Some of you will be passing on yeast this weekend, others will be embracing lamb. Either way, this holiday-convergence weekend is a reminder of how important and powerful it can be to gather around the table with the people we love.
Easter is often referred to as “a moveable feast” because of its fluidity on the calendar. That’s often what I call the farmers markets I run. It’s hard to believe that the Church of St. Mary is a place of worship one minute, and a food mecca the next. As many years as I’ve been doing this it always catches me by surprise to see a parking lot or a church hall be transformed so dramatically in this way.
Good smells help! And, you’ll have plenty of those this weekend starting with True Food and Fork & Glass offering healthy breakfast tacos and burritos filled with all things organic and/or local. Did anyone try those beet burgers from Fork & Glass last week? I couldn’t get over how delicious they were and so healthy too. Just grated beets bound with some oats and sauteed shallots. Top that with a dollop of sour cream, or better yet, some chutney from Bombay Emerald who is visiting us this week and you’ve got a winner. I am going to make them again this weekend, using Portobello mushrooms from Madura in lieu of a bun. How’s that for righteous!
Linzi Fastiggi of Spice Revolution is back this week. I had such a good time eavesdropping on her last week as she talked so passionately to customers about her exotic array of spices, spice rubs and gourmet salts. And her chocolate bark? Amazing.
Big Girl Bakery also has a fantastic chocolate bark this week. She’s featuring several flourless dessert options (her chocolate torte, her cheesecake) for the holiday. Why not buy her mini chocolate whoopie pies to fill the Easter basket of someone special?
And, Little Croc Bakery will be there with all of their gluten-free and vegan desserts which are all Passover friendly.
Honey Locust Farmhouse and Newgate Farms will have lots of gorgeous greens.
Buddhapesto is back this week after skipping a week. No doubt many of you are jonesing for that basil nectar….
Happy Holidays and see you at the market!
Pascale Le Draoulec
food writer/ author/ farmers market director