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( PAGE Wednesday, April 18, 2012 ~lllrit or JEFFERSON ~ t=ARMVm'S ^t'WOCKt~ ......................................... -i#- ......................................................................... ROBERT SNYDER Blueberry Hill's Krissy James' salad greens, kale, spring onions and other offerings proved popular with those who visited the Shepherd- stown Farmers Market on Sunday. Blueberry Hill is a certified organic grower based in Clear Spring, Md. Market is grown in hothouse "tunnels" FROM PAGE B1 so tile weather was le~s of an is- sue. But there were still some is- some local growers about this tmusu- sues. al spring; I wondered how the weath- Bill Gmntham of Tudor Hall er has 'all, ted their planting and har- Farm said the frost killed his kale vesting calendars, sprouts coming up. but he's more What's new? In Shepherdstown. concerned about the dry spring there's Stone Hearth Bakery from since a lot of irrigation increases Frederick, Md., and Karin Field- his costs. Bill had some ramps to Smith with Bluebell Ridge Nursery, sell, which he got from a connec- a plant vendor from Sharpsburg, Md., tion in Shepherdstown. Nothing speci',dizing in local native plants, kills ramps, I'll gue~. Asparagus I've heard that a goat cheese maker are just beginning. will be coming in by summer. Maura Balliett was selling Foodwise. the harvest was part- Swiss chard and Japanese sal- ly predictable for this time of year. ad turnips. She notes that she which is to say comforting: lettuce planted beans recently, which is mixes (mid seedings), amgula, spin- about a month early, since the ach, green onions, kale. Much of this soil temps are up to 65 degrees, which is more typical of mid- May. Krissy James of" Blueber- ry Hill from Clear Spring, Md., had tender, pale Brussels sprouts on opening day; they had lasted through the mild winter. Some of her greens, like arugula, are al- ready bolting. I bought myself some greens for a spring salad, my way of cel- ebrating the lengthening days. If you'd like to add your own foraged touches of "grass" or eeds, try a few young dande- lion leaves for a pleasant bitter- hess,not unlike radicchio but free for the taking. The yeUow flow- ers of the wild mttstard are show- ing up to help you find some of its pungent leaves for the salad. If you want some cotor in your salad, add some purple violet flowers or redbud flowers, both tasty and pretty. Your family and friends might wonder if you're suffering from spring fever, but it'll certainly pm some spring in their salad forks. I'm looking forward to rhu- barb pie, asparagus quiche, -strawberry shortcake, wore fresh green salads (including backyard pickings), local honey~ fresh eggs and spring chickens. Ah, ~ringSBut walt. I almost forgot about the other "greens." Is that the lawn I hear grow- ing? Yep~ real grass and weeds. They're enough to make md wish that real spring -- a cool spring -- would have hung around a lot longer. George Oliver, a longtime free- lance writer and editor, cooks up" his col.umn from Martinsburg. Reach him with feedback on this colmmt as well as story ideas via err~dt at golivergoS@frontier. C()??I. ROBERT SNYDER ennm'rme ma.~ FORD S~at Sta. SHEPHERDSTOWN - As Amy Williams offered up cook- ies and cakes at Shepherdstown Farmers Market last weekend, many customers also wanted to know about the containers of raw honey she had for sale. Honey is a hot topic. Advocates point to a variety of benefits to using honey in recipes, from the fact that it's a natural sweetener and not high- ly processed to the way it can to extend the shelf life of baked the goods to the natural antioxi- ag department's website at dams it contains, www.wvagriculture.org. Williams, who lives in Harpers Combing through the' honey Ferry, started her bakery, Peace recipe collection, we found sev- of Cake. in 7.(X)0. She has a net- eral worth sharing here: work of fresh, local sources for eggs, fruit and other ingredients, Honey Glazed Carrots including a friend in Martins- 4 large carrots, cut in strips burg who is a beekeeper. 2/3 cups water At the West Virginia Depart- 1~ teaspoon lemon juice merit of Agriculture in Charles- 3 Tablespoons fnargarine ton, honey remains in the spot- 3 Tablespoons honey light. Officials there recently Chives and parsley, chopped published a recipe booklet. Salt and pepper to taste "Cooking with West Virginia Combine carrots and water in Honey:' pan. Cover and cook over me- Put together with help from dium to high heat until water Ann Baker, Kirsten Traynor evaporates. Remove from heat and Susanne Behling of the and toss slightly with marga- Eastern Panhandle Beekeepers rine, honey and lemon juice. Association and others, the 38- Add salt and pepper. Garnish page book contains dozens of with chives and parsley. recipes for desserts, side dishes, breads and meats. Honey Lime Grilled Chicken To request to have a free copy 1/2 cup honey ofitmailed otto download it, go 1/3 cup soy sauce Cooks call on honey for desserts, side dishes, more 1/4 cup fresh lime juice 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves In a resealable plastic bag or shallow glass container, combine the honey, soy mee and lime juice; mix well. Add chicken and turn to coat. Seal to