Blog - Bronxville Farmers Market

October 14th, 2017

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Dear Shoppers,

Welcome comfort food season. There is something about cooling temperatures that triggers a desire for food that sticks to the bones. Grilled cheese is one of those foods. While many of us grew up on the white bread, american cheese variety, our palates and values might lead us to search for a more delicious (but perhaps not more nutritious) option, a more sophisticated version of our childhood favorite. Perhaps a farmer's market version.

Start with the bread...Bien Cuit's pain de mie, made with fermented milk, is an easy choice, one that hews closest to "classic." Their brioche pullman is also a good option-if not a bit more decadent!

Move on the Dobbs & Bishop and ask Kevin for some cheese recommendations. You could go with a classic cheddar, but push your taste buds to try something different. Cooperstown is also visiting..the Jersey gold might be a good option.

While you may be tempted to stop there...don't. Spice it up a bit. If you love the classic tomato soup pairing, swing by Bombay Emerald for the tomato chutney to update a tradition. Stone & Thistle has some amazing bacon that will add an even deeper layer of richness. It's definitely not an option for the calorie counters! If you do go down the cheddar route, how about adding a crisp Concklin apple that will wilt ever-so-slightly for a perfect savory/sweet combination?

The possibilities are endless...if you need some inspiration and also to brush up on your grilling technique, take a look at this guide from The Kitchn.

If you try the cracked egg version, make sure your eggs are free ranging and farm fresh. While the nutritional benefit is still being debated (read more here and here and here) you cannot debate that the free range chickens like the ones at Letterbox and Stone & Thistle enjoy happier and healthier lives.

On that happy note...
See you at the market!

p.s. Riccardo Gautreau performs.

New fall pastries and Apple Season!

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Lots of goodies at the market tomorrow. It's the first Saturday of October, which means that a lot of rotating vendors are coming. And it also means that some weekly vendors are bringing new fall treats!

Bien Cuit took their best-selling Kale Feta Danish and made it even better by blending sautéed spinach with housemade garlic confit and hit of salty feta cheese. Winter is coming, and you need this pastry to keep you warm and toasty on the cool nights ahead! They are also bringing the fall-inspired Pumpkin Morning Bun, made with fall spices & pumpkin seeds. It offers a classic flavor combination spruced up as only Bien Cuit can. Flaky pastry rolled with creamy pumpkin butter and a warm blend of baking spices, then topped with a crunch of pepitas and demerara sugar. Yum!

It's the height of apple season, so Concklin will be brimming with most of the varieties they grow. Try some Macouns- they are naturally sweet and are great for snacking or in salads. Named for a famous Canadian fruit breeder, the Macoun was developed at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva in 1932 and counts the McIntosh as one of its' parents. In addition to apples, Concklin's makes apple cider, apple doughnuts, apple pie, apple butter-you get the point.

Local resident Caroline Chamorro will be at the farmers market providing parents with an ID for their children. This is a free service provided to the community encouraging our families to stay safe!

See you at the market!

p.s. Daniel Propper performs

Fall Has Arrived!

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Fall is finally making an appearance and has us craving all things heated. Funny how 60 degrees in April feels like summer but in September it feels like winter!

Warm up with one of these 50 panini recipes. Many start with the basic caprese recipe: Brush the inside of a split sub roll or sliced Italian bread with olive oil. Fill with 2 slices each fresh mozzarella and tomato, and a few basil leaves; season with salt and pepper. Press and cook until golden. And where better to get the mozzarella from then at Joe Tomato Mozzarella. Argentine-born, Italian raised Joe “Tomato” learned to make real mozzarella on Arthur Avenue. He has been known to make up to 1000 mozzarella balls in one day, using special wooden mozzarella paddles he designed himself. When he arrives his mozzarella is still warm.

He also sells the most delicious pest0-another panini staple. And if you don't feel like making the sandwich, grab one of his. Market Manager Natalie's dad thinks they are the best thing since sliced bread!

Something else to spread on bread...nasturtium butter. Grab some of the edible flowers from Letterbox and step up your avocado toast game with this butter!

See you at the market!

p.s. Andrew Craig and Old Dogs New Tricks performs

Nutmeg

 

Nutmeg Cafe/What's for Dessert is back from the wedding with their full line of baked goods and savory dishes like their gluten-free quiches made with potato crusts. It's the perfect dish to pick up for a lazy weekend brunch. Their crostatas- rustic pies- are equally perfect at the end of a meal- even breakfast!

Squashes are turning up in droves at the market. You must try Sun Sprout's delicata squash. It's best roasted with simple ingredients like a quality olive oil from Arlotta and sea salt. Don't know what to look for when buying or how to make it? Check out this simple guide from The Kitchn, which includes a short collection of recipes. Delicata stuffed with apple cornbread dressing anyone? Might have to pin that one for Thanksgiving...

