Friday, July 30, 2010

Vicksburg Farmers' Market


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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 31 at the market
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Just Desserts Fine Pastries & Artisan Breads WILL be at the Farmer's Market on Saturday, July 31. However they will be closed August 7 and 14 and will RETURN on August 21. They will have plenty of all items tomorrow for those who may want to purchase ahead. Stock up.

Master Gardeners present Butterfly Gardens

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

Baked goods, fresh veggies, and Smith County watermelons.

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 AND WATERMELON SALAD
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Yield: Serves 4 to 6

INGREDIENTS

3 or 4 small to medium heirloom tomatoes, in assorted colors, cored and cut into 3/4-inch chunks
1 small English or regular cucumber, peeled, seeded, and cut into 3/4-inch cubes
1 cup 3/4-inch-cubed yellow or red seedless watermelon flesh
1 Hass avocado, halved, pitted, peeled, and cut into 3/4-inch cubes
1 tablespoon chopped mixed fresh herbs, in any combination: basil, tarragon, chives, and cilantro
1/4 teaspoon coriander seed
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons aged balsamic vinegar
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

PREPARATION

In a bowl, combine the tomatoes, cucumber, watermelon, avocado, and herbs. In a spice grinder, grind the coriander seeds to a fine powder. Add the ground coriander to the tomato mixture and toss gently.

In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and salt and pepper to taste. Pour over the tomato mixture and toss to coat evenly. Taste and adjust the seasoning before serving.

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!

More about us
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Our Website
E-mail Us
Our sponsors: Vicksburg Main Street & City of Vicksburg

Friday, July 23, 2010

Vicksburg Farmers' Market


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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 24 at the market
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Master Gardeners present about recycling and, conveniently...

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

Music by Clay Koestler

And edamame grown in Silver City!

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!

EDAMAME SUCCOTASH
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INGREDIENTS

Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 1/4 cups)


1 slice center-cut bacon

1 tablespoon butter

2 cups chopped sweet onion

2 cups fresh corn kernels (about 3 ears)

1 (16-ounce) bag frozen, shelled edamame, thawed

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon sugar

3 plum tomatoes, coarsely chopped

1 red bell pepper, seeded and coarsely chopped

3 tablespoons torn basil


1. Cook bacon in a nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan, reserving 2 teaspoons drippings in pan; coarsely chop bacon.

2. Increase the heat to medium-high. Melt butter in drippings in pan. Add onion; sauté 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add corn kernels; sauté for 3 minutes or until lightly charred. Add edamame, and sauté for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in vinegar and next 5 ingredients (through bell pepper); cook 30 seconds, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with bacon and basil.

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!

More about us
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Our Website
E-mail Us
Our sponsors: Vicksburg Main Street & City of Vicksburg

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!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Vicksburg Farmers' Market

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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 10 at the market
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Master Gardeners present Permaculture
Music by That Beatles Guy
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!

MARGARITA GRILLED CORN
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Yield: 8 servings
Time: 25 min. prep, 25 min. grill

Ingredients

8 ears fresh corn in husks
4 tsp. finely shredded lime peel (peel from 2 to 3 limes)
2 tsp. kosher salt or sea salt
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 tsp. chili powder
Small Limes (optional)

Directions

1. Carefully peel back corn husks, but do not remove. Scrub ears with stiff brush to remove silks. Rinse ears. Pull husks back up around corn. Place in large pot; cover with water. Soak 2 to 4 hours; drain well. Peel back husks and pat corn dry with paper towels.

2. For lime salt, in small bowl stir together lime peel and salt. Brush some of the butter on corn. Sprinkle lightly with lime salt and chili powder. Fold husks back around ears. Tie husk tops with strips of corn husk or 100% cotton kitchen string.

3. For charcoal grill, grill corn on rack of uncovered grill directly over medium coals for 25 to 30 minutes or until tender, turning and rearranging occasionally. (For gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Place corn on grill rack over heat. Cover; grill as above.)

4. To serve, remove ties from corn; peel back husks. Pass remaining butter, lime salt, chili powder, and limes for squeezing.

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!

More about us
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Our Website
E-mail Us
Our sponsors: Vicksburg Main Street & City of Vicksburg

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Miss Mississippi Pageant


The Miss Mississippi Pageant brings thousands of fans to the city of Vicksburg to cheer on their favorite contestant to win the Miss Mississippi crown. 45 contestants will compete to represent the state at the Miss America Pageant in January.

David Blackledge, Miss Mississippi Pageant director said that the Vicksburg Convention Center will have about 2100 people on Saturday night of the pageant, 2000 on Friday night and between 1800-1900 on Wednesday and Thursday.

“Pageant week is a tremendous economic boom for the city,” Blackledge said. “People come in for 8 days from around the state to stay in our hotels, use our florists, and to shop around town especially downtown and at the Outlets.”

“We have some exciting things planned for the girls that have never been done before,” said Ford. “The hotel is completely decorated for the pageant. We have each contestant’s picture on a star on her door. Once the pageant starts, each day the winners will have their stars on display in the front of the hotel.”

Ford said that the host hotel has assisted with the parents and directors including putting together tour itineraries for things to do in Vicksburg and a list of Top Ten restaurants to dine at.

