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Veggies Trump Fireworks!

Dearest Eaters,

What's colorful, explosive, and mind-boggling to behold: URBAVORE veggies of course! Move over fireworks, the Brookside Farmers' Market is OPEN FOR BUSINESS on 4th of July!!

We've been in a nasty drought here on the farm, but we suddenly got 4 inches of rain! As a result, the fields are EXPLODING with gorgeous produce. These succulent morsels are begging to be marinated and thrown on the grill or lightly tossed in summer salads. I daresay most of you will be playing it safe this Saturday and laying low. What better way to safely celebrate than a table full of nourishing, immune-boosting foods to share with your "inner circle".

Rest assured, Farmer Dan and I are committed to your health. The Brookside Farmers' Market has done a model job when it comes to socially distanced shopping. We are proud to be part of a farming & eating community that has kept local food on the table, so to speak, without compromising the well-being of our shoppers. We'll continue to be diligent, as long as you continue to be hungry!!
Now, here's the scoop: We'll have mountains of products on the market table this week. A portion of the harvest is available for PRE-ORDER online. Not all our products are available for pre-order (specifically blueberries) and even items that appear to be "sold-out" online will be available at market on a first come first serve basis. Eggs are one exception to this rule. Our eggs are ONLY available for pre-order, so I suggest you act fast!!

Please note, the market is temporarily being held at a NEW LOCATION: HJ's Community Center, 6425 Wornall Rd., KCMO 64113.

Farmers care about your safety and health!! Please wear a mask and be prepared to keep a 6-foot distance from you fellow shopper. Our market crew will be masked, sanitizing between each transaction, and handling all products to keep the market tables germ-free. There's no better place to secure wholesome, safe food to nourish the body and soul!!!!
 
Pre-Order Products
*Orders due Thursday by midnight.
And now, how about a fireworks display of this week's products!! (mind blowing recipes at the finish)
Our Beets are killer this week. We'll have Dark Red "Cylindra", Candy Stripe "Chioggia", and the highly coveted "Touchstone Gold".
Bulb Fennel will be piled high. This seasonal delicacy is at it's finest. Eat it raw in salads, roast it, add it to soups, or throw it on the grill. You can even make a pesto from the fronds! Recipe below.
Sexy Summer Squash is taking over the world!! We'll have a lovely section of colorful varieties in many shapes & forms. I eat it raw, roasted, sautéed, or grilled. So many options!
Slicing Cucumbers & Persian Cucumbers are out of control. I spend about 10 hours a week harvesting these babies!!
"White Satin" Carrots and "Napoli" Carrots will be in full effect. Never peel our carrots. The peel has nutrients & flavor!!
Fresh "Purplette" Mini Red Onions are in high demand. And for good reason!
Blueberries are hard to snatch! We've had decent quantities for the past couple weeks and still they sell-out by 8:10. If you really want em', start lining up at 7:20! (or just sleep in and settle for beets)
Rainbow Chard! Who could resist!! We'll have lovely large bunches for early shoppers.
Sweet Italian Basil & Purple Ruffles Basil will make their season debut. Summer wouldn't be the same without it!
Colorful Flower Bouquets by 9-year-old Percy! He's itching to make money this summer and he adores flowers. He'll be cutting & arranging bouquets every week for pre-order.

4th of July Recipe Round-Up

Morroccan Carrot & Beet Salad
Photo & Recipe by Simply Recipes
Avocado Cucumber Salad
Photo & Recipe by Smitten Kitchen
Grilled Fennel Salad with Fresh Herbs & Parmesan
Photo & Recipe by Proud Italian Cook
Fennel Fronds Pesto
Photo & Recipe by Wee Little Vegans
Grilled Beets
Photo & Recipe by The Spruce Eats
Marinated Zucchini with Hazelnuts & Ricotta
Photo & Recipe by Bon Appetit
Cucumber Lime Mint Agua Fresca
Photo & Recipe by Simply Recipes
Mmmm Mmmm good. See you Saturday locavores!!


Warmly,

Farmer Brooke & Crew
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