Local items available at the farmers markets this week: 

• Apples 

• Beef 

• Bell peppers 

• Butternut squash 

• Cucumbers 

• Eggs 

• Egg plant 

• Fresh poultry 

• Green beans 

• Honey 

• Red potatoes, sweet potatoes

• Okra

• Onions, red, white and yellow

• Peppers, assorted 

• Pork 

• Squash 

• Tomatoes 

• Zucchini 

• Baked goods, Fresh flowers, variety of fresh frozen vegetables, homemade ice cream, fresh ground corn meal, homemade dog treats, dried herbs, Flavored butters, fresh herbs, plants, natural jellies and jams, pickles and jellies, pepper sauce, spices, bath and body creams and soap, beeswax candles, quilts, crafts and homemade children’s clothes.

 

Area farmers markets: 

Tuscaloosa Farmers Market: 3-6 p.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m.-noon Saturday at Tuscaloosa River Market, 1900 Jack Warner Parkway. 

Northport Farmers Market: 6 a.m.-noon Wednesday and Saturday at 4150 Fifth St., Northport. 

 

Slow Cooker Pork and Beef Roast 

• 3 lb. beef roast 

• 3 lb. pork roast 

• 1 lb. carrots, peeled and cut into chunks (or use baby carrots) 

• 4 stalks celery, cut into chunks 

• 4 potatoes, washed, cut into chunks (peel if you wish) 

• 8 oz. fresh mushrooms, (baby bellas) 

• 3 medium onions, peeled and cut into chunks 

• 1 package onion soup mix 

• 1 package brown gravy mix 

• 1 tablespoon olive oil 

• 3 tablespoons butter 

• Salt and pepper 

 

Melt butter in the olive oil in a frying pan over medium to medium-high heat. Cut your roasts in half so you have four chunks of meat. Salt and pepper each chunk as you wish. When the frying pan is hot, brown the meat on all sides. Set aside. Put your prepared vegetables in your slow cooker. Lay the browned meat on top. You do not need to add water, as the meat and the vegetables create their own juice. A 6-quart cooker will be quite full, if slower cooker adjust your ingredients so it fits. Cook on high for 4-6 hours or on low for 8 hours. When done to your liking, remove the meat and vegetables to a platter or bowl. Put the onion soup mix and brown gravy mix in a medium saucepan. Whisk in the juices from the slow cooker, and warm on medium heat, stirring occasionally, until it comes to a boil. Lower to a simmer and cook, stirring constantly, for at least one minute. Can cook longer to rehydrate the onions if wanted. Return the meat and vegetables to teh slow cooker and pour the gravy over it.

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