Farmers Market Loot, July 10

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Whole lotta loot today. Expensive, but worth it.

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Sorry the photo is a little blurry.

Clockwise from the chickens in the blue bag:

2 chickens and 6 pork chops from Dines Farm: $60.
3 heads iceberg from R&G Produce: $4.50

Fruit is from The Orchards of Concklin: $60
2 quarts sour cherries
3 hothouse tomatoes
10 white peaches
1 pint gooseberries
2 pints strawberries
3 pints blueberries
2 pints sweet cherries

And then 2 pints wild lowbush blueberries from Blooming Hill Farm $5 each.

Total: $134.50.

It’s a lot, yes, but between what I’ve got in my pantry and my garden (blueberries, carrots, spinach, cabbage, more herbs than I care to say), that’ll be enough for me to have 5 people for dinner on Saturday night and still feed my husband and me for a week.

We’ll definitely do a mixed berry dessert — maybe this mixed berry spoon cake from this issue of Food & Wine? — and I’ll brine and grill the pork chops and the chickens (though probably not on the same night). I’m definitely thinking iceberg wedge with green goddess dressing (I use this recipe from Martha Stewart) for the dinner party, but during the week, I’ll pull arugula from the garden to have with the leftover meats.

I’ll leave you with this, a photo that would make my sister shudder.

How does a girl fit all that loot into the fridge?
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Very carefully.

What did you buy at the market this week? Do you have any other suggestions for my week’s loot?

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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.

11 Comments

  1. In the “expensive but worth it” category is the cheese from Artisal at the Bronxville Farmers Market on Saturdays. They also have one of the best bread and scone bakers around; we have friends who won’t come for the weekend unless we have lots of the cranberry scones from Rock Hill Bakehouse.

  2. Michelle, is that Artisanal, the bistro and cheese shop in the city?

    I sure do miss having the Baker’s Wife at the Nyack market. He would bring all the breads and pastries from Balthazar… baguettes, olive and rosemary loafs, cranberry pecan breads, canelles, croissants… the works! I miss it so!

  3. Has anyone been to the Sunday farmers market at Muscoot Farm? I meant to go last week but forgot until it was too late and I’m busy this Sunday.

    At Hanover Farm (Westchester County owned) in Yorktown, they have a “pick your own produce” day on Saturday. Apparently you pick stuff and then pay for it. Not sure what they have.

  4. We’re actually growing a bunch of our produce this year but I do love Farmer’s Markets. They used to have our entire class in grade school visit the City Farmer’s market yearly and we all loved the free samples of cheese, freshly buttered and warm bread right from the oven…all of it. Yum!

  5. Nice variety of berries, there! I’m looking for things to do with several pints of blueberries that will mold in my fridge soon if I don’t use them. Mark Bittman’s blog had a nice-sounding cold sweet blueberry and yogurt soup today, and I saw a recipe for Blueberry Foccacia in this month’s Oprah magazine.http://www.oprah.com/foodhome/food/recipes/200807/food_omag_200807_focacci.jhtml
    ( Alas, it contains yeast, which I’ve never been able to bake with successfully! )

  6. Jen – I have trouble with yeast, too. Anyone got tips for adapting bread recipes or those which require yeast in hot, humid weather?

  7. Blue potatoes (the ones that are blue inside) are great. I love to take small potatoes (red, yukon gold and blue and grill them whole. When I can get small fingerlings, I use those, too. My kids love them!

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