Thanksgiving Gift Guide 2014

Thanksgiving is coming our way! On most holidays, food is important, but only secondary to the celebration. For this one, food is central to your table. At Central Farm Markets, we want to make sure that you are adequately prepared for the upcoming feast with your family and friends. That’s why we’ve planned to hold a special market the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. Many of our vendors will be joining us at the Pike Central location from 10am to 2pm to provide you with the freshest ingredients and the perfect host/hostess gifts. Here is a short list of what we will have to offer you at this very special market:

Wollam Pumpkin Bouquet

Wollam Gardens – a “destination flower farm” in Jeffersonton, VA – will sell their beautiful Pumpkin Bouquets, a wonderful piece for your Thanksgiving table. They will also have hand-crafted wreaths made from dried flowers – a great gift that will stay beautiful long after your guests have left.

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Affinity Woodworks will sell one-of-a-kind wood pieces at a discounted price. All wooden bowls are 10% off and all cutting boards are 15% off. Both of these items would make fabulous gifts for friends or family or as a great addition to your own Thanksgiving table. Stop by and meet KC, who will also discount any custom order taken during our Thanksgiving market.

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Pearl Fine Teas is a great place to pick up some gifts for your host or to pick out some tea to serve to your guests! Elise has prepared different types of tea-infused preserves, including Strawberry Assam Preserve, Blueberry Jasmine Green Tea Preserve, Earl Grey Nectarine Preserve and SourCherry Sencha. She will also bring her delicious mini tea-cakes and her new market hit, Jasmine Green Tea Applesauce – made with apples from Toigo Orchards! These will make great additions to your table!

Two Acre Farm, located in Keymar, MD, specializes in all-natural preserves, sauces, condiments and more. For our Thanksgiving market, Nicole – a self-proclaimed “Artisan Agriculturalist”- will bring her one-of-a-kind Cranberry Sauce with Port Wine and Cinnamon, Mulling Spices for delicious cider and her famous Spiced Turkey Brine. Other goodies at Two Acre Farm worth a mention are Cranberry Vinaigrette, Cranberry Pepper Jam, Wild Rice Stuffing with Apples and Pecans, and Cracked Black Pepper Gravy. This is literally a one-stop shop for gifts and food items to help you complete your menu!

All Things Olive

All Things Olive, the market’s supplier of a range of delicious, high-quality olive oils, have perfect gift-sized bottles in all flavors for you to cook with or give as gifts to your host/hostess. The couple that runs the stand, Lynn and Keith Voight, can help you find the best type of oil for whatever you might need. From buttery and bold to delicate and fruity oils, All Things Olive has it all.

Chocotenango will have a great assortment of delicious chocolates for you to share with your guests or your hosts. They sell both bars and filled chocolates, as well as a wonderful gift – a tin of spiced hot chocolate mix, perfect for serving after the feast. If you’re looking for a great gift to go with a bottle of wine, look no further! Chocotenango sells boxes of chocolate that hang from a wine bottle’s neck – and you can pick the chocolate flavors that go with it!

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The Chocolatier’s Palette is offering Thanksgiving flavors in decadent Belgian chocolate. Their chocolate is dual-use at the holidays!  The two-piece boxes are great for place settings; the five-piece boxes are perfect for thanking those who helped prepare the meal; and the twelve-piece box is a wonderful thank you to the host/hostess! Come taste a variety of flavors, from favorites like “pumpkin pie”, “sweet potato casserole”, and “cranberry sauce” to the more daring menu items: “turkey (jerky)” and “green bean casserole!” Twelve flavors in all—perfect for that 12-piece box!

Gift Certificate

Central Farm Markets also has gift certificates available. You can purchase them at the info at all markets this weekend. After the markets close you can get them at Bethesda throughout the holiday season or e-mail Debbie Moser and she will send them to you. These make great host/hostess gifts as well as a perfect holiday present/stocking stuffer for anyone on your list.

So come by the Thanksgiving Market on Tuesday, November 25! In addition to all the vendors mentioned here, many more of our vendors will be joining us to sell their farm-fresh products for your Thanksgiving Dinner. For the complete list of vendors and what they will have available, click here.  If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

Also, don’t forget, we’re looking for unique farm-market recipes from our readers! I’ve received a few entries so far, but I’d love to hear from more of you! Share your recipes with me for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the market.

