• Ali Collier

Hello August!

What an amazing month July was! There were difficulties, to be sure, but through the heat wave, pandemic and ongoing social upheaval, our market has grown and you, dear Pop Uppers, have continued to support us. For that I want to say a big THANK YOU! I also what to give props to our vendors who have journeyed these last 3 months with us into the realm of weekly online sales. They have been optimistic, united and flexible as we learn new things every day.

Today though, I want to give a super, special shout out to Tiffany, of This Is A Farmhouse and Morgan Peri Organics. She has been especially positive in July and worked hard to set August up to be even more fantastic for us. Tiffany has been the driving force to bring our online market to Hanover. She has done all of the in person work to set up 2 pickup locations for our online orders. And because she is vibrating with love and light, beginning this Saturday she is opening her very own IRL bi-weekly market at Untamed Boutique. These are the deets:

Hanover Fresh and Local Pop Up Series- every other Saturday morning 10am - 2pm beginning August 8th.
Produce and craft vendors, an onsite food truck, and fun activities like yoga, craft bags, scavenger hunts and music. 
Pop Up Dates: 08/08, 08/22, 09/5, 09/19, 10/3, 10/17 and 10/31
You can pre-order produce from our produce suppliers at the Hanover Boutique Stop Pop Up for pick-up at Untamed Boutique at 10am every week, even if there is no in person event that week.

I'm very excited for the opportunity to do some in-person shopping from some local vendors. But, I also really love shopping online from some of my favorite people. Seriously, the people behind these products are kind, considerate, funny and creative and I couldn't be happier to get to get to support them every week. Here are some highlights of what I'm excited to pick up this Thursday:

Morgan Peri Organics - Oh, yeah, Tiffany is also a prolific grower of amazing produce. How cute are these little Heirloom White Cucumbers? These would make fantastic refrigerator pickle.

My Grandma Judd called them Marinated Cukes. She was a painter and painted the landscape that is our cover photo; I like to think she would have loved our little market.

Here's her recipe: Using a quart jar, add 1/4 cup each of the following: white sugar, wine vinegar, water and oil. Add sliced cucumbers to fill jar. Add salt, pepper and paprika to taste. Shake and put in the fridge. Take out and shake periodically. Ready to eat in 1 hour. Serve with blue or cashew cheese.

Love Sown Family Farms - There is still LOTS of time left to establish perennial plants this growing season. In fact, now is the best time to plant them. Love Sown Family Farms has done the hard work for you by getting these Swamp Milkweed plants to germinate and begin growing (trust me, it's tougher than it sounds). All you have left to do is order and plant them and these monarch magnets will adorn your landscape for years without hassle.

Wildwood Lavender Farm- If you're crafty like me this bag of Lavender Buds will be your new best bud (pun absolutely intended). No spoilers but this little bag will make an appearance on our Try It Tuesday video this week. Enzo really loves the scent of lavender and he's very excited to try something new with it.

Burtt Baking Co- Do you see that Turtle Brownie there? I've enjoyed everything I've tried from Katie but my appetite really diminishes with the heat and I am really looking forward to this week's rainy and cool (pre-fall!) weather so that I can sink my teeth into one of these again.

Mary Magenta- I know a lot of folks, our family included, have spent much of their quarantine time considering how to reduce their impact on the environment. One of the ways we have implemented is to cut back is on paper towels and napkins.

These Tea Towels by Mary are a great way to support local and reduce waste. Mary had her artwork printed on 55% linen cotton blends. She then cuts and sews each one. They really are almost too pretty to use but the towel holds up to everything we've been able to throw at it.

Also, still, no spoilers but we'll be announcing the winner of Mary's Art Pins in our Try It Tuesday video tomorrow too!

Tulsi Fields Farm- Matt is continuing his streak of growing lesser known herbs from around the world. This week's newest member is a cousin of the daisy but originally from much warmer climates than our own. Spilanthes is also know as the toothache plant, eyeball plant and peek-a-boo plant because of its alien looking flowers. Chewing on the blooms of the toothache plant causes a local anesthetic effect and has been used to temporarily ease mouth pains. Matt says it's mostly just fun to eat. Tingly.

Mother Truffula All Natural Bodycare Products- So, yesterday the weather was miserable. As we were vending at market sweating just standing still, wearing facemask, like you do, I kept walking over to see Laura because her booth was a breath of fresh air. Even through the mask, with the breeze blowing and over the smell of the grill at Glen Rock Mill Inn I could smell the beautiful aromas of her body care products, calming and invigorating at the same time. I got to thinking, I bet her lip balm could keep me feeling like that all day. She's got 6 scents to choose from too. Don't we all need a little pick me up like that?

Brabble Hill Farm- Welp, another week without tomatoes has come and gone but just look at these beautiful queens of the garden. Queen of Malinalco Husk Tomatoes are like a large sweet tomatillo, less tangy too without the peppery flavor. You can eat them raw, make them into salsas, or cooked like tomatoes. The center comes clean out of these for stuffing like a jalapeno. I might have to make up a new recipe for them but they are my favorite new garden snack.

With all these goodies available you are sure to find something to delight you this week. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to see our Try It Tuesday videos, see more vendor highlights and find information about these in-person markets. Have a wonderful week and I will see you Thursday friends.

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