Friday, July 16, 2010

Vicksburg's Farmers Market


Vicksburg Farmers' Market @ the Catfish Row Art Park
Saturdays, 8:00-11:00 a.m.
Wednesdays, 4:00-7:00 p.m.
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July 17 at the market
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Master Gardeners present about Herbs
Tomatoes are in full swing -- stop by to grab a few pounds

RECYCLING is available. Bring your aluminum cans and #1 and #2 plastics down to the market.

While we appreciate your enthusiasm, please know that market rules prohibit vendors from selling before 8:00 a.m. Feel free to catch a few extra minutes of sleep on your weekend morning!

TOMATO PIE
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INGREDIENTS

1 9-inch pie shell
1/2 yellow or red onion, chopped
3-4 tomatoes, cut in half horizontally, squeezed to remove excess juice, roughly chopped, to yield approximately 3 cups chopped tomatoes
1/4 cup sliced basil (about 8 leaves)*
2 cups grated cheese (combination of sharp cheddar and Monterey Jack, or mozzarella)
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon (or more to taste) of hot sauce

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

*To slice basil, chiffonade them by stacking the leaves on top of each other, roll them up like a cigar, starting at one end slice the "cigar" crosswise in thin slices.

METHOD

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Place pie shell in oven and cook for 8-10 minutes or longer until lightly golden. If you are starting with a frozen crust, you'll need to cook it a little longer. If you are using a homemade crust, freeze the crust first, then line the crust with aluminum foil and pre-bake it for 20 minutes, then remove the foil and bake an additional 10 minutes.

2. Squeeze as much moisture as you can out of the chopped tomatoes, using either paper towels, a clean dish towel, or a potato ricer.

3. Sprinkle the bottom of the pre-cooked pie shell with chopped onion. Spread the chopped tomatoes over the onions. Sprinkle the sliced basil over the tomatoes.

4. In a medium bowl, mix together the grated cheese, mayonnaise, hot sauce, a sprinkling of salt and freshly ground black pepper. The mixture should be the consistency of a gooey snow ball. Spread the cheese mixture over the tomatoes.

5. Place in oven and bake until browned and bubbly, anywhere from 25 to 45 minutes.

Serves 6.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
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In addition to all the great vendors, the Vicksburg Farmers' Market depends on the help of volunteers each Saturday. If you're willing to sign up for a Saturday shift, please e-mail vicksburgfarmersmarket@gmail.com. Volunteers typically sell soft drinks (funds support market advertising), answer customer questions, and assist vendors -- when needed -- to set up booths. As the summer wears on, we'll need more help. Please don't just shop the market. Volunteer to work on a market Saturday if you'd like to see this great summer event continue to grow!

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