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Written by Asunda

IN DEFENSE OF SUMMER SQUASH
Summer squash (technically a fruit) is one of the most prolific, dismissed and sometimes feared of the summer vegetables. Yet, there is not another crop out there that has its culinary versatility nor is there another plant where so many parts of it can be used for human consumption. As many of you know, I am of Italian descent. Every culture has indigenous varieties of summer squash, but the Mediterranean culture really knows how to make the most of this humble, bland, but versatile plant. Young leaves can be used as a wrap like grape leaves; long tendrils from the Costata varieties can be used as ties, and both leaves and tendrils can be cooked like greens. The flowers can be breaded, sautéed, baked and/or stuffed. And the fruits, many colored and varied in size, shape and subtle flavor differences can be used for salads, as a substitute for pasta, in latkes, fritters, gratins, pasta dishes, soups, stuffed and baked entrees, grilled side dishes, added to baked goods for moisture and nutrition, etc. And, squash is low in calories, fat and sodium, and is a good source of nutrition and fiber. This months recipe features patty pan squash, a native to this region:

New Mexican Chilled Squash Soup
6-8 medium patty pan squash
6 cups chicken or vegetable broth
2/3 cups lemon or lime juice (lime is sweeter)
1 medium onion, chopped
1 tsp Mexican oregano
salt and pepper to taste
3/4 cup sour cream
avocado and cilantro for garnish
Slice squash in ¾ inch rings and boil in broth with citrus, salt and pepper until tender, approximately 15 min. Cool to lukewarm. Add sour cream and basil leaves. In small batches, place in blender and blend on high for about 1 minute. Refrigerate. Serve in individual bowls with avocado slices and cilantro garnish.

SPECIAL EVENTS CALENDAR

July 11

Pat Bouchard, fabric artist of Moonstruck Gallery on Yankee St. will demonstrate the making of lavender sachets using lavender she has grown.
Andrew Dahl-Bredine will return playing guitar and singing folk music from around the world much of which he has written. Look for him from 8:30 to 11:00.

July 18
SNAP will host a dog and cat show with several categories. The event will be on 7th Street next to market starting at 11:00.
Brandon Perrault, a favorite at market, will be back from 9:00 to 12:00 with a mix of songs from his vast repertoire.

July 25
SQUASH DERBY hosted by the Grant County Extension Service. At their booth kids can make race cars from squash and other veggies. There will be prizes. And for the adults, one prize of $10.00 in market bucks will go to the wildest car presented. Jurors will be some of our own vendors. So be on the lookout for squash at market this month.
COUNTRY SILVER BAND with Bob Barsch will play from 8:00 to 10:00. They play a mix of country and folk music.
HOSANNA EILLERT from Wild West Weaving will be back again demonstrating handweaving and natural dyes from 9:00 to noon. Her new experiment is the use of natural clays from New Mexico on cotton yarn.

DOG AND CAT SHOW

Silver City Farmers’ Market is one of the few markets still allowing pets to visit market. We have a parade every month of patrons and their pets. So, this year the market has joined with SNAP (Spay, Neuter,….) to sponsor a dog and cat show on July 18th. The show and judging will take place on 7th St. in between Farmers’ Market and Yada Yada Yarn. Councilwoman Cynthia Ann Bettison will be the judge, with the categories of Best Trick, Smallest, Biggest, and Owner Look-Alike. There will also be a costume parade and there will be prizes for all the kids. All pets must be spayed or neutered, on leash or crated.

NEWS FROM MARKET

Summer goes into full swing this month with summer squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, beans and flowers. Despite late freezes, even in June, many of our farmers have managed to bring those summer crops to fruition. It’s been the usual challenge. First it’s the wind, and the hail, then the late freezes, and whatever survives that has to contend with deer, rabbits and other natives.
There are still native and perennial plants to purchase and with care, a little rain, and professional advice from our vendors they will thrive for you, some of them giving fall color.
Brooke Feldman and Monica Rude have been working hard, harvesting and brewing remedies to sell at market. Monica grows most of the plants she uses in her own garden. Brooke relies mostly on the native plants she harvests. They each have their own unique products.
Chickens slow down in their egg production due to the heat, but we have more egg vendors this year than in previous years and have had an abundance of eggs. And, of course, our bakers will be hard at work as usual baking healthful breads and snacks for your enjoyment.
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PROMO DRAWING
In June Silver City Farmers’ Market had a drawing to win an apron from our market booth. Congratulations! Patti Chatfield of Silver City, a regular patron of farmers' market is the winner of one of our market aprons. Her response, "I never won anything before!"
In July, we’ll draw for one of our brightly colored tee-shirts with the market logo on it. So, look for tickets from market vendors. Each week a different set of vendors are randomly chosen to be the ones to hand out tickets. Get one ticket for each purchase from select vendors and bring it to the market booth before you leave market. At the end of the month one ticket will be drawn and the winner will be notified by telephone.

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