Both vendors and patrons of the Linden Hill Farmers’ Market were thrilled to see a sunny day for the first time since the inception of the market. While rain has not deterred festive loyal market fans during previous weeks, the fair weather created a more bustling scene with both familiar and new sunny faces. Two new vendors joined the market, Carrie English, local Shiatsu & Macrobiotic instructor and Rachel Isaac, Artist of hand crafted botanical prints from Philadelphia. Market attendees were thrilled to have a taste of Carrie’s treatments with the onsite shiatsu chair. Rachel added to the market scene and enjoyed her new Friday “work” venue. She was recruited by her mother Joanne Isaac, a fellow artist who from Haycock.

It was an ideal time for the Lord’s Pantry to participate in the market, offering a 50/50 raffle for their new building. Christine Wimpenny, volunteer for the cause, explained their mission*, “The Lord’s Pantry has been serving Upper Bucks County lower income families for nearly 10 years. It is a volunteer organization that not only feeds the hungry but efforts to connect patrons to healthcare and housing, as well as creating a sense of community.” The Kitchen Potager suggested a squash contest which contributes to their cause as well as provides attendees with the opportunity to win “Linden Hill Farmers Market Dollars” for vendor purchases. The vegetables entered in the contest are donated to the Lord’s Pantry and home garden overflow is also welcome for collection. Categories include, but are not limited to, the largest squash, creative recipes, and oddest shape. This week’s winners are: 1) Susan Kahn of Bucks County Cookies won for her Zucchini Spice Cookie Recipe (listed below)** (full disclosure: judges are biased towards recipes accompanied by the prepared product :); 2) Lisa Hickey, local Decorative Artist won the kooky shape award (for her squash of course). Tianna Dupont, Penn State Extension was an honorary winner for most creative use for trombocino squash. The contest will continue to run next week so bring that overgrown zucchini and home garden overflow to the market next Friday. Rather than dropping it off for your “favorite” neighbor, you can have it go towards a great cause!

Later in the day John Schwarz, my personal favorite chef, cooked up delicious concoctions on his cow grill. We lingered as he served up treats for sampling; Swallow Hill round eggplants, peppers and garlic; Highland Gourmet’s kielbasa, chanterelles, and mozzarella; Purely Farms’ Chicken Apple Sausage, Berger Farm’s corn, Blooming Glen’s torpedo onions and my own heirloom tomatoes served as a base for the salsa served with Brad’s Raw beet flavored chips. Bill Schwarz donated the ribeye as a decadent treat. Rosie Nagel of Swallow Hill organic farm joined us and offered her sparkling personality and Michelle’s garden bouquet. It was one of my favorite evenings with sunshine, food & friends. Please join us when you can!

Upcoming features at Linden Hill Gardens:
August 14th – Music performed by Nancy Shill & Charlie Pellegrino
August 21st – Hugh Mangam & Mighty Quinn Pork Smoker
August 28th – Dog Days of Summer – Pooch Parade for Prizes at 7:00 pm

*The Lord’s Pantry has been serving Upper Bucks County lower income families for nearly 10 years. It is a volunteer organization that not only feeds the hungry but efforts to connect patrons to healthcare and housing, as well as creating a sense of community. It is supported by the Bucks County Opportunity Council, Norwescap Food Bank, St. John the Baptist Church, and through the goodwill of the various local faith communities, businesses, schools, and individuals. The Pantry is located in St. John the Baptist Church at 4050 Durham Road in Ottsville. Hours are: Mondays, 3pm – 5pm; Tuesdays, 9:30am – 11:30am; and Thursdays, 9:30am – 1:30pm.

** Zucchini Spice Cookies
1 tsp orange zest
1/2 c butter – softened
1 c brown sugar
1 egg
1 3/4 c flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp cloves
1/4 c milk
1 1/2 c grated zucchini
1/2 c walnuts (optional)
1/2 c raisins (optional)

Preheat ovent to 350 degrees.
1) Cream butter and sugar. Add zest.
2) Beat in egg.
3) Combine dry ingredients in bowl and mix into butter. Mix alternately with milk.
4) Stir in zucchini and nuts & raisins

Place like cookies on cookie sheet. Bake 12-15 minutes. The will be soft like zucchini bread in the shape of cookies.

Filling: 4 oz cream cheese – soft
4 Tablespoon softened butter
1 c confectioners sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
Mix all ingredients and stir to blend.

Let cookies cool. Assemble two cookies with cream filling in the middle and serve.

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