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Saturday, November 29, 2008

Christmas Wreaths and Herb Vinegar!

The Greenmarket is almost a full market today, with plenty of produce, cheese, milk, bread, and other delicious items. Only Quattro's, Flying Pig, and Violet Hill are not here -- oh, and the cranberry farmer is gone, too. S&SO is here with great vegetables and herbs, Paffenroth has their excellent wide variety of potatoes, onions, and other root vegetables, and Miglorelli has good looking fennel, carrots, and spinach, as well as apples, cider, and other treats. Stokes Farm has tasty cut herbs, herb wreaths, and their very good herb vinegar (I've been giving the vinegar for Christmas presents).

Mountain Sweet Berry has beautiful Christmas wreaths and garland as well as the lovely little potatoes I used under my Quattro's capon for Thanksgiving. Keith's delicious shallots went under the bird as well, along with tiny turnips from D'Attolico. While I'm at it, I should mention that we served Beth's Jam's knockout cranberry sauce. She's here today with jams and chutneys, cranberry items, and prettily wrapped items for gifts.

Oak Grove has pork products, pastries, pumpkins, and peppers! Cato's here with Bridgid's Abbey, Farmstead, and other fine cheeses, and Ronnybrook has eggnog, various milks, yogurt, ice cream, and cheeses.

River Garden has beautiful dried flowers and other stands have potted flowering plants.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Fresh Cranberries! Egg Nog! Turkeys!

FRESH CRANBERRIES! The cranberry stand is right next to Cato's cheese stand on the north end of the market. Many farmers are in their usual spots, but you may have to hunt for the ones who are not normally here on Wednesdays. Quattro and DiPaolo are here with poultry orders and with many non-order birds and other items. Ted Blew of Oak Grove has many tasty pies in addition to pumpkins, great squashes, pork products, and popcorn. Ronnybrook has eggnog, plain and flavored butters, yogurt, ice cream, and various milks. (They will be here on Saturday as well.) Stokes Farm has herb wreaths and cut herbs and Mountain Sweet Berry has delicious tiny potatoes and crosnes. Paffenroth has all sorts of great produce and Berried Treasure is here with tasty potatoes.

Jim of Northshire has beautiful cabbages and other greens and Windfall has many root vegetables and greenhouse greens. Eckerton is here for their last day with assorted hot peppers and some tomatoes. Keith's Farm has a few heads of their French Crisp redleaf lettuce, so get there right away if you want some. They also have excellent shallots and Rocambole garlic.

There are actually more stands here today than I can list now, but take it from me, your Thanksgiving dinner will benefit from a visit to the Greenmarket ASAP! And if you want to take flowers, Flora Perfecta has beautiful lilies and roses, River Garden has lovely dried flower arrangements, and the orchid people have wonderful plants.Beth's Jam has excellent cranberry chutney and cranberry sauce.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Buzzard Krest's Last Day For The Season!!!

This is Buzzard Krest's last day for their grapes and grape juices. The fresh cranberry farmer isn't here today, but will be here on Wednesday on the 17th Street side of the Greenmarket. Almost all farmers here today will also be here on Wednesday.

Quattro's has some turkeys today for those who haven't ordered already, but their order book is closed. They often have some poultry available on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, though. Violet Hill and Flying Pig are also here today. Cherry Lane, Paffenroth, Keith, S&SO, D'Attolico, Stokes, Norwich, Blew,Windfall, Gorzynsky, and other produce farmers are here, as well as Locust Grove, Terhune, Breezy Hill, and other orchards. Norwich is now bringing in pickled vegetables and tomato sauce. (They won't be here on Wednesday and will be back two weeks from today.)

Paffenroth has a colorful variety of potatoes today and Mountain Sweet Berry has lovely small fingerlings, "golden nuggets", and other excellent mini-style potatoes. There are several farmers with orange, white, and purple cauliflower, and brussels sprouts.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Northern Exposure!

The Greenmarket is back on the North end of Union Square, and has been pushed North on the West side as well (by the Christmas market).

Despite the cold, most farmers are here. For many, including Berried Treasure, next Wednesday will be their last for the season. Di Paolo will be here next Wednesday with turkey orders and a showcase of other meats and poultry, as will Quattro. Paffenroth is here with great root vegetables and greens, as is Miglorelli.

Stokes has great mixed bunches of fresh herbs for seasoning your holiday bird and will be here next week as well. Several farmers have gorgeous purple, white, and orange cauliflower, and have brought in brussels sprouts and cabbages, squashes, pumpkins, and root vegetables. Eckerton has cherry tomatoes! If you leave them out for a week, they'll be ready for Thanksgiving dinner. Eckerton also has tasty hot peppers and Berried Treasure has great dried beans. Mountain Sweet Berry has lovely little potatoes this week and will be here with them again next Wednesday. (I'm planning to roast them and shallots under my holiday capon.)

Terhune and Locust Grove apple orchards are back in their positions on the North end of the market, along with Stokes, Ronnybrook, Three Corner Field Farm (lamb, cheese, yogurt), and others.

Flora Perfecta is at the 15th Street end of the Greenmarket with mums and roses and will be there next Wednesday. The wonderful orchid stand is there also. River Garden is further up north with beautiful dried flowers, near Beth's Jam.

Monday, November 17, 2008

New Farmer in Town!! As Local As You Can Get!