cover and refrigerate for 30 to 45 minutes. Drain and discard marinade. Grill chicken, uncovered, over medium heat for 6 to 7 minutes on each side or until juices mn clear. Spicy Honey Ribs 1 large onion, sliced 4 pounds heef or pork ribs For sauce: 2/3 cup honey 1 Tablespoon liquid smoke (op- tional) 1 Tablespoon paprika 1 teaspoon salt I teaspoon dried mustard I/2 teaslxxra chili powder 1/4 teaspoon pepper 2 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce I/2 cup vinegar 1 cup _tomato juice 1/4 cup catsup 1/2 cup water Mix sauce ingredients and bring to a boil in a saucepan over medium heat. Simmer about 15 minutes. In a large bak- ing pan, top ribs with sliced onion and bake at 450"F degrees for 30 minutes. Coat ribs with sauce. Bake at 350"F for another I to 2 hours, basting every 20 minutes and turning ribs halfway through Cover for the last 30 minutes of baking. Apricot Bread 3 cups sifted flour 4 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon salt I cup finely chopped dried apricots 1/3 cup melted butter 2 eggs, beaten ! cup milk cup honest cup chopped pecans Sift together flour, baking powder and sMt. Stir in apricots and pecans. Com- bine beaten eggs, milk, honey and butter. Add liquid mixture to flour mixture, stir- ~ ring until flour is well moistened. Bake in greased 5 x 8 bread pan at 350F for one hour. Shepherdstown native Chelsea McBee (center) joins bandmates Jeremy Rodgers and Ben Whitman Sun- ~day at the Shepherdstown Farmers Market. For more on her music, go to www.chetseamcbee com. Communi Communi Communi Comm n " " ........... : ........ ...... ............................................................................. . . ty, . Notes Hall, 411 S. Lawrence St. Can- didates for House of Delegates to the first 30 people, two people FROM PAGE B2 and Senate have been invited per agency (wait list available). to attend. The public is invited Please call the Family Resource NAACP candidates' forum: to meet and question the candi- Network at 304-263-0603 ext. The Jefferson County NAACP dates. 29 or ext. 28 by Friday, April 13 will sponsor a candidates' forum to reserve a place. Lunch will be on April 24 starting at 7 p.m. in Adopt-A-Highway volunteers provided and there is no charge the St Philip Episcopal Parish needed: The state Department of to participate. J EFFERSON COUNTY PARKS & RECREATION Saturday, Apdl 21, 2012 8AM-2PM Jefferson County Community Center Sam Michael's Park Over 25 vendors sell children's clothiug, toys, items, furniture, collectibles, clothing, fish tank, jewelry and much. much morel Space is Still Available! $25 per space 304-728-3207 for more bfo. | Dryer De-Linting Special $ 99.00 Environmental Protection is ac- teers must be at least 12 years cepting registrations for the Sat- old to participate. To register, urday, April 28 Adopt-A-High- call 1.-800-322-5530 or send an way Spring Statewide Cleanup. email to dep.aah@wv.gov. If Volunteers have until Saturdayyou reach the REAP voicemail, to register. Individuals, families, please leave your ID, phone churches, businesses, schools,number, group name, date of civic organizations, government cleanup, number of participants agencies and communities can and the county where your ad- register to pick up trash on al- opted road is located. most any state-maintained road, back road or main route~ Private Focus on child abuse from a roads and interstate highways child's perspective: Eastern cannot be adopted. The Adopt- Panhandle Child Watch initia- A-Highway program provides tire's aim is to bring attention to garbage bags, work gloves and abused and neglected chi]dren in safety vests to volunteers. The the Eastern Panhandle commu- state also takes care of dispos- nity that suffer due to the poor ing of collected trash. Volun-decisions of parents and caretak- WEST VIRGINIA Breast & Cerwcai CANCER SCREENING PROC;P~kI~ Breast & Cervical " ~ i;~:i~i~i~; '::~ : " : :~ : (~i::~i:: ;~::: :: ers. When the abuse is brought to the attention of authorities, a new nightmare begins for the child. Child Watch will provide an op- pommity to see actual locations where children enter the system and receive services. Through the eyes of a child, we will cre- ate a new awareness and provide insight into the current crisis in the child welfare system. The goal of this collaborative project is to heighten community aware- ness of the plight of abused and neglected children, and to mobi- lize the community m direct en- ergies.mad resources to these is- sues. The event happens on April 23. Space on the bus is limited 5pm May 4th to 2pm May 6th in Harpers Ferry Spend a day hiking to identify and harvest wild edible and medicinal plants. That evening, enjoy a gourmet, full-course wild food meal prepared by a talented professional chef. Spend the night in tent or lodge and enjoy a wild food cooking demo over brunch. All the details here: www.divine-journeys.com. rr I ........ J EPCD meeting: The monthly meeting of the Eastern Panhan- dle Conservation District will be held on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the conference room of the USDA Service Center, 151 Aik- ens Center, Martinsburg. Agen- da will be posted at the office. 4~ See NOTES Page B7 www.Divine-Journeys.eom Sign up today Space is filling up fast!