Sunshine, strawberries, spirits and snakes!
Lots going on at the market tomorrow! For starters, Ranger Rick is back with his animal menagerie from iguanas, to bunnies, roosters and yes, snakes. We will also have two separate cooking demos, one geared just for kids. Renana Shvil of Fiddleheads Cooking Studio will be here to teach your kids some cooking basics. She hopes to make a seasonal recipe with rhubarb and/or strawberries. No sign-up necessary, just come to the market tent for a 10:30 start.
Marti Wolfson, will also be whipping up some good grub with whatever inspires her in the market bins. She wasn’t on the calendar, but asked if she could come. Can you blame her? I can’t think of a better place to spend a Saturday morning with your family than with our market family. And, it is a family. Did you know that Marti named her daughter Olive after she and husband Evan spent their honeymoon among the olive groves of Messinia, Greece? They chose that spot because that’s where Demetra, of Kontoulis Olive Oil, harvests and presses her olives every fall and, well, who doesn’t love Demetra?
I like that all the vendors and shoppers are watching Olive grow, just as they are watching Annie, Linh’s adorable (and oh so cooperative!) baby at the VN Food to GO tent. She’s been coming to the market since she was three weeks old, barely bigger than a summer roll, and just celebrated her first birthday. And vendors and shoppers alike know exactly how many teeth she has. Joe Tomato, who chats up every kid who comes to his table will likely be congratulating Chappaqua high school grads tomorrow, kids who’ve been buying mozzarella balls from him since they were pipsqueaks.
Brittany Vellucci of Sweet Hearth Bakery (yes, the gluten-free baker with the gorgeous cakes and cupcakes laced with edible flowers) is at the market and she will likely bring her dad with her who is helping her launch her market self. Fitting on this Father’s Day weekend.
Rumor has it that dads really like to grill on Father’s Day so make sure to pick up all the sausage, steak, chicken, pork and/or fish Dad will need to keep your dad busy. And, don’t forget to nab a bottle of Neversink Spirits Gin so that he can enjoy a proper cocktail while grilling. Strawberries pair very well with gin – btw this recipe from sidechef.com recommends using a special gin (like Neversink) to bring out the best of this cocktail.
Happy Father’s Day!
Pascale Le Draoulec
food writer/ farmer’s market director
author: “American Pie:Slices of Life (and Pie) from America’s Back Roads” (HarperCollins)