Seasonal Abundance

Taking the mystery out of garlic scapes-by Kelli Wolford, MFM Board Member

June 19, 2014 |  by  |  Blog  |  No Comments

Garlic scapes offer a unique flavor to your favorite spring dishes


You’ve all been seeing garlic scapes around the market the last few weeks, and if you’re at all like me, you may not have had a clue what to do with them! I bought two bushels at the Market and let them sit in my crisper for a week or so until I finally decided to try my hand with them. My first go was to brush them with olive oil and grill them with just a sprinkling of salt and pepper. This turned out to be a good instinct, for they were delightful! The garlicky flavor was enhanced by the smokiness of the grill, and the scapes themselves were sturdy enough to withstand the heat. They were tender and savory, with a hint of sweetness, not unlike grilled green onions. We ate them alongside grilled lamb chops and a kale salad. My next attempt was, if possible, even more of a hit at home. I used the scapes in a spring pesto and served atop a lovely grilled trout. This was, if I may be so bold, one of the best things I’ve cooked all spring. This pesto would be marvelous with
pasta, or as a dip with crudites. 

Garlic Scape Pesto with Walnuts
1 cup finely chopped scapes
1/2 cup grated Pecorino Romano or Parmesan. 
1/3 cup toasted & chopped walnuts
1/2 cup olive oil (plus more to thin if desired)
pinch of salt
Using a mortar & pestal (or a food processor) combine all ingredients and pulverize until well blended. If the pesto is a tad thick, add a stream of olive oil to loosen up a bit. Enjoy!
*You can substitute hazelnuts, pine nuts, almonds, pumpkin seeds or pistachios for the nuts. 
In Memory of Volunteer Audrey Marshall

MFM “charter volunteer” Audrey Marshall spends a moment with Manager Gretchan Jackson. June 2nd, 2013. (Photo credit: David Ashton, eastpdxnews.com)

In Memory of Volunteer Audrey Marshall

April 22, 2014 |  by  |  Blog  |  8 Comments

Audrey Marshall, a stalwart regular volunteer passed away the morning of April 19th.

One of the original founding volunteers, Audrey was a fixture every week at market. She could always be seen doing her hourly shopper counts, breaking down tents, visiting with vendors, sampling beer (her favorite) and shopping. Audrey came to the market in 2007 while recovering from open heart surgery. She volunteered with the market nearly every week over the past 7 years. As Market Manager, it has been a joy to share space with Audrey, watching the market community and its offerings contribute to her wellness and longevity. In late November 2013 Audrey was diagnosed with a brain tumor and waged a great battle which ended this past week. Audrey’s unforgettable spirit will be in our hearts this season.

-Gretchan Jackson
Market Manager