Monday, July 25, 2011

July Visiting Chef Series - Chef Hanis Cavin of Kensington Grill

This Sunday at the Hillcrest Farmers Market we were joined by Chef Hanis Cavin of Kensington Grill and his sidekick sous chef, "B", for our monthly Visiting Chef Series. The two prepared a delicious gazpacho topped with blackened shrimp, jicama, and micro cilantro.

Gazpacho is a chilled soup typically made with a tomato base and a variety of vegetables and herbs. Chef Hanis used tomatoes, red and green bell peppers, red onion, jalepeno, and worcestershire sauce. He advised the crowd not to use salt because gazpacho is typically a sweeter soup, and while salt is a very important ingredient to many recipes, this is the first part of the meal and sets the stage for everything else.

We also talked a lot about the peppers- jalapeno's are just little bell peppers, and their heat is in their seeds. Depending on the level of spicy-ness that you're looking for will depend on how much of the peppers you add to your soup. If you love it, then load it up! Chef Hanis let us know that when chopping up your peppers you want to remove the white part on the inside of the pepper- it's bitter and won't add good flavor to your dish.

After prepping the soup Chef Hanis tossed the shrimp and some secret house seasoning (we could tell you but then we'd have to kill you) into a pan for just a couple of minutes. It's important when cooking seafood that you don't let them cook for longer than necessary- they don't need much time and overcooking will remove the tenderness of the fish.

When it was all done he scooped some soup into little cups and passed it off to B who topped it with diced jicama, shrimp, and micro cilantro. YUM! It was the perfect meal for a hot afternoon.

Join us next week for our Info Booth Luau, and Tie-Dye on August 7th! BYO dyeable item or make a donation to get a t-shirt from us! Check back here and for all of your market updates!

Stay Fresh & Fabulous, we'll see you next week!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Watermelon Eating Competition @ the Hillcrest Farmers Market!

This weekend at the market we had a watermelon eating competition between participating market patrons! We welcomed guests to sign up at the Info Booth for a little competition every half hour and sliced up approximately 1/4 of a watermelon for each competitor to devour. Whoever did it the fastest won bragging rights. At the end of the day, the winner took home an entire watermelon! A little ironic, but totally fun. We had parents competing against their kids, and kids under 10 against others their age, as well as the most polite competition between the first competitors of the day! Watermelons are at the beginning of their season right now and are available at various vendors throughout the Hillcrest Farmers Market!

Check out all of the competition photos on our flickr photostream, or on our facebook! And check back for all of your market updates here or at

Stay fresh & fabulous, we'll see you next weekend!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Cooling off at the Hillcrest Farmers Market

This weekend at the Hillcrest Farmers Market we cooled off with some pretty hand-fans that were decorated by market patrons. We got the idea from another market patron who visited us from Omaha, Nebraska a few months ago. Bill was decorating a fan for his granddaughter using markers and a paper fan that he bought offline, and was creating a Disney princess theme for her. We loved the idea so much we bought 40 of our own fans!

Parents and children alike collaborated on their fans, and we got some beautiful and eclectic designs out of the whole thing. We welcomed new friendly faces, as well as many of our market regulars.

Next week we're welcoming the heat of the summer by throwing a watermelon eating competition. Think you have what it takes? Come sign up at the Info Booth and compete over the course of the day to be the watermelon eating champ!

July 24th we'll be hosting our monthly Visiting Chef Series, followed by an Info Booth Luau on July 31st filled with Hawaiian lei's and a pinata ('cause why not?!)

Check back here as well as for all of your market updates. We'll see you next week!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

4th of July at the Market

This past Sunday at the Hillcrest Farmers market we celebrated the Fourth of July a little early. We had a gorgeous 3 day weekend laid out for us and plenty of fun planned at the market.

Market patrons came to the Info Booth and we created patriotic pinwheels using paper, crayons and markers, thumbtacks, and wooden bbq skewers. We used an easy template that we found online at kaboose and set to work. Lucky for us, it was a windy day and our pinwheels were spinning like crazy!

Check our website for all of our fabulous market updates: and our calendar of upcoming events! In July we'll be decorating Chinese style paper fans, having a watermelon eating competition, and of course, our monthly Visiting Chef Series!

Stay Fresh & Fabulous! We'll see you next week!