Have a Bountiful Farmers Market Experience

Get the Best of Your Farmers Market Experience

Farmers Market season is in full swing here in Louisville, KY. Our favorite part of this season is teaching people about the versatility of our EVOO’s. When you use high-quality olive oil you need very few ingredients to make a delicious, healthy dish.

If you’ve been by our stand at the farmer’s markets here you’ve probably tried our Roasted Rosemary Almonds. We try and always have some on hand to try. These almonds are absolutely exquisite and a great way to see how just 4 ingredients can make a dynamite snack.

We frequent three markets here in the greater Kentuckiana area during the summer. You’ll find us at The New Albany Farmers Market, St. Matthews Farmers Market and the Douglass Loop Farmers Market. After several years at these markets, we’ve made friends with some of the other vendors. We’ve also figured out the best way to attend a market.

You may think there’s no particular skill to shopping a farmers market but after you’ve spent one Saturday and $200 on the most beautiful produce, fresh meat and cheese and locally baked bread and curated items (like our delicious EVOO) and get home to realize that there is NO POSSIBLE WAY you and your family can eat ALL THIS FOOD. You too will enjoy these few tips for making the most of your Farmers Market Experience.

3 Tips for Making the Most of Your Farmers Market Experience

Have a List and Be Flexible

First, it’s important to both be structured and flexible for your market trip.

Know what’s in season before you go to the market. We like to use this Kentucky Harvest Calendar from Pick Your Own. This way you can be prepared for what you’ll find at your favorite stands.

However, you need to have some flexibility too. You never know when a farmer may be trying a new growing process or experimenting with a new crop. Be open to one or two surprise items ending up in your bags.

Bring Your Bags

And speaking of bags, that brings us to tip number 2. Part of the ethos of going to a farmers market is that you are supporting local farmers and reducing your carbon imprint. When you buy food grown locally you are helping to reduce your carbon imprint.

If you bring reusable produce and grocery bags with you, you can also help cut down on trash. We all are aware of the huge plastic problem that we are battling. Each of us can do our part by bringing our own bags to the farmers markets. And really, every time we shop.

We like these reusable produce bags we found on Amazon and tend to use our local grocery reusable bags for grocery bags (here’s looking at you Kroger, Whole Foods, and The Fresh Market) for larger items.

Know Thy Vendors

Our final tip for making the most of your farmers market experience is to know the vendors! Many of the vendors, just like Primo Oils, come back week after week. Getting to know your local farmers is the best part of the market. We have several vendors that we count as friends and know we can rely on for high-quality, organic products.

It’s a very European way to shop. You get the tomatoes from one vendor and bread from another. While a third vendor may have the best carrots around.

You only get to know this through experience but just ask us! We love to give recommendations to our favorite local farmers. We’d also love to hear tips from you about which farmers you prefer. We definitely find that this is one of the best parts of being a part of the farmers market community.

Primo Olive Oils Farmers Markets

We’ll include some of our favorite vendors and farmers below. We’ve also listed the times and addresses of the markets we’re at all summer long.

New Albany Farmers Market

Time: 8 AM – 12:30 PM

Address: 202 E Market Street New Albany, IN 47150

Favorite Vendor: Whisman’s Backyard Honey

Run by Mike and Paula Whisman. They offer honey, lip balms, and the delicious pollen whipped honey which is their 5-star specialty. Flavors include Bourbon Pecan, Apple Pie and Blackberry. All sourced from Clark County.

St. Matthews Farmers Market

Time: 8 AM – 12 PM

Address: 4100 Shelbyville Rd. Louisville, KY 40207

Favorite Vendor: Gelato Gilberto

Run by Kristin and Justin Gilbert. They have gorgeous, artisanal, Italian ice cream (gelato) made with local milk, fresh fruit, and ingredients imported from Italy.

Douglass Loop Farmers Market

Time: 10 AM – 2 PM

Address: 2005 Douglass Blvd. Louisville, KY 40205

Favorite Vendor: Lexington Pasta

Run by Lesme Romero. Pasta made fresh daily in small batches (and great with our EVOO).

 

We hope to see you at the Farmers Markets this summer. To your health!

Traditional Easter Pairings

Flavor Pairings for a Delicious Easter Meal

This month traditional Easter flavor pairings are top of mind. Spring brings with it fresh green grass, the start of farmers markets and of course Easter eggs and chocolate bunnies!

