I’ve been making my own pesto for years (with everything from arugula to nettles) and so have most of my friends, so, when I first brought Buddhapesto to the Hastings Farmers Market, people wondered what all the fuss was about. Then they tasted their artfully displayed samples – a dollop of the electric green sauce on a thin slice of Bread Alone baguette – clammed right up and bought multiple tubs. I’m not sure what mystery ingredient the folks at Buddhapesto put into their blender to make this pesto so flavor-charged and Pantone-hued, but it’s working. Their fan base is growing as quickly as August potted basil. I’m so thrilled that they will be joining our market in Chappaqua. Their debut was foiled last week by the ill-timed snow storm.
I, for one, can’t wait to try some of their pesto on any number of interesting organic small-batch pastas from Flour City Pasta. Of course, I put it on everything from scrambled eggs to poached fish to grilled lamb (or ham)-burgers, too.
Roaming Angus will have some fresh(not frozen) chickens this week as well as gorgeous cuts of beef. If you receive Roaming Angus’ email, then you learned this week that there are 29(!) cuts of beef that are just as lean as chicken. And Roaming Angus carries many of them!
Stone Barns is continuing with their ‘barn sale” on everything pork…now is the time to dig into that pulled pork recipe you’ve been wanting to try. They also have great plump roaster chickens (frozen), ground lamb and those amazing eggs in the sunny carton.
Pura Vida brought a small amount of ridiculously sweet, tiny Maine shrimp last week. The season is fleeting so get them while you can. So good, a few of us ate some raw at the market last Saturday!
Kontoulis Olive Oil, a monthly vendor, is also paying us a visit so be sure to bring your home bottles for re-filling or, if you’ve never treated yourself to her shimmering green nectar, take some home and watch it make your salads sing. Remember: Demetra won’t be back before Valentine’s Day – and a gift of any combination of her luscious oil with either tapenade, or balsamic vinegar, would make my heart sing.
Little Croc Bakery (gluten-free) and Big Girl Bakery are also here this week to satisfy all your sweet tooth needs.
And, I am happy to report that Lasagna Preziosa is returning to the market on a once-monthly basis, starting this Saturday. Surely you remember his surprisingly light and delicate lasagna bolognese and his pesto lasagna, made with green beans and potatoes, and of course, pesto. Hmmm….are you sensing a theme here?
See you at the market!
Pascale Le Draoulec
food writer/ author/ farmers market director