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before Christmas

New from BIG OAK FARM ....cranberry jelly
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Lenoir County Farmers Market News

 TC Smith Produce, Bill Tilghman, , Upham Homestead, Ronnie Hanchey Produce and Eugene Smith

will bring Brussels Sprouts, shelled pecans, collards, sharp head cabbage, napa cabbage, sweet potatoes, fresh eggs(John Upham will have all natural hormone-free eggs), broccoli, beets,  Swiss chard, string beans,  acorn squash, spaghetti squash, butternut squash, spinach, tot soy, bok choy, curly mustard, kale, turnips, henpeck and other leafy greens.  Some will be here on Tuesdays and some on Saturdays. It changes as the season goes in to Fall. Watch the newsletter for updates.  The items listed are subject to availability.


  • RODNEY JARMAN ( S) will have Kettle Cooked Pork Skins in a variety of flavors, and also boiled and fried peanuts
  • ​ADELES ORGANIC SOAPS & CANDLES (S)  Beneficial soaps are our specialty.  We’ve been busy making soap in Kinston for nearly 5 years.  Each product is handmade without chemicals or perfumes.  
  •  DELLA'S DELIGHTS(S)  Heather will   be present this week .  If you need something special, do not hesitate to call her at 252 525 9134 to place an order. 
  • SWEET CREATIONS (S) Rhonda and Emily will  not be present this week, with their selections of goodies.. but will be back on the 21st and either the 23rd or 24th. Call them at 252 558 8481 or 252 560 2651 to place a special order. 
  • FARMHOUSE BAKERY (S)  will  be present this week. She will bring butter pecan sweet rolls, a pumpkin roll,sweet potato bread, cakes and pies in small sizes and regular sizes. Call Diane at 252 560 9753 to place an advance order. Try her lemon or chocolate bread if it's not sold out...it's fabulous !
  • FRANNY'S CAKES(S)   cakes with a kick ! try one of these Grady family recipe rum cakes..they are wonderful ! You can place an advance order with Thomas at the market.
  • BIG OAK FARM (S) will be here Saturday  with their huge variety of preserves, jams, jellies, relish, hand-carved wooden spoons and lightly-salted peanuts that are wonderful. Try their apple  butter on havarti cheese for a delicious hors d'oeuvre or snack. And do not forget, a jar of home made jam makes a great Christmas gift !

Cooking with Tammy Kelly

Pomegranate, Not Just for Decoration

Who knew, when we were playing with the not so pretty pomegranate fruit on my Grandmother's very large bush, that it would one day become yet another Super Food?  For years I have been using the fruit in Holiday decorating, often finding the fruit hard to find and very expensive.  But now you can find the fruit at almost all food stores ready not only for its beauty in decoration but for it’s taste and terrific health benefits as well!  Don’t be shy; they add color and taste to your Holiday creations.  

Of course the best reason to include pomegranate is for it’s super health benefits.  
  • Pomegranate is known to regulate cholesterol; they contain paraoxonase—a naturally occurring enzyme in the body that helps keep LDL (bad cholesterol) from accumulating in arteries. In one study, subjects who drank pomegranate juice for two weeks had an 18% increase in production of the enzyme.
  • Pomegranate seed oil and pomegranate fruit extract have anti-inflammatory effects that stop the destruction of joints caused by osteoarthritis. 
  • A single pomegranate contains nearly a quarter of the USDA’s daily-recommended amount of dietary fiber, which helps you feel full and maintain a healthy weight
  • Pomegranate contains compounds with antibacterial properties—pomegranate juice has been found to be just as effective as prescription mouthwash at ridding the mouth of plaque, the bacteria that causes cavities and gingivitis. 
  • Pomegranate is good for your skin, packed with potent antioxidants (including powerful ellagic acid); pomegranates help limit the damage of UV rays. They also defend against free radicals and increase collagen production.
Pomegranate are fun to eat but can be a tad messy.  A tip for seeding the fruit is to fill a large bowl with water. Lightly score the fruit into quarters from crown to stem end, cutting through the skin but not into the interior of the fruit. Hold the fruit under water, break it apart and use your hands to gently separate the plump seeds (arils) from the outer skin and white pith. The seeds will drop to the bottom of the bowl and the pith will float to the surface. Discard the pith. Pour the seeds into a colander. Rinse and pat dry. Seeds can be frozen for up to 3 months.

Pomegranate Wild Rice Pilaf
1 cup of wild rice, dry
3/4 cup pomegranate seeds (approx. 1 medium pomegranate)
1/4 cup pistachios, chopped
1/2 cup red onion, finely diced
1 tsp. balsamic vinegar
1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp. black pepper
Cook rice according to package directions.  Toss together seeds, pistachios, onion, vinegar, oil and pepper.  Stir in hot cooked rice.  Toss thoroughly Serve!!

Chocolate Pomegranate Ginger Bark
(this recipe makes a great gift too)
10 oz. bittersweet chocolate (60% cacao), broken into 1-inch pieces
1 cup fresh pomegranate seeds (from 1 large pomegranate)
1-1/2 Tbs. minced candied ginger
1/4 tsp. fine sea salt

Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or waxed paper. Put the chocolate in a wide, shallow microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high until it just starts to melt, about 1 minute. Stir with a spatula until the chocolate is completely melted and smooth, heating in additional 15-second increments, if necessary.