We are thrilled to partner with the NY Blood Center for a Blood Drive, coordinated by James Rodriguez, market volunteer extraordinaire! (He also happens to be Market Manager Natalie's dad!) They are sending platelets to areas impacted by the hurricanes. Please be sure to stop by and give!

Please mark your calendars for another opportunity to do good in the world. The Bronxville Chamber of Commerce is hosting the first annual "Yards for Yeardley" run on October 14th to raise money for the One Love Foundation, which was started in honor of Yeardley Love. Yeardley was killed by an ex-boyfriend three weeks before her college graduation. One Love works to prevent abusive relationships from developing by educating young people and starting a conversation about an incredibly prevalent issue that too often is not discussed.

See you at the market and on the line to donate blood!
 

p.s. Greg Connor performs at 10am!

Fall Harvest

 

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Head to the market tomorrow morning to enjoy the bounty of harvest time. There are so many vibrant colors coming from a variety of veggies and fruits. It won't last for long... Apples are coming in by the bushel so it's time to bust out the pie plates and rolling pins and get baking! Head to Concklins for the honey crisps and then to the kitchen for some fall festivity. So grab a bag and try some of these delicious recipes:
Don't bake? No problem. Pie Lady & Son is happy to bake for you. They use apples from Conklin's orchards to make a scrumptious apple crumble pie.It's the best of both worlds- a pie with a crumble topping!

If sweets aren't your thing and you pine for brine, Dr. Pickle is your man. Have you tried their newest product-marinated artichokes? Throw them on a pizza or serve them as part of an antipasto plate with some Mangalitsa charcuterie. 

While you are at the market, please make sure to sign up for the blood drive on September 23rd. For more information and the sign up sheet, visit the market tent. 

Heartwood performs at 10am!

Guest Vendor alert!

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Chantilly Patisserie, a local Bronxville business will be with us tomorrow. They are filling in for What's For Dessert? who is slacking off to attend their daughter's wedding. Guess the marriage of your first-born is more important than a farmers' market! Just kidding...We wish them every happiness and joy. Congratulations to their family!

Back to Chantilly. Their french-inspired pastries, confections and baked goods are made fresh in their Bronxville cafe. People often rave that the macaroons are as good as their Parisian counterparts. Pick one up and give them a big Bronxville welcome!

Want more sweet? Head to La Petite Occasion. They are back from their summer break with caramels that are the perfect size for a lunchbox treat or 3pm pick-me-up, They'll also have candy apples- nothing ushers in the fall like a Honey Crisp lathered in hardened caramel.

To temper that sweet...something savory. We love the shishito peppers and eggplant at Sun Sprout Farm. You can saute them together for a simple-and beautiful-side dish.

Wild Sea Salt is visiting with their all-natural seasoning. Packed with nutrients, it elevates the flavor of both meat and vegetable dishes while adding a heap of healthy!

Bombay Emerald Chutney Company will have all their chutneys in stock. Spice up your sandwich game with some authentic Indian chutneys and while you're there peruse their line of handcrafted Indian spice mixes. My tikka masala never tasted so good!

Brian Vegh performs tomorrow.

See you at the market!

Back-to-school lunches

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Are your kids back to school next week? If you need to pack lunch, let the market help you prepare.

Packing lunch-whether for kids or adults- can be challenging. Trying to pack healthy meals using "real food" can be even more difficult. But it doesn't have to be. Take a stroll and let the market inspire you. Or if you need more direction, head to the market tent and chat up Natalie, the Market Manager. She's a professional chef working in schools, preparing nutritious lunches for kids in NYC. She can direct you to the right vendors for your lunch needs.

First on her list will probably be veggies. Get some carrots, celery, radishes, and potatoes. You can pack each individually per day or make a crudités platter (par-boil the potatoes) and serve with a medley of dipping sauces and jams, like the edamame hummus from Momo, the pesto from St. Ex or the strawberry rose jam from Anna Maria. Add some gluten free crackers from Healing Home Foods, sliced charcuterie from Managalitsa, and cheese from Dobbs.

For sandwiches, start with the right bread. Try a Pullman from Bien Cuit or the multigrain from Central. Then add some bread moistener and flavor booster- a smashed avocado, pesto, or try making your own mayo, It's super easy and much tastier than the store-brought kind. Try this recipe from Whole30

As with everything, quality ingredients matter so make sure to pick up the eggs from Letterbox and the olive oil from Kontoulis-back from their trip to Greece to check on their olive groves.

In between the slices? The options are endless-mozarrella and tomatoes (diRIso and Sun Sprout respectively,) chicken salad (a Letterbox chicken roasted and the aforementioned mayo,) grilled eggplant...

Add some fruit- the last berries and peaches or fall apple slices from Concklins. Lastly, don't forget the "extras"- a pickle from the Doc, a muffin from Nutmeg, or a slice of pie from the lady and her son.

