• More Lower 48 coverage of Sitka Farmers Market

A screenshot of the Red Bluff Daily News (Calif.) with the article about the first Sitka Farmers Market

A screenshot of the Red Bluff Daily News (Calif.) with the article about the first Sitka Farmers Market

Last week we made note that a Daily Sitka Sentinel story from July 17 that previewed the first Sitka Farmers Market had been picked up by the Associated Press newswire and found its way into the Augusta Chronicle in Georgia.

Well, this week that same story made another Lower 48 newspaper appearance when it hit the Red Bluff Daily News out of California (unfortunately this time there’s no photo of Florence Welsh with her giant broccoli). It’s always fun to see Lower 48 papers talking about local foods and Sitka.

Click here to see the story in the Red Bluff Daily News (Calif.)

• A broccoli pesto/dip recipe from Sitka’s Keith Nyitray

Broccoli pesto/dip made by Sitka resident Keith Nyitray

Broccoli pesto/dip made by Sitka resident Keith Nyitray

A broccoli pesto/dip recipe from Sitka resident Keith Nyitray

What a wonderful year for gardening! If your garden is anything like mine this year, you probably ended up with an overabundance of broccoli. You’ve sold or given your broccoli away, gorged on steamed broccoli, made broccoli quiche, broccoli rarebit, cream of broccoli soup, and maybe even blanched and frozen some for the winter. And STILL the plants keep producing, especially those side florets!

Well, here’s a variation of pesto that stores well and can easily be transformed into a great dip for other fresh vegetables from your garden. The best thing about this “recipe” is that amounts aren’t written in stone. Feel free to play around with it. Personally I like to toast my pine nuts and double the amount of garlic!

Broccoli Pesto/Dip

3 cups broccoli florets
1/3 cup olive oil (or more as needed)
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup pine nuts (walnuts also work)
1/4 cup fresh parsley (optional)
2 or 3 large cloves of garlic
1 teaspoon salt (sea salt if you have it)
1/4 teaspoon pepper
splash of lemon juice

Steam the broccoli in a medium saucepan until bright green and just slightly tender, drain and immediately rinse in cold water. (You can also cook the florets in a skillet with a pinch of salt, olive oil, and a little bit of water to retain the maximum amount of nutrients. Do not rinse.)

Place the broccoli, half the olive oil, and the rest of the ingredients in a blender or food processor and purée. While blending, drizzle in as much olive oil as is needed to reach a smooth, almost creamy, consistency. (Note: if you’ve got a small blender like mine, this can be done in two batches and mixed together by hand in a separate bowl.)

Once blended, toss it with cooked fettuccine noodles as you would a regular basil pesto. It will store in a refrigerator for weeks and almost indefinitely in a freezer.

To convert this into a hearty vegetable dip, just blend in a little sour cream, cream cheese, mayonnaise or yogurt to taste.

Broccoli growing in the garden

Broccoli growing in the garden

• Special e-newsletter for Sitka Farmers Market

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This week Linda Wilson sent out a special e-newsletter about the Sitka Farmers Market and issues related to our first market on July 18.

In addition to the issues listed in the special e-newsletter, please remember that no pets are allowed inside the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall during the markets because food preparation and sales are taking place in the building. Please leave our pets at home (or in your car).

Also, we gladly take any donations of extra produce grown in family gardens to be sold at the Sitka Local Foods Network booth. The proceeds from these sales help support our projects, such as rent for the markets, supplies for St. Peter’s Fellowship Farm and seed money for our proposed Sitka Community Greenhouse and Education Center.

By the way, our next Sitka Farmers Market is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1, at ANB Hall on Katlian Street.

Click here to read the special e-newsletter about the Sitka Farmers Market.

• Sitka Farmers Market gets more media play

Screenshot of Anchorage Daily News' Alaska Newsreader blog mention of the Sitka Farmers Market

Screenshot of Anchorage Daily News' Alaska Newsreader blog mention of the Sitka Farmers Market

It looks there’s more media coverage of the Sitka Farmers Market. The Alaska Newsreader blog on the Anchorage Daily News Web site has a link to the Daily Sitka Sentinel story (as it ran in the Juneau Empire) and a link to the Sitka Local Foods Network Web site.

Click here to see the ADN’s Alaska Newsreader item about the Sitka Farmers Market

• Georgia newspaper runs article on Sitka Farmers Market

A screenshot from the Augusta Chronicle Web site showing a story and photo about the Sitka Farmers Market

A screenshot from the Augusta Chronicle Web site showing a story and photo about the Sitka Farmers Market

They’re talking about the Sitka Local Foods Network in Augusta, Ga.

The Augusta Chronicle’s Web site ran a version of a story that originally appeared July 17 in the Daily Sitka Sentinel and then was picked up by the Associated Press news wire. The article includes a photo of Sitka gardener Florence Welsh showing off some broccoli and cauliflower she was getting ready to sell at the first Sitka Farmers Market on July 18.

The Juneau Empire also picked up the same article to post on its Web site (the Augusta Chronicle and Juneau Empire both are owned by Morris Publications out of Augusta).

Anyway, click on the links below to check out the article on both newspaper sites.

Click here to read the article from the Augusta Chronicle’s Web site.

Click here to see the article from the Juneau Empire’s Web site.

A screenshot of the Juneau Empire's Web site with the article about the Sitka Farmers Market

A screenshot of the Juneau Empire's Web site with the article about the Sitka Farmers Market

• Donations and volunteers needed for Sitka Farmers Markets

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Did your home garden produce a bumper crop and you have more vegetables than you can handle?

The Sitka Local Foods Network is accepting donations for its vegetable stand at the next Sitka Farmers Market, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall. All proceeds from produce sold at the booth go to support community projects sponsored by the non-profit Sitka Local Foods Network.

Volunteers also are needed to help with set up and take down of booths. For more information, call Linda Wilson at 747-3096 (nights).

Lisa Sadleir-Hart, Maybelle Filler and Hilary Martin sell produce at the Sitka Farmers Market booth on July 18.

Lisa Sadleir-Hart, Maybelle Filler and Hilary Martin sell produce at the Sitka Farmers Market booth on July 18.