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Salad Basket with Creamy Orange Vinaigrette © Taste of Carolina

As colorful as a handmade Oaxacan basket, this salad-filled tortilla shell is dressed with a citrusy and creamt orange dressing that will please family and friends alike. Happy Cinco de Mayo!

 

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Mark the date on your calender!  The Sandhill Farmers’ Market will hold a special HOLIDAY FARMERS’ MARKET on Tuesday, December 14, 2010, across from the Village at Sandhill at 900 Clemson Road. The time will be from 11:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.  (A rain date has been set for Thursday, December 16)

Come to the market and visit your favorite farmers and vendors for the last time this year!  Make your holiday cooking extra-special by using our delicious, locally-grown fresh foods. The market will be bigger and better than ever, with new vendors selling holiday items. And remember, supporting your local-based food systems may be the best way to economic recovery!  

Not only will you discover locally-grown winter vegetables like collards and other greens, squash, sweet potatoes and apples, but you will be able to purchase local handmade crafts – ideal for holiday gifts. The market will also offer seasonal plants, homemade breads and baked goods, homemade soap, stone ground grits, rice, eggs, butter, cheese, gift baskets, and beautiful blankets and wool products. 

The Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer your gardening and landscape questions and will give out soil sample bags for soil analysis.  You may bring a plant for them to examine. They will have gardening gloves for sale. Special thanks to Bryce Haywood, Master Gardener Volunteer Coordinator, and all of the Master Gardeners who volunteer their time at the Sandhill Farmers Market.  

Vocalist, keyboardist, guitarist Keith Tracy will provide holiday cheer in the form of his festive music.  Remember to let Keith know how much you enjoy the music and tips are appreciated. Keith is available to play for senior adult residences, parties and other events.  He also has a CD available for only $9.00.  http://www.keithtracylivemusic.com.

Two regular vendors  at the Sandhill Holiday Market recently received cash awards from the S.C. Department of Agriculture’s “Promotions That Sell” Contest, which was open to S.C. farmers’ market vendors who are S.C. Certified. Entrants were judged on the appearance and content of their market display.  Congratulations Kathy and Anne!

 

                             Kathy McCaskill, Old McCaskill’s Farm

First Place winner:  Kathy McCaskill, Old McCaskill’s Farm of Rembert, SC.  Kathy sells lamb, pork, goat, cheese, eggs, pelts, yarn, blankets, hats and other woolen products from her sheep.  

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Anne Hester of the Soap Deli

Second place winner:  Anne Hester (and Branham) from the  Soap Deli in Prosperty, SC. They sell natural, handmade soap.    

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MARKET NOTES:

 

  • So, what’s in season in South Carolina now?  Broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chard, collard greens, kale, leeks, lettuce, cultivated mushrooms, parsnips, pecans, winter squash, sweet potatoes, turnips.
  • Driving Tips: Park only in designated areas at the market. There are marked handicap spaces. Please watch for small children, drive slowly and do not drive in front of vendor tents or park in vendor spaces. Vendors or volunteers will be glad to help you carry a heavy purchase if you ask.
  • When you exit the market to Clemson Road, please be sure to stop at the light with your wheels on the orange  block so the traffic light will change. Also note that there are two lanes for getting onto Clemson Road.
  • Some vendors proudly display a Certified SC Grown sign. They have been certified with the SC Dept. of Agriculture that they grow or produce certain crops, plants or products, and meet certain standards. 
  • Read what’s going on at the Clemson Sandhill Research and Education Center. The Facebook address is:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Clemson-Sandhill-Research-and-Education-Center/153969931266?ref=mf

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  CABBAGE PHOTO ©  BY SUSAN FULLER SLACK.

  VENDOR PHOTOS BY JUDY GASKIN

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Here are more photos from VIVA LA VISTA. At the end of this post, you will find a Blue Marlin recipe for Shrimp and Grits, which was shared by Executive Chef Brian Dukes for a Columbia Metropolitan Magazine article I compiled with creative recipes for grits. Enjoy!

BLUE MARLIN’S SHRIMP AND GRITS AT VIVA LA VISTA        

         

 

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PANTASIA

 

Last Saturday (September 25), Columbia’s largest block party rocked the Congaree Vista from 2:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M.  Columbia families flocked to the third annual VIVA LA VISTA on that sunny hot afternoon, in search of the tasty cuisine promised by a group of popular restaurants in this downtown area. 

Motor Supply Co.'s Classic SC Pig Pickin' :collards:vinegar BBQ sauce

 

Armadillo- Motor Supply's mascot loves BB@ too!

 

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Come to the Congaree Vista this Saturday (September 25) in downtown Columbia to enjoy the third annual VIVA LA VISTA   – Columbia’s largest block party – from  2:00 – 7:00 p.m.

The epicurean event will feature an afternoon of tastings from Columbia’s best restaurants. There will be live music –  in fact, there will be two stages set up with several bands playing. In addition to all this, the Free Times Music Crawl will gear up at 7:00 P.M. with bands playing around the vista.  KEEP READING FOR MORE INFORMATION AND FOR A LINEUP OF THE FOOD……..

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Grilled Chicken and Peach Kabobs

 

Juicy, sweet sun-kissed peaches are one of South Carolina’s signature crops.  They have been abundant this season at area farmers’ markets – and taste sweeter than they have in years. It’s no wonder that South Carolina is known as “The Tastier Peach State.”  Read on for more facts about our tasty Carolina peaches and for a couple of peachy recipes, Grilled Chicken and Peach Kabobs and Cantaloupe and Peach Preserves. There are additional photos of new products available at the Sandhill Farmers’ Market in Northeast Columbia. 

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ENJOY CAROLINA TOMATOES!

 

The first annual PALMETTO TASTY TOMATO FESTIVAL will debut in the capital city on Sunday evening, August 8, 2010, from 6PM to 9PM. Continue reading for all the juicy details……..

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WATERMELON STRAWBERRY FROSTIES

 

 

“The true southern watermelon……….not to be mentioned with commoner things……………is chief of this world’s luxuries, king by the grace of God over all the fruits of the earth.”            

                  Mark Twain in Puddn’head Wilson

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Watermelon is a Southern icon. No matter which way you slice it, South Carolinians view watermelon as the quintessential hot weather treat. There is no other food that provides the same thirst-quenching relief during the sultry dog days of summer. 

One of summer’s simple pleasures  is eating a juicy watermelon wedge out-of-hand with the sweet, pink juice dribbling down your chin. And who doesn’t enjoy the challenge of ‘precision watermelon seed-spitting’ to see who can land them the furthest.   

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Sandhill Farmers' Market

 

Heather’s Artisan Bakery

 

Beautiful flowers, garden-fresh produce, lively music and friendly, familiar faces: all the signs of Spring at the Sandhill Farmers’ Market, which opened last Tuesday. Twenty seven vendors were on hand for the opening day. 

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GREEN is the color that takes center stage on St. Patrick’s Day, which is Ireland’s national holiday honoring its patron saint. There is a “wee bit of Irish” in all of us on March 17th, as we don green clothing and put shamrocks and green paint on our faces and hair. We make merry at the annual parade in Five Points and may even drink a celebratory pint of green ale while listening to Irish bands and the Gaelic tunes of Palmetto Pipes and Drums.   

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There are many good reasons to wear green and to serve green foods on St. Paddy’s Day, not the least of which is to avoid being pinched by a leprechaun!  “The wearing of the green”, represents an old Gaelic tradition created around feast day celebrations when people wore green ribbons and shamrocks.  The “luck of the Irish” has come to be represented by the color green.  

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