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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Pretty Much The Same As Last Week

Here we are again, waiting for Spring and the first new green things. Everyone who was in the Greenmarket last Saturday is here again, of course, with better weather. There are whisperings of things to come, but no big news.

My one discovery of the winter is Cayuga's ale bread. It is delicious and addictive and goes well with Ronnybrook's butter, Cato's cheeses, and Shushan's hydroponic tomatoes. All of them are here, along with Terhune, Caradonna, Locust Grove, and Breezy Hill for apples and cider, Paffenroth, Mountain Sweet Berry, and Berried Treasures for root vegetables, Norwich Meadows for greens and root vegetables, and Quattro's, Violet Hill, Flying Pig, and Oak Grove for poultry and pork. Several stands including Northshire, Quattro's, and Violet Hill, have eggs.

Cato Corner, Three Corner Field Farm, and Tonjes have cheeses and Catskill Mountain has lamb and sausages. Two Guys From Woodbridge, Windfall, Shushan, and D'Attolico have various types of salad greens. Mountain Sweet Berry has good looking shallots and Berried Treasures has sunchokes.

The lavender people are here and River Garden has pussy willows and dried flower arrangements. The rose stand has beautiful roses.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Just A Tease!

River Garden has a pile of pussy willow branches today, teasing us with a promise of Spring. We've really got a few weeks to wait, but it's nice to know it is coming! Meanwhile, the brave year-round farmers are here on this sunny (chilly) day, although some of them made it in a little late and were still setting up when I got there.

Terhune, Caradonna, Breezy Hill, and Locust Grove are all here with apples and cider. Miglorelli has apples, cider donuts, and frozen vegetables, as well as jars of tomato puree. Bodhitree has delicious greens, greenhouse tomatoes, kimchee, and root vegetables. Red Jacket is here with ciders and fruit juices and Shushan has hydroponic tomatoes, herbs, and greens. Two Guys From Woodbridge has hydroponic salad and herbs. Windfall has greenhouse greens, root vegetables, and squash puree.

Three Corner Field Farm will be here until the end of March, with yogurts, lamb cuts, and cheeses, and then will return in May. Tamarack has pork cuts and the ostrich meat people are here with various cuts of ostrich. Andrew's Honey and Beth's Farm Kitchen are here and Pura Vida has fresh fish. Hot Bread Kitchen, Cayuga, and Our Daily Bread have delicious breads, and Cayuga has wonderful flours, grains, and beans. (Try Cayuga's tasty ale bread!) For a great fresh scent, try Lavender By The Bay's lavender products.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Cold Wind A'Blowin'

Just as I suspected, the warmth of yesterday has disappeared, blown out by a strong cold wind. It looks the same -- sunny, relatively cloudless -- but it is pretty cold out. When I was a kid, I would have brought out my "Spring coat" and lived to regret it. However, there is some good news, if only for the future. Oak Grove Plantation will be bringing in their terrific tiny mesclun in around three weeks -- one of the first two early signs of spring, the other being baby field spinach. Actually, D'Attolico had a bit of young garlic this morning! Norwich has some good looking spinach today (greenhouse? I didn't ask), so things are looking up.

Terhune has generous bargain bags of apples today, along with cider, apples, and pastries. Quattro's has good looking duck breasts along with chickens, ducks, pheasant sausages, soups, and their excellent chicken pot pies. Mountain Sweet Berry's stand is on the 17th Street part of the market again today, with tiny potatoes and shallots, and Hudson Valley Duck Farm is in Rick's usual location near the uptown west entrance of the subway. Miglorelli has frozen vegetables, apples, and cider donuts.

Cayuga has their delicious ale bread and Ronnybrook is strategically located next to them with wonderful butters. Tremblay honey is close by as well and Cato Corner Farm cheeses are available right across the way. Shushan's basil, tomatoes, and lettuces are fairly close as well. I think I've got my lunch for today!

