july 21, 2017

HeaderWe have a guest organic mushroom vendor from the Catskills on Saturday

Nestled in the western foothills of the Catskill Mountains, Township Valley is a small, sustainable farm that grows a variety of gourmet mushrooms which they sell to restaurants and discerning shoppers at farmers markets. Their mushrooms (blue oyster, yellow oyster, shiitake) are all certified organic.

Township1A little bird must have told Bon Appetit they were coming, because the magazine just published this terrific roundup of interesting mushroom recipes that go way beyond mushroom omelets. Sign me up for the ricotta kale and mushroom toast. And the quinoa mushroom burger which, I hope, will save me from those ho-hum freezer section veggie burgers at home.

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july 13, 2017

HeaderThat Rascal is back!

And by Rascal, I do mean Colin McGrath’s signature cheese: a wily raw cow’s milk cheese that is aged 3-4 months, has a dense fudge-y texture and is lightly torched on its outer rind. After a brief hiatus during which time the young cheesemaker moved his creamery operation to Hudson, NY, McGrath will be returning to Chappaqua on an alternating week schedule.

There really is no excuse not to have a fantastic cheese tray at your next event/bbq – between McGrath’s cheeses, the incredible array of cheeses offered at Shepherd Valley Creamery (goat, sheep and cow’s milk) and the Hawthorne Valley cheeses at the Miracle Springs tent.

cheeseIt’s a good thing we have SO much exquisite bread at our market to accompany said cheese. You can do what we do at our house when we find ourselves with an abundance of good cheese and market greens and are too hot and bothered to cook: cheese tray and salad for dinner with a nice glass of wine. Bliss.

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july 7, 2017

HeaderSnap up Some Snapdragons and Shakshuka at the Market this week

If you missed last week’s market because of the holiday then you missed Treadlight Farm’s first visit to market. Worry not, they are back this week with their jaunty, colorful snapdragons, breathing plenty of color but no fire.

Treadlight is a “no till” farm in the Catskills. Farmers Matt and Irene do all their farming by hand, treading lightly, as it were, on the land they love and preserving it for future generations of farmers.

Do you have your own flower garden but pruning shears or scissors that need some love?

flowersMatt the knife sharpener joins us this Saturday. Take advantage as he only comes once a month.

Cherry season is upon us. I decided I wasn’t going to inflict my mother’s clafoutis recipe on you yet again. Instead I found this recipe for mason-jar cherry pies from alaskafromscratch.com. Can’t wait to try these myself. Continue reading july 7, 2017

june 29, 2017

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Zukes, Cukes & Kohlrabi

The one item you are sure to find at the markets this week is zucchini which is as predictable this time of year as sunburns and fireflies. Fortunately it’s also extremely versatile: zucchini (or courgette as they call it across the Pond) tastes just as good in a quick bread as it does in a quick pasta, or parading as pasta (as in zucchini spirals). It screams Provence – where it is central to staples like ratatouille or the classic summer tian. My new favorite way to eat zucchini is shredded in a pancake, particular this zucchini fritters recipe from Smitten Kitchen. Zucchini seems to marry well with sheep’s milk cheese. Fortunately Valley Shepherd Creamery has plenty of it. Check out his second zucchini cakes recipe with cheese.

zucchinicompMarti Wolfson will be here tomorrow working her culinary magic tomorrow. She doesn’t know what she’ll be making yet since she gets inspired by what’s spilling out of the market crates when she makes her market rounds first thing. She will undoubtedly make something zucchini, probably noodles or pesto. She’s also hoping to score the last of this season’s garlic scapes to make garlic scape egg crostini. (sign me up!). She’s also envisioning some sort of kohlrabi slaw since kohlrabi (you know, the funky looking vegetable you usually shy away from) is also plentiful right now. We’ll post her slaw recipe next week. In the meanwhile, here’s a kohlrabi primer from Bon Appetit. Continue reading june 29, 2017

june 15, 2017

HeaderGood Morning Vietnam!

Less than three weeks ago Linh Hoang had her first baby. A little girl she named Anne. This Saturday Linh will be serving up authentic dishes from her native Vietnam – like pho, bun cha noodle and, of course, spring and summer rolls. Because that’s how she rolls. She has been preparing traditional Vietnamese food for family and friends for years, but decided it was time to launch her new takeout business, VN TO GO, at the Chappaqua Farmer’s Market this summer. Due date be damned. Please give this Pleasantville resident a warm welcome. Her dishes are as fresh and delicious as she is determined.

vietnameseAnd in other “life events” news…. Nichki, the face and force of Letterbox Farm Collective is getting hitched this weekend. Here’s to a long, happy and healthy life with her partner. Of course, good health is assumed given the amount of gorgeous, organic greens they eat. And those eggs? And if they treat one another anything like they treat their animals at the farm (64 acres of fields, woods, ravines and mountainside just outside of of downtown Hudson) a life of happy is also in the cards.

Sweetness is back with her gluten-free assortment of donuts and nut-based cookies. I hear the donuts were the talk of the town this week.

