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The Market Lady, Lane McConnell, will visit the Downtown Greater Springfield Farmers Market in Springfield, Mo., Thursday, July 21. The Market Lady and video crew will begin at 3:00 p.m., with two cooking demonstration incorporating products from the market and will be interviewing producers and consumers for various other segments.
“I strive to inform folks on the ease of preparing homemade meals for their families through shopping at the market,” said McConnell. “Consumers can log on to our website or Facebook page to view short videos of interviews with the farmers that grow our food, topics such as food safety, organic, naturally grown and learn how to cook simple meals.”
The purpose of The Market Lady Project is to educate consumers about eating healthy, locally produced food found at their farmers market.
“We are happy to welcome The Market Lady crew at our market,” said Market Master Brad Gray. “We hope that customers will come out to the market and bring their families to watch The Market Lady cooking demonstrations.”
Below is one recipe that The Market Lady will be preparing at the market. Be sure and come out to the Downtown Greater Springfield Farmers Market on July 21 to meet the Market Lady and video producer Kelsie Young, downtown Springfield at Jubilee Park.
7 ripe plum tomatoes, with skins removed
2 cloves garlic, minced
½ tsp. cracked peppercorns
3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 ½ teaspoons balsamic vinegar
6-8 fresh basil leaves, chopped
Salt to taste
1 baguette French bread
1/4 cup olive oil
Preheat oven to 450°F. After removing skins from the tomatoes, cut tomatoes in quarters and remove the seeds and juice. Chop tomatoes finely, then place tomatoes, garlic, 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, vinegar in a bowl and mix. Add chopped basil, salt and peppercorns.
Slice baguette on a diagonal about 1/2 inch thick slices. Drizzle one side of slice with olive oil and place on a baking sheet, oiled side down. Toast for 5-6 minutes, until the bread just begins to turn golden brown.
Place toasted bread on a serving platter and top with topping.
Learn more at www.themarketlady.com or find videos and recipes on The Market Lady Blog at www.themarketladyblog.com or follow The Market Lady on Facebook. The Market Lady is funded through a Specialty Crop Block Grant through the Missouri Department of Agriculture and filmed through partnership with Missouri State University’s William H. Darr Agricultural Center. Videos will be distributed to KY3 News in Springfield, Mo., and KSNF TV 16 in Joplin, Mo., weekly throughout farmers market season.