Is it Possible to have Too Much Farmer’s Market Produce? By Laurel Crim-Bartmess

Is it Possible to have Too Much Farmer’s Market Produce?
By Laurel Crim-Bartmess

I found Brother’s Marvin 79, and Nolan 68, one August afternoon in their tiny farm
stand at the Park City Farmer’s Market and since then, eating this summer has been
glorious.

My relationship with the Birt brothers started innocently enough at the end of
my shopping trip that day. Hand’s full, lugging my bounty back to the car I came to a full
stop….. to look just a little bit more. Maybe it was the beauty of their produce that caught
my eye? Those tiny tomatoes and raspberries lined up in pressed cardboard cups, green beans bundled up neatly, and boxes of cucumbers smiling up at me? Or maybe it was two quiet old-timer’s? Both men in red baseball caps, one in baby blue coveralls that no one wears anymore standing in front of their hard work- that caused me to set down my bags of produce in front of their stand and ask myself this “Is it really possible to have too much market produce?”

“These are really good.” said Nolan as he pointed to the Old Fashion cucumbers.
“Take this home and try it.” he said, as he handed me an Armenian cucumber. How could I refuse free food from these two? So there I stood, chatting about farming, popping random varieties of tomatoes into my mouth, knowing I had found my farmers and my farm. They’re quiet, generous, proud men happy to share what they love with the rest of us and it was there that they suggested I try a little orange tomato known aptly by the name Sun Sugar tomatoes that I instantly fell hard for, proclaiming “This it the best thing I have ever tasted!” to Marvin, Nolan and anyone standing nearby.

I’ve since found out that Marvin and Nolan are organic farmers and always have
been. Interestingly enough, they’re organic because their family farm was too poor to afford pesticides when they were introduced and all the rage in the mid 1940’s. The costly price of pesticides resulted in their family continuing to farm just as they always had farmed: seeds, sunshine, soil, water, and hard work. Resulting in what I think is magic and what my daughter refers to as “little bites of heaven.” Cucumbers with skin you don’t need to peel, a host of baby tomatoes that may change your life forever, green beans that make me want to sit all afternoon in a rocking chair snapping off ends into a bowl, raspberries that we finish before we get home and peppers, peppers, peppers.

So no, no it’s not possible this time of year to have too much produce from the Park
City Farmer’s Market, especially when you get to know fifth generation farmers like Marvin and Nolan Birt. A glorious example of my hope for how food is grown, how food should taste and what I had hoped to find while shopping outside this summer in Park City. Below is a simple Farmer’s Market salad that my family and I cannot stop eating. Make, eat as much as possible, enjoy, and repeat. Cheers.

Marvin's Garden Park City Farmer's Market

Cucumber, Corn, and Sun Sugar Tomato Salad

Serves 4

Ingredients:
Note: it’s nice to have all three ingredients cut roughly the same size. If the cucumbers are too big, they can overpower the other 2 ingredients.

1 cup diced (the size of corn kernels), unpeeled cucumbers (I use Marvin’s Old Fashion
cucumbers but any will do).

1 cup halved or quartered Sun Sugar tomatoes

1 cup fresh corn kernels

Dressing:

2 t olive oil

2 t balsamic vinegar

Seasoning:

Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:
In a large bowl combine cucumbers, tomatoes, and corn. In same bowl drizzle
2 t olive oil and 2 t balsamic vinegar around the glass sides of bowl. Combine
until vegetables are coated with dressing. Season the salad with a generous
pinch of salt and a reserved pinch of pepper. Mix, taste, and adjust seasoning if
necessary. It’s likely that you will need to add more salt a bit at a time until the
flavors of the salad come together.

Marvin's Gardens Park City Farmers Market

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Park City Farmer’s and Doggie Market 7/13/11 #ParkCity #Utah

The sun was shining across beautiful blue skies and big white clouds in Park City today. The Farmer’s Market parking lot at The Canyons Resort filled up quick!  🙂

This week we’re saying hello to some of the furry friends at the Farmer’s Market -starting with this adorable face. Why so serious for the camera today?  😉

Aww, cute pup!

