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Gran Roca, Wednesday, fresh produce and chickens - Sep 27th, 2-3:30 PM

A couple of announcements before we talk produce and chickens:

1. We have received a lot of interest lately in seeing and touring our farm. Here is your opportunity on Saturday, September 30th. And the transportation is taken care of along with a 3-course Farm-to-Table gourmet lunch with a menu that could only come from Chef Michael and Farmer Rob. And, if that wasn't enough, Farmer Rob will give a tour of the farm with breathtaking photo opportunities, answer your questions, and provide insight into sustainable farming practices and growing the best food ever. How cool is all of that? And it's for a good cause.

2. Don't miss our unique, informative and entertaining Farm-to-Table dinners at La Cilindrada coming again in October. (Every previous one sold out.) Our October dates and details will be announced next week. Make your reservations early so you won't miss out on all of the fun and special flavors.

3. We are excited to announce that our Friday Farm Fresh Market will begin on October 6th from 2 -3:30 PM at the La Cilindrada Restaurant, 3-47 Roberto Crespo y Luis Moreno Mora, in El Vergel, with easy parking only a couple of blocks from the Stadium and SuperMaxi.

Now about that fresh produce and chickens for this week:

The freshest market in Cuenca, the Gran Roca Wednesday Farm Fresh Market, will be on September 27th, from 2-3:30 at Filippo on Benigno Malo across from Parque Calderon. Enter through the big archway between Raymipampa and Tutto Freddo. We offer a large selection of farm fresh products and unique varieties not available anywhere else. Our produce is harvested in the morning for pickup in the afternoon. Can your favorite supermercado do that? (Not even close.)

If you are looking for the best tasting pasture raised chickens, you have come to the right place. Our chickens are housed in groups of fewer than 100, on pasture, in a protective Chicken Tractor, fed whole foods without antibiotics or hormones, are moved daily to fresh pasture without poop or smell, are able to scratch in the soil, eat grass and bugs and see the natural cycles of day and night. It is a lot harder to do it this way, but this is how you produce the best food ever.

Our chickens come butchered to order so they must be ordered in advance by sending us an email letting us know (1) how many you want, (2) whether to leave whole or cut into parts, and (3) with or without organ meat. The Chickens vary in weight a little bit, but at $2.50/lb, most will sell for between $10 and $12.50 of ready to cook meat. You will receive an order confirmation and we will bring it to the Market for you to pick up on Wednesday, September 27th. Bon app├ętit.

This Week's Fresh Market Produce:

Fruits: Our Special Bananas, Strawberries, Real Lemons
Tomatoes: Heirloom Tomatoes (limited), Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, Bitter-Free Eggplant, Green and Red Peppers, Hot Peppers
Cucurbits: Cucumbers, Special Zucchini (limited)
Brassicas: Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Curly and Dinosaur Kale
Beans: Green Beans
Greens: Lettuce (heirloom romaine), Real Spinach, Bok Choy
Fresh Herbs: including Real Peppermint, Cilantro, Garlic Chives, Basil

We continue to expand our offerings and volumes. Please email us if you are looking for a quantity of an item or if you would like something not listed above. For example, we have a large variety of herbs we bring only upon request.

Looking forward to seeing you Wednesday.

Rob Gray: