Hi Small Bites readers. This is Maureen Fleming, freelancer over at Hudson Valley Metromix, guest blogging about the Croton Farmers Market. Since I’m not really a morning person, I’m a big fan of the Croton market, where showing up at 1:30 in the afternoon means getting first pick, instead of whatever is left at the end of the day. The market opens right around lunch time and goes until just before dinner on Wednesday afternoons, making it a convenient stop for people taking lunch breaks and parents picking the kids up from school up the road.
When I stop by the Croton market, I usually already have a coffee in hand from the Black Cow across the street. The popular coffee shop is where I first sampled Baked by Susan goodies, and I was pleased to find a larger selection of handmade cookies, brownies, cakes and pastries from the Croton-based business at the market.
Dr. Pickle is probably the most noticeable vendor at the market, with a prime spot right next to the market entrance and that mouthwatering garlicky aroma wafting over the crowds. I usually can’t resist and end up munching on one of the best selling half sour pickles on a stick, even if I already have a container at home.
On hot, muggy summer days, I practically live on cucumber sandwiches, and Newgate Farms had a great selection of cukes, as well as summer squash, lettuce and herbs.
They also had some beautiful looking sour cherries which I promptly bought and made into a pie that night.
The family owned Newgate Farms also sells baked goods, plants, and jam at their stall. The jam in particular caught my attention with its three simple ingredients: strawberries, sugar, pectin. Just the way it should be.
Organic Little Seed Gardens is usually busy, and it is where I pick up my salad greens at the Croton Market. It seems everyone else does too. Part of of the reason I go there is because it is an organic, sustainably run family farm. And part of it, honestly, is because they make it so easy, with several different salad mixes to choose from, ready to toss in the spinner and serve, just like at the grocery store, but so much better.
The first time I heard about Kiernan Farm was from Paul Yeaple over at Poppy’s Burger, Fries and Vegetarian in Beacon. He only makes his burgers with beef from Kiernan Farm, claiming pasture raised and grass finished beef make for a better burger, not to mention a healthier planet. The burgers at Poppy’s are pretty great, so I was excited to see Kiernan Farm with its own stand in Croton. There was much more than burger patties for sale. The stall literally has every cut imaginable, from filet mignon to pot roast. Bacon? Check. Dog bones? Check. And all of it is hormone and antibiotic free and local too, from their farm over in Gardiner.
The Kiernan Farm stand also sells cheese from Sprout Creek Farm and local honey.
The Migliorelli Farm stand is a little overwhelming. There is just so much fresh picked, wonderful looking produce. Bunches of carrots, mounds of radishes, piles of chard and heaps of onions.
Migliorelli’s claim to fame is their succulent broccoli raab, descended from seeds brought over from Italy by Angelo Migliorelli in the 1930s . But on my last trip to the Croton Market, it was their plump, sweet snap peas that caught my attention. A big bucket sitting in the cool shade in a hot day: the perfect snack.
For berries and cut flowers, I turn to Hodgson’s Farm. They had beautiful strawberries and breathtaking peonies on my last trip.
You can read more about the vendors and see more pictures at Hudson Valley Metromix.
Vendors at the Croton Farmers Market include:
Baked by Susan
Bombay Emerald Chutney Co.
Little Seed Gardens
Millbrook Vineyards and Winery
Yona’s Gourmet Delights
Croton Farmers Market, 1:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Municipal Lot at Riverside Ave., Croton.