Tuesday, June 5, 2012

A Little New Market Newsflash.

Market Opens June 3rd thru September. Every Sunday at the Concord High School parking lot 4200 Concord Boulevard, Concord 94521 from 10:00am -2pm

This info comes to us straight from the CCCFM website... Visit the Contra Costa Certified Farmers' Markets at www.cccfm.org.

"Make your community Farmers’ Market part of your Sunday routine and taste the difference of locally grown produce.  CCCFM festivities include live music, kids’ activities, student participation, California farmers & artisan vendors! CCCFM is extending a hand of welcome to local community groups and non-profits to participate at the markets.  There is plenty of on site parking….but it is encouraged you to be kind to the environment- walk, ride your bike or carpool. Bike racks are available making it simple to ride and park!  Their Veggie Valet service makes it easy for you to shop till your hearts content-leave your market purchases at the Valet stand while you get your car and market staff will help you load your vehicle when you return.  Help the environment one bag at a time by purchasing reusable, washable cloth produce bags at the information table.  Enter the monthly raffle for a free box of produce!"

Of course the hubbs and I wandered over to check out the new market this past Sunday- it's practically right down the street from our house!  I foresee many a bike rides throughout the summer to this new venue.  Located in the parking lot of Concord High, sheltered by the brand new solar panels, you'll find a nice little array of vendors ready to sell their finest produce, flowers, ready-to-eat yummies and other goods.  This market is run by the same folks in charge of the hugely successful downtown Walnut Creek Farmers' Market and the Orinda Farmers' Market so we know it will do well once the word gets out.  For it's first day it seemed to be bustling, with people milling about and shopping, even right at the 10am start of the market.

Hubby and I picked out some fresh radishes, leafy greens, cauliflower, heirloom tomatoes, rainier cherries and strawberries from several different vendors.  The selection is smaller amongst vendors but the quality remains high.  I also chose some of the most divine blueberries on earth from Rhythm & Blueberries- a family based farm out of Galt.  Available are Jewel, Spring High and Star varieties of berries.  They are committed to farming in a sustainable manner to ensure that the land they farm will be available for generations to come and they are also a CCOF company.  These blueberries are huge, round, sweet and juicy, I can't stop eating them and will definitely be going back for more.

Also a huge congratulations is in order for Tasty Zombies!  That's right people, bringing back the good ol' zombies from high school.  You know what I'm talking about- those soft, buttery breads filled with gooey, cheesy goodness from your high school years?  Yep, they are back and better than ever thanks to the folks at Tasty Zombies.  From regular cheese, to pepperoni pizza and Hawaiian style, these treats will surely satisfy your snack cravings with their insane flavor combos and warm, melty insides.  This is their first year at Farmers' Markets, actually it's only their 2nd farmers' market ever- I'm positive that the Zombies will become a sought after hot commodity though, so give one a try, you'll love them.

Ok... That's all for today folks, time to start cooking!

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