Food & Dining

Mid Shore Weekly Farmers' Markets

Easton Farmers Market
Saturdays & Wednesdays 8am-1pm
Town Parking Lot on N. Harrison St.

Easton Amish Market
Thursday-Saturday at 101 Marlboro Ave.

St. Michaels Farmers Market
Saturday 8:30am - 11:30am
Muskrat Park at Willow & Green Streets

Oxford Farmers Market
Wednesday 4-6pm
Oxford Community Center

Cambridge Main Street Farmers Market
Thursday 3:30-6:30pm
Academy & Muir Streets

Downtown Denton Farmers Market
Wednesday 3-7pm
Courthouse Green

Denton St. Luke's Farmers Market
Tuesday 8am - noon
St. Luke's Methodist Church

Centreville Farmers Market
Wednesday & Saturday 9am - 1pm
Millstream Park

Chestertown Farmers Market
Saturday 9am - noon
Park Row at the Fountain Park

Shore Fresh Princess Anne Farmers Market
Thursday 3-6pm
Manokin River Park

It’s Summer – Let’s Eat!

Fresh, healthy & delicous!Fresh, healthy & delicous!by Cyndi Paxton Johnson

Question: What’s so great about Maryland in the summer?
Answer: The Food, of course!

It's "Eat Local Foods" Week!
Your local Farmers’ Market is overflowing with red, pink and yellow tomatoes, green and yellow squash, green beans, cucumbers, peaches, blueberries, blackberries, cherries and more! How about fresh free-range eggs or chickens, or some organic, grass-fed beef? And let us not neglect – the seafood! Catch the end of the blue crab season or indulge in freshly caught fish. Stock up on those fresh herbs: basil and thyme, oregano and sage.

Why buy and eat local foods? First of all, it just tastes better! It’s fresh, crisp and flavorful right out of the garden – and the nutrients pack the greatest wallop then, too! Fresh produce loses nutrients quickly, so once it’s been on a truck for a week it’s barely worth eating. Local farmers also plant more varieties of vegetables, because different strands are harvested at different times. This preserves the genetic diversity of our food, rather than settling for the one variety that produces well, withstands every hardship, and is able to be mechanically harvested without damage.

Local Expert Offers Books On Preserving & Canning

James R. Coffey, announces the release of his two canning books, Country Canning and Country Canning II. Found primarily in stores in SE Pennsylvania, Delaware, & NE Maryland, the first book, Country Canning, sold out soon after publication. Fans have been eagerly awaiting more copies, and Mr. Coffey's 2nd book!

The canning books are $14.00 each. You may order them directly from James R. Coffey, 607 East Pulaski Hwy., Elkton, MD 21921-6021. Please enclose check or money order plus $4.00 shipping for each book ordered. Maryland residents please add $.84 per book in sales tax (6%). All books will be autographed unless otherwise requested. Please allow 2 to 3 weeks for delivery.

Cambridge’s Crab Cook-Off Winners!

Restaurants earn tasty honors during Taste of Cambridge’s Crab Cook-Off

During the July 11 Taste of Cambridge's Crab Cook-Off, 12 Dorchester County restaurants prepared 18 crab dishes. Winners were determined two ways: by a panel of celebrity judges and by the people who bought tickets and sampled the dishes. The competition was fierce and there were some very close calls. Below is a full listing of the winners.


1st Place: Jimmie & Sook's Raw Bar and Grill
2nd Place: Finish Line
3rd Place: Ocean Odyssey

1st Place: Water's Edge Grill at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort
2nd Place: Clearview at Horn's Point
3rd Place: Jimmie & Sook's Raw Bar and Grill

Pulled Pork BBQ - Carry Out Bag Lunch

Friday, July 24, 2009
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Union United Methodist Church
301 N. Main Street
Federalsburg, MD

Cost: $5.00
1/3 lb. Pulled Pork on Kaiser Roll,
Cucumber Salad, Potato Chips, Brownie

Pork Courtesy of Jack Trader, Kelly & Mitchell Lord of
J T & the BBQ Three

Winners of First Place Chicken and Ribs 2008
First Place Brisket 2009 and many other awards
MD State Competition sanctioned by KCBS

For Tickets:
Charlotte Harrison 410-883-0000 or 443-477-1622
Church Office: 410-754-9210


All You Can Eat Crab and Clam Bake

Held every year on the third Wednesday in July at Somers Cove Marina in Crisfield, this annual celebration is named in honor of Crisfield native, J. Millard Tawes - the 54th Governor of the State of Maryland. This event, listed in Frommers Travel Guides and other National Event Directories is described as ..... "..an outdoor all-you-can-eat affair featuring crabs, clams, fish, corn on the cob, and watermelon, and in election years, lots of politicians."

12:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Somers Cove Marina - 7th St. - Crisfield, MD 21817

$40.00 - all u-can-eat & drink

Summer Fun on the Mid Shore!

by Mary McCarthy
Had a fantastic opportunity the other night to attend a cool waterfront summer concert in Georgetown. If you haven’t been over to the
http://www.kittyknight.com/[_new]Kitty Knight House (far up 213N, after Galena), for God’s sake, GO. You can bring the kids, the outdoor waterfront dining area is fabulous. The views of the Sassafrass River are gorgeous- there’s a huge marina, ice cream shop, pool, and of course - a waterfront bar!

I was invited by my pals from Jack the Penguin. In case you have not heard of them, these are a bunch of guys from Northbrook- that’s right, the subdivision here in little Cville has produced this fantastic, laid back, coolio little band. They sing Eagles, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Brian Adams, Jimmy Buffett, you name it. In fact, they sing Def Leppard by request- the form of my request this past weekend was a cloth napkin on which I had written, IN KETCHUP, “Def.” (They do a sweet acoustic version of “Pour Some Sugar on Me.”) Their motto, if you check out their
http://www.myspace.com/jackthep[_new]Myspace page, is “Music For Drunk Girls To Dance To, Since 2003.”

Market Street Public House Offers Tasty Fare

Market Street Public HouseMarket Street Public House

by Cyndi Paxton Johnson

I finally had the opportunity to experience Denton's new Irish Pub - the Market Street Public House. (the opportunity being the kids were at Grandma's!) I've frequented Irish Pub's in NYC, Dallas and San Francisco - and I'm happy to report that Caroline County's Pub can hold its own with the big boys!

I'm speaking, of course, of the food! Think fish and chips, Stout Stew, Shepard's Pie, and an amazing array of hot sandwiches and wraps. Most of the lunch offerings were between $7 - $9, and the servings were bountiful.

We threw caution (and diets) to the wind and started with Cheese, Bacon & Ranch Fries ($5.75). Let's be honest - there are a LOT of nasty, process cheese topped fries out there - but these ROCKED! The melted Provolone cheese blended perfectly with the Ranch dressing (I'm not always a fan of Ranch dressing - but this was subtle and tangy). The real bacon pieces scattered throughout provided additional flavor. Fortunately, my husband's bowl of cheddar-topped beef chili arrived and I was able to neatly finish up most of the fries! Yum!


Enjoy the Brix Tapas Kitchen and Wine Cellar

by Erin Mawn

I love an excuse to go out to eat. Why? Well, partly because I hate to cook. Aside from my dislike of domestic chores, I also enjoy going out to eat because it's nice to enjoy a new and fresh atmosphere while eating great food. Who doesn't like that?

The Brix Tapas Kitchen and Wine Cellar in Chestertown provides both. The restaurant is located on High Street, which is essentially the heart of Chestertown. The interior matches the charm of Chestertown's historic buildings and brick sidewalks by featuring wood floors and exposed brick walls. (Hence, the name Brix.)

The menu at Brix is creative and features dishes such as soba noodles with spicy peanut sauce and wasabi-spiked tuna. Because of the atmosphere and the menu, Brix is probably more appropriate for an adult outing rather than a family meal. However, if your family does decide to venture to Brix, there are a couple of more kid-friendly items, such as 4 varieties of pizza. Personally, I enjoyed the calabrese pizza which has olive oil, fresh basil and tomatoes on it.

Making Bread Spreads Using Commercial Pectin - Multiple Recipes!

by James R. Coffey
Spring is the time to make delicious, easy fruit spreads that will preserve the flavor of spring all year! First, I'll teach you how to make your own spreads - then share many fantastic recipes! This column includes recipes for Cranberry Apple Jelly, Pomegranate Jelly, Dandelion Jelly, Rhubarb Jelly, Raspberry Rhubarb Jam, Blueberry Rhubarb Jam and More!

General Directions For Making Bread Spreads Using Commercial Pectin

Wash and rinse jars (this can be done using a dishwasher). Prepare canning lids according to manufacturer’s directions. Measure sugar and set aside for later use. This is where the two pectin methods now change.

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