So what you can’t get juicy red tomatoes and delicate sweet blackberries. No reason you can’t still shop from local farmers during winter. As you can see from my list of indoor farmers markets and all their vendors here and Katherine’s report on the Briarcliff Manor market here, these markets are full of everything you need, from dairy and meat to winter produce and bread and sweets.
My trip to the Palisades Indoor Farmers Market on opening day was very fruitful indeed.
It’s kind of funny…. I’ve been shopping at the markets long enough now that I’m even starting to develop a sort of brand loyalty to the farmers who go there. Like the one above, Gajewski Farm, never was at any of my summer markets, so at first I looked at the stand with skeptical eye. “Who is this interloper?” “He’d better have produce as good as Blooming Hill and Yuno!” Ha. Well, of course he did. The arugula was incredible.
More of the market, after the jump.
The only market in Rockland is held at the Palisades Community Center from 9 am. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.
Opening day was packed:
Two of the vendors: Ronnybrook Dairy, left, and Tierra Farms (nuts and such), right:
This vendor is more like a consortium. He has cheeses from all over the Hudson Valley, including Sprout Creek Farm and Hudson Valley Sheepherding Company:
Winter apples from the Concklins at The Orchards of Conklin in Pomona:
An assortment of delicious breads from Balthazar Bakery:
You can get coffee in beautiful pottery mugs from Jane Herold Pottery. (You have to give the cup back, though!)
What a score that the market was able to get Pura Vida Fishery from Hampton Bays:
The most gorgeous fish. I love the scallops.
The jam man:
More of Ronnybrook:
Marika’s Savories. Scones, empanadas and the like:
Bombay Emerald Chutney Company:
And, more of the crowd:
My husband went back last weekend and got the makings for our whole dinner.
Oysters from Pura Vida to start:
Flowers for the table:
And scallops from Pura Vida, served with and parnsip-potato puree and sauteed beet greens— all from Gajewski Farm:
We had camembert for dessert. Now that’s eating local. Even in winter.
Palisades Farmers Market: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays Feb. 6 through May 15. Palisades Community Center, 675 Oak Tree Road. palisadesny.com.