Thursday, September 29, 2011

Next up: Indoor Holiday Market Dec. 10 at Seville UMC

To all our dedicated customers and vendors, thanks for a great third season!

The wet spring got the growing season off to a challenging start, but we enjoyed beautiful weather all summer long for our Saturday morning markets at Seville's Stanhope Park. As always, there was lots of fresh produce, yummy baked goods, homemade dog treats, maple syrup, crafts and more. We enjoyed cooking demonstrations by author Jane Snow and local food blogger Tom Noe. And we had a lot of fun (and tasty eating) at our annual recipe contest, the Zucchini Smackdown.

In January, vendors will meet to make plans for the 2012 market season. We would love to hear your feedback on what we can do to make the Seville Farm Market even better. And if you are interested in learning more about becoming a vendor, just send us an e-mail and we'll add you to our mailing list to receive notices of future meetings. Our e-mail address is:

While our outdoor season has come to a close for this year, we're not done yet. For the first time, we're hosting a one-day indoor Seville Farm Market at Seville United Methodist Church. Come say hello to your favorite vendors and stock up on gifts and foods for the Christmas season.

The indoor market will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10. Seville United Methodist Church is located at 74 W. Main St., Seville, Ohio 44273. Watch this blog and local newspapers for more.

Thanks for a great outdoor season! We hope to see you indoors on Dec. 10.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

More recipes from the 2011 Zucchini Smackdown

You can never have too much zucchini -- only too few recipes.

Here are a few more from local cooks who participated in this year's Seville Farm Market Zucchini Smackdown. All three happen to be Seville Farm Market vendors, so you can enjoy their other great products each week.

Not Your Average Zucchini Pie
By Robin Williams

5 eggs
1/2 tsp. baking powder
3 cups grated zucchini
1/2 pound bacon
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 cup grated cheddar cheese

Cut bacon into small pieces and saute until two-thirds done. Drain and add onion. Cook until bacon is crisp and onions are browned.

Whisk eggs; add flour, baking powder, salt, zucchini and cheese, and mix well. Add cooled bacon / onion mixture. Pour into a 9- by 13-inch pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or until done.

Chocolate Zucchini Muffins
By Terry Loyer

Cream together:
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 eggs

Add and beat until smooth and fluffy:
1/2 cup softened butter
1 cup sour cream

Add and blend well:
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa

Fold in:
2 cups grated zucchini

Spoon into muffin tins, about three-fourths full. (Could also be baked in a loaf pan.) Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 20 minutes or until top springs back when pressed.

Szarlotka Zucchini
By Karen Lucas

2 cups grated zucchini (peeled & seeded)
1 cup water

Cook for five minutes and drain well.

Mix together:
1/2 cup white sugar
1 heaping tbsp. cornstarch
1 tsp. vanilla
2 tsp. coconut flavoring
2 eggs
1 can evaporated milk
1/2 tsp. salt

Add zucchini.

Pour into pie crust and bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes, then at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Monday, August 29, 2011

2011 Zucchini Smackdown Winners

It was a beautiful Saturday for the Seville Farm Market's Third-Annual Zucchini Smackdown on Aug. 20. We're grateful to our judges: Seville Lions Club President Chuck Boomhower, Seville Library Branch Manager Lynn Wiandt, and Seville attorney and Cloverleaf School Board Member Joe Doty.

Bragging rights for Largest Zucchini went to Carole Lintner, whose entry weighed in at 7.2 pounds. Judy Foster of Seville won in the Best Savory Dish category with her Zucchini Casserole. Market vendor and Seville resident Kris Perry earned first prize in the Best Sweet Dish category with her Zuchiniapple-Carrot Cake.

The winning recipes are listed below. Make them both and you've got dinner and dessert! Hope to see you at next year's Seville Farm Market Zucchini Smackdown! Thanks to all who participated.

Best Savory Dish:
Zucchini Casserole
By Judy Foster

2 cups French bread cut into small cubes
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 8-inch zucchini, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
1 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 1/2 tbs. butter
3 slices cooked bacon
1/2 cup red onion, diced

Lightly grease a 1 1/2-quart casserole dish. Layer all ingredients. Cover with foil. Bake at 400 degrees for one hour.

