Thursday, July 30, 2009

What's "big" at market?


The Nolts have lots of sweet (!!!) corn, black cherries and melons on display, along with the various squash, tomatoes, and other fare. Joyce has her flavored angel food cakes and beautiful iced tea ring.

On the 18th, Weaverine Traditionals was at market, where Nancy Duffy will demonstrate and weave rag rugs once a month. She’ll be back again next month, on August 15th. On that day, anyone bringing in 6 old sheets (no jersey knits) gets a free rug (while supply lasts).

Over at the Sugar Flower & Cake Company, the cupcakes were delightful! Beehives w/bees, butterflies, and bouquets topped the treats, while boxes of muffins lined up beside them.

Prescott’s Patch had their own strawberries! In mid JULY! We are so lucky to have such delightful produce. Fingerling potatoes, patty pan squash, and red raspberries also played a starring role on their tables.

Grandma’s Kitchen featured lemon sponge pie, apple dumplings, and brownies with peanut butter. She had pretzels, too.

J&J Growers brought a full complement of hanging baskets. A favorite is the Mediterranean Vinca, a trailing plant that loves hot weather and full blazing hot sun! Other standouts were hostas and giant hibiscus.

Maryanne’s lampwork glass beads and various soaps were looking good at Lancaster County Soapworks. The Git Spritz is a top seller.

The Essential Herbal sold out of holy basil and passionflower tinctures, and the hand blended teas are a hit too.

The Sunflower Lady did indeed have beautiful sunflowers, amaranthus, stargazer lilies, and straw hats.

Hartz Farm had lots of summer squash, gourd art, and is beginning to branch out into wood work.

Creekside Produce brought a giant bucket of gladiolas along with their lettuce, onions, beets and other produce.

The Main Street Mount Joy table has the giant umbrellas for sale at $15 ($3 savings!) as well as tote bags, insulated coolers, and lots of information for the taking. Back issues of the newsletters are available there too!All the wonderful fresh and local produce is coming in now.

Here is a salad idea that's a little different that uses some of those luscious tomatoes, cucumbers, onions and basil:

3 T good olive oil
1 loaf French bread cut into 1-inch cubes (6 cups)
1 t kosher salt
2 large, ripe tomatoes, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 cucumber, unpeeled, seeded, and sliced 1/2-inch thick
1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1-inch cubes
1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1-inch cubes
1 small red onion, cut in 1/2 and thinly sliced
10—15 large basil leaves, coarsely chopped
3 T capers, drained (you can skip them, but I like their flavor)
1 small can jumbo black olives, drained

Heat the oil in a large sauté pan. Add bread and salt; cook over low to medium heat, tossing frequently, for 10 minutes, or until nicely browned. Add more oil as needed. In a large bowl, mix tomatoes, cucumber, red pepper, yellow pepper, red onion, basil, olives and capers. Add bread cubes.
Mustard Vinaigrette
Whisk together :
1 t finely minced garlic
1/2 t Dijon mustard
3 T White wine vinegar
1/2 C olive oil
1/2 t kosher salt
1/4 t freshly ground black pepper
drizzle over the salad, toss and allow it set for about half an hour for the flavors to develop.

Did you know that you can find many local experts on hand at Market? It’s true!

Several of the growers would be more than happy to help out with advice for your own garden. When I lamented over the small size of my garden to Steve at Prescott’s Patch, his reply was, ‘Anything is good! At least you’re doing something—do what you can.”

Of course the Main Street Mount Joy booth can give you information on what’s happening around town.

J & J growers wants to be sure your plants grow as they should, and Tina and Maryanne at the soap and herb booth can help you with herbal questions.

One of the great benefits of buying and eating locally is that you can talk to the people who grow and make what you are buying.

Take advantage of that benefit and talk to your neighbors!
You never know who you’ll see at market!

Do something good for yourself, your family and your community... Come out to market this week! It's a fun way to spend a Saturday morning.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Taste of Mount Joy – Cruisin’ Cuisine

On July 25, 2009 from 11:00 am to 2:30 pm, there will be a showcase of antique, classic, and hot rod cars, trucks, & motorcycles as well as the great tastes of Mount Joy from area restaurants. It's a perfect combination of special cars to admire and delicious food to feast! Over 45 trophies awarded to entries. Also new this year - A Cruisin' Cuisine After Party immediately after the show at Bube's Brewery. Come out and Enjoy!!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Mount Joy Music in the Park Concert Series

Main Street Mount Joy has released the 2009 Summer Concert Schedule for Mount Joy.

The Mount Joy Music in the Park Concert Series consists of 4 live concerts this year, which take place in War Memorial Park on Marietta Avenue. July concerts begin at 7 PM and August concerts begin at 6:30 PM.

Concerts are free to attendees; however, donations are accepted & appreciated at all concerts in support of the live performance series. The July concerts are sponsored by partnering not-for-profit community groups and therefore, donations are shared to support the wonderful efforts of these groups as well.

July 19th – 7 PM in War Memorial Park
The Bainbridge Band – An All-American, cake-walking, toe-tapping program
This concert is sponsored by the Lions Club of Mount Joy

(Note: A booked solid weekend, Friday July 24th Fourth Friday & Sat July 25th Taste of Mount Joy)
July 26th – 7 PM in War Memorial Park
Red Rose Chorus – Always popular barbershop, four-part harmony choral performance by the best male voices in Lancaster County!
This concert is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Mount Joy
+ Plus Mayor Ginder’s Annual Ice Cream Social in the Park
+ Florin Church of the Brethren serving free hot dogs & sodas

August 2nd – 6:30 PM in War Memorial Park
Jazz Ministers Big Band – Gospel, hymns, church music and standards like you’ve never heard them before – big band style! Concert Co-Sponsor: Barton’s Body Shop a co-sponsor is needed.

August 9th – 6:30 PM in War Memorial Park
Fire in the Glen – An exciting Celtic duo featuring a rousing selection of traditional music from Ireland, Scotland and the Canadian Maritimes. Concert sponsor is Mount Joy Country Homes.

Concert goers are invited to bring their own chairs. All concerts are weather permitting; in the event of HEAVY rain the concert will be cancelled. We will do our best to reschedule if the performers schedule permits.

The concert series is coordinated by Main Street Mount Joy, a downtown revitalization organization. For updates and more information, please visit on the web or call the Main Street Mount Joy office at 653-4227.

This year, the concert series is chaired by Main Street volunteers, Nancy Bullock Shonk, 653-5251 and Mary Ginder, 653-5355.