Here at Primo Oils we’ve put together several spring pairings of our favorite Olive Oils and Vinegars to help you put a unique twist on your Easter dinner. It’s hard to beat traditional Easter dishes like scalloped potatoes, balsamic glazed carrots, baked ham and spring peas. So we’re not going to even try to beat them. We’re going to join them by showing you ways to up your traditional dinner game with new flavor pairings.

Scalloped Potatoes

A standard dish for Easter and one that can be easily overlooked on your table. Let’s kick these potatoes up a notch by substituting Herbs de Provence olive oil for butter in your recipe. This gives an extra savory note to your potatoes.

If you’re looking for a good recipe we like Gimme Some Oven’s Scalloped Potatoes. This is a super traditional scalloped potatoes recipe. It’s great for Easter because you can prepare this dish ahead of time and heat it up in the oven when you’re ready.

Balsamic Glazed Carrots

We love using rainbow carrots that you pick up at the farmers market (or Whole Foods) to give your Easter dinner a colorful addition. Traditional balsamic carrots call for both olive oil and balsamic vinegar and we have just the pairing to jazz up this dish. We love using our Rosemary Olive Oil and Lavender Balsamic Vinegar. The sharp Rosemary flavor with the savory, herbal lavender will give your balsamic carrots a truly memorable twist.

Delish has a great glazed carrots recipe. In fact, they call this recipe the Best Balsamic Glazed Carrots recipe.

Baked Ham

Baked ham is such a deliciously easy main dish for Easter. We love this recipe from The Pioneer Woman. We swap out her use of a can of Dr. Pepper with our incredibly delicious Fig Balsamic Vinegar. Our fig balsamic gives a similar sweet tang as the soda but we think it’s a more distinguished twist to the recipe. And definitely follow her recommendation to glaze the ham several times while cooking. It really makes a difference.

Spring Peas

Spring Peas are light and fresh and the mint in this recipe from Epicurious gives a nice counter to some of the sweetness in the carrots and ham. Another standard Easter dish that makes this meal one of the easiest early prep meals ever. We suggest using our Eureka Lemon Oil for this Easter side.

So those are our recommendations for Spring pairings! These work wonderfully to share as hostess gifts, grown-up Easter Basket ideas or even to give out as wedding favors.

To your health!

New Olive Oils at Primo Oils and Vinegars

New Olive Oils in stock at Primo Oils and Vinegars

Our new olive oils are in stock. All four of the new varietals have a crush date of November 2018. Ensuring the freshest bottled olive oil for you.

Melgarejo Picual

Country of Origin: Spain

Intensity: Medium

Crush Date: November 2018

This visually stunning Picual is highly aromatic and floral. It displays prominent vegetal and savory tasting notes, with leafy greens. Very well balanced, a superb Picual.

Melgarejo Hojiblanco

Country of Origin: Spain

Intensity: Robust

Crush Date: November 2018

From one of the most decorated producers in the world. This fragrant Hojiblanca displays stunning notes of green apple, rose petal and cut herbs. With throat catching desireable pepper notes and marked astringency it’s beautifully herbaceous and complex. A truly unique extra virgin olive oil!

Nocellara

Country of Origin: Italy

Intensity: Medium

Crush Date: November 2018

A coveted variety native to Sicily, this Italian Nocellara showcases prominent savory and vegetal notes. Creamy with a complex center, artichoke notes, and a peppery finish.

 

Biancolilla

Country of Origin: Italy

Intensity: Mild

Crush Date: November 2018

This Biancolilla displays wonderful berry and confectionary notes. It is creamy, viscous and pleasantly malty with no bitterness and has a delicate, peppery finish. An EVOO crowd pleaser!

 

 

 

Primo Olive Oils and Vinegars continues to search for the freshest, most flavorful olive oils to add to our collection. And you can pick up to add to your kitchen.

 

To your health!

Top 3 Diets of 2019 with Primo Oils and Vinegars

Flavor Your Diet with Primo Oils and Vinegars

Happy New Year! If you’re anything like 62 million* other Americans starting a healthier diet is high on your list of 2019 new years resolutions. If you’re anything like us, and considering you’re reading a blog on a foodie website you are, there’s no diet in the world that you’ll stick to if you’re not allowed healthy, savory, sweet and delicious food options as a part of that diet.

Primo Oils is Here to Help You Stick to Your Diet

Our flavored Olive Oils and Vinegars are the best way to add flavor and variety to a restrictive diet. We’re going to look at the top 3 diet choices of 2019, according to Health.com, and share some recipes and Olive Oil and Vinegar flavors that will help you stick to that diet and add a burst of flavor without a burst of calories.

