AT A GLANCE
To participate in next Thursday's recipe exchange at Ooltewah Farmers Market:
* Find one recipe to share.
* Make sure it includes ingredients found at the market.
* Bring two copies, typed if possible.
* Tell those assembled a little about the dish, if desired (not required).
* Take home a stapled photocopy of all contributed recipes.
The first step in cooking a meal is gathering the ingredients -- a common practice in summer at area farmers markets and produce stands. On Thursday, June 27, the Ooltewah Farmers Market will add another step in the process with a recipe exchange.
"It's so much fun to cook with the wonderful things you find each week at the farmers market, and it's always fun to try new recipes," says a news release from officials at Ooltewah Nursery & Landscape Co., 5829 Main St., where the market is held each Thursday.
Participants should select a single, favorite recipe they wish to share that features fresh, seasonal produce.
"Not all of the ingredients must come from the market, but at least some should," say organizers.
You'll need to bring two copies with you, preferably typewritten.
Each person will get a couple of minutes to talk about the recipe, though you may share the recipe without making any introductory remarks.
During the sharing time, market staff will be making photocopies. At the end of the program, everyone will get a stapled copy of all the recipes.
"It's fun to try some new dishes, and this will be a great way to meet some new people, too," organizers say. "We can't wait to see all the creative ideas everyone will bring."
Market hours are 2-5 p.m. The program is set for 3:30-4:30 p.m. Though not required, participants may RSVP by visiting the market's Facebook page.
The Facebook page also previews other upcoming classes, including a demonstration of cooking ideas with June's vegetable of the month, cucumbers, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. today, June 20. Pete Nielsen will be doing the cooking, and samples will be available.
For more information, call 423-238-9775.