The second of three December markets will take place on Saturday. Not only will we have market staples like winter squash, organic eggs and a variety of apples, we will also have a number of prepared food vendors so you can pick up lunch while you’re out shopping. Megha Indian Cuisine is back with samosas, tikka, lentil soup, chana masala and aloo gobi. If you’re in the mood for something more Mediterranean, Mrs. D’s will have a limited amount of her Greek specialties. Three Little Pigs BBQ is also visiting with their stick-to-your-bones ribs and sides. Perfect for a cold winter day!
Come to the market for your groceries AND gifts! There are some special items that any foodie would love to add to their pantry or snack drawer. La Petite Occasion is bringing plenty of caramel gift boxes. They make great stocking stuffers or a small Hanukkah gift. They’re also the perfect size to buy in bulk and give out as small tokens of gratitude during the holidays to anyone from the mail carrier to the school secretary.
Need a gift a bit more substantive for a loyal market shopper? Perhaps you’re traveling and want to share a taste of home with relatives? Put together a market basket with non-perishables that you can only find at the Chappaqua Farmers Market. Start with a bag of locally-roasted coffee from Big Bang, add Momo Dressing’s fig confiture, a jar of Anna Maria’s radicchio marmalade. Don’t forget a bag of caramels or jars of raspberry apple sauce from Wright’s Farm or bacon marmalade from Stone & Thistle. If you need more inspiration or any assistance, stop by the market tent for recommendations.
Bedford artist Beth Boyland will be at the market with her gorgeous farm-to-table watercolor paintings and giclee prints. Her artwork uniquely captures the ethos of our market, of the slow food movement in general. There is a certain dignity in her paintings that can only spring from a respect for the animals and plants that nourish us. A framed print, in a rustic barn wood frame, would make a touching gift for someone who shares her passion for local, sustainable food.
We’re getting into the holiday spirit with Joanna Berkun Florals! Joanna is bringing one-of-a-kind holiday wreaths to adorn mantels, doors, and perhaps even the grill of your car, if that’s something you’re into. She will also have trendy succulents. (My kids are obsessed with all things cacti!).
A reminder that we will be outside at the train station on Dec. 9 & 16 from 9 to 1 pm and this winter, we will be holding four market “pop-ups” at the First Congregational Church (FCC) at 210 Orchard Ridge Road on the first Saturday of each month (Jan 6; Feb 3; March 3 and April 7).
The majority of our summer vendors are participating in the pop-ups which will include kids activities and live music. If you consider your chocolate chip cookies exceptional, consider entering our chocolate chip cookie contest on Jan. 6th. We’ve got some local kids with very discerning palates judging that day. Find details on our here. If you do not know where the FCC is, make sure to pick up a winter market card at the market tent with a handy map at the December markets.
Pascale Le Draoulec
food writer/ farmer’s market director
author: “American Pie:Slices of Life (and Pie) from America’s Back Roads” (HarperCollins)