Best Sweet Dish:
Zuchiniapple-Carrot Cake
By Kris Perry

Cook 8 ounces of zucchini in pineapple juice for about 20 minutes. Drain, cool and then proceed with the recipe.

2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
3 cups finely shredded carrots
1/2 cup coconut
8 ounces mock pineapple (see above)
1 cup cooking oil
4 eggs
Cream Cheese Frosting (recipe follows)

Grease and lightly flour two 9- by 1 1/2-inch round baking pans and set aside. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon. Add carrots, oil, zucchini, coconut and eggs. Beat with an electric mixer until combined. Pour batter into the prepared pans. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pans. Cool thoroughly on wire racks. Frost with Cream Cheese Frosting. Cover and store in refrigerator. Makes 12 to 16 servings.

Cream Cheese Frosting

Beat 6 oz. of cream cheese with 1/2 cup butter and 2 tsp. vanilla until light and fluffy. Gradually add 2 cups sifted powdered sugar, beating well. Gradually beat in 2 1/2 to 2 3/4 cups additional sifted powdered sugar to reach spreading consistency.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

It's Zucchini Smackdown time!

No, it's not hand-to-hand combat with large green squash ... as interesting as that would be.

Instead, it's time to put one of the garden's most prodigious vegetables to good use in the Seville Farm Market's annual cooking contest: The Zucchini Smackdown! It takes place 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 20, at Maria Stanhope Park in Seville.

Now in its third year, the competition invites home cooks to prepare their most creative, delicious zucchini recipes and bring them to the Seville Farm Market for judging. A panel of local celebrities will choose winners in two categories: Best Savory Dish and Best Sweet Dish. A prize also will be awarded for the Largest Homegrown Zucchini!

Past winning dishes have included: Zucchini Chive Whole Wheat Bread, Zucchini "Crab" Cakes, Chocolate-Coffee Zucchini Torte and Zucchini Cobbler.

We invite you to join us for this homegrown contest that promotes culinary creativity and the use of fresh, local produce. Here's what you need to know:

Contest Rules:

1.) Dish must be made from zucchini you grew or bought at the farm market.

2.) Prizes will be awarded in three categories: Best Savory Dish, Best Sweet Dish and Largest Zucchini.

3.) Entrants must provide recipes for each dish, which will be posted at

4.) All entries must be in place for judging by 10 a.m., Saturday, August 20.

5.) A panel of local celebrity judges will determine the winners.

6.) This contest is open to the world! All ages welcome.

For information, call Kris Perry at 330-769-2453 or John Gladden at 330-769-1428.

The Seville Farm Market is sponsored by the Seville Lions Club and takes place 9 a.m. to noon every Saturday through Sept. 24. Other special events for the remainder of the 2011 season include:

Aug. 13: Cooking demo with Northeast Ohio cookbook author Jane Snow

Sept. 24: Customer Appreciation Day and Kids Pumpkin Contest Judging

Dec. 10: One-Day Indoor Holiday Market at Seville United Methodist Church

We hope to see you at the Smackdown!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

What's growing on at the Seville Farm Market

As you can tell from the hot, humid weather, summer is in full swing -- and so is the availability of fresh, locally grown produce at the Seville Farm Market. Come visit us in the cool of a Saturday morning. Enjoy a cup of coffee and a fresh muffin, cookie or scone from one of our talented bakers, and stroll around the market under the shade of the trees at Stanhope Park.

We're grateful to local food writer Tom Noe for last month's terrific cooking demonstration. Tom made some delicious gnocchi right on the spot, using fresh ingredients from the market. On Aug. 13 we'll welcome cookbook author Jane Snow for a cooking demo using fresh market ingredients. Our very popular cooking contest, The Zucchini Smackdown, also takes place on Aug. 20, so start scouting those zucchini recipes now.

And we know those pumpkin plants given away free to our young market visitors in early June must be growing, too! At the end of the season, we'll award prizes for the biggest pumpkins grown by our junior gardeners. Why not take a picture of your pumpkin and let us know how it's growing? E-mail it to so we can post a photo of your pumpkin-in-progress on our blog.

See you at the market!

Monday, June 20, 2011

This week: Cooking demo with Tom Noe

Plan to join us at the Seville Farm Market this Saturday, June 25, for a cooking demo by Northeast Ohio food blogger Tom Noe. He'll demonstrate how to create some tasty dishes using fresh ingredients available at the market.

To whet your appetite, you can learn more about Tom at his blog:

The Seville Farm Market takes place 9 a.m. to noon each Saturday at Seville's Stanhope Park. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

It's Seville Yard Sale week

On Saturday, June 18, Maria Stanhope Park will be jam-packed with food wagons and bargain hunters for Seville's World's Largest Yard Sale. It means that most Seville Farm Market vendors will NOT be setting up this week in order to make room for yard sale activities.

Instead, vendors will be home making preparations for a special day next Saturday, June 25. We'll be joined by noted Northeast Ohio food writer and restaurant reviewer Tom Noe. Tom will put on a cooking demonstration using some of the fresh ingredients available at the Seville Farm Market.

To whet your appetite for Tom's delicious creations, you can:

Read his blog:
Follow him on Twitter:
Or see photos on Flickr at:

Hope to see you back at the Seville Farm Market on June 25!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Lots of fresh food & fun for 2011!

The Seville Farm Market opens for its third season on May 28 with an exciting line-up of events:

May 28: Free flower and vegetable plants for kids 12 and under (while supplies last)

June 11: Free pumpkin seedlings for kids 12 and under (while supplies last)

June 25: Cooking demo by Northeast Ohio food blogger Tom Noe

Aug. 13: Cooking demo by Akron cookbook author Jane Snow

Aug. 20: Third-Annual Zucchini Smackdown Cooking Contest
and cooking demo by Mike Vrobel.

Sept. 24: Customer Appreciation Day & Pumpkin Judging (for kids who got free seedlings on June 11)

Dec. 10: Indoor Holiday Market at Seville UMC

As always, the real stars of the Seville Farm Market will be the fresh fruits and vegetables, jams and jellies, honey and maple syrup, breads and pies, cookies and crafts, homemade dog treats, flowers, perennials, hand-made furniture, and even knife-sharpening services, presented by skilled local vendors.

Sponsored by the Seville Lions Club, the market takes place 9 a.m. to noon each Saturday through Sept. 24, rain or shine. Vendors will set up in Stanhope Park and on West Main Street, which will be closed to traffic during the market. Adjacent parking is available at the park and at Seville United Methodist Church, located at 74. W. Main St., through its High Street entrance. Look for the parking signs.

Vendor opportunities are open not only to professional producers in the Seville area, but also to talented home bakers and crafters, as well as gardeners who have plants and extra produce to sell. We are always looking for new vendors and local entertainers. We offer a great atmosphere, a beautiful setting with ample space, and one of the lowest vendor fees in the area. Please contact us for details.

The purpose of the Seville Farm Market is to foster a sense of community by offering locally produced foods and handcrafted items in a setting that promotes eating seasonal foods and encourages a connection between the public and those who grow their food.

We are grateful to the many community supporters who make the Seville Farm Market possible, including: The Seville Lions Club, the Village of Seville, and Seville United Methodist Church.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Plan to join us this season

The ground may be frozen under a blanket of snow, but Seville Farm Market vendors are already planning for the 2011 season. Once again, we are grateful to be sponsored by the Seville Lions Club.

The market will take place every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon beginning May 28 and run through Sept. 24. We're planning lots of special giveaways, demos and promotions -- including the ever-popular Zucchini Smackdown -- so watch this blog and local newspapers for details.

We're also seeking new crafters, growers, bakers and others to join us. The Seville Farm Market is a producer's market, which means we allow only vendors who make or grow their own products. We're very vendor-friendly and our fees are much lower than many surrounding markets. Sellers pay $25 for the entire 18-week season or $5 per market day, up to $25. Every cent goes back into promoting the market. If you'd like to learn more, contact us at

For both buyers and sellers, we offer great small-town atmosphere, a wonderful setting in Maria Stanhope Park and lots of convenient parking at adjacent Seville United Methodist Church.

Our pre-opening organizational meeting for new and returning vendors will take place at 7 p.m., April 14, at Seville United Methodist Church. Everyone is encouraged to bring a dessert dish (and the recipe!) to share. So come, enjoy some great food, and learn more about the 2011 Seville Farm Market.

See everyone in the spring!