Gently stir half of the pomegranate seeds, the ginger (break up any clumps with your fingers), and the salt into the chocolate. Scrape the chocolate mixture onto the baking sheet and spread it into an 8x10-inch rectangle. Sprinkle the remaining pomegranate seeds evenly over the top, pressing them into the chocolate. refrigerate until fully set, about 30 minutes. Break the bark into chunks with your hands (be careful not to crush the seeds), and serve.

Sautéed Bacon and Blue Cheese Brussels Sprouts and Pomegranate
4 slices uncooked bacon, diced
2 shallots, thinly sliced
4 cups Brussels sprouts, halved
Salt and pepper
1/4 cup blue cheese crumbles
1/4 cup pomegranate arils

In a large sauté pan, cook the bacon pieces over medium-high heat, stirring frequently until just beginning to crisp. Add in the shallots and stir to incorporate before adding in the Brussels sprouts*. Sprinkle lightly with a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until Brussels sprouts are golden brown around the edges and on the flat side. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of water over the top and stir until the water is absorbed into a natural sauce.

Remove the pan from the heat. Stir in the blue cheese. Pour the sprouts into the serving dish. Sprinkle with pomegranate arils and serve immediately.

*If the bacon is extra lean and you aren’t left with much grease, you may need to add a tablespoon or two of oil or butter to the pan before adding in the Brussels sprouts. Aim for 2 tablespoons of oil/bacon grease total in the pan before adding in the sprouts.

Pork and Pomegranate Pan Sauce
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
4 (4-ounce) boneless center-cut pork loin chops 
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/3 cup chopped shallots
3/4 cup pomegranate juice
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

Combine first 4 ingredients in a small bowl; sprinkle over pork chops.

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add pork chops; cook 3 minutes on each side. Remove and keep warm. Add shallots to pan; cook 45 seconds, stirring constantly. Add juice, 1 tablespoon sugar, and vinegar; bring to a boil. Cook for 5 minutes or until slightly thick. Serve pork with sauce.

Jeweled Fruit Salad
(some of these ingredients may be hard to find, so feel free to add your own favorites)
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds (about 1 pomegranate)
1/2 cup julienne-cut peeled jicama
1/3 cup sliced seeded kumquats (about 6 medium)
2 medium ripe mangoes, peeled and cut into thin slices
2 tangerines or clementines, peeled and sectioned 
2 blood oranges, peeled and sectioned
1 pear, thinly sliced 
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice 
2 tablespoons honey
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
1/8 teaspoon coarse sea salt

Combine first 7 ingredients in a large bowl; toss gently. Combine lime juice, honey, pepper, and salt in a small bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Pour over fruit; toss gently to coat. Serve at room temperature.

Yogurt Trifle with Pomegranate, Pear, and Dates Recipe
3/4 cup plain yogurt
3/4 cup small-dice pear
3 tablespoons pitted small-dice dates
1/2 cup fresh pomegranate seeds
3 tablespoons honey

In a small bowl, layer 1/4 cup of the yogurt, 1/4 cup of the pear, 1 tablespoon of the dates, 3 scant tablespoons of the pomegranate seeds, and 1 tablespoon of the honey. Repeat twice more. Serve immediately.

Vendor List

*** Many of you are asking how long the market will be open.  Of course that answer is ultimately up to Mother Nature, but for the last two years, we were never closed....even through the bitter winter. This year, when the weather dictates, we will begin to open in the Rick Holder Farmers Market Annex, the red building adjacent to the market. We hope that the baked good ladies will continue to came, as well as the produce vendors. Keep reading your newsletter for the latest happenings at the market, and we will let you know in advance when we plan to move inside.

present this week as far as I know !

Produce Vendors

Bill Tilghman Farm (S)*

Bruce Coley Farm (finished for the season)

Porter Farm (finished for the season)

Putnam Family Farms( S) 

Ronnie Hanchey Produce (T & S) *

T.C. Smith Produce (S)*

Upham Homestead ( S)  *

Eugene Smith (S) pecans only *


Baked & Canned Goods

Big Oak Farm * 

Farmhouse Kitchen & Bakery *

Della's Delights - mulling spices and fruitcake cookies * 

Sweet Creations  on December 21 and either the 23rd or 24th

Queen Street Deli

Franny's Cakes *

Everything Else

Rider Florist hand-made wreaths , fresh greenery and berries , roping and bows

Adele's Organic Soaps ( S)*

Snow Angels Shaved Ice 

Rodney Jarman Kettle Cooked Pork Skins, Boiled  & Fried Peanuts (T & S) *

The Wreath Lady  

Barley Hollow Pottery

Natures Touch

Tyndall Family Sunflowers(next summer)

Hawk Sauce

Barbara Sebald


From the Market Manager...

Please note..that for sanitary reasons, there should be no smoking in the market facility & pets should either be left at home or held in the owner's arms. Vendors often use the floor to store their produce, so a pet's urine could ruin the product, and, of course make it unfit for consumption. Please understand, we love pets, but we also have to comply with food safety standards for Farmers Markets.

Thanks to all of you who are obeying  the correct entrance and exit signs.The use of these will create a safer  shopping experience.

Farmers Market Produce Rules

All produce sold at the Lenoir County Farmers Market must be raised within a 50 mile radius of Lenoir County and 75% must be raised by the farmer himself.  If an item is not raised by the farmer and not raised within the 50 mile radius, it is to be labeled as to where it was raised and by whom. For instance, peaches from Georgia or South Carolina must be so labeled.

Farm inspections are done  yearly by the market manager and an agriculture agent from the Cooperative Extension office. This is to verify that the farmer is raising what he says and that he has planted the right quantity in respect to the amount he brings to market.

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