Oak Grove is here with sugar pumpkins, squashes, dried hot peppers, terrific pork products, and colorful popping corn. They've brought in some herb plants, too. Hudson Valley Duck Farm has a new product, duck sausage ragu, which looks terrific. Northshire has eggs, honey, and vegetables and Violet Hill has excellent looking lamb cuts, fresh cut pork, Belle Rouge chickens and chicken parts, and eggs, and is having a lamb and pork sale. Paffenroth has many kinds of root vegetable at very reasonable prices. Milk Thistle is here with milks and Tonjes has buttermilk, cheeses, and yogurts. Bulich has several kinds of mushroom and Berried Treasures is here with potatoes and sunchokes.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Faux Spring!!

It is one of those times that occur in November and February when the sun is out and the temperature is temperate and we all get fooled and end up wearing either too much or too little. The beautiful sunny morning at 8 AM has become cloudy, though, and it's hard to decide what to do. When I was in the greenmarket at 8:30, the vegetables, root and sparsely green as they were, were still bright and beautiful. Now, at 9:30, I wonder. At least the sun was out for my pictures!

Hammond Dairy has tasty yogurts, flavored and plain. I tasted the peach, which was very good. Red Jacket is here with juices and Muddy River has carrots, celeriac, squashes, potatoes, and spinach. Samascott has all kinds of apples, potatoes, and various fruit items, as well as grass fed beef. Norwich has good looking greens and root vegetables. Deep Woods maple syrup and Tremblay Honey are here and Tree-Licious Orchards has apples and pastries. Beth's Farm Kitchen has luscious jams and chutneys (my current favorites are raspberry, black currant, and blueberry). Bobolink Dairy has delicious cheddar-style and other cheeses.

Pura Vida has excellent fresh fish and shellfish. Flying Pig has bacon, pork roasts, and eggs. Miglorelli has frozen vegetables (corn, collards, tomatoes, etc.), apples, and other produce. Madura has several kinds of good looking mushrooms and the ostrich meat stand is here as well. Two Guys From Woodbridge have hydroponic lettuces and herbs. Cayuga has lovely ale bread and whole wheat loaves as well as beans, grains, and flours. John Fazio has ducks, rabbits, and other poultry. And last, but not least, Bodhitree has tasty looking greens, peppers, and root vegetables.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Saturday, February 12, 2011

There are many more farmers here this week than there were during last Saturday's freezing weather! Miglorelli is here with frozen corn, collards, and other vegetables as well as cider and apples. D'Attolico has sprouts and Norwich Meadows has root vegetables, cabbages, and canned vegetables. Ronnybrook is here with milks, creams, butters, yogurts, and ice creams. Cato Corner Farm has delicious cheeses and Tonjes is here with buttermilk and cheeses. Milk Thistle has milk and cream.

Mountain Sweet Berry has been moved to the 17th Street side of the Greenmarket and has various European style small potatoes. Terhune has apples, including bargain bags for apple sauce, and cider. Caradonna, Locust Grove, and Breezy Hill have apples and cider. Berried Treasures has small and large potatoes and sunchokes. Cayuga has excellent ale bread and whole wheat bread as well as dried beans, flours, grains, and, a new addition, popping corn. Two Guys From Woodbridge has hudroponic greens and herbs and Shushan has hydroponic tomatoes and greens. Windfall has a wide selection of greenhouse greens and root vegetables. Paffenroth has many potato and other root vegetable varieties.

Violet Hill has Belle Rouge chickens and chicken parts. Quattro's has ducks, capons, soups, chickens and chicken parts, sausages, and smoked poultry. Flying Pig has pork products, including pork cuts, sausages, and bacon. Oak Grove Plantation has scrapple, bacon, and other pork products in addition to squashes, dried hot peppers, and pastries. Beth's Farm Kitchen has come out with a beautiful new cookbook using their jams and chutneys.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Saturday, February 5, 2011

It's a bit nasty and some stands are not here, but there is still a bit of news. This is the last week for Paffenroth's leeks! The stands who are here include Ronnybrook, Milk Thistle, Cato, Quattro's, Violet Hill, Flying Pig, Breezy Hill, Terhune, Paffenroth, Miglorelli, Beth's jam, Hudson Valley Duck Farm, and Cayuga (grains, breads, flours).

For January reports, check out: http://www.echonyc.com/~lwollin/greenmarket.html