Wednesday, September 25, 2013

New Fall-Winter Hours

Each year, as the daylight hours grow shorter and the final months of the year are upon us, Homer Village Market makes a few changes to operating hours and days.    It is that time again!!!

Keep in mind when you are out for a Sunday drive to enjoy the fall colors and festivities, you can stop by the store between Noon and 4 p.m. for groceries, cold beverages, and specialty products.   Check out our selection of Ohio foods including jams and jellies, apple butter, pickles and salsa, mustards, hot pepper butter, maple syrup, chocolates, ice cream, pasta, and local lamb.    We also have candles made in Ohio with all-USA ingredients featuring some seasonal scents you will love!

The new hours beginning the last weekend in September are as follows:

  • Open Sunday from 12:00 NOON until 4:00 p.m.
  • Closed Mondays
  • Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The store is usually closed on major holidays, so if in doubt, please call ahead.  You can also visit our website at and our Facebook page at

We look forward to seeing you soon!  Thanks for shopping at Homer Village Market!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Cheese Varieties in Stock

As summer comes to an end, almost muted by the hectic schedules brought about by the new school year, be sure to take some time to relax and enjoy a picnic.   Don't forget the cheese!  All you need is a small cooler of goodies, a blanket, a plate and knife, a friend or two (or not), and a destination.   The local winery is a great destination, and so would be any of our State parks.  How about your own back yard?

Cheese is an easy choice for an impromptu gathering or a quick snack.   With or without crackers, a bite of cheese alone or paired with sliced apples, grapes, olives, wine, grape or apple juice, salami or summer sausage.....I could go on....but you probably know what I mean.

A wedge of cheese also makes a nice hostess gift when you are an invited guest to someone else's home or picnic!

Right now in the store we have a good selection of well-priced cheeses for snacking or cooking, including:
  • Danish Havarti - 8 oz. - $3.99
  • Ohio Lacey Baby Swiss - 12 oz. - $4.99
  • Asiago (crafted in Wisconsin) - 8 oz. $3.99
  • Parmesan (Wisconsin) - 8 oz. $3.99
  • Gorgonzola (Wisconsin) - 8 oz. $4.99
  • Applewood-smoked Gouda (Wisconsin) - 8 oz. $4.99
  • Sharp Cheddar (Wisconsin) - 8 oz. $3.99
  • Ricotta (Ohio) - 15 oz. $3.50
  • String Cheese (Wisconsin) - 1 oz. servings 59 cents
  • Cottage Cheese (Ohio) - 16 oz. $2.59
  • Shredded cheddar and shredded mozzarella (Ohio)
  • Sliced provolone, sliced swiss, sliced colby (Wisconsin)
The gorgonzola is a crumbly wedge, perfect for salads.  If you haven't tried a salad of lettuce greens, tomatoes, and crumbled bacon with some gorgonzola cheese and a light vinaigrette dressing, you are missing out!  I like to toss in something tart also such as black olives or cranberries. If you want some crunch, add a spoonful of chopped nuts or seeds.    No need for anything else; this is a meal in itself!

The end of summer is a great time to enjoy homemade lasagna with lots of cheese!  With the colder evenings, heating up the kitchen might be welcome.  Lasagna is a great way to use up some of those abundant veggies from the garden, especially tomatoes, zucchini, and greens.   The leftovers freeze well and make a very appreciated easy lunch or dinner at a moment's notice.  

There are many versions of lasagna recipes, and limitless variations.  Each one calls for different ways of using the ricotta (or even substituting cottage cheese).  I prefer adding nothing to the ricotta....or if I add anything it might be a dash of milk to make it creamier and some Italian herbs, though I have also added beaten egg and sour cream.  I like to use a lot of other cheeses as well such as mozzarella, provolone, and parmesan among the layers of noodles, tomatoes, and vegetables, with or without a meaty sauce.

If you are watching your carbs, as many of us are, you do not even need to use lasagna noodles!  Layers of sliced zucchini or eggplant work nicely with a top layer of sliced tomatoes.  Or you could just use one layer of noodles on the bottom and the other layers veggies and cheese and sauce.  Don't forget the garlic, mushrooms and a few drops of extra virgin olive oil, especially if you are going meatless.

You could also make a  Latin-style lasagna (rather than traditional Italian), by using some cheddar or jack cheese and adding layers of veggies such as peppers, onions, tomatoes, and black beans or pinto beans and some different spices such as cumin and paprika and cayenne pepper.   Cottage cheese mixed with sour cream might be a better choice than ricotta in this recipe.   Just before serving, add some crumbled tortilla chips on top of your lasagna and some shredded cheese to melt quickly in the oven.  Chopped green onions make a nice garnish too.   If you want to add meat to the layers, any ground beef, pork, chorizo, or slices of chicken work well.   Any salsa could be used as a sauce.

Now I'm getting hungry!  How about you? 

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Fall Hours Coming Soon - Closing on Mondays....Opening on Sundays

Summer is winding to a days, chilly nights, and foggy mornings.....almost harvest time!  This is my favorite time of year!

On Monday, September 23, Homer Village Market will begin closing on Mondays for the Fall season.  Good news is we will be open on Sundays instead beginning Sunday, September 29.   The store opens at 10 a.m. and closes at 6:30 p.m.

Enjoy the beautiful weather!  Hope to see you in the store again soon!