Other options: get some arancini from Ricardo (diRiso) before he fries them. Bake them (or fry) at home and put in a thermos. Also good in a thermos? soup from Spoon Me.

If you want even more inspiration, check out the The Organic Kitchen. She has lots of great ideas.

See you at the market!

p.s.- We are SUPER lucky to have Milton as our musical guest tomorrow!

Saturday at the Market

thumb Screen Shot 2017 08 25 at 10.41.33 AMTomorrow we have a special guest vendor visiting... Charles Lazarus of the The Misshapened Bowl will be on hand selling his unique bowls and platters. Each of Charles' creations is "turned" by hand from local driftwood and reclaimed lumber, taking about six months to form a bowl from a piece of wood, rendering each bowl or platter completely different and unique from any other. Stop by his tent tomorrow...and if you have a piece of wood that you'd like to make a bowl out of, bring it by.

If you do buy a platter, (and even if you don't) stop by McGrath Cheese and Mangalitsa to build a cheese and charcuterie board for your end-of-summer shindigs. Arrange McGrath's Rascal with Mangalitsa's Nduja for an impressive pairing and add some early harvest apples from Conklin's.

The Knife Sharpener is back for his monthly visit this Saturday- don't forget your blades! Matt will sharpen them for you while you shop- he even sharpens garden shears, lawn mower blades, and more.

See you at the market!

Dog Days of Summer

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The dog days of summer call for fresh, cooling food...cue chilled soups like strawberry mint, coconut mango, and of course classic gazpacho. Spoon Me Soups whips up delicious and filling liquid concoctions made with seasonal fruits and vegetables (whenever possible). Their soups make for a perfect summer meal when paired with a slice of bread (Central Bakery, an Artisan Oven's focaccia comes to mind) and a light salad (with Letterbox greens of course). The chilled varieties pack well and are great for picnics, outdoor concerts, or the pool.

It's Peach Fest at Luxx Chocolat! Rry their Luxxelles artisan ice cream sandwiches -this week their introducing three new flavors: Bourbon Peach, Pear & Fig and Affogato made with locally roasted brew.

It's tomato time! As you have probably noticed, tomatoes are plentiful at the market. Gaia's Breath Farm cultivates many heirloom varieties whose colors and flavors will have your dinner guests amazed and curious. Now is the time to get them- Craig LeHoullier, author of Epic Tomatoes, says that he "really [doesn't] eat another tomato between [his] last one picked in say September and the first one picked in June unless they're canned, sun-dried or preserved in some way." Out-of-season, store-bought tomatoes cannot compete with a lovingly grown, freshly picked one.

View this collection of tomato recipes and stories from The Splendid Table for some cooking inspiration and distraction

If you're picking lunch up at the market there are lots of options- Anthis Greek Food, Asian Farmer Dumplings, and the Three Little Pigs BBQ truck will all be there tomorrow.

See you at the market!

Welcome August; and Eggplant!

What's your favorite August fruit? Eggplant!

We have so many eggplant varieties at the market this year from Asian varieties that are slender and striated, to tiny Fairy Tale eggplant (great on the grill) and the classic, dusky Black Beauties.
I see so many folks pick them up, admire their smooth glossy skin and deep pigment but put them back because, well, "spongy."
I believe that is the word non-eggplant eaters use to describe this fruit (yes it is a fruit) which deserves more respect and a place of honor in your kitchen. It's as delicious and versatile in the winter as it is in the summer. And, for all you vegetarians and vegans out there - it's a great substitute for meat because of its heft and texture.
Image may contain: foodFine Cooking knows exactly what I'm talking about. Here's their  roundup of summer eggplant recipes. 
because these four ingredients seemed destined to be together.
But of course given that we are blessed with so much great mozzarella at the Bronxville Farmer's Market each week, 
these eggplant, tomato and mozzarella"stacks" seem perfect for dinner on the deck after a day at the beach or pool.
Also, new this week: Doc Pickle is bringing marinated artichokes, new to their repertoire. toss them in a pasta, a salad or a frittata made with eggs from Letterbox Farm and sausage from Gaia's Breath.
​See you at the market!
 
Vendors This Week

Anna Maria's Foods
Anthi's Greek Food
Bambino Ravioli Pastificio
Bien Cuit
Central Bakery
Custom Cold Brew
diRiso Risotto Balls
Dobbs & Bishop 
Doc Pickle
FarmEats
Gaia's Breath
Healing Home Foods
Kontoulis Family Olive Oil
Letterbox Farm Collective
Momo Dressing
Morgiewicz Farm
Mostly Myrtle's 
North Winds Lavender
Orchards of Concklin
Pie Lady and Son
Pura Vida Fisheries
Spoon Me Soups
St. Ex
Stone and Thistle Farm
Sun Sprout Farm
Treadlight Farm
What's for Dessert
Wild Sea Salt