all, it was a good day for a party, and a positive send-off for the farmers market, going into its second year.

Below, the Alamo City  Community Marching Band plays at the Pearl’s birthday party Saturday. The group, founded in 2002, can often be seen and heard performing at parades and public events.


 

Photos by Bonnie Walker



 


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