december 1, 2016


Nice Weather on Tap for our First Outdoor December Market

Most of our vendors will be here tomorrow for the first of our three “extended season” markets at the train station. We will have plenty of greens from Madura Farms, D & J Produce and Sun Sprout Farms  – which is based in Chester, NY (Black Dirt Country) and is about to be certified organic. Deep Roots Farm is also back at the train station, armed with carrots, orange beets, chicory root, a panoply of herbs and tatsoi, spinach and micro-greens from the greenhouse. They are also now making their own salsa verde, arugula pesto (with PEANUTS, fyi) and pickled black radish.

Also new to our vendor mix: Wave Hill Breads, a bread beacon at my Irvington Farmer’s Market. Baker Tim Topi will be here himself to introduce shoppers to his outstanding and ambitous line of artisanal breads from savory Roman Foccacia to French epi stalks (always so pretty on the table) to caramelized garlic Bread, Challah Rolls, marble Rye and Wild Yeast Sourdough. Also, lots of sliced bread options for grilled-cheese sandwiches, always appreciated this time of year. Their mega miche is less dense than the one at Bien Cuit – which will also be here and needs no introduction with its legion of fans lining up each week for their pain de mie and croissants.

We know you like Greek food – based on how quickly Mrs. D’s moussaka vanishes every Saturday so we are bringing you more Greek prepared food to take home or to keep your belly (and you, by extension) warm while you shop: look for stuffed eggplant and stuffed peppers and pastichio, courtesy of Anthi’s Greek Specialties, most recently housed at Smorgasburg in Brooklyn. Pizza a Legna is also going to be rolling out piping hot pizza pies all morning long.

The holidays are around the corner and you could probably knock off a good portion of your gift list tomorrow and the next two Saturdays. Anna Maria’s bagna verde or radicchio marmalade make delicious gifts! And who wouldn’t be thrilled with a bottle of Arlotta’s Blood Orange Organic Olive Oil presented with some of their dried fennel pasta? Or some Bacon Jam from Stone & Thistle? Brooklyn Kimchi is here for the last time this year so if you’ve got a yen for this Korean pantry staple – stock up.  These squat jars make great stocking stuffers!

For your own home-cooked meals you can look forward to Jacüterie (and their bacon!), Farm Eats grass-fed beef, Pura Vida fish and shellfish and Stone & Thistle’s lamb, pork and fresh not frozen chicken and pork from Letterbox Farm.

Joe Tomato is taking this month off – but we would never leave you without fresh mozzarella. Please welcome Bambino Ravioli Pastificio with their nonna-worthy ravioli and Italian antipasti and sauces and yes, cannoli.

Our favorite wood-turner, Charles Lazarus of the Misshapened Bowl is also here this week with his gorgeous creations – the ultimate gift for someone very special on your list.

If you’d been to my house then you know I have an odd assemblage of Dutch Ovens which I like to display in my kitchen. This is the time of year when they start to get a lot of use. This weekend I am dusting off the vintage Dansk yolk-yellow pot to make some good old-fashioned beef stew. Though I could be swayed to lamb. Either way – I enjoyed this stew recipe blog from Serious Eats and hope you will, too. I’ve started experimenting with Persian food after enjoying some fantastic Persian food in London recently. This Persian-influenced pomegranate chicken stew is next on my list.

See you at the market!

Pascale Le Draoulec
food writer/ farmer’s market director
author: “American Pie:Slices of Life (and Pie) from America’s Back Roads” (HarperCollins)