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This week, all across America, we celebrate farmers, local food and the impact farmers' markets have on their communities. As a participant in the Farmers Market Coalition's Farmers Market Metrics Program, Hampton Blvd Farmers Market collects data about our vendors and our market throughout the year. Here are some interesting stats that show you why regularly supporting at the Market is so important.  
The Market is a fun way to shop, involves more social interaction than shopping in a traditional store--with vendors, neighbors and friends, and keeps so much more money in the local economy. Did you know that at a traditional retailer, only 15 cents of every dollar goes to the farmer? When you buy directly from a farmer or local food producer, 100% of your food dollar goes to them. Did you know that in a supermarket, the average time since harvest is 13 days? At a farmers market, it's 1/2 a day! The food from the Market is fresher and more nutrient-dense. Did you know that people who shop at a farmers market consume a lot more vegetables and fruits than those who don't? There are SO many reasons to shop at the Market as often as you can, and our vendors truly appreciate your business. 

You know and love Bodacious Bakehouse for their fresh breads and pastries at the market. Did you also know they have a brick and mortar restaurant and bakery in Virginia Beach, and pizza is their specialty? And they have had a popular pizza food truck for years! Luckily for us, now they will be bringing their pizza dough and fresh-made sauce to the market! Just think of all the possibilities for toppings between all the vendors we have at the market--meats, clams or shrimp, cheeses, fresh herbs, and, of course, fresh veggies! Simply thaw your frozen dough in the fridge overnight, and you're ready to make your own pizza creation with your favorite toppings! See our Recipe of the Week, provided by Bodacious Bakehouse, for Summer Vegetable Pizza! 

Vendors for August 7:

Bodacious Bakehouse - fresh breads and pastries, NEW pizza dough and sauce!

BowWowMeow Baking Co. - all natural dog and cat treats

Captains Choice Seafood - oysters, dry packed scallops, shrimp, fresh fish, crabs, crab meat, crab cakes, and a varied weekly selection

Cowboy Syd's Products (Sydney Meers) - sauces, spice mix, salad dressing, chutney, aged country hams, ham salad, pork barbecue, petite savory pies, wine vinegars, barrel-aged vanilla extract, signature coffee blend, relish, heirloom grits

Crunchy Carrot - cold pressed juices, alkaline waters

Dessert Classics - key lime pies, pound cakes, rum cakes, cupcakes, sugar art

East Coast Herbal Solutions - handcrafted teas, including cold brew tea

Eggleston Urban Farm - fresh fruits and vegetables, native plants, pollinator-loving plants, succulents

Empowered Plant Cakes - 100% plant based, gluten free, dairy free, raw and refined sugar-free cakes and confections

Full Quiver Farm - pasture raised chicken and eggs; farm-raised pork; grass fed beef; Farmer’s Grill grilled meats and sandwiches

Joysicles Gourmet Pops - all natural pops

Klassic Doughnuts - yeast doughnuts made on-site, old-fashioned fresh squeezed lemonade

Liliana Produce - fresh fruits and vegetables, farm-grown flower bouquets

Max The Knife Sharpening - knife and blade sharpening

Norma's Produce at Penn Farm - fresh fruits & vegetables, fresh herbs

NEW! Pasta e Pani by Salvatore - fresh pasta, pasta sauces, hand-pulled fresh mozzarella, meatballs, bread and more (normally they attend bi-weekly, but we had an opening this week, so they will be back in case you missed out last week!)