Diet #1: The Meditteranean Diet

The Skinny

The Meditteranean Diet is the number one diet in the nation. It’s popular because of the wide variety of foods available to eat and incredible health benefits. Olives and Olive Oils are some of the healthy fats available in this diet. The Meditteranean Diet recommends four to six servings of healthy fats every day.

Primo Oils to the Rescue

There are so many ways Primo Oilive Oils and Vinegars can add flavor to your Meditteranean Diet! Our Olive Oils satisfy your healthy fat requirement in this diet and a teaspoon of any as a salad dressing counts as one serving of a healthy fat. Our favorite olive oils to use in a dressing are the Mushroom Sage Olive Oil, Herbs de Provence Olive Oil and Garlic Olive Oil.

We have several recipes that work well on this diet and more available all the time. We all love to cook here at Primo and are happy to help you discover new-to-you recipes that will work for your diet. Some of our favorites that fit within the Meditteranean Diet are our Shaved Fennel Salad,

A great way to “food-prep” for the week is to make our Italian Chicken on a Sunday and then use this flavorful chicken in salads, sandwiches and brown rice or quinoa bowls for lunch. We also love our Wild Smoked Salmon and can use pita bread or homemade pita chips instead of the crostini’s.

Diet #2 The DASH Diet

(which stands for Dietary Approach to Stopping Hypertension)

The Skinny

The DASH Diet started as a way for people to reduce their blood pressure but became a success because of the positive side effects of the diet; weight loss and prevention for an array of chronic diseases like osteoporosis, heart disease, stroke and diabetes. The downside of the diet is its severe restriction on sodium intake. Most American’s consume an average of 3500 mg of sodium a day. The DASH Diet’s goal is to cut this in half with the more restricted version topping you off at 1500 mg of sodium a day.

Primo Oils to the Rescue

There’s only about 4 mg of sodium in a tablespoon of balsamic vinegar and ZERO in olive oil. This makes our flavored Olive Oils and Balsmic Vinegars the best way to add flavor to your DASH Diet without upping your sodium intake. Our Summer Linguine with Shrimp recipe is a perfect meal for the DASH Diet. Just substitute zoodles or spaghetti squash for the linguine and you’ll have a delicious low-sodium, heart-healthy meal.

Pre-mixed store-bought salad dressings and marinades can be another culprit of high sodium intake. We recommend switching your regular store-bought dressings and marinades for Primo options. Here’s a list of some of our favorite Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar combinations.

 

Diet #3: The Flexitarian Diet

The Skinny

The Flexitarian Diet is a way to cut your meat consumption in half. The goal of the Flexitarian Diet is to have 5 meatless dinners each week and to switch out some of your breakfast and lunch go-to’s with meatless options. The Flexitarian Diet encourages eating legumes, extra veggies and tofu.

Primo Oils to the Rescue

Our Olive Oils and Vinegars are the perfect way to dress up a plate of veggies. And don’t worry that you’ll be stuck eating salads all day. We love using the Cinnamon-Pear Balsamic Roasted Sweet Potatoes or Vegetables de Provence over some quinoa or brown rice. These make great make-ahead and take lunch options.

For dinner try our Balsamic Vinegar Grilled Eggplant. Eggplant is a very substantive vegetable and the balsamic gives it a fun tang. You could try switching up the balsamic on the recipe too. We suggest trying our Neapolitan Herb or Pomegranate Balsamic on this dish.

To Your Health!

Whatever your new year’s resolutions are we hope that they include spending some time in the kitchen. Home cooked meals are the best way to keep yourself and your family healthy.

 

* Link to 2017 New Year’s Resolutions: The Most Popular and How To Stick to Them

 

Give the Gift that Keeps on Giving

Olive Oils: One of Nature’s Greatest Gifts

This holiday season give the gift that keeps on giving. Primo Olive Oils and Balsamic Vinegars are the perfect gift for foodie friends and family alike. It’s hard to shop for people because what do you get for the person who has everything? Several years ago one of our family friends made a holiday-gift-giving mandate; gifts must be depletable. Meaning it should be something that in a year it’s gone. This is a great gift-giving rule for adults because most people have everything they need and want. Holiday gifts should be something that they can use and enhance their quality of life.

Foodie Gifts from Primo

At Primo Oils and Vinegars we specialize in depletable gifts. Our high end, delicious Olive Oils and Balsamic Vinegars are, of course, the number one and number two products that we recommend. They are the perfect culinary treat for the foodie in your life. You can purchase large 350ml bottles of our high end or flavored oils if there’s one you know they will love. Our Tuscan Herb Olive Oil and Garlic Olive Oil are very popular options. We can also put together a sampling of 60 ml bottles into a gift pack. That way they can try a variety of flavors. Some flavor options we recommend are

Gift Pack Options

Taste of Italy Gift Pack:

Tuscan Herb Olive Oil, Garlic Olive Oil, Milanese Gremolata Olive Oil and Neapolitan Balsamic Vinegar

Citrus Punch Gift Pack:

Fused Blood Orange Olive Oil, Fused Eureka Lemon Olive Oil, Fused Persian Lime Olive Oil and Grapefruit White Balsamic

Foodie Favorites Gift Pack:

Neapolitan Herb Balsamic Vinegar, 18 Year Old Balsamic Condimento, Herbs de Provence Olive Oil, and White Truffle Oil

Premier Olive Oils Gift Pack:

Arbonasa Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Early Harvest Cobrancosa EVOO, Frantoio Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Mission EVOO

Dessert Balsamics Gift Pack:

Aged Dark Chocolate Balsamic, Aged Natural Fig Balsamic, Aged Tahitian Vanilla Balsamic, and Lavender Balsamic

Or we can put together a flavor pairing of your choosing. Maybe you know someone who loves to grill. We can put together an olive oil and balsamic vinegar gift pack to assist them in making mouth-watering marinades. Or perhaps the foodie in your life is more of a salad aficionado. Our flavored olive oil and balsamic pairings can take their salads to the next level of flavor. Whatever the palate preferences of your foodie friends we have the perfect thing.

If you are looking to expand your depletable gift options we have a wide range or high-end culinary treats.

Bequet Caramels

Enjoy the full flavor of some of the purest ingredients available. No preservatives, no corn syrup, and no artificial colors or flavors. Certified gluten-free, kosher, and packaged in a nut-free facility.  The best carmels…ever!

Lifetime Candles

These are depletable but also re-usable! Beautiful red berries and ferns are sealed inside the glass decorative container with a separate wick inserted into the top. Lifetime fiberglass wick never needs replacing. The Lifetime Candles use smokeless, odorless, paraffin candle oil, easily found at local stores. If your loved one is more into non-traditional looks we have other non-holiday styles available to fit their home décor. And at a price point of $32-$85 there’s one for everyone on your list.

Stop into Primo Oils and Vinegars to see the wide range of culinary treats available. We have everything from local honey and tea to spice blends and rubs. Be the hero of the gift giving season with our unique and delicious olive oil and balsamic vinegar products.

Happy Holidays! And, as always, to your health!

Olive Oil Pairings – Spicy Edition

Spicy Olive Oil Pairings

It’s no mistake that we’re in the olive oil business. We love to include olive oil in its many forms in our recipes. Sometimes we’re looking to add a kick of spice and that’s when we go to one of these three flavor-infused olive oils. We’d love to know what you do with your favorite pairing.


Chipotle Olive Oil +

Apricot White Balsamic, Black Cherry Balsamic, Dark Chocolate Balsamic, Cinnamon Pear Balsamic, Espresso Balsamic, Fig Balsamic, Jalapeno White Balsamic, Lavender Balsamic, Lemongrass-Mint White Balsamic, Mango White Balsamic, Maple Balsamic, Peach White Balsamic, Pineapple White Balsamic, Pomegranate Balsamic, Raspberry Balsamic, Sicilian Lemon White Balsamic, Strawberry Balsamic, Tangerine Balsamic, Tahitian Vanilla Balsamic

Garlic Olive Oil +

Apricot White Balsamic, Blackberry-Ginger Balsamic, Blueberry Balsamic, Cinnamon-Pear Balsamic, Fig Balsamic, Honey-Ginger White Balsamic, Pomegranate Balsamic, Jalapeno White Balsamic, Pineapple White Balsamic, Oregano White Balsamic, Neapolitan Balsamic

Harissa Olive Oil +

Mango White Balsamic, Blackberry-Ginger Balsamic, Maple Balsamic, Cinnamon-Pear Balsamic, Peach White Balsamic, Raspberry Balsamic, Sicilian Lemon White Balsamic, Pineapple White Balsamic