Locally Grown: Farmers Market Loot, May 22


This is where I take a photo of what I bought and tell you three things:
1. Where it came from.
2.What I paid for it.
3. What I’m making with it.

Then I invite you to make cooking suggestions with local, seasonal produce.

We had mixed reactions to this feature last summer, but I had a couple of people e-mail to request that I bring it back. I think that’s valid for a few reasons:
1. It provides a snapshot (no pun intended) of what’s growing in the Lower Hudson Valley when.
2. With the cost of food rising so fast, it’s an interesting look at how much it costs to buy local.
3. The more people participating, the better everyone’s cooking gets!

So I have a twist: Why don’t you take photos, too?

You can e-mail them to me and I’ll post them all in this same post.

With a variety of purchases we’ll see how costs compare around the region, see what different products are available where, and come up with even more exciting opportunities in the kitchen. So without further ado, here’s this week’s Farmers Market Loot, from the Nyack Farmers Market:


Clockwise from top left:

Asparagus, $5, Blooming Hill Organic Farm, Blooming Grove
Radishes 2 @ $2 bunch, Blooming Hill Organic Farm, Blooming Grove
Pickled Mushrooms, $5, Dr. Pickle, Wayne, NJ.
Hot dogs 2 @$ each, Dines Farm, Oak Hill
Strawberries, 2 @$5 each, The Orchards of Concklin, Pomona
Chicken 4@$9 each, Dines Farm, Oak Hill

Total: $72.

So for the asparagus, I’m going to riff off a recipe I found in The New Spanish Table and saute them with tangerine zest and juice and toss them with shelled pistachio nuts.

The radishes could go a couple ways: I’ve been slicing them on the mandoline and serving them on baguettes with flavored butter. The first recipe I tried was from Bon App: it involved sesame oil and seeds.


Then I made up my own recipe and layered feta cheese with mint and layered the radishes on top.


Hot dogs? On the grill and served with our homemade sauerkraut.

Strawberries? Out of hand, thought I might consider a strawberry pie.

Chickens? Split down the backbone and smoked with hickory on the Weber kettle:


So show me your loot!


About Author

Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and lohud.com, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.

1 Comment

  1. I have been looking forward to seeing your weekly post as farmer’s market season approached. I went to Nyack last week and the pickings were so slim I decided to wait a few weeks to try again, but I shouldn’t have! Usually I go to Piermont on Sundays, but it will be a while till that starts. I will definitely share recipes when I get on my routine of eating local for the summer.

    I hope you can encourage people to ‘Eat Local’ this summer. Food that is grown locally is better because it is fresher, it’s less expensive (imagine how much it costs to bring you a strawberry from South America when it’s not strawberry season here?) and it tastes better. You also get to support a local business, support open space in your community, save resources, keep your money in your local economy, and feed yourself and your family the best possible food available. Local farms are a rare thing nowadays. Food brought in from the other side of the world is less nutritious, it’s been picked and stored and transported for who knows how long.

    I took the Eat Local Challenge last summer, and I hope to be even more local this year. I really enjoy finding fresh, just-picked produce and locally raised meats and eggs at the farmers markets (and meeting the people who do it). It tastes way better than anything at the supermarket and it’s alot less expensive.

    http://www.eatlocal.net/ There are lots of websites and blogs about eating local. I couldn’t find a local one to reference but this will give you the idea.

    Sorry I got on a soapbox there! I’m just really excited about doing most of my food shopping at the markets.

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