Michelle Ryan

Three to go…
Three to go…

Only three more Saturdays to hit the Urbana Market at the Square (before it becomes the Holiday Market inside of Lincoln Square, run by the Urbana Business Association). If you’re going to the Illini/Wisconsin game tomorrow night, hit the Market for delcious grass fed meat and artisan cheeses for your tailgating! Or maybe you just want some gelato from Prairie Fruits – careful! I could probably eat the entire container in one sitting!

gelato

Last night I saw the perfect article to share as we inch closer to the end of the season/cold weather. I’ve started freezing some things but confess I really had no idea what I was doing at first. I couldn’t believe it when the folks at Upper Crust said, “Sure, you can freeze our bread! Just slice it and put it in a freezer bag.” (PERFECT) Then I learned that you can freeze…wait for it…sweet corn?!? I wrapped each ear in saran wrap, then foil, then put them all in a big freezer bag. I haven’t tried any yet, but have been assured it’ll taste GREAT. Oh, and I’ve been freezing goat cheese in a similar fashion – cut it into smaller cubes, wrap them with saran wrap, and toss in a bag. I defrost one cube at a time and it stays yummy. Of course I imagine all these things ARE somewhat time-sensitive.

Rodale published an article about how to freeze food from the farmers’ market – perfect info for this time of year:

“When the bounty of your garden harvest or farmer’s market explodes into your kitchen, don’t let it go to waste. Freezing it is an easy, easy way to tame piles of everything from tomatoes to peppers to grapes to mushrooms. To read the rest, click here

There are plenty of foods that are always in season – meat, artisan cheeses, eggs, baked goods, and pasta…which I could eat to excess as well.

pasta

According to my trusty Market Mail, tomorrow’s Market will feature:

Green beans, broccoli, cucumbers, pickling cucumbers, radish, fennel, onions, scallions, turnips, leeks, collards, kale, spinach, salad mix, eggplant, apples, hot and sweet peppers, cabbage, okra, potatoes, squash, carrots, watermelon, pumpkins, sweet corn, Swiss chard and tomatoes…lots of tomatoes including: Goldie, Striped German, Cherokee green, Cosmonaut Volkov, Green Zebra, Brandy Boy, Black Plum, Juliet, Roma, Celebrity and Orange Banana.

It’s also a perfect time to check out the vendors featuring their own arts and crafts.  Get your holiday shopping done earlier than ever with blown glass, glass beads, soap, leather goods, knitted hats and scarves, painted silk scarves, and jewelry. Pick up a huge mum or some fresh-cut flowers.

And don’t forget about the incredibly entertaining live entertainment every week!

church street ramblers

There are just THREE Markets left – hope to see you tomorrow on the corner of Illinois and Vine in downtown Urbana. The Market is open rain or shine from 7-noon.

EAT LOCAL. SHOP LOCAL. PUT A BIRD ON IT. 

That reminds me! This weekend the Market will again be selling a whole new line of merchandise, including a variety of new Market at the Square t-shirts in assorted colors and sizes (for men, women and children) as well as a limited edition PUT A BIRD ON IT t-shirt (also available in men, women and children sizes).  Shirts are $10 for adults and $8 for kids.

About Michelle

FAVE MIX ARTISTS: Adele, P!nk, The Killers
FAVE MOVIE: When Harry Met Sally
FAVE LOCAL RESTAURANTS: Black Dog, Mas Amigos
FAVE LOCAL BARS: Boltini, Tumble Inn
CURRENTLY READING: Nightmares and Dreamscapes
PET PEEVE: People who feel sorry for themselves
I GET TEASED FOR: excessive ironing, being too frugal
ON MY BUCKET LIST: ziplining, going to Europe, whitewater rafting, running a 10k, getting a tattoo (maybe…)
WHEN I’M NOT AT WORK I’M: playing sports or working out at Refinery, doing stuff around my house, or reading
MY WORDS TO LIVE BY: Carpe Diem