Thursday, May 12, 2016

Farmers market season is here!

With May right around the corner, visions of garden-grown meals have probably begun to engulf your every thought. Reveries of lightly roasted asparagus spears fill your consciousness, begging for the day when you can simply head to the farmers market for a generous share of this bountiful veggie. Never fear! It's just about market—and asparagus—season! 

Starting May 13, the Canton Farmers Market will take place every Tuesday and Friday from 9:00am to 2:00pm. Starting May 14, the Potsdam Farmers Market on Saturdays from 9:00am to 2:00pm.  You can swipe your credit, debit, or SNAP card at the market manager table located at each market. Also, SNAP recipients will get double the amount to spend this year! (Example, if you swipe $5 on your SNAP card you'll get $10 in tokens to spend!)  If you have any questions, visit the market manager at the farmers market, or email GardenShare at

The makings of a delicious spring meal are right at your fingertips!

Spring Dinner Meal Plan:
Start with a tossed green salad of mixed lettuce, arugula, and mustard greens, followed by a side dish of roasted asparagus with rosemary and lemon. A main course of chicken with creamy green onion sauce is a hearty staple, and for the vegetarians, the green onion sauce can be mixed over chickpeas and rice. Top it off with a warm rhubarb pie, baked with rhubarb straight from the farmer. The recipes are listed below:

Roasted Asparagus with Lemon and Rosemary
Showcase the rich flavor of asparagus by complimenting it with herbs and freshly squeezed lemon juice.
Prep time: 10 mins    Cook time: 15 mins    Serves: 4


1 whole Lemon
1 bunch of asparagus
Handful of rosemary sprigs
2 Tablespoons of olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Thinly slice half of lemon.
  2. Along with the lemon slices and rosemary, spread asparagus shoots on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Toss with olive oil, as well as salt and pepper. Squeeze juice from remaining half of lemon.
  3. Roast in oven for 7 minutes, then carefully turn asparagus over and continue roasting for another 8 minutes. Watch for preferred doneness. Add additional time if needed. Total roasting time should be between 15-20 minutes.
  4. Serve warm.
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Chicken with Creamy Green Onion Sauce
For the vegetarians, omit the chicken and instead pour the sauce over a mix of some chickpeas and rice.
Prep Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 20 mins Serves: 4-6

Untitled.tiff6 medium chicken breasts
3 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
⅓  cup chopped green onion
¾ cup chicken broth
¼ teaspoon salt
1-2 tablespoon Dijon mustard (to taste)
1 cup plain yogurt

  1. Melt butter over med. high heat.
  2. Stir in flour and cook until bubbly.
  3. Reduce heat to medium.
  4. Stir in remaining ingredients except yogurt. Make sure you stir the green onions into the sauce at this point. The release of these flavors as it warms is what makes the sauce!
  5. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until sauce thickens (3 to 5 minutes).
  6. Stir in yogurt and heat through.
  7. Serve over baked or sautéed chicken breast.
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Rhubarb Pie
This recipe takes a bit more effort than the previous two, but will be well worth it in the end!

Straight-Up-Rhubarb-Pie-articleLarge.jpg2 cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons sugar
⅔ cup vegetable shortening, plus 2 tablespoons
6 tablespoons ice water

5 cups sliced rhubarb
1 ¼ cups sugar
5 tablespoons flour

¼ teaspoon cinnamon

1 ½ tablespoons butter
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Make the crust: before measuring the flour, stir it to leaven with air and then measure out 2 cups. Combine the flour, salt and sugar in a large bowl and fluff with a fork. Cut the shortening into the flour with a fork or pastry blender. Stop as soon as the sheen of the butter disappears and the mixture is a bunch of coarse pieces. Sprinkle a tablespoon of water at a time over the dough, lifting and tossing it with the fork. When it begins to come together, gather the dough, press it into a ball and then pull it apart; if it crumbles in your hands, it needs more water. (It's better to err on the side of too wet than too dry.) Add a teaspoon or two more water, as needed.
  2. Gather the dough into two slightly unequal balls, the larger one for the bottom crust and the smaller one for the top. Flatten the larger ball, reforming any frayed edges with the sides of your hand. Dust with flour and roll the dough, starting from the center and moving toward the edges. Take a knife or thin spatula and quickly work its edge between the crust and the counter top. Lift the dough to the side; dust the dough and counter top with flour. Roll again until the diameter is an inch or 2 larger than that of the pie pan. Lay the rolling pin a third of the way from one of the edges. Roll the crust onto the pin and then unroll the crust into a 9-inch pie pan and press it into place. Place in the freezer.
  3. Make the filling: in a large bowl, blend the rhubarb, sugar, flour and cinnamon. Pour into the crust-lined pie pan. Dot with butter.
  4. Roll out the top crust. Dab the rim of the bottom crust with water to create a glue. Then place the top crust over the rhubarb; trim, seal and cut several vents. Bake for 15 minutes; reduce the temperature to 350 degrees and bake 25 to 30 minutes more, or until a bit of pink juice bubbles from the vents in the crust.

Written by Lanika Sanders,  Intern at GardenShare
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