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Homemade Apple Pie!

Our famous homemade, hand sliced Apple Pie is only $8.99. Order by phone - 586.469.2525 or just stop in and grab one! Great with vanilla ice cream!

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Recipe of the Week

White Bean Salad with Zucchini and Parmesan -

This is a great way to use up some of the abundant zucchini from your garden or fresh from the Farmer's Market! It's wonderful served at room temperature.

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3 Salad Tips -

• Fresh Ingredients Matter: With a dish that's so completely dependent on one or two ingredients (lettuce or greens), the kind of lettuce you're buying matters a great deal. While the packaged lettuces are convenient, they're often frozen and transported to your local grocery store, so they'll never taste as fresh and delicious as a local bunch of lettuce. Take a little extra time with the washing and chopping — it'll pay off in flavor.

• Break out the Mandoline: I always hate recommending that readers buy a new piece of kitchen equipment, but if you don't yet have a mandoline, they work wonders for making an inspired, delicious salad. Mandolines allow you to very thinly slice vegetables like carrots and radishes, adding visual interest to your salads and allowing you to add many different vegetables without weighing down the greens. If you don't have a mandoline, you can certainly thinly slice these vegetables on your own — it just takes more time and patience, obviously.

• Experiment with Unexpected Ingredients: It's easy to reach for chopped mushrooms, sliced tomatoes or olives for your everyday salad. Maybe you like to scatter in a few sunflower seeds, soft cheeses, or croutons. But what about toasted hazelnuts? Gogi berries? Perserved lemon and capers? How about adding in cooked whole grains like couscous or quinoa for more of a complete meal? Starting to push the envelope on which ingredients belong in a salad can be quite liberating, will help you use up leftovers in the refrigerator, and will likely lead to new favorite salads.


 

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No-Cook Pasta Sauce!

Imagine the fastest, freshest, lightest, easiest, tastiest pasta sauces ever. Now, imagine not having to cook them! My kitchen credo is "less is more", especially in the summer. Using few ingredients, with minimal preparation, means less time in the kitchen, more time with your dinner guests or family, fewer dishes to wash and more flavor - and nutrients in the final dish. No-cook pasta sauces emphasize good-for-you olive oil and garden-fresh produce and herbs, all of which are abundant this time of year.

Pasta Puttenesca

Everyone loves pasta and the reasons are simple. Pasta is such a smart choice for a healthy diet, plus no other food is so economical and versatile, so quick to cook, or tastes quite so divine. That's why many of us are preparing this delicious staple not once, but several times a week for effortless suppers, light lunches, or as the focal point of special-occasion dinners.

Here are helpful hints on what basic ingredients and condiments to keep in your pantry - dried pastas, olive oils, sun-dried tomatoes, capers, anchovies, bottled roasted peppers, marinated artichokes, Italian canned tuna in olive oil, canned chickpeas, olives - for combining with fresh foods for fast and flavorful sauces.

All no-cook sauces are prepared in the same way, that is, the ingredients are chopped or added to a pasta serving bowl and set aside to warm to room temperature, or just until flavors mingle. The hot drained pasta is immediately tossed with the ingredients to heat the sauce and that's it! Nothing could be simpler.

With the summer tomatoes starting to show up at the Farmer's Market and uncooked pasta sauce made with the freshest tomatoes should become a summer standard! It's the perfect pasta to serve after a lazy day at the beach or by the pool or in the garden or on the patio. Feel free to experiment, but remember the golden rule: for the finest results, use only the freshest, most flavorful tomatoes and the best olive oil, cheese, and specialty items such as olives and sun-dried tomatoes.

No-Cook Puttanesca Sauce - Puttenesca means "harlot style," and legend has it that this fiesty-flavored sauce was created by Neapolitan ladies of the evening to try to attract potential customers with its lusty aroma. Feel free to add chopped anchovy fillets or whole green olives (not pimiento stuffed) if you crave even more excitement!

"Summer cooking implies a sense of immediacy, a capacity to capture the essence of the fleeting moment."
~ Elizabeth David

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Happy Labor Day Weekend!

Labor Day is annually held on the first Monday of September. It was originally organized to celebrate various labor associations' strengths of and contributions to the United States economy. It is largely a day of rest in modern times. Many people mark Labor Day as the end of the summer season and a last chance to make trips or hold outdoor events.

Happy Labor Day

The first Labor Day was held in 1882. Its origins stem from the desire of the Central Labor Union to create a holiday for workers. It became a federal holiday in 1894. It was originally intended that the day would be filled with a street parade to allow the public to appreciate the work of the trade and labor organizations. After the parade, a festival was to be held to amuse local workers and their families. In later years, prominent men and women held speeches. This is less common now, but is sometimes seen in election years. One of the reasons for choosing to celebrate this on the first Monday in September was to add a holiday in the long gap between Independence Day and Thanksgiving.

Labor Day is a day of rest or the last chance for many people to go on trips before the summer ends. For students, it is the last chance to organize parties before school starts again. In some neighborhoods, people organize fireworks displays, barbecues and public arts or sports events. The football season starts on or around Labor Day and many teams play their first game of the year during Labor Day weekend.

All of us here at the Farmer's Market hope you and your family had a wonderful summer and a great Labor Day Weekend!