Father’s Day is this Sunday, June 18. According to Wikipedia, Father’s Day is a celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds and the influence of fathers in society. The United States’ first Father’s Day was celebrated in the state of Washington in 1910. Today Father’s Day is celebrated the third Sunday in June. Census data shows that there are more than 70 million dads in the United States.
Father’s Day is a relatively modern holiday and families have a wide range of traditions, from a simple phone call or greeting card to large parties honoring father figures. Many people take the opportunity to honor not only a father but also step-fathers, fathers-in-law, grandfathers, great-grandfathers and even other male relatives.
If part of your Father’s Day family tradition is gift giving, consider looking for that gift at the Napa Valley Farmers’ Market. The following vendors will be at the market on Saturday, June 17, so you’re sure to find some unique ideas for the dads in your life. How about:
— A belt or bag from Napa Valley Leathercraft
— Bottle, candle holders or furniture from Art Barrel Creations
— Local bean-to-bar chocolate from Mayacama
— Soap or lotion from My Two Cents
— Candles and manly scents from The Paris Apartment
— Reusable shopping totes and table linens from I’m Sew Sure
— Knife and tool sharpening at Napa Knives
— Compost and worm bins from Worm Endings Unlimited
— Freshly frozen local beef from Sonoma Mountain Beef Company
— Photographs at Jessica Rogers Photography or In the Moment Creative
— Wall hangings or crystals from Dandelion Design.
Or pick up all the ingredients you need to prepare Sunday brunch or a grilled-steak dinner for Dad.
Some families’ Father’s Day traditions include going out to eat or cooking a special meal. I wanted to offer a recipe that you could make with your children so I selected a dish that my daughter and I used to make when she was a child. The recipe is from “The American Girls Cookbook, A Peek at Dining in the Past with Meals You Can Cook Today,” written and edited by Jean Thieme and published in 1990. I still like this deviled egg recipe but I am sure it is because of my fond memories of cooking with my daughter. So create some memories with your family by cooking a treat for Dad on Father’s Day.
Chef demo at the market: Chef Andrea “Brooklyn” Neal of Addictive Toast will be demonstrating a recipe at the Napa Farmers’ Market on Saturday, June 10, at 11 a.m. Copies of the recipe will be provided.
Get your farm-fresh eggs at the Napa Farmers’ Market from Mossy Oaks Farm or Grant Farms.
6 hard-boiled eggs
2 to 3 Tbsp. mayonnaise
1 Tbsp. pickle relish
1 tsp. prepared mustard
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
Sliced pimento-stuffed olives
Slice the eggs in half lengthwise. Put the yolks in a bowl. Put the whites on a plate. Mash the yolks with a fork. Stir in the mayonnaise, relish, mustard, salt and pepper. Mix until smooth. Carefully put the yolk mixture back into the whites. Try to fill each of the 12 halves equally.
Sprinkle each deviled egg with a little paprika. Top with a slice of olive.
Makes 12 halves
The Napa Farmers Market takes place on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., May through October, in the parking lot of the South Napa Century Center, 195 Gasser Drive, Napa. The third Tuesday of every month is Seniors’ Day at the market, with some vendors offering discounts to shoppers 65 and older. Ask about participating vendors at the information booth. For more market information and a schedule of upcoming events, visit NapaFarmersMarket.org.
The Farmers Market accepts WIC, CalFresh EBT cards and the Senior Nutrition Program (available through WIC). CalFresh EBT users can receive double the value of the withdrawal from their EBT account at the market’s information booth.