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Saturday, November 30, 2013

28 degrees!!! Many stands are here despite the cold, and it's Small Business Saturday, so put on lots of layers and come on down to Union Square!!

[NOT here today:
Three Corner Field Farm,
Anthony Road Wine Co.
Ardith Mae
Berried Treasures
Borghese Vineyard
Cherry Lane Farms
Eckerton Hill Farm
Fiori Di Fenice
Northshire Farm
Norwich Meadows Farm
Oak Grove Plantation
Phillips Farm
Quattro's Game Farm
Seatuck Fish Co.
Silva's Orchids
Tremblay Apiaries
Tweefontein Herb Farm
Violet Hill Farm ]

Beth's Farm Kitchen is here with gift wrapped jams and chutneys. Deep Mountain Maple has MAPLE MARSHMALLOWS!  Flying Pig has their home-made sopressata and salami as well as their delicious liverwurst.
Keith's Rocambole Garlic gifts
 Mountain Sweet Berry, Van Houten, and others have Christmas decorations and Stokes has herb wreaths for gifts.  Flying Pig has chickens and Grazing Acres is here with pork cuts, beef, and various milks.  Hudson Valley Duck Farm has ducks, duck parts, and several duck products (rillettes, duck fat, etc.). PE&DD is here with lobsters, fish, shellfish, fish salads and fish pates.
Grazin' Acres Milk Products
 Paffenroth, Miglorelli, and S&SO have many kinds of produce and Windfall and Gorzynski are here with unique produce as well.  Bulich has several mushroom varieties and Cato is here with delicious cheeses. Ronnybrook has milks, creams, butters, yogurts, and ice creams.
Shushan's Hydroponic Cherry Tomatoes are here!!!
 To see these and other stands and produce: Saturday, November 30

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

click on the top picture on the right to see which stands are expected and where they are located!!

The rain is expected to slow down and move out by around 10 A.M.

The only stands I didn't see were Las Delicias and Arcadia, but some other stands were just setting up because they'd been slowed down by the weather, so they may come in, too. Several stands normally not here on Wednesdays are here today, so look for your favorites!

To see which stands are here:  Wednesday Thanksgiving Greenmarket

Quattro's, Violet Hill, and others have walk-in poultry available. I saw a really gorgeous goose at Quattros, along with beautiful turkeys, chickens, pheasants, and other birds. Violet Hill had several good-looking Belle Rouge chickens, along with lamb and pork cuts, and Flying Pig is here with pork cuts, sausages, and chickens. Oak Grove also has pork and beef cuts.

Stokes and Mountain Sweet Berry have excellent small potatoes and Bodhitree has beautiful Japanese and American sweet potatoes. (This is Bodhitree's last day for the season!!!)

Muddy River, Rogowski, Miglorelli, Stokes, S&SO, Keith, Tamarack, Oak Grove, Windfall, and others are all here with beautiful root vegetables and greens.  Stokes has lovely purple cauliflower, cut herbs, herb wreaths, and hydroponic lettuces.  Windfall has all kinds of small greens and D'Attolico has sprouts(and hummus made from their own chickpeas!).

Rogowski has cranberries in addition to squashes, greens, carrots, and other produce, and several stands have terrific looking pumpkins. Bulich has several varieties of mushroom and Madura is here (didn't see mushrooms, but they hadn't set up yet).

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Cherry Lane, Buzzard Crest, and others are not in their regular spots, due to the Christmas Market, but they're here, on the 17th Street crosstown side.

Last day for Buzzard Crest!!

Click on the top photo on the right to see where your favorite stands will be on Wednesday, November 27th!!

Check out Breezy Hill for beautiful fresh cranberries and Locust Grove for quinces.  Beth's Farm Kitchen has various cranberry items as well as plenty of pretty wrapped jams and chutneys for gifts.

Mountain Sweet Berry has several kinds of interesting potato chips and great varieties of potatoes for roasting with your bird.  Stokes and Cherry Lane also have delicious sweet potatoes and Lani has Japanese sweet potato varieties.

Lani, Eckerton, Gorzynsky, and Stokes have delicious looking salad greens, and S&SO, Paffenroth and Miglorelli have wide varieties of tasty produce, including celeriac (Paff.), celery (S&SO), and beets (Mig.). Eckerton, D'Attolico, and Oak Grove have hot peppers.  Several stands have pumpkins and squashes including S&SO, Oak Grove, Hoeffner, Eckerton, and others.