Check out a newcomer to the Monday Greenmarket, Queens County Farm Museum. Their stand has winter vegetables, eggs, honey, and cotton. Yes, cotton! They grow their own!

Norwich and Yuno still have lots of good produce, including many greens and root vegetables. Race is here with apples, potatoes, and other Fall fare, as well as pastries. You can find good bread, cheese, and other goodies in the Monday USG!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Greenmarket Moves Back North to 17th Street Tomorrow!!!

BULLETIN! The Saturday market will be back on the North side of Union Square tomorrow!!!!

Berried Treasure has gorgeous cabbages, sunchokes, and several kinds of potato. They'll be here the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, as will Oak Grove, Paffenroth, Quattro's, all the usual Wednesday stands and several of the Saturday farms. (Oak Grove will be here on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, but many stands will not.)

Yuno is here today with great cauliflower varieties, white and orange cauliflower, several kinds of greens, and tomatoes. Oak Grove and Stokes also have tomatoes and Oak Grove has various pumpkins and squashes as well as flours, popping corn, pancake mixes, and many delicious pies. Samascott has apples, cider donuts, apple cake, and ciders. The Vermont maple syrup people have some delicious new flavored syrups, including raspberry and ginger, as well as their excellent variety of plain maple syrups and candies.

Dancing Ewe's season will be ending in a couple of weeks, so get their tasty lamb and cheeses while you can. Flying Pig is here with pork and chicken products, including rendered leaf lard and chicken livers.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


BULLETIN! The Saturday market will be back on the North side of Union Square next Saturday!!!

Berried Treasure has various dried shelled beans and European style small potatoes. Paffenroth has a wide range of produce, including many greens, root vegetables, and herbs. Cherry Lane has gorgeous broccoli, cauliflower, broccoli rabe, and fresh dug sweet potatoes. Evolutionary has squashes, big turnips and other root vegetables. Windfall has various tasty looking turnips and greens. S&SO has all sorts of delicious produce and Eckerton is here with wonderful lettuces, arugula, and many kinds and sizes of hot peppers. Keith has gift bags of rocambole garlic. Stokes has beautiful herb wreaths, mixed bunches of cut herbs(sage,rosemary, and thyme), and tomatoes. Shushan has hydroponic tomatoes and herbs.

Andrew's Honey is here with honeys, honey products, and beautiful scented soaps for gifts. Beth's Jam is here with many tasty jams, chutneys, pickled vegetables (ramps! fiddleheads!), and gift wrapped items. Flora Perfecta has beautiful roses, and River Garden has wonderful dried flower arrangements.

Cato's Cheese is here, as is Valley Shepherd. Ronnybrook has their usual wonderful butters, ice creams, fresh cheeses, and EGGNOG!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Greenmarket Moves Back North Next Saturday!!

Order your Thanksgiving bird from Quattro's -- turkey, pheasant, or capon -- and pheasant sausage stuffing as well or talk to Violet Hill or Flying Pig about holiday poultry and meat.

Cherry Lane has sweet potatoes, Paffenroth has a wide variety of potatoes large and small, and Mountain Sweet Berry has delicious tiny European potatoes.

Norwich has a good looking cauliflower mix -- orange, white, and purple. Northshire has big, beautiful greens. Oak Grove, Cherry Lane, and Eckerton have tomatoes. Eckerton and Oak Grove have delicious hot peppers.Shushan is here with tomatoes and fresh cut herbs. Stokes has beautiful herb wreaths, squash, heirloom tomatoes, and other produce.

Mountain Sweet Berry has brought in frozen shelled flageolets and tarbais beans, which are great but need to be cooked this weekend.

This is the last Saturday market for Valley Shepherd cheeses this season, but they will be here on Wednesdays. A few stands will also lose their Saturday spots while the Christmas Market is here.

BULLETIN! The Saturday market will be back on the North side of Union Square next Saturday!!!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Beth's Jams!! Keith's Garlic! Great Gifts

Today is the last for Cherry Lane's excellent heirloom tomatoes, but they'll be continuing for another few weeks with tasty sweet potatoes and other delicious produce. Paffenroth is here with some really interesting potato and onion varieties and Keith has begun to bring in his gift bags of Rocambole garlic, a bargain at $10.

Speaking of gifts, Beth's Jam is here today and will be here on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays until Christmas, with their excellent jams, chutneys, and pickled vegetables, some in beautiful packages.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Flageolets, Cannelinis! Cauliflower! Pepper Bunches!

This is the last Saturday for Mountain Sweet Berries marvelous fresh vacuum packed canellinni, tarbais, borlotti, and flageolet beans. You can freeze them for the winter, and we have alot of competition for them from some great restaurants, so get there early!

Eckerton has outstanding hot peppers and has made beautiful bunches for drying or gifts.

Cherry Lane (great sweet potatoes, tomatoes, brussels sprouts), Miglorelli(a wide range of produce), Paffenroth (many varieties of potato, onion, carrot, and other produce), and others will be featured in the next New York Magazine, according to one of the farmers.

This is Sycamore's last market for the season. They're here with beautiful fresh brussels sprouts, tomatoes, and cauliflower. Stokes has the last of their tomatoes, big bunches of cut herbs, and their mixed bunches of herbs (rosemary, thyme, sage) with or without garlic.