August 23rd At The Market

August 23rd At The Market

Iced by Betsy Featuring Hot Fudge Sundae Cupcakes (and Seasonal Undercover Greens?!?)

Just to balance out her selections, in addition to her Hot Fudge Sundae cupcake, Betsy says to “Be sure to try our seasonal Undercover Greens cupcake this week, featuring zucchini from several market vendors.”  Place your pre-order via email cupcakes@ICEDbyBetsy.com or phone 610-755-7062.

ICED by Betsy will have the following flavors at the market this weekend:

hot fudgePure – A simple & elegant vanilla cupcake filled with vanilla mousse. Frosted with vanilla buttercream and topped with white sugar crystals, and a single white vanilla chip.
Hot Fudge Sundae – Our simple signature chocolate cake filled with fluffy chocolate cream filling with sprinkles. Topped with a scoop of vanilla buttercream, scratch-made hot fudge, sprinkles, nuts, and topped with a cherry!
Twisted Lime – My favorite pie turned cupcake! Lime infused cupcake filled with key lime curd. Frosted with key lime cream cheese frosting and topped with graham cracker crumbles and a slice of lime.
Life by Chocolate – Our signature chocolate cake filled with rich chocolate mousse. Frosted with decadent chocolate buttercream and topped with dark chocolate curls.
Undercover Greens – A deliciously moist cake made with lots of fresh, local shredded zucchini and the classic combination of cinnamon & pecans. Filled & frosted with silky smooth cream cheese frosting and topped with a pecan! *Also available in our gluten free version.*
Odd Couple – Our signature chocolate cake with a sweet caramel filling. Frosted with salted caramel buttercream and topped with a chocolate covered pretzel. The perfect salty/sweet treat! *Also available in our gluten free version.*

This Week’s Entertainer is Kendal Conrad

Kendal singing with Keith Urban (August 10th)

Kendal singing with Keith Urban (August 10th)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Week’s Market Vendors

A’dello Vineyards

Bendybrook Farm 

Betula’s Botanica   

Freeland Market  

Frecon Farms

Green Acres Organic Farm 

Hearth Baker

Iced by Betsy 

Jubilee Hill Farm   

Kay Bryant 

Little Lost Creek Alpaca Farm

Marcy’s Granola

Neil’s Sharpening Service

Sweet Tree Artisan Roasters

Sweet Tree Coffee Roasters Introducing Coffee “Growlers”!

Sweet Tree Coffee Roasters Introducing Coffee “Growlers”!

This week Sweet Tree is introducing growlers of their magical “S.T.A.R. Cold Brew, “so you can take our refreshing organic cold brew home with you and enjoy it at your leisure throughout the week.”  Refrigerated, their cold brew coffee stays fresh for up to two weeks, so take your time and enjoy it with or without ice!

Sweet Tree is now kegging their cold brew, pumping it with a blend of nitrogen and CO2 gas (otherwise known as “beer gas”, the same used for stouts such as Guinness).  This “beer gas” is responsible for adding a deliciously smooth and creamy body to the cold brew coffee, and their Organic Mexican Lagunilla seems destined to be pushed out of a keg with nitrogen to make for a delectably smooth and creamy drink with pleasant notes of caramel and chocolate throughout. It is refreshing, organic… and oh-so yummy!

They will have a few “limited-edition” 64-ounce S.T.A.R. Cold Brew growlers to test the market — so get there early if you want your own limited-edition growler :)  Prices are $27 filled with cold brew and $15 to refill it anytime thereafter.  Feel free to bring your own growler and they’ll fill it with their S.T.A.R. cold brew for $7.50 for 32-ounce or $15 for 64-ounce!

Also this week is the return of their Costa Rican Honey Process Micro-Lot (light roast, notes of lemongrass and plum) as well as Honduran Decaf, Don Francisco Catuai Micro-Lot (green apple, sweet, nutty) and Don Roger Nicaraguan Dry Process Micro-Lot (complex notes of pumpkin, clove, and blackberry).  They are hoping the weather is as beautiful as last week and they look forward to sharing their coffee with you this Saturday!

 

Hot Bacon Caprese Salad

Hot Bacon Caprese Salad

Hot bacon caprese saladYou love heirloom tomatoes but you’re getting tired of eating them with bottle dressing. Would you like to tickle your taste buds while satisfying your craving for bacon? A couple of slices and their drippings add to this tomato/mozzarella salad. Look for heirloom tomatoes and basil at our produce vendors Jubilee Hill Farm, Green Acres Organic Farm, Ursinus College Farm and Valley Run CSA. And look for fresh mozzarella at Bendy Brook Farms.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 pounds heirloom tomatoes, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1 (16-oz.) package fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 6 thick bacon slices, coarsely chopped
  • 3 to 4 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Brush two rimmed baking sheets with 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil each. Arrange eggplant slices on sheets. Brush tops with 2 tablespoons oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast until eggplant is golden and tender, about 20 minutes. Let cool to room temperature.
  2. On a serving platter, layer eggplant with sliced mozzarella and tomatoes. Top with basil leaves and drizzle with remaining 2 tablespoons oil and balsamic vinegar.

[Credit: This recipe has been reproduced whole from Hot Bacon Caprese Salad on the myrecipes.com web site.]

August 16th At The Market

August 16th At The Market

Ursinus College Farm:  As Close to Nature—and the Collegeville Market–as It Gets!

