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DUMBO

Dumbo Brooklyn Farmers’ Market

DUMBOThe Dumbo Farmers’ Market is enjoying its second year of providing locally sourced foods to home cooks and food lovers in this Brooklyn neighborhood in the shadow of the Manhattan Bridge archway.

When is the market open? Market open Wednesdays, 11:00AM – 7:00PM, 06/07 – 11/15

 Where is the market located? Pearl Street Triangle, 58-80 Pearl Street, Brooklyn, NY

Does the market accept EBT SNAP benefits?  Yes, and to encourage you to use your SNAP card, we offer Health Bucks. Health Bucks are $2 coupons that you receive for every $5 you spend from your SNAP card; you can use the health bucks to buy more fresh fruits and vegetables at the farmers’ market.

What do the vendors sell? Vendors offer a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, fish, meats, dairy; baked goods, specialty foods and plants and flowers; jams & jelly, salad dressings, sauces & salsa, olive oil, chutneys, frozen soups, chocolate, pickles as well as prepared ethnic foods.

Special Events: Throughout the season, the market offers activities for children, including a wild art studio and pumpkin painting. There are food tastings for everyone.

For more information about the Dumbo Farmers’ Market, please visit the website at:  http://downtoearthmarkets.com/markets?region=Brooklyn&market=DUMBO+Farmers+Market

and their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/search/str/down+to+earth+farmer’s+market+-+dumbo+brooklyn/keywords_search

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Check out what is being picked this week*:
Tomatoes, (round, grape, cherry), Beans, Cucumbers, Pickles, Hot peppers, Sweet Bell Peppers, Onions, Eggplant, Beets, Lettuces, Greens, Cabbages, Sweet Corn, Potatoes, Zucchini, Yellow Squash, Broccoli, Carrots, Blueberries, Cherries, Peaches

*Availability will vary by market, due to differences in growing zones.

Recipe of the week: Yellow Summer Squash in the Oven

This easy recipe from Peg at www.allrecipes.com is easy and quick to prepare!

 

 

 

 

 

Old Forge Farmers Market

Old Forge Farmers’ Market

Old Forge Farmers MarketThe Old Forge Farmers’ Market has become THE place to start your weekend in the area. It’s where you come to buy your fresh goods, see the latest offerings from local artisans and craftspeople, meet your neighbors and old friends and make new friends!

When is the market open?  The market is open every Friday from June 23 to October 6, from 1 pm to 5 pm.

Where is the market located?  The market is located at the corner of Lamberton St. and Park Ave., and behind the Old Forge Hardware store in the village of Old Forge.

Does the market accept EBT SNAP Benefits? Many of our vendors are Farm Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) farmers who also accept SNAP tokens and coupons/vouchers from WIC, Herkimer County Office for the Aging, Fresh Connect checks — receive $2 in checks for every $5 in SNAP benefits you spend — and Veterans coupons. In addition, our market has its own local $2 cap-21 tokens that are given to people that our Food Bank determines need help in purchasing healthy fresh foods. Last year, the market donated $4,846 to support this program!

What products do the vendors offer? This market offers flowers, wine, honey, vegetables, heirloom tomatoes, baked goods, maple products, goat cheeses and red tail venison.

What makes your market unique? Every market day, we offer free space for local non-profits and government agencies so they can get their information out to the general public.

Special Events: This year marks the market’s 10th anniversary and we’re celebrating with live music during market hours.

For more information about the Old Forge Farmers’ Market, visit their Facebook page at:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Old-Forge-Farmers-Market/113000532135221

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Check out what is being picked this week*:
peppers, hot peppers, eggplant, broccoli, cabbages, potatoes, greens, lettuce, cucumbers, zucchini, yellow squash, beans, peas, beets, tomatoes, herbs, pickles, carrots, kohlrabi, sweet onions, sweet corn peaches, blueberries, raspberries, black raspberries, cherries, and sour cherries

*Availability will vary by market, due to differences in growing zones.

 Recipe of the week: Mild Salsa

http://snaptomarket.com/?recipe=salsa

 

 

sunnyside

Sunnyside Farmers Markets

sunnysideMore than an opportunity to purchase fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables, our market looks to help people live a healthy lifestyle – in mind, body and spirit. We have three locations.