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Sweet Potato Crust Quiche

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. As much as we’d like to think we have tons of time to prepare, now is really the time to start getting everything in order for when guests come. Or maybe you’re traveling and want to arrive with something scrumptious to bring or to make for your host or hostess. Many people think that Thanksgiving meals are all about dinner…but what about breakfast? Here’s your chance to impress all day long while staying true to the flavors and produce of the season.

I teamed up with Debbie Moser, co-founder of CFM, to bring you a great breakfast recipe that uses all farm market fresh ingredients, available at our markets leading up to Thanksgiving. This recipe is a unique spin on a classic breakfast dish, the quiche. The difference here is that we’ve taken an iconic autumnal produce – the sweet potato – and used it to make the crust. We promise this will be a hit Thursday or Friday morning, as long as people still have room for more food!

Click here for a printable version of the recipe, or right click on this post and click “print.”

Sweet Potato Crust Quiche with Broccoli & Kale

Quiche 1

We used red onions, broccoli, and kale, but you can make this recipe by substituting any veggies or meats using these measurements. I have noted in parentheses where I picked up my ingredients at the markets. This is simply a suggestion, as product availability is subject to change.

Sweet Potato Crust Quiche with Broccoli and Kale Ingredients:

  • 2 Sweet Potatoes (Twin Springs Fruit Farm)
  • 4 Tbsp, Oil, divided (All Things Olive)
  • 1 Cup Milk (Springfield Farm)
  • 6 Eggs (Liberty Delight Farm)
  • 1⁄2 Cup Red Onion, chopped (Spiral Path Farm)
  • 1 Cup Kale, chopped (Spiral Path Farm)
  • 1 Cup Broccoli, (Two Acre Farm)
  • 1 Cup Shredded Cheese, or more if you so desire (Stonyman Gourmet Farmer)
  • Pinch of Nutmeg
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped

Quiche 2

Preparation:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Cut a parchment paper in a circle, about 3 inches larger than the diameter of a 9-inch spring form pan. This will help keep the filling in the pan while the quiche is baking. Use a sprinkle of oil to brush the bottom and sides of the pan. Set aside.
  3. After washing (and removing skin if desired), use a box grater or a food processor to shred the sweet potatoes. Wrap in a paper towel and squeeze to remove excess moisture.
  4. Place sweet potatoes in a bowl with oil, salt and pepper to taste. Combine ingredients.
  5. Press the sweet potato into the spring form pan, making sure to distribute evenly around the sides and bottom of the pan.

Quiche 3

  1. Bake for 20 minutes or until the edges start turning golden brown. Check halfway through to redistribute the crust and push it up against the sides – it might fall a bit during the preliminary baking time.
  2. While the crust is baking, put 1 Tbsp oil into a pan. Sautee the garlic and the onions until onions are translucent, 3-4 minutes. Add the broccoli, stirring occasionally until the broccoli is just tender, about 5 minutes. Add the kale and cook for 2 additional minutes. Remove from pan and set aside to cool.

Quiche 4 (1)

  1. When the crust is browned, remove from the oven, set aside to cool, and turn the oven temperature down to 350 degrees.
  2. While the crust and veggies are cooling, prepare the filling: whisk together the milk and eggs, and add the cheese, nutmeg, salt and pepper.
  3. Distribute veggies evenly throughout the bottom of the crust. Pour mixture into crust and bake 30 minutes, or until the top is slightly browned.
  4. Let sit for at least 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

The quiche can be made a day in advance, chilled and reheated, but the crust will lose a bit of its crunch that makes this dish so unique.

It is also possible to prepare all ingredients in advance and put them together when needed. However, I do not recommend shredding the sweet potato more than an hour before baking it.

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So there you have it; a perfect use of farm market ingredients that will exemplify to season’s greatest produce, fill you up with healthy veggies, and showcase your amazing cooking abilities! It’s so easy to cook with farm-fresh ingredients – all you need is a little time and creativity and you can whip up your own Thanksgiving delight.

We are currently looking for some interesting holiday recipes that use all farm market ingredients to feature in a holiday blog post. Please send me your recipes and we’ll go through them and pick a favorite. The winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to the markets and get their recipe printed for everyone!