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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Belle Rouge Chickens!! Goat Meat!! Quattro's Soup Meat!! Paffenroth'sLeeks!!

I'm so glad I went over to the Greenmarket this morning! My order from Quattro's was here, along with their great poultry, eggs, sausages, and smoked poultry. Shushan is here with salad greens, tomatoes, and herbs, and Cato has their delicious cheeses. Three Corner Field Farm has excellent lamb cuts and Violet Hill has gorgeous Belle Rouge chickens (both large and small) along with their excellent bacon, sausages, and other pork cuts. Terhune is here with apples and Breezy Hill has apples, cider, and pastries. Flying Pig has bacon, pork, and sausages.

Norwich and Paffenroth are both here with wonderful root vegetables and Miglorelli has parsnips in addition to apples and cider. Beth's Jam has their usual great jams and chutneys and their seasonal Blood Orange, Seville, and Meyer Lemon marmalades. Ronnybrook and Milk Thistle are here with milk and Ronnybrook has yogurts, butters, ice creams(!), and cheeses in addition to cream and drinkable yogurt. You can even get a treat for your cats -- cat grass!

LATER IN THE DAY:For those of you who may like goat meat, I didn't notice that there is a stand near Quattro's that has all sorts of cuts of goat.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Lamb!! Cayuga Beans!! Blood Orange Marmalade!!

Three Corner Field Farm has excellent braising and stewing cuts of lamb in addition to chops and roasts. (By the way, the picture in the NY Times that illustrated an adapted Maialino recipe for braised lamb shoulder chops was of lamb *neck*, so if you make the recipe, don't expect it to look like the picture! It came out really well, but if you did use neck, it would take at least twice as long to cook!) This farm generally has neck available if you get there early enough. Shop the Greenmarket to find unusual cuts of meat and poultry. You won't find some of these cuts in your regular butcher shop.

It's soup and stew season, so I cooked up a batch of Cayuga's beans with a smoked pig's foot and lots of Greenmarket vegetables this weekend. For a really fresh taste, local dried beans tend to be more successful than supermarket varieties. Cayuga is here on Wednesdays, so I was able to replenish my supply for next time.

I picked up a couple of Beth's Jam's seasonal marmalades last week and had the Blood Orange and Meyer Lemon on whole wheat toast. Delicious! They also have Seville Orange Marmalade.

It's a great day in the Greenmarket -- get your root vegetables, your lamb, your beans, and your apples and cider and have a wonderful mid winter meal. Pick up some lilies from Flora Perfecta, too!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Turnips, potatoes, and onions -- oh my!!!

Shushan has hydroponic tomatoes, lettuces, and herbs. Windfall has mesclun and micro-greens. Northshire has Chinese cabbage, Savoy cabbage, and other greens and D'Attolico has greens and sprouts. Norwich has root vegetables and squashes and Oak Grove has squashes. Paffenroth and Mountain Sweet Berry have many kinds of potatoes and Mountain Sweet Berry has crosnes.

Tonjes is here with buttermilk, yogurt, and cheeses. Ronnybrook has milk, cream, ice cream, cheese, drinkable and other yogurt, and butter. Milk Thistle has milk and cream. Cato has delicious cheeses and Three Corner Field Farm has excellent yogurt and cheeses.

Quattro's is here with wonderful poultry (ducks, chickens, pheasants,etc.), sausages, and soups, as well as great eggs. Violet Hill has lovely Belle Rouge chickens, bacon and other pork cuts.

The rose people are here with beautiful fresh flowers and River Garden has pretty dried flower bunches and decorations.

Locust Grove, Breezy Hill, Miglorelli, and others have apples and apple cider.

Beth's Jam is not here today.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Bacon!! Lettuces!!! Lillies!!

It was quite a slow day in the Greenmarket, with several farmers taking the day off. My alarm clock not having gone off until 8AM, I didn't get to the market until 9:30, but I could still get apples, cider, pastry, fish, bacon, poultry, bread, milk, and lilies! "Two Guys" was there with delicious lettuce choices as well. Muddy River was here with root vegetables and Tamarack and Flying Pig were here with pork, bacon, and poultry. We're at the low point of the growing year, but there are still wonderful foods to be found in Union Square!!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Consider Bardwell Farm!!! Cheeses!!

I haven't been going to the Monday market since Thanksgiving, so I have missed out on a new excellent cheese farmstand, Consider Bardwell Farm. They have six delicious cheeses, three goat and three cow. I tasted them all and wound up taking home "Rupert", a 12 month old succulent cow's milk cheese, and "Manchester", a tasty goat's milk tomme. I actually liked them all, but this purchase was for a small dinner. They are only in Union Square on Mondays, but they are in other greenmarkets as well (Saturday, Abingdon Square and McCarren Park, Sunday, Thompkins Square Park and Ditmas Park).

Race Farm is here with apples, pastries, cider, potatoes, honey, and cider vinegar. Uphill Farm has pork, beef, lamb, and goat meat. D&J has bok choi, kimchee, greens, and Chinese cabbage. Madura has several kinds of mushroom and some root vegetables. Red Jacket has apples, pears, ciders, and jams. PE&DD has fish.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Meyer Lemon Marmalade!! Crosnes!!