When is the market open? The Baldwin market is open Fridays from 4 – 7pm, June 9 through October 27; the Lindenhurst market is open every Saturday from 9AM-2PM beginning June 3 and ending October 28; the Westbury market is open every Sunday, 9am – 2pm, June 11 — September 24

Where is the market located? Lindenhurst – Village Gazebo, Corner of E. Hoffman Avenue & N. Wellwood Avenue; Baldwin Historical Society Municipal Parking Lot, 1980 Grand Avenue, Baldwin, NY; and in Westbury, Piazza Ernesto Strada, 200 Post Avenue, Westbury, NY.

Does the market accept EBT SNAP Benefits? Yes, all 3 locations accept SNAP benefits. At Sunny Side Farmers’ Markets, we believe all our customers should have access to healthy local food.

What products do the vendors offer? Our vendors offer a wide range of locally-grown fruits and vegetables, from apricots to zucchini!

What makes your market special? We have partnered with the Balwin Civic Association, The Lindenhurst Chamber of Commerce, and the Westbury Council for the Arts to provide a marketplace that connects local patrons with local businesses.

Special Events: The Market is a center point for community gathering and each week our market features cooking demonstrations, gardening tips, kids activities, and more. In addition to our regular market activities, we host weekly live music entertainment as well as exciting special events throughout the season. Please check our calendar of events regularly for updates. www.sunnysidemarkets.com

For more information about Sunnyside Farmers’ Market, their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/pg/FOODFAMILIESFARMERS/about/?ref=page_internal

 

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Check out what is being picked this week*:

peppers, hot peppers, eggplant, broccoli, cabbages, potatoes, greens, lettuce, cucumbers, zucchini, yellow squash, beans, peas, beets, tomatoes, herbs, pickles, carrots, kohlrabi, sweet onions, sweet corn, peaches, blueberries, raspberries, black raspberries, cherries, sour cherries

Recipe of the week: Mild Salsa

http://snaptomarket.com/?recipe=salsa

 

 

 

Southern Tier Farmers Market

Southern Tier Farmers’ Markets

Southern Tier Farmers MarketBelmont Farmers Market
This is a seasonal open air market offering vegetables and fruits, plants, honey, maple products and baked goods.

When is the market open:  Thursdays 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., beginning May 25 and running through Oct. 26.

Where is the market located:  32 Willets Ave., Belmont, NY

Does the market accept EBT SNAP Benefits? Yes, and we take part in the Double Up program – we will double the amount of SNAP dollars spent at the market, up to $20.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/Belmont-Farmers-Market-117014374990209/

 

Franklinville Farmers Market

Come visit our vendors and get nutritious fresh vegetables and fruits, maple and honey products, and baked goods. We also run special events such as food demonstrations, kid’s games, crafts, book readings, and more. Come every week to be a part of the fun and get your produce.

When is the market open? The market is open Wednesdays, 3 – 6pm from June 14 through October

Where is the market located? The market is located at Park Square, Franklinville, NY

Does the market accept EBT SNAP Benefits? Yes, and we take part in the Double Up program – we will double the amount of SNAP dollars spent at the market, up to $20. We also welcome FreshConnect, Veteran Families, WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program, and Seniors’ Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program benefits.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/franklinvillefarmersmarket/

 

Southern Tier Farmers Market at Olean
The Friday afternoon Olean farmers market offers an alternative to weekend shopping.  Enjoy the spacious parking lot and friendly vendors for locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, oak wood products, Avon products, jams/jellies, maple syrup and honey.  Locally made gourmet mustards and sauces and rabbit meat are also offered.

When is the market open? The market is open every Friday, 2 – 6pm; May 19 – Oct 27

Where is the market located? The market is located at 1900 Constitution Ave., Olean, NY

Does the market accept EBT SNAP Benefits? Yes, and we take part in the Double Up program – we will double the amount of SNAP dollars spent at the market, up to $20. We also welcome FreshConnect, Veteran Families, WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program, and Seniors’ Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program benefits.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/Southern-Tier-Farmers-Market-165092373544019/

 

Salamanca Farmers Market

This is a seasonal open air market offering vegetables and fruits in season, baked goods, cut flowers, potted plants, bedding plants, hanging baskets, honey, maple syrup and maple products, handmade crafts, jams and jellies.