Red Mushroom Brewing Company - kombucha

Seafield Farm - fresh produce, fresh eggs

Sunshine Farm & Apiary - local raw honey, creamed honey, jalapeño honey, bees wax, handmade pottery honey pots, soaps made from bee products and garden botanicals

The Hoot - all natural cleaning products that are eco-friendly, kid-friendly and pet-friendly

The Neighborhood Harvest - lettuces, greens, herbs, vegetables, eggs, soups, breads, dairy products and more--delivered to your home or office

The Rustic Tart - sweet and savory pies, including tomato pies

Three Ships Coffee - locally roasted coffee, including cold brew

WhaaatCo.!? - premium beef jerky, marinade, hot sauce

Learn More About Our Vendors
RECIPE OF THE WEEK - Summer Vegetable Pizza - Courtesy of Bodacious Bakehouse
This easy-to-make Summer Vegetable Pizza showcases the abundance and variety of summer produce and products at our Farmers Market!
* 1 Bodacious Bakehouse Frozen Pizza Dough (thawed overnight in fridge)
* 3 garlic cloves, minced 
* 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil 
* 1 medium Italian eggplant (about 8 oz), sliced into 1/4" thick rounds
* 1 medium zucchini squash, sliced into 1/4" thick rounds 
* 1 medium tomato, sliced into 1/4" thick rounds 
* 2 links Italian sausage (chicken or pork), removed from casing
* 5 thick slices of provolone cheese or fresh mozzarella cheese *See notes
* kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper, to season 
* cornmeal, as needed 
1. Remove dough from fridge and let it sit on counter for at least 30 mins prior to stretching.
2. Preheat oven to 500 degrees F. 
3. In a small bowl, mix together minced garlic and olive oil.
4. Once oven is hot, lightly brush eggplant rounds and zucchini rounds with garlic olive oil. Place rounds on sheet trays. Roast for about 3-5 minutes, only turning once. *Alternatively, cook on gas grill.
5. In a medium skillet, heat a little of a garlic olive oil. Once warm, add pork or chicken sausage. Break up sausage with wooden spoon as it cooks. Cook for 6-8 minutes until sausage is done. Set aside.
6. Sprinkle counter with cornmeal or flour and stretch or roll pizza dough to a rectangle about 10x13 inches. Place stretched dough in a baking sheet lightly coated with olive oil.
7. Brush the pizza dough with remaining garlic olive oil. Cover pizza with provolone cheese slices*. (If desired, use fresh mozzarella cheese, tearing off pieces to evenly distribute.) Follow with sliced tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, and cooked sausage. Season with salt and pepper.
8. Slide pizza into hot oven. Bake for 8-10 minutes until crust is golden brown and cheese has melted and is bubbling.
* Grill your zucchini and eggplant on your gas grill instead of roasting. Prepare gas grill for medium heat cooking. Grill until slightly browned on both sides and tender.
* Can use fresh mozzarella cheese instead of provolone. Brush crust with garlic oil and place veggies on top then tear pieces for fresh mozzarella and distribute evenly
* Use fresh pizza or marinara sauce instead of garlic oil on your crust. Top as directed.

For those of you unable to make it to our Wednesday market, have you heard that we have partnered with O'Connor Brewing started a second market in Norfolk? Harvest Market at O'Connor Brewing Co. will be held every 1st & 3rd Sunday through October 6, from noon to 4 pm. You can just pop in to shop at the market, or stay for an afternoon of great beer, good times with friends and to support all things LOCAL! This new market has its own Facebook page, so "Like" it to keep up with all the news. Many of the vendors are at both markets, and there are some who are unique to just one of them. Either way, we have a great selection!
Markets are rain or shine. Brief thunderstorms early in the market day may force us to put sales on hold temporarily. In the event of widespread thunderstorms or storms in the final hour of the market, we may be forced to close for the day. If we are forced to close either temporarily or for the day, we will post a notice on the home page of our website.
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2019 Season Hours:
Wednesdays, 3:00-6:00 PM, April through October. 
Plus a special Thanksgiving Market on Sunday, November 24, 2:00-5:00 PM.

At the Church of the Good Shepherd
7400 Hampton Boulevard
Norfolk, VA 23505

The parking lot cannot accommodate all who attend. There is plenty of overflow parking on the side streets behind the church. Parking on the side streets across Hampton Blvd is also an option if you don't have little ones with you. Please be courteous to residents and take care not to block driveways.

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