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Que Fantastico! What a Chef Demo it was!

chef demo jonathan tillerLast Sunday, August 23, Chef Jonathan Tiller of Aljoya treated market-goers to a riveting demonstration on how to make salsa with organic ingredients from our Market.   Thank you, Jonathan, for your expert tips of the trade!  We appreciate your sharing your delicious recipe.

!Muchas gracias! !Que sabrosa!

Liked what you tasted? Here’s the recipe to Jonathan’s Tomato, Corn & Black Bean Salsa. Come to the market this Sunday to pick up the ingredients and try it out at home!

 

 

jazz connectionsWelcome, Jazz Connection!  Enjoy shopping at the market with a touch of jazz as this
collective performs Jazz Standards, Blues and Original Compositions. Founded in 2005, Jazz Connections have performed at a variety of restaurants, cafes, wine bars and street fairs in the Puget Sound area.

 

flower printsThis week at the Children’s Table, find a way to make your creativity blossom! Kids will be able to make their own flower prints with the colors of the market. Take home homemade flowers from the market–no water necessary!

 

 

Natters from a Master Gardener:

Tomato Blossom End Rot – Water & Soil

The Master Gardener clinic answers many different types of questions at the Farmers Market, from disease and chewed up plants to plant identification, what to plant when, etc. Frequently at this time of the year, a time of burgeoning crops, questions are asked regarding unsightly tomato fruits, which exhibit a brownish, discolored patch at the blossom end of the fruit. This can only be BLOSSOM END ROT.

blossom end rotMost gardeners at one time or another, whether they are experienced gardeners or not, have experienced this condition and that is just what it is – a condition and not a disease. It is caused by a lack of Calcium and since Calcium can only be taken up in solution, this points to the solution – water! The problem is that it is not being supplied regularly or in the right quantity. Of course, if the plants are being grown directly in the ground there is always the possibility that your ground is short of Calcium, which is a distinct possibility here in the PNW given the amount of rain we get in the winter. To check on this it is always a good idea to have your ground analyzed.

blossom end rot 2When you consider that the main constituent of most fruit and vegetables is water, which is in great demand as the fruits are produced and they grow larger, it is a no brainer really.

There is nothing you can do for any effected fruit that you have, just that you should remove them to Garden Waste. However, if two Tums tablets are placed either side of the plant and watered well in, that will save any further trouble with upcoming green fruits. No really – two Tums – they are very rich in Calcium (Ciscoe recommends this!).

Check with us at the Farmers Market clinic to find out about getting a soil analysis done – and it is free!