Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Look for Michigan Cherry and Michigan Black Raspberry Muffins! In a few weeks we should also have fresh peaches for baking. Along with these varieties we'll be offering the Simply Lemon, Triple Chocolate, Sunshine, Donut, Blueberry, Fruitful Bran, the Natural, Smart Bars and Apple Cinnamon Gluten-Free, and Gluten and Dairy Free Banana. Hope to see you this Saturday!
Saturday, June 11, 2011
"I thought about your chocolate muffins all week!" was a comment from a customer today. Imagine how that made me feel! There was so much energy at the Market, customers and vendors were in high spirits and really enjoying themselves. The atmosphere was livened up with a bluegrass/country band. All in all a wonderful day. I spoke with the orchard where I buy peaches and it looks like I will have my peach muffins at the end of July. I also was able to purchase Michigan whole wheat pastry flour from Jennings Bros Stone Ground Grains located in Nashville, Michigan. I will use it in the Natural, Sunshine and Bran muffins. Come to "Fresh on Q" in Texas Township and support your local economy!
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Our community has so many resources for locally sourcing the ingredients I use. Currently I am using eggs from two different farms, the Sutton Farm in Burr Oak and The Lovely Parr Garden and Farm right here in Texas Township. Soon I will be able to get strawberries, peaches, blueberries and carrots for my muffins. Other Michigan ingredients I use include honey, dried cherries, molasses and sugar.
The Market is a great place to find local veggies, plants, meats, fish, eggs, fruit and baked goods. Come out and support your community at Fresh on Q in Texas Township on Q Ave near 8th street.
Sunday, May 22, 2011
What I enjoy most about the Market is my interactions with customers and vendors. The vendor next to me yesterday was selling heirloom tomato and basil plants, it looked like he had at least 100 of them. We got to chatting and he showed me an information sheet he prepared with the different varieties and their unique characteristics. It was fascinating. I asked him if cultivating plants was his "day job". He smiled and said, "no, I wish", I work at Pfizer as a global developer. Wow, I thought, thinking how cool it was he was pursuing his hobby. I left the Market with 3 heirloom tomato plants and 3 basil plants!
A customer came by the table interested in the gluten-free muffins. In the course of our conversation we talked about nutrition, one of my favorite topics. She suggested I make the gluten-free muffins without white sugar and use fruit juices or other sweeteners such as agave nectar. We talked about so much of our population becoming "gluten sensitive" because of all the processed foods we eat. She gave me much to think about. I told her of the muffins I make without sugar and of the new Smart Bar. As she left the table I thought, "how cool, I just made a new friend".
The Smart Bars were a hit and sold out in the first 45 minutes. I will make more for next week! So, come to the Farmers Market "Fresh on Q" at the Texas Township offices on Q Ave just west of 8th St.