I’m writing this late Tuesday and Wednesday nights, but I think I can safely say Saturday is going to be warmer. The forecast is for 67 degrees, partly sunny but mild. That’s a good enough winter Saturday for a trip to the River Bluffs Farm Market to get a terrific healthy lunch at Porches Cafe from Chef Erin, and get a little fresh air strolling on River Bluffs’ famous Riverwalk. Turner Family Farms will have more produce this week, including sweet potatoes, rainbow chard, carrots, sweet potatoes, radishes, broccoli raab, microgreens, and our awesome brassica salad mix. Plus, we may have some newer crops to harvest if Thursday and Friday are as warm as forecast.
Betsy and Alexis of Feast for the Gods will have their amazing baklava, pastitsio, and something I asked for specifically, Greek meatballs with Alexis’s famous tomato sauce. Mmmm. Sara from Vineyards on the Scuppernong, Lauren of Bonardi-Allen Glass Art, and Travis from Cape Fear Pirate Candy will also be there.
For anyone just discovering this unique market operated by Turner Family Farms, the Farm Market at River Bluffs is located on the large veranda outside Porches Cafe, inside the beautiful River Bluffs community. River Bluffs is right on the Northeast Cape Fear River in Castle Hayne barely eight minutes from Downtown Wilmington. On Saturdays throughout the year, we offer the same wide range of produce that we provide to our subscription produce box (CSA) clients and to our customers at the two other farmer’s markets we attend. The market often coincides with events put on by the River Bluffs development, including everything from car shows to oyster roasts and live music concerts. And, as always, market attendees can get a table at Porches to sample some of Chef Erin’s creations. Please check the River Bluffs Farm Market page on Facebook for specific dates and events, but, as always, the market is located at 1030 Chair Road, Castle Hayne, N.C. 28429. River Bluffs is a hidden gem. You’re in the right place when you see the gatehouse to the River Bluffs community. Don’t let the gate deter you, the public is always welcome!
Vendors for Saturday, February 9, 2019
Turner Family Farms – Ian will be at the market with the same items our CSA subscription produce box clients received on Thursday (more or less 🙂 He’s going to have a really nice selection this week as mentioned above.
Feast for the Gods – Chefs Alexis and Betsy Fouros are our mainstay at the River Bluffs Farm Market offering Greek and Mediterranean delicacies every week. They always have their famous spice rubs, cookbooks and baklava, but this week they are bringing Alexis’s Greek meatballs in tomato sauce, pastitsio (Greek lasagna,) plus orzo salad with feta, tomatoes and pine nuts. One of the perks of being market manager is Ian and I get samples. 🙂
Vineyards on the Scuppernong – Sarah Barbee has been a great addition to our market. She spreads a lot of cheer every Saturday with her smile and personality, and, if all that somehow fails, well, she’s got wine. In addition to the muscadine wines famous in Eastern North Carolina, Sara offers some exceptional dry wines as well including a Merlot that I highly recommend. We love having Sarah at the market because if nobody shows up, well, we crack the wine bottle!! — Just kidding………………sort of.
Bonardi-Allen Glass Art – The customers at the River Bluffs Farm Market are really enjoying Lauren’s glass art, and, she and Dave are such nice people. She is an exceptional art-glass maker who has been featured at the Cameron Art Museum. I’ll get proper pictures of her work for next week’s post. Lauren and Dave have really beautiful works of art and we are so glad to have a little culture at the market!!
Cape Fear Pirate Candy – Tara and Travis Moore are back this week for sure!! She and Travis make the most amazing salsas and candied peppers. Try the Candied Habanero Bacon Salsa and Honey Kissed Candied Banana Peppers. You can eat them with chips or do what I do and use them in other dishes like tuna fish salad. I’ve even made 45 second (prep time) pot roast by dumping a big bone-in chuck roast into a crock pot and covering it with two jars of Tara’s salsa. I was expecting to get a reasonably palatable result, but instead, got one of the most amazing pot roasts I’ve ever tasted. It was the Cape Fear Pirate Candy magic.
Ok everybody, that’s it for now. Remember to say “hi” to Ron at the gatehouse on your way in to River Bluffs. — Farmer Steve