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  • Vacation Coming Up!

    It's that time of year when the market closes for our yearly vacation! This year, the market will be closed from Monday, August 4 to Monday, August 18th.  The market will reopen promptly at 9 am on Tuesday, August 19th.


    We hope to get some rest and finish up some of the summer projects we've started.  And we look forward to seeing all your happy faces on Tuesday!

  • Whistle Stop Chili

    We've had the Whistle Stop Chili at the market for a few years now.  A while back I brought a box home to try, but never got around to it.  While searching the kitchen cabinet, I found the box and finally decided to give it a go.  When I told my husband I was making chili at 5 o'clock, he instantly got a look on his face.  He also told me it was impossible to make good chili in such a short amount of time.  Little did he know, I had the Whistle Stop Chili starter.

    chili starter

    This dish dates back to the 1880s as a "poor people's food" and it all started in San Antonio, TX.  It was said the dish had as much pepper as chunks of meat.  Interestingly enough, chili is mostly served as an appetizer or side dish in today's restaurants.

    I followed the recipe on the back and cut it by half for the amount of meat I had.  I don't like red kidney beans, so I used Cannellini beans instead.  Cannellini beans are white kidney beans and I find them to be a bit creamier than their red kidney bean relative.  They are great in soups, stews and even in salads.  If you've never tried them, click here for 12 different ways to cook Cannellini beans.


    We had some roasted butternut squash leftovers, so I added it to our bowls and topped with cheddar cheese.  For the girls, I mashed the butternut squash in their bowls first, then added the chili.  They didn't even notice!  They enjoyed eating their meal and even asked for seconds.  Enjoy!


    Do you sneak veggies in your children's plates?

    How do you make your chili?

    Do you have a favorite bean?

  • Welcome to the new Parkesdale Blog

    Welcome to the new Parkesdale blog where you can receive up to date information on everything related to the Market!  People come to our market for many different reasons, whether they come for fresh, locally grown strawberries, our World Famous Strawberry Shortcake or just to walk around one of our three greenhouses, they sure are happy to be here.

    In this blog, many delicious products Parkesdale has to offer will be showcased in quick, easy and delicious recipes for the entire family.  For those of you who have the desire to grow your own fruits and vegetables or would just like to learn about gardening in general, this blog will feature plants currently available in our garden. Looking for more locally grown produce?  As seasons change, so does our ability to grow fruits and vegetables change.  We'll keep you up to date on what's locally grown at our farm and in the greater Tampa Bay area.

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