By Marisha Letki

The vegetables and fruits from the Ursinus College Farm on Ninth Ave. in Collegeville are picked the night before and are healthy and vibrantly colored — beautiful reflections of what results when nature takes control! While at times less expensive, commercially grown supermarket and discount store produce can spend weeks in transit, resulting in loss of taste, nutrition and the expenditure of fossil fuels.

ursinus collegeThe produce from the Ursinus farm is hand-grown under the special care of Student Farm Directors Axel Gonzalez, Grace Barter, and Faculty Advisor, Brandon Hoover, who is the Program Coordinator of the campus Office of Sustainability.  Weeding is done by hand, and fertilizing is through natural composting. Garden pests are reduced by surrounding the produce with pest-repelling flowers; no chemical pesticides or fertilizers are used.  Through the Farm Directors’ efforts and those of student volunteers, the produce on the farm is all grown as nature intended–completely sustainability (using no methods which destroy natural resources) and GMO and chemical free.

Produce available from the farm includes the following in season: herbs, lettuces, greens, radishes, beets, cucumbers, zucchini, squash, beans, peas, carrots, potatoes, peppers, onions, leeks, shallots, cabbage, eggplant, blueberries, melons, and of course—the long awaited tomatoes!

The Ursinus College farm is also open to outside participation.  There are twenty raised beds available not only for students and faculty, but members of the community to cultivate their own organic vegetables and flowers. The plots are a popular addition to the farm and a wonderful way for the community to get involved and learn more about sustainable living.  Participation is high, and the plots flourish with plant life.

The Farm is operated under the Office for Sustainability, which fosters a green culture on campus to protect the environment.  This sustainable farm was conceived in 2003 with a simple butterfly garden, and through the hard work of students and faculty, has grown to house 2.5 acres of bees, chickens which roam the property, vegetables, fruits, herbs, and much more.

In addition to selling on Saturdays at the Collegeville Farmers’ Market, the farm also sells produce from 11:30 to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays on the campus in front of Wismer Hall.  Stop by the Ursinus College booth this week and taste the nature!

This Weeks Market Entertainment:  Christine & Company

This Week’s Market Vendors:

A’Dello Vineyards
Bendybrook Farm
Betula’s Botanica
Freeland Market
Frecon Farms
Green Acres Organic Farm
Hearth Bakery
Iced By Betsy
Jenny & Frank’s Artisan Gelato
Jubilee Hill Farm
Kay Bryant
Lavinia’s Cookies
Pawsome Healthy Pet Treats
Positively Pasta Plus
Sweet Tree Coffee Roasters
Ursinus College Organic Farm
Valley Run CSA

ICED by Betsy Debuts Peach Melba Cupcakes!

ICED by Betsy Debuts Peach Melba Cupcakes!

Betsy is introduces her seasonal Peach Melba cupcake this week, made with local peaches and raspberries. Place your pre-order via email cupcakes@ICEDbyBetsy.com or phone 610-755-7062.

ICED by Betsy will have the following flavors at the market this weekend:

peach cupcakeBananatella - Moist banana cake filled with creamy Nutella. Frosted with Nutella Buttercream & topped with a dark chocolate star! *Also available in our gluten free version.*
The Classic – A chocolate cupcake stuffed with a vanilla chocolate chip filling and frosted with Vanilla Buttercream. Topped with a swirled chocolate straw! *Also available in our gluten free version.*
PB & C – The most famous taste combination and one of our best sellers! Our signature chocolate cake filed with a rich peanut butter center. Frosted with peanut butter buttercream and topped with a peanut butter cup.
Peach Melba – A fresh peach cake filled with fresh red raspberry filling. Frosted with vanilla cream cheese frosted and topped with cookie crumbs, a peach slice, and a ripe raspberry. Seasonal & Tasty!
Cocoberry – Our signature chocolate cake with a fresh red raspberry filling. Frosted with raspberry buttercream and topped with a chocolate dipped fresh, ripe red raspberry.
Tom’s Tiramisu - A French vanilla cake filled with espresso-infused mascarpone cheese. Frosted with coffee buttercream. Topped with a homemade lady finger, chocolate-covered espresso bean, and a sprinkle of cocoa.

Blueberries, Peaches, and Nectarines at Frecon Farms

Blueberries, Peaches, and Nectarines at Frecon Farms

This is the last week to buy blueberries and Saturn peaches in 2014–so stock up!  We are now in peak peach season, and Frecon is harvesting daily Sugar Lady (sweet, mild flavor), Klondike (sweet and sub acid flavor) and White Lady peaches (one of the best tasting peaches.)

For yellow peaches, they are featuring John Boy (firm flesh, great flavor), Flamin Furey (Firm with good flavor) and Bounty (excellent flavor) yellow peaches.  Bounty is non-browning, making it an excellent choice for canning or eating fresh.

Frecon’s nectarines are Red Gold–a yellow freestone nectarine with a beautiful flush red skin.

Baked goods — all made from scratch in our bakery. Feel free to order ahead, guaranteeing your pie will be at the market. Call Frecon at 610-367-6100

Fruit Pies –Peach, Apple, Blueberry and Cherry

Tea Breads –  Peach Streusel, Apple Streusel, and Blueberry

Hard Cider — Early Man, Crabby Granny and Hogs Head

Thinking of canning or baking? Need fruit in bulk? Please call ahead to order larger quantities of number one or utility grade produce and we will deliver it to you at the market