Hello, and welcome back to Eatting Locally at the Anderson Farmers Market! I am Barbie Hahn, Suburban Chef on the Fox19 Morning Extra show. I always get excited when the market season starts. Excited to see and talk with all of the Farmers and Producers I have not seen since October and excited to hear about all the great things they are planting , baking and making that are at the market now and what will be available later in the summer as new crops are harvested.
One of the attributes I like most about the Anderson Farmers Market is the large variety of Producers that attend every Saturday. You can get everything from jams to breads and eggs, cheese, meats, herbs, and of course fruits and vegetables. You can even find goats milk skin care and soap. The market usually has one “artistic” booth each week as well. On any given Saturday you can find jewelry, pottery, blown glass and other beautiful things for your home or gifts for friends and relatives.
Some of the the first veggies that you can buy at the beginning of the season are lettuce(s), spinach, greens, strawberries and herbs.
Saturday I am going to pair the fresh lettuces and spinach with two different versions of Blue cheese dressing, made from LOCAL blue cheese. I will be giving out samples from 10-12.
I hope you will come out and try a sample, pick up some great food and enjoy the bounty of our region.
Creamy Blue cheese Dressing-makes 1 cup
3/4 cup olive oil mayonnaise,1/4 cup buttermilk, 2 Tablespoons sour cream, 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, 1/4 teaspoon Tabasco sauce, 2 ounces blue cheese broken into crumbles
Wisk together all ingredients except cheese in a bowl until smooth, add salt and pepper to taste. Gently fold in cheese. Will keep for 4-5 days if kept refridgerated.
Blue Cheese Vinegarette
Juice of one lemon, one garlic clove grated, 1 tablespoon flat leaf parsley chopped fine, 1/4 cup red wine vinegar, 1/2 cup olive oil, salt and pepper to taste, 1/2 teaspoon worcestershire sauce, 2 ounces of blue cheese crumbled. In a large jar, shake all ingredients but the cheese vigorously to emulsify. Add cheese and shake gently.