Quattro's has all kinds of poultry, including turkeys, capons, chickens, and pheasants. Violet Hill has chickens, rabbits, lamb cuts, and other meats, and both have eggs. 

To see these and other stands and produce:  Saturday, November 23 Greenmarket

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Click on the picture to the right to see which stands will be here next Wednesday and where your favorites will be!

Stand locations will be different -- farmers and others from all four markets will be here on the day before Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Next Saturday will be Buzzard Crest's last for the season. You can freeze their delicious juices!

Stokes herb wreath
Beautiful herb wreaths at Stokes, along with brussels sprouts and cauliflower. Sweet potatoes at Lani and Cherry Lane, other great potatoes at Mountain Sweet Berry, Stokes, and S&SO.
Seatuck oysters
Apples, pears, cider at Miglorelli, Terhune, Locust Grove, and others, and cranberries and cranberry hard cider at Breezy Hill.  Sprouts, hot peppers, and carrots at D'Attolico and many kinds of hot and flavoring peppers at Eckerton and Oak Grove.
Norwich shelling beans
Cherry Lane still has some good looking heirloom tomatoes as well as other delicious produce and S&SO, Oak Grove, and Hoeffner have tasty looking winter squashes. 
Hudson Valley Duck Farm
Eckerton has jars of dried peppers as well as fresh varieties and Oak Grove has husk tomatoes as well.Locust Grove has quinces and grapes.
Bulich Mushrooms
To see these and other stands and produce: Saturday, November 16

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Fresh cranberries at Breezy Hill! Gift bunches of rocambole garlic at Keith's! Japanese sweet potatoes at Bodhitree! All kinds of kale everywhere!

It's pretty cold out there, but there are plenty of stands with beautiful produce in the market today.  Purple and white cauliflower, heirloom tomatoes, all kinds of winter greens and squashes, apples, pears, and quinces.  It's sparse in the cut herb department, but there are stands with lettuces and peppers.  Eckerton, for instance.
Locust Grove
And it will be back up to 60 degrees this Saturday!
Beth's Farm Kitchen sauces
Click on the top picture to the right to plan for your pre-Thanksgiving shopping on November 27!
Mountain Sweet Berry
 To see which stands and produce are here today: Wednesday Greenmarket

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Herb wreaths at Stokes! Heirloom tomatoes (believe it or not!) at Cherry Lane. Agre dolce peppers at Eckerton! Peach jam at Sycamore!

Cherry Lane still has good-looking San Marzano tomatoes. D'Attolico has pretty hot pepper bunches for hanging and gifts.  Lani has cranberry beans. Stokes, Cherry Lane, and others have various colors of cauliflower and Hoeffner has whole and cut up squashes.  Buzzard Crest is here for two more weeks after today with delicious grapes and grape juices.
Ask Sycamore How!
Lani, Eckerton, and Oak Grove have a variety of interesting flavoring and hot peppers.  Locust Grove has quinces, apple sauce, cider, apples and pears.
Cherry Lane's Cauliflower
 Check Breezy Hill for cranberries (I whizzed by them today, but they did have them on Wednesday, so you have a good chance of finding them there today.). Stokes has a wide variety of cut herbs.
DAttiloco's Pepper Bunches
Quattro's has pheasants and chickens as well as parts, sausages, and smoked poultry.  Flying Pig and Violet Hill also have chickens, and PE&DD is here with delicious looking fish and seafood.  Andrew's Honey is here today and will be here every other week!
Norwich Farm's Fennel
To see these and other stands and produce:  Saturday Greenmarket

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Daikon! Bronx honey! Lemongrass! Kale, kale, and more kale!

Stokes Herb Wreath
Cherry Lane has beautiful broccoli, cauliflower, and spinach, and still has good looking heirloom tomatoes. Stokes has their excellent small potatoes, pumpkins, cut herbs, lettuces, and other great produce. Rogowsky has black radishes, squashes, herbs, beets, and other vegetables.
Bodhitree Cabbages
Mountain Sweet Berry has beautiful mini-beets and -potatoes, along with interesting greens, and Windfall has many kinds of minigreen, watermelon radishes, and other unique produce. 
Mountain Sweet Berry Mini-Beets
S&SO, Paffenroth, and others have wide varieties of produce, including burdock, salsify, and many kinds of root vegetables, and Bodhitree has Japanese sweet potatoes, flavoring peppers, and beautiful greens and cabbages.
Breezy Hill Cranberries
Oak Grove and Eckerton still have lovely hot and flavoring peppers and S&SO and others have a smaller selection of good-looking pepper varieties.  For some reason there are fewer stands with apple cider, but you'll find it at Terhune, Miglorelli, Breezy Hill, and Red Jacket.
Windfall Watermelon Radishes

To see these and other stands and produce:  Wednesday Greenmarket

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Celeriac at Paffenroth! Lobsters at PE&DD! Seeded and seedless grapes at Buzzard Crest! Watermelon radishes at Gorzynski!

