Happy Fourth of July! The Napa Farmers Market is open, at the summer season’s height and complete with all your favorite Tuesday vendors. Come down and find all your favorite traditional Fourth of July favorites for your table in a one-stop, family-friendly shopping environment.
Just about every item you need for your entire menu can be secured at the Napa Farmers Market.
Today at the Napa Farmers Market you can find a variety of cuts of organic beef, lamb and pasture- raised heritage pork. Whole pasture-raised poultry will also be available.
Other items for your grill include fresh-caught salmon and tuna steaks, halibut, prawns and maybe even some fat lobster tails.
Side dishes rule, too, at the farmers’ market. You’ll find potatoes for making potato salad, or baking and enjoying with some delicious cultured butter. How about some fresh-picked corn on the cob? Or for your salads, pack you shopping bag with lettuces of multiple varieties, cucumbers, onions of all colors, tomatoes, eggs, beets and radishes. Broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, kale, mushrooms and summer squash will also be on hand. Pick up some red or green cabbage to shred for homemade coleslaw. You’ll find locally grown cabbage at the Big Ranch Farms and Long Meadow Ranch stands.
For dessert, get yourself some ripe, juicy peaches or nectarines for cobblers or crisps; strawberries, raspberries or blackberries for pies; or layer these summer fruits with yogurt for a pretty parfait. If weather allows, we might even have fresh apples and pears on hand for that all-American apple pie, or watermelons and cantaloupe for serving sliced.
Make your own flavorful “spa water” with a pitcher of water, a handful of fresh basil, half a sliced cucumber and six whole strawberries. Or just grab your favorite local tea flavor from Napa Valley Tea Company, brew it up early and serve over ice.
For an appetizer, think about making a cheese plate with honey, nuts, herbs, edible flower garnishes or some locally grown stuffed olives from Atlas Peak Olive Oil. Hummus, pita chips, kefir dip from Juju’s Restaurant and Spicy Ahi Poke are all expected on site and ready to wow your party guests.
Fresh-baked sourdough bread, croutons, hamburger and hotdog buns, baked sweets and focaccia will all be at the market, ready for your picnic or barbecue. Grab a bag of coffee from one of our two participating roasters so you can serve your guests a hot, rich cup of joe with dessert. Coffee can also be brewed early (and extra strong) to pour over ice for a pick-me-up that beats the heat.
Don’t forget to pick up a bouquet of flowers or sunny sunflowers to grace your table and beautify your home.
Chef Demo: Sandra Richardson of The Constrained Gourmet will demonstrate a recipe at the Napa Farmers’ Market on Saturday, July 8, at 11 a.m. The demonstration is free and a recipe will be provided.
Charlotte’s Cucumber Cups
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 pound of bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 small red onion, finely diced
1 or 2 large English cucumbers, as straight as possible
1/2 pint of kefir spread or blue cheese crumbles
1/4 cup chopped or crushed walnuts (optional)
Heat the olive oil in a pan. Add the bacon and onions and cook together until the onions are browned and the bacon is almost crisp. Set aside to cool.
Peel the cucumber and slice into 2-inch segments. With a small spoon, scoop out the seed cavity but leave a 1/4- to 1/2-inch-thick base intact.
In a bowl, mix the cooled bacon and red onions with the kefir spread or blue cheese crumbles. Scoop the mixture into the cucumber cups. Garnish with walnuts and serve chilled on a plate. If you have any extra filling, scoop it into a small bowl and serve it with raw vegetables for dipping.