When Chef Bruce Beaty from the Red Hat Restaurant in Irvington was looking for a new dessert for his menu at Red Hat Bakery – he found inspiration at the Farmers Market. For his new spring menu he is serving By the Way Bakery’s delicate lemon teacake topped with a dollop of intense raspberry jam from Honey Locust Farmhouse. Two great things that go great together.
That got me thinking about some other market offerings that taste even better when paired. For example, I love, love, love slices of Madura’s raw fennel dipped in Taiim’s creamy, unctuous hummus. Or, Amazing Real Live Food Co.’s queso blanco tossed with chopped peppadew peppers from Picklelicious in a salad of baby spinach from Newgate or Madura. Or…Gaia’s Breath’s veal osso bucco slow-roasted with Newgate’s rockin’ root vegetables. Stone Barns’ lamb burger with caramelized onions and mint chutney from Bombay Emerald Chutney (yes, they are back this week!). Their plum chutney is divine on a Stone Barns’ chicken sandwich or with cold sliced tuna from Pura Vida. I love any soup from Fork & Glass with a slice of miche or dark Tuscan bread from Bread Alone. Any burrito from True Food of Nyack laced with Guyank Brand’s hot sauce (they will be here next week, on the 11th). A piece of pie from the Pie Lady of Nyack with a spoonful of creme fraiche from Ronnybrook (courtesy of Amazing Real Live). Any pasta from Flour City Pasta tossed with Buddhapesto and some cherry tomatoes from Madura. Tierra Farm’s Honduran coffee with Ronnybrook’s whole milk – and Big Girl Bakery’s chocolate sable cookies for dunking. Tierra Farm’s pistachios, caramelized and tossed with roasted beets, served with ricotta, or Joe’s mozzarella (always made just hours before market opens).
Finally, I love to round out any kitchen session with a spritz of Clean Ridge Soap Co.’s liquid kitchen soap. It’s alcohol-free and made with a refreshing blend of citrus and essential oils and makes me smile every time I use it. No kitchen should be without it! Ditto for sharp knives.
Come do some mixing and matching of your own this Saturday…
See you at the market!
Pascale Le Draoulec
food writer/ author/ farmers market director