When Sandy and Mark Kurtz retired from teaching they thought they’d live out their golden years indulging in their favorite hobby: growing flowers. Little did they know that their hobby would quickly sprout into a second career. The Kurtzes are the founders of Grammy’s Garden in Warwick, a sprawling flower farm whose picturesque wildflower bouquets are legendary in the lower Hudson Valley. A handful of farmers markets are lucky enough to count them in their lineup and you can add Chappaqua Farmers Market to that short list. As of this Saturday, Adam Kurtz (their son who has taken over much of the farming in recent years) will be coming to the market. If Adam has a certain glow about him, it’s because he just got back from his honeymoon. What type of flowers were featured at the wedding? All plucked from their fields of course.
Coach Farm Goat Cheese has also just signed on for the rest of the season. So you can count on having their fantastic aged goat “logs” or their crumbly goat spread or that soft and creamy goat tower laced with figs every week. This time of year, I love to make a meal of a salad and Coach Farm Cheese makes it so easy to do that. A cold salad of beets roasted in balsamic vinegar with crumbled cheese and mint? Mizuna salad with crumbled goat cheese, raspberries and caramelized pistachios? Or, why not put a thin slice of the log atop an heirloom tomato slice instead of mozzarella for a change? Goat cheese goes great with plums and makes a nice addition to any of the pastas from Flour City Pasta which are so flavorful on their own, they need only delicate, well-edited enhancements. And of course, a salad capped with melted goat cheese on baguette toasts is a lovely way to celebrate Bastille Day. (Baguettes will be discounted at Bread Alone in honor of my favorite holiday.)
Honey Locust is at the market this week with some great teas for icing like Organic Cherry Rose White tea (I’ve been nursing a glass all day).
Hope to see you at the market!