When is the market open? The market is open Tuesdays, 11 am – 5 pm from May 23 – Oct. 26.

Where is the market located? You can find the market at 12 Park Ave., Jefferson Park, Salamanca, New York

Does the market accept EBT SNAP Benefits? Yes, and we take part in the Double Up program – we will double the amount of SNAP dollars spent at the market, up to $20. We also welcome FreshConnect, Veteran Families, WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program, and Seniors’ Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program benefits.

More Information: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Salamanca-Farmers-Market/337495339671451

Check out what is being picked this week*:

peppers, hot peppers, eggplant, broccoli, cabbages, potatoes, greens, lettuce, cucumbers, zucchini, yellow squash, beans, peas, beets, tomatoes, herbs, pickles, carrots, kohlrabi, sweet onions, sweet corn, peaches, blueberries, raspberries, black raspberries, cherries, and sour cherries

 

*Availability will vary by market, due to differences in growing zones.

Recipe of the week: Mild Salsa

http://snaptomarket.com/?recipe=salsa

 

 

Friends of Van Cortlandt Park

The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park Amalgamated Market

Friends of Van Cortlandt ParkThe Friends of Van Cortlandt Park (FVCP) Amalgamated Market is run by local youth who spend their summer learning about our food system, how to grow food, and the basics of running a small business. They help with cooking demonstrations and become part of the community as they get to know the customers. Our market hosts local school children on trips during the fall and provides them with added extras like pumpkin decorating or fitness classes.

When does it open? The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park (FVCP) Amalgamated Market opens July 12. It is open from 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. every Wednesday through November 1.

Where is it? The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park (FVCP) Amalgamated Market is located at the corner of Gale Place and Orloff Avenue, Bronx, NY.

Does the market accept EBT SNAP Benefits? The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park (FVCP) Amalgamated Market does accept SNAP and offers a ‘Health Bucks’ program as added incentive — for every $5 a SNAP customer spends, they receive Healthy Buck, a $2 coupon that can be used to purchase additional locally grown fruits and vegetables. All customers who visit the market eight times gets a health buck and a small prize.

For more information on Friends of Van Cortlandt Park, please visit the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/friendsofvcp/?hc_ref=SEARCH&fref=nf
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Check out what is being picked this week*:
peppers, hot peppers, eggplant, broccoli, cabbages, potatoes, greens, lettuce, cucumbers, zucchini, yellow squash, beans, peas, beets, tomatoes, herbs, pickles, carrots, kohlrabi, sweet onions, sweet corn, peaches, blueberries, raspberries, black raspberries, cherries, sour cherries

*Availability will vary by market, due to differences in growing zones.

Recipe of the week: Mild Salsa

http://snaptomarket.com/?recipe=salsa

 

 

 

morningside park farmer's market

Morningside Park Farmers’ Market

morningside park farmer's marketWhen is the market open? Market open Saturdays, 9:00AM – 4:00PM, 05/06 – 12/30

Where is the market located? 110th St. & Manhattan Ave., New York, NY

Does the market accept EBT SNAP benefits?  Yes, and to encourage you to use your SNAP card, we offer Health Bucks. Health Bucks are $2 coupons that you receive for every $5 you spend from your SNAP card; you can use the health bucks to buy more fresh fruits and vegetables at the farmers’ market.

What do the vendors sell? Vendors offer a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, fish, meats, dairy; baked goods, specialty foods and plants and flowers; jams & jelly, salad dressings, sauces & salsa, olive oil, chutneys, frozen soups, chocolate, pickles as well as prepared ethnic foods.

For more information about Morningside Park Farmers’ Market, please visit the website at:  http://downtoearthmarkets.com/markets?region=manhattan&market=Morningside+Park+Farmers+Market and their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Morningside-Park-Farmers-Market/118800614848796