Don’t forget to pick up a variety of meats and fish for grilling, because everyone knows that while mom brunches on Mother’s Day, on Father’s Day, Dad grills. Stone & Thistle has more sausage varieties than I could ever dream up. Mangalitsa has their bacon burgers made with heritage pork. FarmEats has killer steaks and Letterbox of course has those rockin’ pork chops. And don’t forget grill-loving fish like swordfish and tuna. Continue reading june 15, 2017

june 9, 2017

New faces/products to discover at the market this week.and plan ahead for Father’s Day!

Sweetness:
Lisa Ciraldo grew up in Chappaqua but when the mountains beckoned, she moved to Colorado where she’s lived for the last 20 years. She became a pastry chef, started a business and a family. She was a regular vendor at the very lively Steamboat Springs Farmer’s Market. Now she has returned to Chappaqua with her kids and her baking prowess – and her market tent.
We are so happy to welcome Lisa to our market fold. She is now focused on baking nut-based, naturally gluten-free cookies and donuts which are disarmingly tasty. Finally donuts for everyone!

Leaf of the East:
Tea “master” Markham Sineband says high quality Taiwanese tea rarely leaves the island of Taiwan, especially teas that are petro-chemical-free. Its effects can be seen and felt, in the land, and in the people who craft, and drink it, he says. “In order to bring this kind of tea to you I live in Taiwan for half the year. During the spring and sometimes summer harvests I live in the mountains of Northern Taiwan where I help prepare and at times craft the tea”  that he’ll be selling at market. Sineband, who is based in Brooklyn, says each cup of Leaf of the East tea is a vote for sustainable farming and healthy living.

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Yogurt:
Many of you have been asking about Sohha Yogurt. I am sorry to say that John and Angela Fout have recently decided to shutter their business to focus on their family. I know they had many fans in Chappaqua and I hope these yogurt lovers will turn to our TWO NEW sources of yogurt at the market. Continue reading june 9, 2017

june 2, 2017

HeaderGrow you own French Sorrel and Ground Cherries!

Saturday’s forecast is perfect planting weather. Splendid! New vendor Homegrown Nurseries will make their first visit with an array of unique starter plants like ground cherries, San Marzano tomatoes, white yarrow, French sorrel and more for the gardener who loves to cook!. Based at the gorgeous, historic Lyndhurst Mansion this small nursery specializes in sustainably-grown heirloom and open pollinated vegetables, herbs, and antique flowers unavailable elsewhere. (Scroll below to see what they’re bringing tomorrow.)

Also new to market tomorrow, LaurelMaud’s Jams, with a complete organic line of berry and stone-fruit jams as well as some jams made from Dragon Fruit and bay berries.

Farm Feast Grain is back to sign folks up for their grain CSA. Please stop by their table to taste what they have in store…and sign up for their unusual grain bank program.

Blessed Brewery is here for their once a month visit, so if you are hooked on any one of their flavors, stock up! Did you know that owners Adam and Stephanie recently celebrated a blessed event. Baby Juniper Raven Barfield was born on April 13th. 

Black Creek Farm, a small-scale produce farm operated by a Pleasantville native, John-Erik Schellenberg, will make its CFM debut tomorrow. The chilly spring delayed his arrival. Please give this “local boy growing local” a warm welcome.
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may 26, 2017

HeaderStoneOne little piggy went to the beach for the Memorial day weekend.
One little piggy went to a college graduation.
One little piggy stayed home.

But one little piggy went to the Chappaqua Farmer’s Market and was SO glad he did, because Three Little Pigs BBQ was visiting the market that day. That’s right, the hoppin’ Hawthorne BBQ joint is bringing their food truck to the market to help us kick off a season of barbecuing. They will be dishing out brisket, dry-rub ribs and their famous vinegar slaw.

That’s right, the hoppin’ Hawthorne BBQ joint is bringing their food truck to the market to help us kick off a season of barbecuing. They will be dishing out brisket, dry-rub ribs and their famous vinegar slaw.

Planning on grilling this weekend? Letterbox will have some of their monster pork chops, Stone & Thistle is bringing all the brats and sausage you could possibly need. FarmEats has you covered on steaks. And don’t forget to grill up some asparagus too.

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Anna Maria’s savory jams is here should you want to add a touch of radicchio marmalade to your pork chop. Need some marinade inspiration for your grilling? Food & Wine suggests these Memorial Day marinades.

Larchmont Charcuterie is returning this weekend since his guest visit on the 13th was er, a little damp.

Also back, Chef Lucero with her salsas authenticas and this week, she is bringing blue corn tamales. She was recently featured in Good Housekeeping Magazine. Check it out!

Morgiewicz Produce, our favorite Polish farmers from Black Dirt country, are back on June 3rd.

Now that’s something to squeal about!

may 19, 2017

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ART AS FOOD AND FOOD AS ART

Beth Boyland sees a chicken and gets the urge to paint it. Marti Wolfson sees a chicken and wonders how she would cook it and what herbs will be available at the market to season it.

Either way fresh market ingredients provide all the inspiration necessary for these talented ladies who will both be at the market this Saturday.

Beth is a watercolor artist and photographer based in Bedford. Most of her subjects are locally-grown produce and fruit from strawberries to scallions. She’s also partial to farm animals. She frames her work with barn wood.

Marti Wolfson will be creating art of a different sort in her demo tent. Make sure you stop by several times because she turns out market delicacies fast and furious – and always disarmingly delicious. I am guessing she’s going to rock something rhubarb.
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