Norwich has sweet turnips and other root vegetables. Paffenroth is here with a wide variety of root vegetables as well and Windfall has some tasty greens and various turnips and rutabagas. Mountain Sweet Berry has tiny potatoes and crosnes. Oak Grove has their excellent cornmeals and whole wheat flour as well as great popping corn. Beth's Jam has Seville orange, blood orange, and Meyer lemon marmalade in addition to their other excellent jams.I just had some Meyer Lemon on a piece of whole wheat bread. Scrumptious!

Flying Pig is here with various pork and poultry products and Violet Hill has gorgeous bacon, Belle Rouge chickens, and other meats. Quattro's has delicious chickens, smoked poultry, sausages, and soups, as well as their excellent eggs. Milk Thistle and Ronnybrook are here with milk and Ronnybrook has ice creams, yogurts, butters, and cheeses.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Blood Orange Marmalade!!! Lavender!! Celeriac Puree!!

Even on this gray day, there are several stands in the Greenmarket. I was able to score some celeriac puree from the Queens Museum stand to make potato/celeriac/garlic mashed potatoes to go with the braised lamb dish I made from Wednesday's New York Times Maialino recipe. I bought hydroponic greens from Two Guys From Woodbridge and chervil to decorate my potatoes!

Beth's seasonal jams are here -- Seville Orange, Meyer Lemon, and Blood Orange marmalades. River Garden is here with beautiful dried flowers and the lavender people have various ways to scent your home with dried lavender. The Vermont maple syrup people are here and Samascott has great apples and cider. Milk Thistle has milks and creams and Tamarack has bacon and other pork products and poultry, as does Flying Pig. Flora Perfecta has lilies.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Cayuga beans, Locust Grove hot cider, Beth's Jams!!

I was glad to see Cayuga in the Greenmarket today, after using up my last supply of their excellent dried beans in a luscious vegetable soup yesterday. They made a mix of my choice for the next time, so I designed my own selection. S&SO is here today, so I was able to pick up potatoes and various onions for the next soup. Shushan is here with lettuces, tomatoes, and herbs, and Three Corner Field Farm and Cato have cheeses. Locust Grove has apples, cider, pastries, and delicious hot cider(a pleasure in the cold).

We are in the doldrums, but there are still many stands in the market and you can still get Ronnybrook's milk, ice cream, and butters, Beth's jams and chutneys, Terhune's apples, and fresh fish, breads, and maple syrup.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Free Range Eggs! Jams and Chutneys! Cider!

Violet Hill, Flying Pig, and Quattro's are all here with their excellent poultry, meat, and free range eggs. Paffenroth has delicious root vegetables and Northshire has cabbages and "Omega 3"eggs. Cato is here with tasty cheeses and Three Corner Field Farm has lamb, yogurt, and cheese. The fancy wool stand is here with lamb sausage and cuts of lamb. Beth is here with jams and chutneys and D'Attolico has sprouts. A few farmers chose to stay home today and I don't blame them. It's really VERY cold out there. However, if you do venture out, you'll find Breezy Hill, Locust Grove, and other apple stands with fruit, cider, and in some cases, pastry. Milk Thistle is here with various milks and creams and Ronnybrook has milks, creams, butters, ice creams, drinkable and other yogurt, and cheeses.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Delicious new microgreens and lettuces!!!

It's great to have something new to talk about in the middle of the winter! A few weeks ago the lavender people came in and now we have Two Guys From Woodbridge, who have brought in DELICIOUS MICROGREENS, SALAD GREENS, AND HERBS!!! They'll be here on Fridays, right across from the lavender people and two stands down from Beth's Jam. Friday is still a good day in the market, with Miglorelli(apples), Madura (mushrooms), Milk Thistle's milk and cream, Tamarack's pork and poultry, and Flora Perfecta's lilies.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Lilies! Cat Grass!!

If you love onions, potatoes, and apples, you'll be fine in the Greenmarket this month. Today, we have them all! There are also eggs, breads, and bacon, as well as dried beans and organic flours and grains, not to mention milk, cream, ice cream, and butter. Good thing I'm a half full rather than half empty kinda person. You can also find cider! And lilies! Here's hoping things are even more rosy on Saturday.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Cranberries!!! Greens!!! Leeks!!

Wandering back from Burdick's new shop on 20th Street near Fifth, I thought I'd check to see who actually showed up in the Greenmarket today and was pleasantly surprised to find that there were plenty of stands there, including Windfall, Mountain Sweet Berry, Three Corner Field Farm, Breezy Hill (they still have cranberries!), Paffenroth, Cato(cheese), Oak Grove, Ronnybrook, and D'Attolico. There certainly are plenty of apples, cider, potatoes, and other winter goodies, not to mention Shushan with tomatoes and greens! I stocked up on vegetables for soups from Paffenroth and hovered over Mountain Sweet Berries' lovely little potatoes for a while, but am recovering from the holiday indulgences, so I passed up cheeses and butters for this week. No telling what mischief I'll get into next Wednesday and Saturday!