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    Winning “Everything from the Garden” Salsa

    Thank you to everyone who participated in the third annual Salsa Contest during the Durham Farmers’ Market this week! Congratulations to Kimberly Otwell of Little River Pantry, who’s garden salsa took first place, hands down.

    Salsa winner in Durham
    Salsa contest winner Kim Otwell (right) with her daughter

    Kim created the salsa using market ingredients from White Cedar Farm. Of the 91 people who voted on their favorite, 44 chose Kim’s:

    Everything From The Garden Salsa
    1 large zucchini
    3 summer squash
    1 medium green bell pepper diced small
    1-3 jalapenos minced, depending on how much heat you like
    2 pounds of heirloom tomatoes, any variety desired and cut into pieces (I used a mix of green zebra, sweet 101 and sun gold)
    full recipe…

    Runner-up Emily Tassinari of Coppal House Farm contributed salsa with a twist of blackberries:

    Blackberry Salsa
    2 cloves of garlic
    1/2 pint sungold tomato
    1 Cherokee purple tomato
    1 pint of blackberries
    2 tsp chili garlic oil

    Salsa contest voting
    UNH Organic Garden Club tastes and votes

    Thanks to Fosters for coverage of the contest!

    Visit our Recipes Page for the complete market fresh salsa recipes and a bunch more.

    NOTE: the Durham Market will be CLOSED Monday in honor of the Labor Day Holiday.

    Chicken & Mushrooms

    a perfect Labor Day weekend treat

    Mushrooms from Riverslea Farm

    Two new products available this season from Riverslea Farm are great for grilling this holiday weekend and all summer long:

    Organically grained and pastured chicken – ground chicken, leg quarters and boneless breast, wings, thighs, drumsticks and chicken sausage (hot, curry and maple).

    Oyster mushrooms – cultivated right on the farm!

    Riverslea Farm can be found at the Dover Farmers’ Market, Exeter Farmers’ Market and Portsmouth Farmers’ Market.

    Their suggestion: “How could you resist a chicken burger? All you need is ground chicken and some oyster mushrooms.”

    Favorite Farmers’ Market?

    Vote for yours on WMUR

    WMUR Farmers' Market Vote

    This week, WMUR wants to know what the best farmers’ market in New Hampshire is! To vote on your favorite for their weekly Viewer’s Choice segment, leave a comment on their website with your nomination or cast your vote on their Facebook page.

    Have a great week & we’ll see you at market!

    August 27th, 2014

    Salsa Contest Monday in Durham

    Is your recipe a winner?

    The tomatoes are ripe, the peppers are spicy, and the garlic is, well, garlic-y. The Farmers’ Markets are brimming with fresh, local salsa ingredients just in time for the third annual Salsa Contest in Durham.

    Salsa Tasting in Durham
    Last year’s salsa contest at the Durham Farmers’ Market

    On Monday (August 25th) the Durham Farmers’ Market will host its annual salsa competition and anyone can enter. Simply bring a batch of your own, homemade salsa to the new Farmers’ Market location across from the Churchill Rink at Jacksons Landing between 2:00-2:30pm on Monday.

    Entries will be registered at the market booth and put on ice for taste testing during the market. Contest participants are encouraged to make enough salsa for sampling, and although salsa can be dropped off at any time during the market, the earliest salsas are included in more voting.

    Everyone visiting the Durham Market on Monday is invited to taste the variety of salsa entries and vote on their favorite between 2:30-5:30pm. Chips will be on hand for sampling the salsas and everyone is allowed one vote.

    Salsa contest voting
    Everyone gets one vote, so choose carefully!

    Votes will be counted before close of market at 6pm and the winner announced on Facebook. Participants don’t need to be present to win, however, the winner will need to make arrangements to collect their prize–$20 in Market Money gift certificates, redeemable at any of the four Seacoast Growers Association Farmers’ Markets.

    Those willing to share their recipes are invited to drop off a copy with their entry.

    Salsa ingredients are in full season, and inspired tasters can pick up everything they need while at the market to try and replicate their favorites.

    Last Year's Salsa Winner Steve from Mildred's Drumlin Farm
    Steve Haendler, winner of last season’s salsa contest

    For inspiration, here is Steve’s winning recipe featuring German Red garlic and fresh cilantro from Mildred’s Drumlin Farm:

    Roasted Cherry Tomato Salsa

    1 pt. each, Black Cherry and Red Grape cherry tomatoes
    1 small head German Red Garlic
    2 jalapeños, quartered
    1 cherry bomb, quartered
    ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

    Cut tomatoes in half – place on oiled rimmed baking sheet – place garlic
    cloves and peppers among tomatoes – drizzle all with oil – roast all at 225
    deg for about 2 ½ hours until partially caramelized – cool a bit and squeeze
    out garlic – place all in food processor and process to desired consistency.

    1 small red onion – chopped
    1/3 cup fresh cilantro – chopped coarsely
    juice of 1 lime
    ½ Tbs cumin powder
    salt to taste

    Add all to processor and pulse several times to mix.

    Need even more inspiration?
    Visit our Recipes Page for a few more SGA member salsa recipes.

    Have a great week & we’ll see you at market!

    August 20th, 2014

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