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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

Old Dog New Tricks- And Tomatoes!

Just when you thought Bien Cuit couldn't possibly come up with another loaf to love...in comes the multi-grain Pullman, my summer sandwich fling.
If you are a Bien Cuit fan then you know about their  pain de mie, their take on the classic Pullman, a stretch loaf  with perfectly straight edges baked in a lidded pan.
​The pain de mie is perfect for breakfast, either to sop up whole milk for  French Toast or to slather with some of the organic ginger pear jam from Laurelmaud's  Kitchen. 
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Though the traditional Pullman, was made with ho-hum white flour, this new multi-grain  is packed with  poppy and sesame seeds, millet, oats, rye, wheat, and buckwheat for a standout texture.
The bread has a really wet dough so the crumb is  disarmingly soft. It slices up and toasts beautifully. So delicious with a grainy mustard and slice of ham or cheese and arugula.. The perfect foil for some earthy blue cheese from Dobbs & Bishop, or for any charcuterie from Managlitsa, the next time they are at market.
 
The name "Pullman," incidentally,  was derived from its use in the compact kitchens of the Pullman railway cars.  Three Pullman loaves to make sandwiches occupied the same space as two standard round-topped loaves, thus maximizing the use of space in the small Pullman kitchen.

 

TOMATOES are coming in. And Lordy, the ones from Letterbox Farm are insane this year.  Once the tomatoes are here, you really must  do what you can to eat as many as possible in as many different ways as possible. Blister them to serve over burgers and steaks. Skewer them in kebabs. And make a differet tomato salad every day!
This David Tanis  recipe  for a Nicoise-style tomato salad, like most Tanis recipes, is simple yet special. (Can't wait for his new "farmer's-market driven" cookbook out this fall).
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​The Three Little Pigs bbq truck is back this week. ​And NorthWinds Lavender is making a special extra appearance because there are five Saturdays in July, don't you know...
See you at the market!

Gooseberries....What exactly are they and what do you do with them?

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Native to the northeast, gooseberries are tart-a bit like rhubarb and can be used for both sweet and savory dishes. Pick up a pint and then read this great overview (with recipes!) from Food52

New vendor Newell Farmlands visits tomorrow. They are a local company producing small batches of all-natural seasoning. Try it in your recipes for meat, poultry, pasta sauce, soups, and more. Made with a few simple ingredients, it adds a complex flavor to standard dishes. Taste for yourself...grab some ground beef from FarmEats and mix in the seasoning for a unique burger.

A new cheese producer is also visiting. McGrath Cheese Company​ is a Hudson Valley cheese artisan committed to using the best milk from the best dairies in the Hudson Valley. His signature cheese is the Rascal, a raw cow's milk cheese that is aged 3-4 months, has a dense fudgy texture and is torched on its outer rind. He's bringing that, along with a wicked queso blanco, which is delicious on tacos, or any summer bruschetta.

Clean Ridge returns for their monthly visit...Handcrafted in Northern Westchester, their soaps and lotions are made with all-natural ingredients that won't irritate your skin. Their gift baskets make lovely house guest gifts for any of you who will be traveling this summer.

The BBQ truck visits again...grab some grub and stay for a performance by Heartwood.

See you at the market!

Blueberry ice cream sandwich anyone?

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Tomorrow is a gorgeous day. Head to the market for picnic provisions and enjoy the outdoors!

Luxx Chocolat is back this week with artisan ice cream sandwiches including blueberry and black cherry. Luxx is a NJ-based confectioner that only uses local and organic ingredients that are in season. There are no preservatives or artificial flavors and all the cacao is fair trade. They are only in Bronxville once a month so pack the freezer now.

NY Chup, another monthly vendor, visits tomorrow with handcrafted ketchup made with local tomatoes in a commercial kitchen in the Bronx. Andy, the proprietor and chef, has just unveiled his ramp ketchup made with this spring's Hudson Valley ramp harvest. It elevates your burger game to a whole new level.

Miracle Springs Farm returns with their greens, cheese, and yogurt. Have you tried their Raclette yet? Made from cow's milk, this Swiss cheese was mentioned in texts as far back as the 13th century. It's known as a melting cheese and if you want to be traditional, face the cheese towards an open flame and scrape it off on a plate served with small potatoes, gherkins, pickled onions, dried meat, and wine. A fun and interesting dinner option...

See you at the market!

Keep the grill hot!

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July 4th was just the beginning of grilling season...continue the summer long ritual with some Korean BBQ a lá FarmEats. Last Friday, Drew of FarmEats picked up his grass-fed cow from his butcher and had him cut the short ribs flanken style-thin. Perfect for quick searing on the grill- Korean style! According to Drew, you marinate the ribs at minimum for 4 hours in Korean GalBi(Kalbi) or Bulgogi marinades. Even better...marinate them overnight. Then fire up the grill and when it's nice and hot put the short ribs on to cook for about 2 to 3 minutes per side-just enough time for the heat and fire to sear the beef and crisp up the fat, while leaving the beef rare in the middle. Need some help with the marinade? Try this easy one from Kimchimari

 

In other news...Laurelmaud's Jams is joining us for the first time tomorrow. Try one of her seasonal marmalades using local fruit. Nothing beats a piece of delicious bread from Central Bakery, an Artisan Oven with a generous spread of fruit jam!

Bombay Emerald Chutney Company is appearing for their monthly rotation. The chutneys are the perfect condiment for picnic sandwiches.

Found Herbal is also making her monthly visit to provide you with with all the summer skin remedies, particularly formulas for preventing or dealing with bug bites! Try her "Bug Off" lotion bar or Natural Bug Spray to keep your body bite-free. And if you've already been bitten, pick up one of her salves. The Lavender one smells like a summer garden.

