Sunday, October 8, 2017

From The Farm to The People: Clinton Bailey Farmers Market

$7.00 Hardy Mum sold by Jane and Produce and Garden Center
          On Saturday October 7, 2017, I went to the Clinton Bailey Farmers Market with my roommate and two other friends. When we entered the farmers market, we were greeted with a variety of colors. All the vegetables, fruits, flowers, and pumpkins were shining vibrantly in contrast to the dull grey sky, the aftermath of the rain shower this morning. The Hardy Mum flowers, yes they are actually called Hardy Mum,  stood out to me the most. They were being sold by Jane and Produce and Garden Center for $7.00 or 3 for $20.00.

Vividly Red tomatoes and other produce  from Jane and Produce and Garden Center
          The first vendor I visited was Sarah from Jane and Produce and Garden Center. Jane and Produce and Garden Center is a local business which currently doesn't have any involvement with the local restaurants.  At Jane and Produce and Garden Center, all the produce and fruits are bought from local farmers through out Erie County and Eric County. Sarah's parents have been participating in farmers markets since 1980 and she's been helping them out since she was a kid. To Sarah, the best and worst parts of her job at the farmers market is woking with her family. Monday through Friday, Sarah is a regular worker at Key Bank but on Saturdays she come out to help with the farmers market. In the future, Sarah hopes for Jane Produce and Garden Center to expand and with that said, one word that she lives by in this business is "family".


          The second vendor I visited was Debby from Jane and Produce and Garden Center as well. There isn't much to say due to the fact that everything was already explained previously. Debby is a really nice lady and I loved her stall. Almost as much as I loved the next vendor that I visited. She has been working in the farmers market for about 14 years now, and I could tell that she enjoys what she does. Some of my favorite items from her stall include the white pumpkins and the huge red apples. I was honestly amazed when I saw them because I've never seen white pumpkins before and Ive never seen apple as large as the ones there.
Doughlicious Small Batch Bakery
          The third vendor I visited was Kelly Gates from Doughlicious Small Batch Bakery. A fun fact about Kelly is that she graduated from UB this past May with a degree in business management. Doughlicious Small Batch Bakery is fairly new to the farmers market scene, Kelly has been participating for little over a month now. Despite being new to the whole process, I can tell how dedicated she is to put in work for this business to grow. Whilst having a job and working full time, at 5pm when she comes home she immediately starts to bake in preparation for the farmers market that will take place the next day. Kelly uses all natural ingredients that are available at the local stores (Wegmans, Tops Friendly Markets, etc) to make her products.  She is working very hard towards the success of her business and her future goals for Doughlicious Small Batch Bakery is to expand out to other farmers markets in the area. My friends and I bought her cookies to try them and it was amazing. We bought the chocolate chip cookies and it was worth every dollar we spent on it. It was just a chocolate chip cookie, but for some reason hearing her story and how much effort she put into baking made it taste even better.


Pleasant Valley Green House
    -Grows and sells flowers at the Clinton Bailey Farmers Market
    -Ran by Dan Evans
    -He has been involved with farmers markets with produce his whole life due to his parents but switched over to flower growing and selling in the last 32 years.
    -Dan's favorite part of his job is getting to meet people at the farmers markets and his least favorite part is the office work.
    -When asked about overcoming difficulties in his business, he shared that during the times they don't make as much as they projected, they will try to spend less but there are also some times when they would have to go to the bank and borrow money.


This is my favorite picture
Jane and Produce and Garden Center
Jane and Produce and Garden Center

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Farmers' Market Blog Posting



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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Tahleia's Last Meal

For my last meal, I would absolutely love to just have a variation of pastas, and sugary desserts. 

Pasta has always been my one of my favourites, and if I had to go, I would love to do so with a belly stuffed with pasta. I would have my sister be the dinner chef, because she makes the best pastas and lasagnas, and then have my mom make all the deserts.

I would like to have Beef Italia which is a cheesy beef lasagna and I would have to say the best thing I have ever tasted in my life. 

