We are so excited to be back on the basketball court this Sunday and every Sunday for the next six months. Thank you for being such ardent supporters of our indoor market at the Main St. School this past winter. We were so encouraged by your enthusiasm we’ve already committed for next year!
As for summer…we have some very cool new vendors to tell you about.
Valley Shepherd Creamery –one of the largest cheese producers in the lower Hudson Valley. They will bring fresh/raw/aged cheeses made with the milk from sheep, goats and cows. They will also be bringing butter & yogurt. Founders Eran and Debra Wojswol met when they were both studying engineering at a small college in New Jersey. They bonded over a shared dream of some day running a self-sustaining farm. They started by raising beef cattle on a small acreage in Hunterdon County, NJ but eventually switched to sheep.
Climax Cooperative Farm: Three young farmers have banded together on land in Greene County to form this cooperative focused on producing pristine salad crops They are also growing lettuce (bagged and head), Arugula, Spinach, Baby Kale, Tomatoes (several varieties of cherry, heirloom and beefsteak), carrots, beets, radishes, turnips, peppers (“lunchbox” style and hot), leeks, scallions, broccoli, bok choi, parsley, cilantro, basil, eggplant, celery, ginger, sugar snap peas, garlic, and green beans. They are using organic practices and are applying for certification this year.
Home Grown Nurseries: Doesn’t get more local than this. Farmer/gardener Nick Storrs could practically walk to the market from his “farm” at Lyndhurst Mansion. His mall nursery specializes in sustainably-grown heirloom and open pollinated vegetables, herbs, and antique flowers unavailable elsewhere. (Scroll below to see what they’re bringing tomorrow.)
His unique array of starter plants includes ground cherries, San Marzano tomatoes, white yarrow and French sorrel. His seedlings are for the gardener who likes to cook or the cook likes to garden. Either way, Nick has got the touch; his plants are vigorous and beautiful.
(FYI: It’s become a tradition now to have the kids from Dow’s Lane Elementary come and sell seedlings from their school garden on opening day. So, make room in your trunk — and your garden – for lots of plantings!)
We have other new vendors but we”ll introduce them next week….
This is the time of year to gorge on strawberries. And Wright’s Farm
is bringing plenty of them. Of course, our health-conscious demo chef Marti Wolfson, who will make several appearances this summer, knows exactly what to do with them. Check out her recipe for Strawberry, Spinach, and Sunflower Seed Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette
On opening day, Scribble ART will be bringing a very creative project to market to entertain your kids while you shop and visit. The project is linked to an art and engineering project they will have started at the Hastings Farmer’s Market the day before:
At the Hastings Market kids will be building an expansive collaborative city on two pieces of large foam core, from scratch. They will be working with cardboard and paper to create skyscrapers, roads and parks! On Sunday, your budding artists will begin by painting pieces of the city from the Hastings project white, and then they’ll use liquid watercolor and pipettes to squeeze color on the building and roads to turn their “city” into a place as colorful as New York City!
Finally, many of our loyal shoppers who also attend Church on Sundays tell us they sometimes don’t have enough time to shop in the morning then go put their groceries away before service. SO, we will be offering a “Veggie Valet” service. Come shop in the morning and we’ll hold all your groceries on ice until the end of the market. FOR FREE. Swing by after your church coffee service and pick up your groceries.
See you at the market!
Greg Connors 9:30 to 11:00 am
Les Tappan Zigues. 11:15 am -1:15 pm