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!

Delicious Metabolic Reset Recipes with Primo Vinegars

Delicious Metabolic Reset Recipes from Primo Vinegars

When Miranda Sommer of Whole Heart Health and Wellness approached Primo Oils about a Metabolic Reset Meet & Greet we were only too happy to offer Primo Oils as a venue. You may not think of Primo Oils as the perfect fit for a Metabolic Reset event but we’re here to tell you that we’ve got a lot more than just olive oils. Primo has just as many Balsamic Vinegar flavors as we do EVOO.

Balsamic Vinegar is a kitchen essential and one that, like olive oil, people overlook or think comes in just “plain”. Our balsamic vinegars come in a wide variety of flavors from the drinkable Aged Natural Fig Balsamic to a salad-ready Neapolitan Herb Balsamic Vinegar. And every flavor in between.

We hope you enjoy these recipes that we shared at the Meet & Greet event.

Primo Vinegar Metabolic Reset Recipes

Salads

Arugula Heirloom Salad

This is a great starter for grilled steak or chicken. We recommend using a good salt like a sea gris.

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Wash and spin dry arugula.
  • Cut heirloom tomatoes into large bite-size pieces.
  • Toss Arugula and tomatoes with Traditional 18 yo Balsamic Vinegar.
  • Salt and Petter to taste.

Pickled Beet Salad

Pickled beets are available in the produce aisle of most grocery stores.

Ingredients

  • Red Pickled Roast Beets, 1 Package
  • Golden Pickled Roast Beets, 1 package
  • 1 orange, separated and cut into bite-size pieces
  • Cinnamon Pear Balsamic
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Combine both packages of beets and orange slices.
  • Toss with Cinnamon Pear Balsamic
  • Salt and Petter to taste.

Fruit and Berry Salad

This is a delicious spin on the traditional fruit salad. A great option for Easter or a brunch.

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Remove pomegranate seeds. Try this super easy way. Cut up cantaloupe into bite-size pieces.
  • Combine cantaloupe, blueberries, pomegranate seeds, and raspberries.
  • Toss with Pomegranate and Cascadian Raspberry White Balsamic.

Main Dishes

Pulled Chicken-Apple Salad

This is a nice light dish to have on a hot night. You can pick up a rotisserie chicken at the store so there’s no need to heat up your kitchen!

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Prepare your fruit and veggies. Peel apples, and grate on a box grater. Separate cauliflower into small, bite-size florets. Vein and chop up kale and thinly slice the red cabbage.
  • Combine apples, veggies and chicken. Toss to combine.
  • Drizzle with Sicilian Lemon White Balsamic Vinegar and Gravenstein Apple Balsamic. Salt and pepper to taste.

Balsamic Flank Steak

A great steak recipe. We like that this is a pan-seared steak so you don’t have to wait for good BBQ weather.

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Mix Neapolitan Herb Balsamic Vinegar, minced garlic and Dijon mustard until combined. Pour marinade into a shallow dish that will hold the steak.
  • Prepare steak by first puncturing with a knife tip about once every square inch on both sides of the steak. Place in the marinade. Leave in the refrigerator overnight turning 2 or 3 times.
  • Flank steak is thicker at one end than the other. Cut the steak into two pieces. Your thinner piece will be done before the thick piece.
  • Heat a no-stick pan on high heat. Cook steak on high 4-5 minutes per side.
  • Monitor internal heat with an instant-read meat thermometer. Steak will be medium rare when it reaches 125 degrees. Flank and skirt steaks are more flavorful when served medium rare.
  • Cover and let rest 5-10 minutes. Slice against the grain and serve.

Looking for more delicious balsamic vinegar recipes? You can check out the recipe link on our website here.

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