I think this must be a family recipe because it is made with a special orange sauce that my sister makes from scratch, and I have tried to find the recipe in books and online, but I have never had any success. This is the dish I always ask my sister to make when I come home from school, and I consider myself lucky that I don’t know how to make it or I would be a very fat woman. 

Following that, I would like to have a vegetable lasagna. As it is my special day, I would ask for extra corn! People always say its bad for you, but to me, the corn is what really makes a vegetable lasagna so good. 

Finally, I would finish up with the classic spaghetti and meat sauce. An oldy but goody that I would be more than pleased to eat on my final day. 

My mother makes great chocolates as a part of her business, so on my final day, I would like an assortment of all the chocolates and flavour fillings that she has made over the years. 

To top it all off, I would finish with a strawberry crepe with extra cool whip, and a chocolate milkshake on the side. 

Thus completes my perfect final meal. Far from luxurious, but its everything I would need to die happy. 

Sunday, May 4, 2014

The Last Meal

When asked about what I want to eat, the answer usually comes immediately to mind.  However, The Last Meal has a certain sense of gravity to it that makes me hesitant to even start.  As a college student, deprived of a full kitchen and limited only to foods that fit on a meal plan (which is surprisingly varied, and looking less and less appetizing by the day) home-cooking would be the way I'd want to go out.  I have no particular meal in mind, as long as my mom makes it I'd die happy.  It's not just the physical food that I crave, but the process before it.  The sounds of NPR which are almost guaranteed to be on at all points of time in the house, the occasional blaring of the smoke alarm and the ensuing chaos to just dear god make it stop.  The smells of sauteing onions, grilled vegetables, even the very particular scent of boiling pasta have a very homey feel for me.  The scents that would fill up the house made the wait agonizing but it was so much more fulfilling when we finally sat down and ate.  I think it is the sense of fulfillment that I miss the most and I think that would make for the perfect last meal.  

Last meal

My last meal as a topic was quite interesting one to think about as I had never thought there would be such a finality to food. I would have to say that my last meal would be a porterhouse steak medium and a lobster tail, there's just something about the combo of land and sea that has always resonated with me. All in all this last class signifies the end of a interesting experiment that brought me some new experience and as the Romans believed experience was tantamount to life itself.

The Black Dinner

In the early fifteenth century, the Clan Douglas was consolidating power in the Kingdom of Scotland.  They carried a lot of clout in the kingdom; so much so that the crown saw them as a threat to the stability of the realm.  In 1440, the conflict between the crown and the Douglases came to a head over the control of King James II, who was only ten years old and therefore able to be controlled.  Sir William Crichton, the Lord Chancellor of the Kingdom of Scotland and Sir Alexander Livingstone conspired to come up with a solution to the problem of the Douglases' rise to power.  They invited William Douglas, 6th Earl of Douglas, and his younger brother David Douglas to a dinner with the boy king James II.  When the food was to be brought out, they brought out instead the head of a black bull, a symbol of death.  The Earl and his brother were dragged out to Castle Hill and given a mock trial.  They were found guilty of treason and summarily beheaded there and then.  This last meal for William and David Douglas became known as the Black Dinner.

What would I want for my last meal?

Most people eat to live, I would say I live to eat. Nothing brings me the pure joy that food does so imagining my last meal is incredibly hard. What would I probably want served in my last meal? Some of everything, a bite of my favorite meal from each of my favorite cuisines. However, that would probably end up giving me a severe stomach ache and I wouldn't like to go out like that. For my last meal I would want an endless supply of fruits, I can eat fruits all day. Some of my favorites are mangoes, strawberries, raspberries, pineapple, oranges, grapes, and papaya. I can just imagine eating an entire bowl of thinly sliced mangoes covered in salt and chili powder. Actually now that I think about it that is exactly what I would want for my last meal: A bowl of thinly sliced mangoes covered in salt and chili powder. At the beginning of this blog post I was not sure of what I would want for my last meal because I would not wanna give up any meal that I like. However, it has helped me identify exactly what my favorite thing to eat is. Now that I think about it every time I visit home during break before I leave my mom makes sure to buy a green mango and prepare it just the way i like with salt and chili powder. If you haven't tried it and you like spice and fruits you should definitely try it!