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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Tomato heaven! There are beautiful heirloom tomatoes all around the market today. I picked up an Aunt Ruby and a couple of others at various stands and saw beauties at Eckerton, Stokes, Keith, Cherry Lane, Oak Grove, Bodhitree, and others.

Rogowski snow peas
Mountain Sweet Berry, Cherry Lane, Berried Treasures, and others have gorgeous sauce tomatoes, too. It was hard to resist filling a whole shopping cart today!
S&SO artichokes and tomatillos
It's actually peak season for tomatoes, peaches, corn, squashes of all sorts, and a wide variety of hot and sweet peppers are coming into peak.  I picked up some Anaheims at Oak Grove, along with a couple of tomatoes, and have a beautiful bowlful of knockout tomatoes and peppers to admire before I dig in.  Don't miss the lovely shelling beans and string beans at Berried Treasures and the sucrine lettuces both green and red at Mountain Sweet Berry. Both of those also have sweet Tri-Star strawberries and wild blueberries, and Berried Treasures has rhubarb!
Eckerton's heirloom tomatoes
Paffenroth has multicolored choices of carrots, tasty beets, and unusual greens like purslane, tiny baby fennel, and huge bunches of cut herbs.  There are many stands with berries and currants, including Locust Grove, Fantasy Fruit, Phillips, Hodgsons, and others.
Garden of Eden mushrooms
Sycamore has their usual great corn and tomatoes and has brought in a new product -- zucchini bread -- which I had for breakfast and was delicious.
Berried Treasures beans
Stokes lima beans
To see these and other stands and produce here today: http://tinyurl.com/lupdpxo
Max trouts

Saturday, August 16, 2014

New on Saturdays -- TAMARACK! They've been in other days but this is their Saturday debut!

Norwich has many kinds of shelling beans, fresh ginger, several types of melons, and heirloom tomatoes, peppers, PEANUTS, and other great produce.  Stokes has beautiful heirloom tomatoes, including Aunt Rubys and other popular varieties, and Eckerton has lovely heirloom tomatoes as well as peppers.
Stokes beauties
 Oak Grove has a wide variety of hot and sweet peppers, heirloom tomatoes, melons, white and yellow peaches, tomatillos,  and corn. Lani has a wide variety of unusual greens, heirloom tomatoes, eggplants, and squashes.
Keith's Farm Rocambole garlic
Paffenroth and S&SO have gorgeous greens and other produce and Mountain Sweet Berry has several kinds of fabulous sauce tomatoes, small potatoes, and unusual greens.  Windfall has lovely edible flowers and various unique greens.
D'Attolico's delicious carrots
Red Jacket has excellent apricots and Locust Grove has currants, berries, peaches, and plums.
Locust Grove grapes!
To see these and other stands and produce: http://tinyurl.com/lst3vga

Cherry Lane eggplant

Monday, August 11, 2014

Sorry to be so late -- wasn't going to post today -- but I have to say there are stunningly beautiful heirloom tomatoes at Eckerton and Norwich, beautiful apricots at Red Jacket, and all sorts of gorgeous stone fruit all over the market.

Consider Bardwell has their prize winning Rupert cheese, Race is here with great produce, and many stands have blueberries and other fruit. All of it looks wondeerful.

To see just how wonderful: http://tinyurl.com/mtoj9dm

Saturday, August 9, 2014

It's definitely peak season for stone fruit, squashes, heirloom tomatoes, eggplants, all sorts of beautiful produce!

Great corn at Sycamore, Hoeffner, and others. Beautiful salad greens at Gorzynsky, Northshire, Mountain Sweet Berry, Paffenroth, S&SO, and many others.  Stunning heirloom tomatoes at Cheerful Cherry, Eckerton, Stokes, Cherry Lane, Oak Grove, and others, and a wonderful selection of hot and sweet peppers at Hoeffner, Eckerton, Oak Grove, and Norwich Meadows. Norwich also has a marvelous selection of eggplants, as do S&SO and Cherry Lane.

As for peaches,yellow and white, there are beauties at Oak Grove, Locust Grove, and others, and Locust Grove and Miglorelli have a couple of kinds of donut peaches.  Mountain Sweet Berry, Phillips, Fantasy Fruit, and Hodgson have various berries, and Locust and Phillips have red currants.

To see these and other stands and the gorgeous bounty of produce: http://tinyurl.com/net8bc9

Friday, August 8, 2014

Norwich has fresh ginger! They'll probably have fresh peanuts as well on Monday -- today's got sold out! A new farm for Fridays -- B&Y -- with lamb, eggs, beautiful yarns!

B and Y's first Friday!
Consider Bardwell's Rupert cheese won first prize!
Toigo's white and yellow peaches and nectarines are ready to eat today! They also have ripe donut peaches, including a yellow variety that tastes a little like a mango.  Cheerful Cherry also has delicious peaches and plums and other stands also are piled high with tasty stone fruit.
Norwich ginger
Norwich, Bodhitree, Sycamore, Cheerful Cherry,and others have great heirloom tomatoes, and many stands have good-looking (and fragrant) corn.  Norwich has artichokes and many kinds of peppers, beans, melons, eggplants, and other excellent produce, and Bodhitree has beautiful greens, unique peppers, melons, eggplants, and herbs.
Oak Grove Tomatillos
To see these and other stands and produce: http://tinyurl.com/pvbweyo

Saturday, August 2, 2014

It's peak season and the Greenmarket is full of great produce. Stone fruit, squashes, eggplants, peppers both sweet and hot, heirloom tomatoes, tiny cucumbers (at Eckerton), kirbies, and other interesting cucumber varieties, all sorts of beans!

Just about all of our farmers are here today (with the exception of Cheerful Cherry and Silver Heights) with an abundance of produce. Stokes has lemon grass, Oak Grove has several kinds of pepper plant as well as various hot peppers, Cherry Lane has beautiful eggplant varieties, and Paffenroth has many unusual greens.  Windfall has lovely edible flowers and D'Attolico has beautiful zucchini flowers.  Locust Grove and Fantasy Fruit have great berries and currants and Hodgson has spray-free blueberries.

To see these and other stands and produce:http://tinyurl.com/palm2h9

Friday, August 1, 2014

Congratulations to Modesto on the 20th anniversary of foraging in the Greenmarket!!!

Modesto checking out the peppers at Norwich
Gramercy Tavern is lucky to have him choosing the beautiful produce we enjoy in the tavern or main rooms there.  I've enjoyed trying to get to the beautiful Charontais melons at Norwich Meadows Farm or Bodhitree before he goes through and snaffles the supply!

It was a schmoozathon today in Union Square. Met a guy who's only two or three degrees of separation from me shopping at Consider Bardwell's cheese stand! (His father went to my high school, his boss went to my college, etc.) It can be fun talking to other customers in the market.
Toigo's wonderful stone fruit
Meanwhile, back to those melons. You can't go wrong with a fragrant melon from one of those two sources, not to mention their delicious heirloom tomatoes! Many stands have mixed varieties of eggplants, squashes, beans, and corn. There are Tri-Star strawberries and red currants at Berried Treasures, along with fava beans out of their shells, zucchini blossoms, and cut herbs.  Madura has several kinds of mushroom and Lucky Dog has good-looking blueberries.
Oak Grove
To see these and other stands and produce: http://tinyurl.com/ou3km8v