Market Report for October 12th
When you read this there is only one market left. It has been a challenging season, a long season, and a dry season. The vendors did the best they could to supply fresh produce for the community to purchase. There is still produce to purchase, winter squash, tomatoes, peppers, onions, pumpkins, cabbage, potatoes, and carrots to name a few. Be sure to come on down to the Toledo Farmers' Market on October 26th to make your final purchases for the year.
The potato crop this year in my garden was a small one. Potatoes are my favorite veggie. I could eat potatoes three times a day. This root vegetable rarely gets the praise it deserves, it is delicious fried, baked, or boiled. Potatoes are environmentallyfriendly. They're incredibly easy to grow and don't require massive amounts of fertilizer and chemical additives to thrive. Potatoes are good for you, if you're not eating them in fried form all the time. Potatoes are the perfect crop for farmers in the developing world, they can grow a nutritious food in adverse conditions.
Potatoes are synonymous with the Irish these days; they were grown in the Andes Mountains centuries before Europeans ever set foot in the new world. The world's largest potato weighed in at 18 pounds, 4 ounces according to the Guinness Book of World Records. That is enough for 73 portions of medium fries at McDonalds. The potato is about 80% water and 20% solids. An 8-ounce baked or boiled potato has only about 100 calories. The average American eats 137.9 pounds of potatoes each year. If you plug your nose while eating a potato, onion or an apple, they all taste the same.
Some folk remedies recommend using potatoes to treat facial blemishes by washing your face daily with cool potato juice. Treat frostbite or sunburn by applying raw grated potato or potato juice to the affected area. Help a toothache by carrying a potato in your pocket. Ease a sore throat by putting a slice of baked potato in a stocking and tying it around your throat. To ease aches and pains by rubbing the affected area with the water potatoes have been boiled in.
So see, a potato can be used for many things other than eating them. See you at the last market.
Potato and Steak Pizza
3 cups bread flour
1 cup lukewarm water
1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon honey
1 packet of instant dry yeast
1 1/2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes
1/2 pound skirt steak
salt and pepper to taste
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 (5oz) package crumbled blue cheese
2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
(Leftover cooked steak works well for this or substitute 1 large thinly sliced Vidalia onion for the steak to make a vegetarian version.)
Place all dough ingredients in a food processor. Process for 30-60 seconds or until mixture forms a ball. Place in a lightly oiled bowl loosely covered with a damp cloth. Let rise in a warm spot for 1 hour.
Cook potatoes until tender. Let potatoes cool and slice 1/8- inch thick.
Preheat grill to medium-high. Grill steak for 3 minutes on each side or until rare. Cut across the grain into thin, bite-size strips; season with salt and pepper and set aside.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Divide dough into 2 pieces and roll each into a 12-14 inch circle on a lightly floured board. Place on 2 parchment-lined baking sheets or pizza pans. Top evenly with cheese, potatoes, garlic, steak, and blue cheese. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until cheese is lightly browned. Remove from oven and sprinkle with rosemary.