I’ve already told my two daughters, Mina, 9, and Sabine, 7, what I want for mother’s day this year: a farm-to-bed breakfast. That’s right.. a hearty breakfast in bed consisting of farm-fresh eggs (maybe a mushroom and asparagus omelet), crusty baguette with some of Renee’s homespun jam and crisp bacon courtesy of Roaming Angus. Some Tierra Farms Honduran coffee in my French press with an utterly decadent cloud of Ronnybrook half and half.
I’m fairly certain I deserve it. And most likely so does your mother. So why not shop with her in mind this weekend?
If Mom happens to be on a gluten-free diet (and even if she isn’t) – she’s in luck. Little Croc Bakehouse is back with her signature lemon square, chocolate and sugar donuts, mud slide cupcakes and a new item: vegan and gluten-free berry scones. Baker (and mom) Suzanne Whitney is particularly proud of the scones which don’t taste like they are “missing” a thing!
Renee of Renee’s Jams, also a mom, is returning this week as well. If you haven’t tried her seasonal jams, make sure you stop by her table and sample a few. She’s a master at balancing sweet and fruit and at blending ingredients you might not necessarily put together (like jalapeno and apricot!).
This week I tried some of Flour City Pasta’s “emmer” (farro) pasta with Honey Locust’s nettle pesto – dynamite. I also made a ramp and spring garlic pizza and another pizza with some of Joe’s unctuous mozzarella and Newgate’s fiddleheads.
There should be rhubarb at the market this week. Since it’s in before the strawberries this year, why not prepare it outside of a pie? I still dream about a rosy red rhubarb compote that was served with some roasted grouper at a NYC restaurant a few years back. As pretty as it was delicious. Of course, pie is always an option…
Pascale Le Draoulec
food writer/ author/ farmers market director