Caradonna's plums and nectarines
Heirloom tomatoes are disappearing, but you can still find them at Locust Grove, S&SO, Eckerton, Oak Grove, and Cherry Lane. (Cherry Lane also has tasty San Marzano sauce tomatoes.)  Oak Grove and Eckerton have all sorts of sweet and hot peppers and Gorzynsky has luscious salad greens, root vegetables, and unsprayed organic apples.   Stokes, Sycamore, and Oak Grove have pumpkins and squashes, and Oak Grove has husk tomatoes.
Quattro's eggs
Seatuck and PE&DD have delicious shellfish and other fish and Flying Pig and Violet Hill have various pork products and poultry.  Quattro's has excellent eggs, capons, chickens, ducks, and other poultry as well as sausages and smoked poultry.
Stokes squashes
I was too early to see D'Attolico's offerings, but I'm sure they have tasty sprouts and other produce. Bulich has beautiful mushrooms and Caradonna, Locust Grove, Terhune, Breezy Hill, and others have apples, pears, and other fruit. Locust Grove still has quinces.
Seatuck fish
Lani, Windfall, and Mountain Sweet Berry have many kinds of interesting produce, and MSB has started bringing in their unusual potato chips.
Norwich shelling beans
To see these and other stands and produce:  Saturday Greenmarket

Greenmarket is passing along a message from the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition and other organizations advocating for small farms throughout the US.  It is highly important that farmers and consumers raise their voice on this critical issue:

The Food Safety Modernization Act -
Stand up for Regional Family Farms Today!
The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the most sweeping reform of the nation's food safety laws in more than 70 years, was signed into law by President Obama on January 4, 2011.  The FSMA aims to ensure that the American food supply is safe by shifting the focus of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations from responding to contamination to preventing it.  Pursuant to the 2011 law, the FDA proposed new rules will have a huge impact on how fresh fruits and vegetables are grown and processed in the United States.
While safe food, from field to fork, is critically important to responsible farmers and concerned eaters, the FDA's proposed rules don't take into account the real differences between food from industrial-scale agriculture and food produced by small and mid-scale, diversified family farmers.  Indeed, industrial agriculture, operating anonymously in attenuated food supply chains, rightfully should be subject to rules aimed at preventing future lapses in food safety, like those that have resulted in massive recalls of tainted spinach, eggs, and peanut butter.  However, small and mid-scale farms, many of which are engaged in on-farm value added processing and direct marketing, have not been responsible for the widespread incidences of foodborn illness that the FMSA is intended to abate.  Currently, these smaller farms are regulated by state and local authorities, and most importantly, they are directly accountable to those who buy and enjoy the food they produce.
Rules written for industrial scale agriculture will burden unfairly the kinds of farmers who sell their products at Greenmarket.  The proposed FSMA rules threaten their farms' financial viability and eaters' supply of regionally and sustainably produced fruits and vegetables because they effectively will preclude certain sustainable farming practices and will generate unsupportable compliance costs. As currently written, the FDA rules threaten to:
Put many farms out of business;
Reduce the supply of fresh, local produce;
Lead farmers to destroy wildlife habitat; and
Increase the use of chemical, rather than natural, fertilizers.
Right now, we have a chance to tell the FDA we believe that locally and sustainably produced food is inherently safer food and that the present bias in the rules against small and mid-scale family farmers is unacceptable.  We must tell the FDA that the new food safety rules must:
Encourage farmers to use sustainable farming practices, including those already allowed and encouraged by existing federal organic standards and conservation programs;
Ensure that diversified and innovative farms, particularly those pioneering models for increased access to healthy, local foods, continue to grow and thrive without being stifled; and
Provide options that treat family farms fairly, with due process and without creating excessive costs.
The proposed rules are complicated, but it's easy enough to act now..  The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) has come up with a FSMA rules primer and suggested templates you, be you farmer or eater, can use to prepare and send your comments to the FDA.  The more of us who act now, the better the likelihood that there will a fairer outcome.  You can get started by going to http://salsa.wiredforchange.com/o/5735/p/salsa/web/common/public/content?content_item_KEY=9861

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