Downtown Concierge

We Need You: Calling Pearl Market Vendors

Pearl Market moves to the Statehouse in 2018

Sure, it’s cold outside. But it’s never too early to think about spring. And it’s almost time for Pearl Market. Well, sort of. While you're hibernating, planning is well underway for this downtown summer fave…

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Calling All Artists - Pearl Market Bag Art Contest

The Ohio Statehouse, Pearl Market's Temporary Home
Pearl Market announces artwork contest.

Did you know Pearl Market will move to the Ohio Statehouse grounds next summer? Don't worry, it's just while the Rhodes State Office Tower gets a little face lift.

So, Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District (SID) thought a little contest might help get people ready for the move…

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Legendary Legume: Borlotti Bean

French Horticultural, or Cranberry Speckled Borlotti Beans

French Horticultural Beans also known as Cranberry Speckled Borlotti Beans

The Cranberry Speckled Borlotti Bean, also known as the French Horticultural Bean, is  a hidden gem among legumes.  These beautiful beans, which you can find at Pearl Market now, are low in fat and packed with nutrients.  Also, this wonderful cranberry-type bean grows on a bushy bean plant that produces runners.  The cream-colored pods with dark red stripes are very easy to shell.  Very popular in France, the bean cooks up firm with a delightful nutty flavor.  Although this bean is often preferred as a dry bean, it is also highly recommended as a shelling bean, and it’s excellent for freezing and canning, too.

The Borlotti Bean is delicious as a standalone side dish and a colorful addition to any salad, including the many recipes for bean salads.  S0, stop by Pearl Market this week to buy some of these interesting and tasty beans and try the Heartland Bank Recipe of the Week for Cranberry Beans, Cherry Tomatoes & Cucumber Salad.

Borlotti Beans, Cherry Tomatoes & Cucumber Salad Ingredients

2 cups fresh borlotti beans

couple of handfuls of cherry tomatoes, halved

1 medium red onion, sliced thinly

1 cucumber, peeled & sliced

fresh herbs of your choice, chopped: marjoram, oregano or basil work well

3 tablespoons red wine vinegar

9 tablespoons extra virgin olive

salt pepper

vegetable scraps (celery tops, carrot peels, ends of onions, etc.)

Directions First, in a pot with plenty of water, bring the beans to a boil with vegetable scraps: the bits from the fridge such as celery tops, the bendable carrot destined for the garbage, half an onion sitting in your fridge that doesn't look so great - toss it in! (The veggies give the beans a bit more flavor.) Then, bring to boil then lower to simmer 20-30 minutes until the beans are tender. Meanwhile, drain & discard the vegetables. Then, in a bowl combine the beans, tomatoes, onion, cucumber…

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