Not only does the Bloomfield Farmerâ€™s Market have great produce (Valley View Farms) but they have two fantastic bakers. Alan Herseyâ€™s Bakerâ€™s Bounty has the most wonderful breads, pastries & cakes. His bread is hearty and crusty the way great Artisan bread should be. The semolina olive has a fine texture and golden color with just the right amount of olives. It makes a phenominal bruschetta or garlic bread or grab some of Valley Viewâ€™s tomatoes, throw a slice or two of fresh mozzerella into the mix and grill up a toasty panini sandwich.
Elyse Maxwellâ€™s Elysean Foods is starting to get quite the following with her Brazillian cheese bread. She sells the unbaked dough with foolproof instructions for baking up the lightest – crispiest puffs. Theyâ€™re great as a side to soup or salad or as a light and savory appetizer served with a nice glass of wine. Elyse also has fantastic cookies in flavors like green tea shortbread, Black Gold & Fiery gingerbread. If youâ€™re real nice sheâ€™ll even give you a taste of her signature pecan pie!
Bakerâ€™s Bounty & Elysean Foods â€¦ two more reasons not to miss the Bloomfield Farmerâ€™s Market!
Quick Bruschetta Topping
2 cups red & yellow tomatoes – seeded & diced
2 garlic cloves â€“ 1 peeled & finely minced, 1 peeled and left whole
2 Tbs. red wine vinegar
2 Tbs. olive oil
Salt & pepper to taste
Pinch of red pepper flakes
4-5 leaves fresh basil â€“ cut into a chiffonade
Combine tomatoes, minced garlic, vinegar, olive oil, salt & pepper and pepper flakes
Grill thick cut Semolina Olive bread with a light brushing of olive oil till nice and toasty
Rub each toast with the whole garlic clove
Spoon a healthy amount of tomato mixture on to toasts and sprinkle with basil chiffonade
Serves 4 as an appetizer
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