“Special requests were broadcasted on facebook and we received 30 phone calls from parents and families on wanting suggestions on what to do in Vicksburg,” said Ford. “We really take advantage of what all our city has to offer to get the parents and friends out and about in the community. One family has 25 people from around the United States and we have planned their whole itinerary on things to do in Vicksburg.

“Two of our hotel properties are sold out for that week and they typically don’t sell out during this week especially with all the new hotels in our area,” said Ford. MY Hospitality Services properties in Vicksburg include the Wingate by Wyndham, Motel 6, Fairfield Inn, La Quinta, and Days Inn. “The pageant is going to be bigger than every this year.”

This year’s Miss Mississippi Pageant is held at the Vicksburg Convention Center at 8 p.m. on Saturday July 10. Preliminary pageants will be Wednesday through Friday July 7-9 also at 8 p.m. Pageant activities begin on July 3 at the Southern Cultural Heritage Center Auditorium with the Prince and Princess Crowning Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

The Miss Mississippi Pageant Parade and autograph parties also contribute to Vicksburg’s “economic boom” during pageant week. The parade will be downtown along Washington Street on Monday July 5 at 7 p.m. An autograph party at participating downtown stores will follow and stores will stay open until 9 p.m.

Miss Mississippi 2009 Anna Tadlock will make her last public performance outside the pageant at Vicksburg’s Fourth of July “Sparks on the River.” She will kick off Independence Day festivities at the Vicksburg Waterfront with the National Anthem at 7 p.m.. Music entertainment by Super T and fireworks on the Mississippi River will follow.

For ticket information for the Miss Mississippi Pageant call 601-638-6746 or visit http://missmississippipageant.com/.
For more information about Vicksburg and Vicksburg events call the Vicksburg Convention & Visitors Bureau at 601-636-9421 or toll free at 800-221-3536 or visit online at http://www.visitvicksburg.com/.

Links:

Press Release: http://www.mspress.org/pressreleases/2010/06/29/pageant-brings-thousands-to-vicksburg/

Vicksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau:
Web: http://www.visitvicksburg.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Vicksburg-MS/Vicksburg-Convention-and-Visitors-Bureau/97573010951

Vicksburg Convention Center and Auditorium:
Web: http://www.vccmeet.com/

Outlets at Vicksburg:
Web: http://www.outletsatvicksburg.com/

Facebook:
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/outletsatvicksburg

LaQuinta Inn Suites-Vicksburg: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000185717842

Vicksburg Main Street Program:
Web: http://www.downtownvicksburg.org/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000138350234

Thursday, July 1, 2010

MS in the Civil War: The Home Front

By Timothy B. Smith
304 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 15 b&w illustrations, 2 maps, bibliography, index


Tim Smith, author of "Mississippi in the Civil War: The Home Front" will be signing his book on Friday July 2 at 4 p.m. at Lorelei Books and Saturday July 3 at 9 a.m. at the Visitor Center of the Vicksburg National Military Park.
Mississippi in the Civil War is the newest addition to the Heritage of Mississippi series, examines the state’s civilian populace during the Civil War. It examines Mississippi's Civil War defeat by both outside and inside forces. The invading Union army dismantled the state's political system, infrastructure, economy, and fighting capability. The state saw extensive military operations, destruction, and bloodshed within her borders. One of the most frightful and extended sieges of the war ended in a crucial Confederate defeat at Vicksburg, the capstone to a tremendous Union campaign.

As Confederate forces and Mississippi became overwhelmed militarily, the populace's morale began to crumble. Realizing that the enemy could roll unchecked over the state, civilians, Smith argues, began to lose the will to continue the struggle. Many white Confederates chose to return to the Union rather than see continued destruction in the name of a victory that seemed ever more improbable. When the tide turned, Unionists and African Americans boldly stepped up their endeavors. The result, Smith finds, was a state vanquished and destined to endure suffering far into its future.

The book presents the first examination of the state's Civil War home front in seventy years. It tells the story of all classes of Mississippians during the war, concentrating on previously neglected groups such as women and African Americans. The result is a new and fresh examination of the social side of war.

Timothy B. Smith, Adamsville, Tennessee, teaches history at the University of Tennessee at Martin. He is the author of several books, including Shiloh: The Battle and Battlefield and Champion Hill: Decisive Battle for Vicksburg.

Reference:
New Book: Mississippi in the Civil War:
http://upmississippi.blogspot.com/2010/04/new-book-mississippi-in-civil-war.html
Tim Smith signs "Mississippi in the Civil War: The Home Front": http://www.visitthedelta.com/festivals_events/?id=1910
Vicksburg National Military Park website: http://www.nps.gov/vick/index.htm
University Press of Mississippi: http://www.upress.state.ms.us/books/1273
Amazon.com book page (Price:$28.80): http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1604734299?ie=UTF8&tag=civilwarbooks-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1604734299
Tim Smith's Amazon.com page: http://www.amazon.com/Timothy-B.-Smith/e/B001JRZ7M4/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1
Mississippi Department of Archives and History: http://mdah.state.ms.us/pubs/home_front.html

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