Guarding mommie’s tomatoes! 

Cute girl! 

Nice golden.  🙂

All smiles.  🙂

There’s some serious tongue action going on over hurrr’.   😀

Just a little camera shy. 🙂 

And last doggie pic this week, a cute lab in training. 

Go to http://www.guidedogs.com for more info. 

Say hi to Park City Day School! Enjoying the sun with some ice cream yum!  😀

Ooh, some fresh garlic is out. 🙂

Volker and good friend Dr. Lisa Ruskin.  🙂

Please support the “Together We Ice Cancer” Fundraiser Hockey Game. Saturday, August 6 at the PC Ice Arena from 8:30 to 10:00 pm. The teams featured in this contest will be The Flying Penguins & The Park City Ice Miners. The price of admission is $10, all of which is being donated to the Be The Match Foundation to grow the marrow registry. Come check out the Flying Penguins that were undefeated this year!  🙂

You also get one of those cool hats that says”Together We Ice Cancer”. If you didn’t get a chance to make it to the market today -we’ll have these hats available next week as well. 

Cherries are here! 

Tagge’s Famous Fruit.

You know you want some! 😀

Say hi to Bob and Heather from Morgan, Utah. They’re up here enjoying the sun and offering farm fresh eggs and lettuce. 

Day Farms cooling off.

Live music in the Beer Garden every Wednesday. 

Bees Knees Ice Cream always puts a smile. 

Smith Orchards is here with delicious cherries.

Peace! 🙂

Day Farms tomatoes took a little longer, but these are delicious outdoors -no greenhouse. 🙂

The only problem with these tomatoes -is you will want to eat them all at once.  😀

Fred Fred jammin’!!

Volker and his good friend Baxter and sons. 

Looking for some Gluten-Free?

Even the bikers couldn’t resist a stroll through the Park City Farmer’s Market this week.

Thanks again for coming out and supporting your local Farmer’s Market -we look forward to having you out again next week. Please make sure to tell your friends and family where all the goodies are at on Wednesdays!

Rich Wyman Live Music and new Vendors in Park City!

It was a great day at The Canyons Resort yesterday -as the second farmers market of the 2011 season took place.

To start the market off -Rich Wyman performed live music in our beer garden! 😀

We’ve had a slow start because of the weather -so Volker found fresh tomato farmers from Newcastle, Utah! These sold out quickly. 

You can’t beat freshly picked tomatoes.  😀

Weeks Berries of Paradise offering Raspberry and Blackberry plants and products, fresh Raspberries coming soon!

Volker’s staff serving up delicious pizza.

The Farmer’s Market man himself -Volker Ritzinger. 

Owners of Beehive Cheese Co. sharing samples of their yummy hand crafted cheese. 

Michele, owner of Pepperlane is back for another season.

Scott Lyttle, owner of A Lyttle Goodness enjoying the sun.

Yummy Sugar Bear roasted almonds!

Fresh squeezed lemonade -awesome!

Mike Zurn representing ‘gel-out’ joint and muscle relievers.

Don Harden and the ‘Totally Wicked Tie Dye’ crew are the coolest peeps at the market.  😀

Meet new vendor at the market, Roland, owner of Olsen Farms in Magna, Utah.  😀

Meet Dave and Laura from the Local Grind out of Heber, Utah. Currently the only booth serving coffee.  😉

Say hi to talented ‘Growing Empire’ nursery owner, Ruth MacAngus and her lovely flowers.

You won’t find these type tomatoes (REAL) at your local super-market!  😉

A young Ritzinger making friends with Jimmy Crack Corn.

Thanks for checking us out, please share info on the Park City Farmers Market -held every Wednesday from noon to 6pm at The Canyons Resort with you friends and family -and hope to see you ALL next week!