Show Me Your Farmers Market Loot: May 29


I’ll show you mine if you show me yours….
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Today I got cheese from the Valley Shepherd.

Clockwise from 11 o’clock:


Fingerling potatoes, $2/pound, Blooming Hill, Blooming Grove, NY
Strawberries, 2 @ $5/quart, The Orchards of Concklin, Pomona, NY
Lettuce, 2 @ $4/bag, Blooming Hill
Sheepamid, $10, Valley Shepherd Creamery, Long Valley N.J.
Ricotta, $5, Valley Shepherd Creamery.
Something that the guy called gouda but I can’t find on the cheese list here, $6, Valley Shepherd Creamery.
Marinated mushrooms, $9, Dr. Pickle, N.J.

Total: $59.

My plan? Cheese course. I have some quince paste and I’ll use the strawberries and some nuts, too.

Nice big salad with the lettuce. Fingerlings? Not quite sure. Maybe roasted with rosemary.

Any other thoughts? And what did you buy this week?


About Author

Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and, 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. I always grill small potatoes. I love the fingerlings and especially the ones that are blue inside. Small is better than large since they grill faster.

    I bought a 5 pound bag of assorted color fingerlings at Costco for $5.99 last fall. They were larger than I liked (some were huge) but for $1.20 a pound I could live with it and thy grilled great. Sadly, I finally finished my bag and went back to get another and THEY DON’T HAVE THEM ANYMORE! So now I am back to my usual stopping at every farm stand to look for potatoes and get disgusted by the prices (if they have them at all). I guess $2 a pound isn’t that bad.

  2. I think $2 a pound for organic potatoes is a great price!

    I snuck out to the market during my lunch hour yesterday. I got a bag of dandelion greens, fresh garlic, and a bunch of baby red onions (from Blooming Hill), which will all be sauteed together to serve alongside the goat cheese souffle I will make with the eggs I bought from Dine’s Farm.

    I plan to check out the market in Piermont on Sunday, too.

  3. Rather then start heating up the house with the oven, in the warmer weather if I want a hot potato, I like to boil them, and serve with a little chives, and sour cream, and a dab of butter. Or – you can make a german style potato salad, (I’ve never done one before, but right now it sounds yummy to me..)

  4. Michele,
    That’s exactly what I did! I cut them into same-size pieces and boiled them with rosemary and thyme in the (salted) water, then tossed them with a vinaigrette I made with very grainy mustard, white vinegar, chopped up rosemary and salt and pepper. I served it with burgers with blue cheese on English muffins and a salad with balsamic made from those lettuces. Everything else we just ate out of hand: strawberries, marinated mushrooms and cheese!

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