See you at the market!

Happy 4th of July!

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Happy 4th! Are you ready for all the grilling and picnicking? We can help...Stop by the market to get both staples and specialty items for your grill and table.

While meat is the first food you think of for BBQs, vegetable sides are just as important. Don't forget grilling vegetables like zucchini and kohlrabi as well as head lettuces, cucumbers, tomatoes, and delicate radishes for salad and crudites platters. You can kill two birds with one stone (no pun intended) by heading to Letterbox Farm Collective​'s tent to grab both meat and veggie. Don't forget the stunning edible flowers to stud your salads. Their radishes and carrots make a delicious vessel for MOMO dressing​'s edamame dip. It has a little kick but it won't overwhelm your taste buds. If you're making a salad, don't forget a bottle of their salad dressing.

The Three Little Pigs food truck is back with holiday-appropriate BBQ, prepared on-site.

Note that the Knife Sharpener is NOT at the market this weekend-he's away for the holiday.

See you at the market!

Pizza: the perfect canvas for showcasing farmer's market finds

thumb 13873100 1152406231469898 4896261711673720001 nThe Cookery's Dough Nation Pizza truck will be at the market tomorrow and we can't wait to see what they'll cook up with their market finds. David DiBari, the chef and owner of The Cookery, has been making pizza since we was a kid, after his uncle built him a pizza oven in the backyard of his childhood home in Northern Westchester. The cornerstone of the pizza is "a type of dough that’s less handled, very soft, has a nice cornichon that has a little bit of crisp with those beautiful black blisters all over it that come from the flame licking the dough. It should be just chewy enough and slightly crisp on the bottom.” In their review, the The New York Times says "the crusts consistently meet the high standards he has set for himself — they’re delicious" and calls the pizza "outstanding." Grab one of their pies at the market and we're sure you will come to the same conclusion.

After you grab a pie, make sure to stop by Letterbox and congratulate Nickhi on her wedding last weekend to fellow farmer Laszlo Lazar. Their sheepdog is clearly overjoyed they've made their union official! Congrats newlyweds!

See you at the market..

Father's Day

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Father's Day is Sunday...head to the market tomorrow to stock up on the ingredients to make a special meal for dad.

Start off with some great cuts of meat for the grill. Letterbox Farm Collective raises their pigs and chicken with lots of love and care and you can taste it in the flavor of their meat. While you're there, pick up some beautiful edible flowers to garnish your accompanying salad with.

Stone and Thistle has a variety of sausages that are easy and quick to cook. If you're considering a Father's Day ramen, their pork bone broth makes for a delicious base.

FarmEats will have different cuts of steak and ground beef for burgers. If you're going that route don't forget a bottle of NY Chup-locally made ketchup.

Top off the meal with some dessert-chocolates from Luxx or how about a crostata-a rustic pie- from Nutmeg. Or maybe catch the last of the strawberry rhubarb pies from Pie Lady & Son.

If you need some menu inspiration Marti Wolfson will be at the market for a cooking demonstration and free samples.

Happy Father's Day! See you at the market...

Cold drinks for a hot summer

Dear Shoppers,

thumb Screenshot 20170608 171155Tomorrow kicks off a short burst of hot weather. Perfect for cold brew coffee. Custom ColdBrew will have their Columbia Supremo-a medium roast with nutty, chocolate overtones- on tap for your enjoyment at the market along with bottles of their Italian Roast, Panama Graham, Cafe Mocha, and Sumatra. Stock up your fridge to keep you cool these next few days.

If you're looking for something a little harder, new vendor Awestruck Ciders is visiting.  Starting with 100%, cold-pressed NYS apple cider, they add various botanicals to produce unique flavors like Hibiscus Ginger, Lavender Hops, and Empire-their newest.

Wild Sea Salt is also visiting us for the first time. Blending natural sea salt with seaweed (for iodine) and foraged wild plants, it adds a great depth of flavor to many dishes.

Strawberries are at the market again, but get there early. They always sell out. Nothing compares to a ripened strawberry picked the day before you eat it!

If you're staying for bit to enjoy the sounds of Greg Adams, Mariachi Mexico is returning with their menu of fresh and simple Mexican street food. They'll also have agua frescas- natural juices made with water- to cool you down. A perfect lunch for a warm day.

See you at the market!

Strawberries, BBQ truck, and the last of the rhubarb

Dear Shoppers,

Another beautiful day for an outdoor farmers' market! More seasonal produce and fruit tomorrow and a BBQ truck!

3 little pigsOur friends to the north Three Little Pigs BBQ of Hawthorne are visiting the market tomorrow with authentic Southern-style BBQ. They'll have pulled pork tacos, kimchi salad, and much more. Enjoy at the market while you listen to the bluegrass tunes of the Shovel Ready String Band.

If you're more in the mood for a snack than a full-blown meal, try an arancini from diRiso Risotto Balls. They'll be familiar to you from last year when dad Riccardo brought them to market. This year his son Matteo, who just graduated college, is expanding the family business and focusing on the risotto balls that currently come with three fillings- pesto and mozzarella (made fresh by them) bologenese, and porcini. We dare you to have just one.

18620105 1593102394056802 492374094391875587 nMore strawberries are coming to the market, though you'll still have to be early if you want some. Last week they were sold out by 10:30! Pair them with the last of the season's rhubarb and try one of these recipes from HuffPost Lifestyle. Strawberry rhubarb pancakes for Sunday brunch perhaps?

Monthly vendors AnnaMaria's Foods and MOMO dressing will be at the market- the only time in June so stock up! Anna Maria's makes savory jams to pair with cheese, spread on meat, or use as a marinade. Momo will have their full line of Japanese-inspired salad dressings and their edamame hummus. Yum!

See you at the market!