Farmer Market Fresh Table and Recipe!


Hi everyone!

Well, this past weekend was very busy for us. Last year when we decided to take our little our herb business DTL Herbs, to the streets, so to speak, we had no idea how well received we would be. I have grown and used fresh herbs for about 20 years or so. I thought herbs were also just very pretty to have in the yard. When Troy and I got married, we really planted a lot more herbs because we both like to experiment with them in cooking. But, when the princess entered our life, everything took a large turn. We wanted her to understand and become part of something that involved our whole little family from the beginning. She is the “L” in DTL Herbs.

Last year we started the Farmer Markets with fresh cut herbs, dried herbs and plants. By the end of the season we also had dip mixes, dry rubs, salt scrubs, jellies and seasoning packets. This past year, we have worked really hard making, trying out and testing even more products. This season we started out the markets with double the products that we had last year. We also have about 8 times the herb gardens we have planted this year. And now we are constantly in the process of making even more products.

Dundee FM 2011There is a lot of behind the scenes things that need to be done for our business that people don’t realize. One of the biggest things that we need to do is to check out different farmer market venues for our business. This year instead of selling at 2-3 markets, we are selling at 6 markets. That is 6 out of 7 days being spent at the market. However, sometimes you have to take a day off to check out other markets and that is what we did this past weekend.

We had heard that this market was a really successful one. However, last year they already had an herb vendor so we didn’t join them.  This year they called us to let us know that they didn’t have an herb person. The biggest problem with this market is that they are an hour away from our home. The market is on Saturday morning from 8-1:00 (which means we need to be there at 7:00 to set up). As most of you can guess, Saturday markets are the best market of the week. Well, our Friday market is the only evening market we have so, that means we would not have anytime between the two busiest markets of the week to make more product if we have to.

So, before we committed, we really had to be sure this is a market good for us. We invited my parents to join us Saturday morning to go and check it out.

page It was a beautiful Saturday morning! And we instantly fell in love with this market! The location and setup was great. The energy level was high and fun.

page1They have a wonderful selection of different vendors. And everyone was happy and enjoying themselves.

page2Each week they have a different type of entertainment. This Saturday was  a local “Clogging and Tap” dancing group. They had fun music going and involved the audience. The princess loved it so much that she got up front and watched them doing their dances and started mimicking them. Everyone seemed to enjoy the newest member of the dance club. We were approached later by the dance instructor. She asked if the princess was in a dance class and if not, they would love to have her join them. LOL

Dundee FM 2011 008Dundee FM 2011 011We even bought some new to us herbs. We got a Hot & Spicy Oregano and a Lime Mint.

Dundee FM 2011 012Look at the gorgeous lettuce! My dad bought a huge bundle of each and we split them. They are just beautiful and large bundles. This is one of the best parts of being involved in Farmer Markets. We get all of our produce fresh everyday!

As soon as I got the beautiful lettuce home and cleaned, I made one of my favorites…BLT Finger Salad!

Simple and fresh, here is the super easy recipe:

BLT Finger Salad

Large Leaf Lettuce

Bacon cooked (I like it cooked nice and crispy)

Diced Fresh Tomatoes

The Dressing:

Dundee FM 2011 013Our fresh baby dill in our garden here at home.

1 cup of mayo (I confess, one of the only name brands I am loyal to: Hellman’s mayo!)

1/2 Lemon

1/2 tsp fresh dill

1/2 cup of fresh grated Parmesan cheese

Salt and Pepper to taste

Squeeze fresh lemon juice into the cup of mayo. Then add the rest of the ingredients and mix. It’s best to put in fridge for a couple hours to mix all the flavors.

Spread mayo mix on leaf lettuce. Sprinkle with crumbled bacon and chopped tomatoes. That’s it!

So good and fresh tasting! Just fold and eat. A little messy but, not too bad. :)

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Let’s go out to the patio and enjoy our lunch!

Today we are just having a simple lunch so it calls for just a simple table.

Dundee FM 2011 028Let’s break this simple lunch table down.

placematsplatesnapkinscatsDundee FM 2011 029Dundee FM 2011 030Dundee FM 2011 031I am sorry this post ended up being so huge! I just start writing and I keep wanting to chat with you  and show you different things! People have asked me numerous times over my years of blogging how do I come up with posts and things to write about. To be honest, I rarely run out of things to talk about or show.  If I had the time, I could sit and blog for hours every day. Not too mention, I keep saying I am going to not post as much and not join so many parties. We all can see how well that is working for me! Now, aren’t you glad you don’t know me in person?! LOL

**Sorry about the typos in the pictures but, I refuse to go back and redo them! :)         

 Don’t forget, this Saturday is the 2nd Thrifty Tablescape party!

I will have the post up Friday early evening!

