Aug 14, 2014

Market Preview: August 16, 2014

Can you believe we are halfway through August? Where is the time going?

As much as we love Summer, we are excited for the Autumn Harvest: apples, pumpkins and more!

In the meantime, enjoy grabbing up your Summer favorites before the cool weather hits!

ICYMI

Were you unable to make the Market last week? In case you missed it (ICYMI):























August Giveaway 


The 20th Anniversary celebration continues! We will be giving away a Customer Appreciation Basket this month.  Stop by the community tent to enter to win this bountiful basket full of WCGM goodies!







Food Drive

It is the 3rd Saturday of the month, which means we'll be doing our Monthly Food Drive. We will be accepting both monetary donations and non-perishable items food bank donations during the Market tomorrow. Donations can be dropped off at our community tent. We are a community, let's take care of each other!






Special Guest: Barclay Friends


We look forward to hosting Barclay Friends this weekend at the WCGM. Learn more about this community organization and consider buying tickets for the Barclay Friends 10th Annual Festival of Gardens on September 6!
This is an exclusive walking tour of 12+ private gardens in the south central neighborhood of West Chester Borough. Local artists can be found working in many of the gardens. A plant sale that offers a variety of unique plants will be held from noon to 4 p.m at Barclay Friends. The event benefits Barclay’s Horticultural Program and runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Special thanks to presenting sponsor Flowers and More, Inc. http://www.flowersandmore.biz/

Tickets are $20 if purchased in advance and $25 the day of the event. For more information, or to purchase tickets, please contact the Development Office at 610-696-5211 or visit BF.Kendal.org.

Barclay Friends is located at 700 N. Franklin Street in the Borough of West Chester


#WCGM

Be sure to share your Market tweets and photos on Twitter and Instagram, tagging us @WCGrowersMarket and using hashtag #WCGM. We love seeing your Market Pics!

Stay updated on Market News by checking out the Market Calendar here on the blog, as well as our Facebook Page.







Jenny and Frank's Artisan

"Summer almost over? Not even close! Come and taste our incredible Hazelnut Gelato (dust with espresso or coffee grounds for a wonderful treat). Other flavors of the week include Simply Blueberry Sorbetto (we let the fruit to the talking), Ginger Peach (featuring peaches from Frecon Farms), Rustic Lemon, Chocolate Supreme, and Sea Salt Caramel.

Note: We'll be taking our own vacation next week and will be operating with a skeleton crew. WE WILL NOT BE AT WEST CHESTER GROWER'S MARKET ON 8/23. Please see our website for other markets we will attend and our abbreviated store hours for that week. Ciao!"


 Hibiscus 'Sanchoyo' (Rose of Sharon)

Applied Climatology

"This week's featured plant: Hibiscus 'Sanchoyo' - This is by far one of our all-time favorite plants! We grew this variety 11 years ago at our garden center in Lewes, DE and it has taken us 11 years to find this Japanese hybrid again. Beautiful double peony-like lavender blooms, unlike any other Rose of Sharon. This variety will grow 8' - 10' tall & 4' - 6' wide. It should be planted in a location that receives more than 6hrs of direct sunlight each day. 'Sanchoyo' is adaptable to most soil types and reportedly deer resistant.



Be sure to stop by our tent for our perennial herb plant & strawberry plant sale too!"

Yellow Springs Farm Goat Cheese

"Our Black Diamond cheese won First prize at the American cheese society competition in Sacramento CA earlier in August among aged goat cheeses.We will have this now internationally-recognized winner for customers at the Market this Saturday!"



North Star Orchard

"This week at market we'll have: apples, peaches, and some scrumdidlyumptious must-have plums (OMG - Oullins and/or Pearl!). Veggie selections will include: Swiss chard, large delicious garlic, squash, colorful potatoes, our own NSO Rainbow beets, and tomatoes (including Ike's own "Number 8")
Saturday, at the farm, we have TWO great events to choose from. Come on out, see where you food is coming from, and sample some great taste sensations:

  • 1 to 3 PM: Garden/Orchard Tours with peach and tomato tastings!
  • 5:30 to 8:30 Potluck - in conjunction with PASA: the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (say that fast 3 times...). You need not be a PASA member to come, just be interested in sustainable food production.

Full details about both events are here: http://www.northstarorchard.com/calendar.php
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Aug 7, 2014

Market Preview: August 9, 2014

We are soaking up every last bit of Summer as the August days fly by. This is a great time to stock up on summer veggies and fruits for canning and preserving (and let's be honest - making pies!).  

What is YOUR favorite Summer produce?

In case you missed it (ICYMI), here are a few pictures from last week:





















August Giveaway 


The 20th Anniversary celebration continues! We will be giving away a Customer Appreciation Basket this month.  Stop by the community tent to enter to win this bountiful basket full of WCGM goodies!



#WCGM

Be sure to share your Market tweets and photos on Twitter and Instagram, tagging us @WCGrowersMarket and using hashtag #WCGM. We love seeing your Market Pics!

Stay updated on Market News by checking out the Market Calendar here on the blog, as well as our Facebook Page.





