Spring Produce Thrives in Dennis Hoophouse

Mar 29, 2018

Credit Elspeth Hay

Most farmers and gardeners are just starting to get seeds in the ground. But Jeff Deck of Dennis uses a different model. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth visits the two greenhouses where he grows year round. She learns what varieties do well over the winter, and how he plants for a continuous harvest. 

(This piece first aired in April, 2014)  

Here is the recipe for the salad from the piece:

BUTTER CRUNCH SALAD WITH RICOTTA AND AVOCADO

I'm not sure this really qualifies as a recipe. It's the kind of thing I make up every day around noon, once the produce starts coming in. But it is delicious, and worth sharing if only for inspiration.

1 head freshly picked butter crunch lettuce
2 freshly pulled spring carrots
1/2 avocado
1/2 lemon
olive oil
sea salt
ricotta cheese (optional)

Wash the lettuce and tear it into bite size pieces. Slice the carrots thinly and toss them in a salad bowl with the lettuce. Cut the avocado into bite size pieces, scoop them out, and add those. Squeeze the lemon juice over top to taste, drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with sea salt. Taste and adjust as needed. If you're using the ricotta, spread a few dollops around and dig in. As you eat the cheese will mix with the oil and become part of the dressing, which is okay. It's good that way. 

Here is a list of opening dates for Cape farmers' markets:

Falmouth Farmers’ Market 

Marine Park, Scranton Ave. 

5/24 - Oct

Thursdays, Noon - 6pm

www.falmouthfarmersmarket.org 

 

 

Mashpee Commons Farmers’ Market 

32 Market St., next to Organic Market 

6/24 - 9/30 

Sundays, Noon - 3pm

 

 

Sandwich Farmers’ Market 

The Village Green, 164 Route 6A

6/12 - Oct

Tuesdays, 9am - 1pm

www.sandwichfarmersmarket.com 

 

 

Bass River Farmers’ Market 

311 Old Main St., S. Yarmouth 

6/14 - 9/8 

Thursdays & Saturdays, 9am -1:30pm

www.bassriverfarmersmarket.org 

 

 

Cape Cod Beer Farmers’ Market 

1336 Phinneys Ln, Hyannis

5/25 - September 

Fridays, 3pm - 6pm

 

 

Osterville Farmers’ Market 

Osterville Historical Museum, 155 West Bay Rd. 

6/22 - 9/14 

Fridays, 9am - 1pm

www.ostervillefarmersmarket.org 

 

 

Brewster Farmers’ Market 

Windmill Village, 51 Drummer Boy Road, 

6/24 - 9/9 

Sundays, 9am - 1pm

 

 

Chatham Farmers’ Market 

1652 Main St., Chatham 

5/15 - 10/23 

Tuesdays, 3pm-6:30pm

 

 

Harwich Farmers’ Market 

Brooks Academy Museum, 80 Parallel St. 

6/7 - 10/4 

Thursdays, 3pm-6pm

www.harwichfarmersmarket.org 

 

 

Orleans Farmers’ Market 

Summer- 21 Old Colony Way, Orleans 

May - November 

Saturdays, 8am - Noon 

Winter- Nauset Middle School Cafeteria 

70 Route 28, Orleans 

Nov - April 

Saturdays, 9am - Noon 

www.orleansfarmersmarket.com 

 

 

Provincetown Farmers’ Market 

Ryders St. 

5/12 - 11/17 

Saturdays, 9am-3pm

 

 

Truro Farmers’ Market 

Veteran’s Field off Truro Center Rd. 

6/4 - 8/27 

Mondays, 8am - Noon 

 

 

Wellfleet Farmers’ Market 

Congregational Church, 200 Main Street 

5/16 – 10/10

Wednesdays, 8am - Noon