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I’m joining:

Outdoor Wednesday

 Rednesday


Sizzle into Summer
Open House Party

Tablescape Thursday

Foodie Friday

Tickled Pink

Weekend Cooking

19 comments :

  1. I love going to farmer's markets. There is always something delicious there. Your tablescape is so colorful and I can't wait to try the salad and your special dressing.
    Have a great Tuesday,
    Babs

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  2. Hello Diann,

    Congratulations on the production and marketing of DTL Herbs, Ltd! Do you have any plans on making your products (dried herbs, Vegi Dip Mix, jellies, salt scrub, etc.) available online?

    I love going to the Saturday Morning Market in my city. Some of the vendors are on a rotating schedule but others are there every week. Ours also has entertainment and I love when I see the little children of market goers dancing and/or singing with them.

    I like the flowered dinner plates and S&P shakers in your tablescape. My DIL would love the salad.

    I hope you are having a wonderful day!

    ~ Tracy

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  3. That does look like a great Farmer's Market for DTL Herbs!! I am so glad it is going so great for you guys this year. I can just see the Princess dancing! What a cute table as always. I'm starting to work on my table for this Saturday's thrifty tablescape! hugs, Linda

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  4. Diann,
    What a wonderful business you have going, it sounds like it keeps you busy. I have always wanted to try my hand at herbs and just havn't made the time yet. I'm looking forward to trying your finger blt's, they look delish!!
    I also LOVE your purple lantern and your tablescape looks great! Have a great day, it's raining and storming here but we need the rain so no complaints!! :)
    Aledia~

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  5. Yum! We're having a BLT variation for dinner tonight and am tempted to use your dressing instead of plain Mayo! Congratulations on the business, Farmer's Markets are wonderful and I hope you sell tons.

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  6. Love your blue table with the greens as the centerpiece! I am so happy your business is going so well...congratulations!

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  7. Diann, I see a real difference between this year and last year, and to me your products look very professional, and I know you're going to be a huge success! And I'm going to try your BLT Finger Salad. So much less fattening than using bread, and I love the addition of dill, one of my favorite herbs!
    Happy REDnesday,
    Carol

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  8. O, Diann, what fun!!! The farmers market sounds irrisistable, and congratulations on your success!! Love to hear about successes. I think it's so grand that you know so much about herbs and passing that on to your child.

    I started learning about them years ago, but never got as far as really planting a garden's worth. Wish now I had...

    Your lunch looks scrumptuous! Your dishes are quite cheery and fun. I love cheery kitchenware.

    Looking forward to more successes...in the meantime - enjoy!

    Blessings,
    Marianne

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  9. Love the tablescape! I like getting those mixes when I go to flea markets or craft shows too!
    Joy at Books and Life

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  10. hi Diann, What an adventure you are having with your DTL Herbs business. Wow, going from two and three markets last year to six this season, I would say your business is very successful! I love the bright colors in your luncheon tablescape, and soooo thrifty. I can't wait to try the BLT Finger salad, it looks delicious. I really enjoy going to our local farmer's market. You can always find beautiful flowers and vegetables in season. Your photos are great, thanks for sharing. Great post......

    ~Emily
    The French Hutch

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  11. Glad that your herb business is going well. I really do love my herb garden! Small, but I love walking through it just for the wonderful smells. I use thyme and rosemary alot. I need to use some of my others more often. That salad looks absolutely delicious. I'm saving it as a favorite. Whenever my hubby and I are vacationing we love to hit Farmer's Mkts. Don't do it nearly as much at home. Don't really know why.

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  12. I love Farmer's Markets and all the fresh items! I will definitely try your salad & dressing and I'm a Hellman's girl too. :-) So glad it's all going well for you. Fresh herbs are just the best!

    xo
    Pat

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  13. Hot and Spicy oregano??? How was it? If you sell the seeds, I have to grow some...sounds so good!!! Love your take on BLTs - yummy!

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  14. Your dressing sounds delicious! I wish I lived close enough to visit you at the markets! I'm glad your business is doing so well.

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  15. Beautiful table! Love the colours! The farmer market's are always fun. You salad and dressing looks so yummy! Very inviting set up!!
    Thanks for sharing:)
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

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  16. Bonjour
    I love everything on your post
    I would enjoy to share salad
    Have a nice day
    Frieda

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  17. Good luck on the new market.. I love your finger salad idea.. wonderful. The flower plates are so cute! Happy Fourth, many blessings marlis

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  18. i love to hear success stories! it's wonderful that things did so well for you last year and now this year it's booming!!! your BLT salad looks delicious!

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  19. Hi Diann, Congrats on the success of your business! The salad looks wonderful and the floral plates are so pretty. Thank you for linking to the Open House party and I hope you have a great week.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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