Farmers Market Fixtures

01/06/17 11:28 AM

John Cromwell and daughter Elizabeth have been fixtures at Old Beach Farmers Market from the very beginning.

John farms 60 acres (25 in produce, 35 in grain) but his real love is the labor-intensive produce. John farms conventionally but with a protective eye for the wetlands bordering his location on Back Bay and the wildlife it supports.

Elizabeth runs the farm stand at 3116 New Bridge Rd. during the week and sells at OBFM on Saturdays. This week, look for cauliflower, broccoli, red and gold beets, kale and May peas.

The May peas have been in short supply this season because heavy rains have made fields too wet to pick – making pea fanciers very sad.


Consider becoming a Friend of Old Beach Farmers Market. Friends help bridge the gap between the costs of operating the market and what we receive in vendor fees. On June 10, we have a special drawing open only to market Friends. Sign up this week in the Information tent for a chance at a wonderful gift basket drawing on June 10.


I love interesting salads, and my take on a classic panzanella (bread salad) switches up ingredients, including substituting tomatoes with roasted beets.

Preheat oven to 425F. Peel and cut into 3/4-inch cubes four beets and, in a medium bowl, toss with 2 tablespoons olive oil and 1 teaspoon dried oregano. Spread beets evenly on a parchment-lined baking sheet and sprinkle with a bit of coarse salt. Bake 10-20 minutes, or until beets are fork-tender. Set aside to cool.

Cut a half of a loaf of bread into 3/4-inch thick slices, place on a parchment-lined baking sheet, brush with olive oil, and place in oven under the broiler for 2-3 minutes, watching closely. As soon as the tops turn brown, turn bread, brush with oil, and broil 1-2 minutes, or until golden. Remove, allow to cool, and cut into cubes.

In a large bowl, add beets, bread, 2 cups arugula, juice from one lemon, 1/4 cup olive oil, and 8 ounces of crumbled feta cheese. Toss, sprinkle on coarse salt and freshly ground pepper, garnish with fresh oregano, and serve.

Yields 4 servings

Recipe from Chef Patrick Evans-Hylton

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The Chilly Mermaid Food Truck

The Creative Wedge

Croc’s 19th Street Bistro

Cromwell’s Produce

The Farm Life

Flour Child Bakery


Full Quiver Farm

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Grace and Gratitude

The Green Cat Cafe

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Jubilee Seafood

Mattawoman Creek Farms

Max The Knife

Micro Greens Virginia Beach

My Vegan Sweet Tooth

The Neighborhood Harvest

New Earth Farm

Pelon’s Baja Grill

Pennacook Peppers

Speedy’s Hot Sauce

Tasha’s Own

Terrapin Restaurant

Three Ships Coffee

Udder Chaos Farms

Veg Out Gardens

Vy’s Pies

Whole-ly Rollers

Zinnia Girls

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