Applied Climatology

"This week's featured plant: Daylily 'Cherokee Star' - This is a 1995 introduction that produces large 6" beautiful bold red blooms. It typically blooms in July. Daylilies are low maintenance and will grow in most soil types. 'Cherokee Star' can be planted in full sun to part shade locations as well. It will grow up to 32" tall & 18" - 24" wide.

Also available: Coreopsis, Agastache (Hummingbird Mint), Echinacea, Pennisetum (ornamental grass), Hostas, Phlox, Asclepias (Butterfly Weed), Heucherella, Delphinium, Sedum, Blackberry plants, Strawberry plants, Herb plants & MUCH MORE!"




"We'll have sweet NSO Rainbow beets, lettuce, blue potatoes, purple eggplant, yellow Marvel of Venice Beans, blue stars, and green clovers (that bit just to see if you're paying attention and remember certain TV commercials...). Peaches should return - hopefully yellow and white! Plus some more delightful Delight pears and maybe a few apples!."
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Jul 31, 2014

Market Preview: August 2, 2014

Is it really August, friends?

We had a fantastic month celebrating our 20th Anniversary with you - and we will continue to revel in how far we've come over the past 2 decades over the course of this Market Season.

Thank you for your support and celebrating with us! We wouldn't be here without YOU!

This month, many of us will be squeezing in last minute holidays before summer "ends," as well as gearing up for back-to-school. We are ready to supply your cookout and school lunch needs!


Original Market Bag


One of our Faithful Market Goers, Barbara Williams of West Chester, brought this ORIGINAL Market Bag to the WCGM last weekend. She has been a customer of the market for twenty years and that is the first, original West Chester growers Market bag. She brought it to the market to show our Market Manager, Paul.


In Case You Missed It (ICYMI)

Here are photos from last week!






















Market Bag Trick


North Star Orchard put together a 24-second video with the BEST. MARKET. MAGIC TRICK. EVER.


....which would be, how to open those darned plastic bags - and it's easy!


(They can give free live demos at our stand too, if anyone is still confounded by them!






WCGM Special Guests

We are excited to welcome Tri-State Bird Rescue as our non-profit guest today. Stop in and find out the great things this organization is doing!

Connect with them on Facebook.

#WCGM

Be sure to share your Market tweets and photos on Twitter and Instagram, tagging us @WCGrowersMarket and using hashtag #WCGM. We love seeing your Market Pics!

Stay updated on Market News by checking out the Market Calendar here on the blog, as well as our Facebook Page.





Jenny and Frank's Artisan

"The hot, wonderful days of summer mean the Peaches are in - so our amazing Ginger Peach makes its return this week - sweet, tangy and creamy! Also making its debut is another incredible traditional flavor, Hazelnut - complex, rich, and delicious.

Also available will be Black Cherry, Chocolate Supreme, Rustic Lemon, and (of course) Sea Salt Caramel! Come and see us all markets, and our Factory Store (2847 Ridge Pike, Eagleville). Ciao!"


North Star Orchard

"We'll be a bit light on fruit this week, as we are in between things, so no guarantees there. But we will have our getting-to-be-famous sweet Rainbow Beets (a North Star born and bred variety!), lettuce, purple potatoes, Swiss chard, large bulbs of dry garlic, and more!"

Yellow Springs Farm Goat Cheese


"The first Saturday in August is the start of tomato season in our garden, and we will celebrate with Goat-za-rella tm—perfect for flatbreads and tomato salads.- photo attached—if you would like to use it.

We were glad to give away cooler bags with 3-cheese purchase in July to celebrate the market’s 20thanniversary. We will keep the cooler bags on hand for purchase throughout the summer in case you need to keep your cheese cool on a hot day."
"Ellen April will be at the market with lots of luxurious soap and body products. Stop by and say hi to Ellen’s son David who will be subbing for her for a couple of weeks."



Applied Climatology

Daylily 'El Desperado' - Available on Saturday
"This week's featured plant:  Daylily 'El Desperado' - This is a 1991 introduction that produces beautiful 5" yellow blooms with a purple eye & purple ruffled edges. It typically blooms in July. Daylilies are low maintenance and will grow in most soil types. 'El Desperado' can be planted in full sun to part shade locations. It will grow up to 28" tall & 18" - 24" wide.

New this week:  Agastache 'Summer Glow', Aquilegia 'Dorothy Rose', Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Weed), Blackberry plant 'Kiowa', Coreopsis 'Imperial Sun', Coreopsis 'Snowberry', Delphinium 'Moonlight Blues', Eucomis 'Oakhurst' & French Thyme"



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Complete List of this week's Vendors:


Vera Pasta

Ellen April Handcrafted Soap

Stargazers Vineyard

Applied Climatology

Lizzie's Kitchen

Schaeffer Flowers

Maple Hill Farm

Maiale Deli and Salumeria

Big Sky Bread Company

London Vale Farm

Lindenhof Farm

Queens Farm

Golden Valley Farms Coffee
  
Yellow Springs Farm Goat Cheese

Fahnestock's Fruit Farm

 Elkdale Greenhouse

Blueberry Hill Farm
  
Red Earth Farm

Windy Acres

Chile Spot

Kings Kreamery

Oley Valley Mushrooms

 Pureblend Tea






Check back for:
Ridge Valley Farm Maple Syrup
Bryer Apiary
North Star Orchard