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Check out what is being picked this week*:

italian peppers, red/yellow bell peppers, bell peppers, slicing tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, zucchini squash, summer squash, slicing cucumbers, patty pan squash, okra, hot peppers, purple eggplant, tomatillo, greenhouse tomatoes, pickling cucumbers, corn, plum tomatoes, braising greens, spinach, salad mixes, head lettuce, leaf lettuce, chard, kale, asian greens, arugula, broccoli raab, collards, escarole, amaranth/calaloo, dandelion, mustard greens, asparagus, thyme, sage, parsley, mint, dill, cilantro, basil, rosemary, oregano, lavender, raspberries, currants, gooseberries, strawberries, cantaloupe, watermelon, blueberries, plums, peaches, nectarines, sweet cherries, apricots, celery, fennel, leeks, onions, scallions, string beans, italian flat beans, shell peas, snap peas, garlic, snow peas, shallots, haricovert, red beets, carrots, parsnips, french radish, radish, rutabaga, purple top turnip, japanese turnip, bok choy, golden beets, potatoes, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, chioggia beets, black radish, specialty carrots, fingerling potatoes, savoy cabbage, napa cabbage

 

Recipe of the week: Yellow Summer Squash in the Oven

This easy recipe from Peg at www.allrecipes.com is easy and quick to prepare!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kingston Farmers Market

Kingston Farmers Market

Kingston Farmers MarketWhen the market started in 2000, the original goal was to encourage people to visit Uptown Kingston on Saturdays. Over the past 17 years, however, the market has become a place for residents to find fresh produce from the mid-Hudson region and to support regional family farms.

When is the market open? The summer market is open every Saturday, 9am – 2pm; from May 13 – November 18; the winter market is open every other Saturday, December through April.

Where is the market located? The market is located on Wall Street between John St and Main St., Kingston, NY.

Does the market accept EBT SNAP Benefits? Yes, we accept EBT SNAP benefits and we offer Fresh Connect checks to increase your buying power by 40% — for every $5 you spend with your EBT card, you receive an additional $2 Fresh Connect check to use at the market.

What products do the vendors offer? Vendors sell local produce and other farm products, including farm raised venison, ostrich, buffalo, mouflon, rabbit, wild boar and quail; wild caught, fresh only, New York State seafood; cow and goat dairy products; and small batch herbal skin care and elixir products.

What makes your market special? We provide live music and activities for kids every week.

For more information about the Kingston Farmers’ Market, visit their website: http://kingstonfarmersmarket.org/about/ and their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/kingstonfarmersmarket/

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Check out what is being picked this week*:

peppers, hot peppers, eggplant, broccoli, cabbages, potatoes, greens, lettuce, cucumbers, zucchini, yellow squash, beans, peas, beets, tomatoes, herbs, pickles, carrots, kohlrabi, sweet onions, sweet corn, peaches, blueberries, raspberries, black raspberries, cherries, sour cherries

*Availability will vary by market, due to differences in growing zones.

Recipe of the week: Mild Salsa

http://snaptomarket.com/?recipe=salsa

 

 

 

 

Freezing Fruit

How to Stockpile Your Produce Without the Hassle of Canning

With the outdoor farmers market season coming to an end, everyone is looking for ways to stockpile their fresh produce. To maximize your SNAP EBT benefits and utilize your farmers market produce several months from now, try preserving your produce!

The most traditional way to preserve your produce is by canning. Canning, however, can be very difficult for beginners and can be a long and tedious process. Here are three stress-free alternatives to canning that guarantee your produce’s freshness long after harvest.

  1. Freezing

Freezing is a great alternative to making jam and canning if you want your produce to be accessible in the middle of the winter. You also can do it easily in your own home with a standard freezer. You can freeze fresh fruit, vegetables, and even herbs in olive oil in an ice cube tray. Full recipes here:

How to Freeze Fresh Fruit, How to Freeze Zucchini, How to Freeze Fresh Herbs in Olive Oil

  1. Drying

Drying is another canning alternative that can preserve your best fruit. Although drying typically involves a dehydrator, it can easily be done in your own oven. Try drying your own fruit for your trail mix this fall. Full recipe here: How to Dry Fruit Without a Dehydrator

  1. Jamming

Although jamming is still done in a can, it is a much simpler process. Making jams and preserves is a great way to reuse extra fruit and can also double as a great gift. The difference between jams and preserves comes from how they are made. Jams use mashed up fruit whereas preserves use chunks of whole fruit. Full recipe here: How to Make Jams and Preserves

Check out what’s being picked this week*: Pumpkin, Cauliflower, Beets, Cabbage, Broccoli, Beans, Peppers, Eggplant, Potatoes, Winter Squash, Onions, Raspberries & Collards

*Availability will vary by market due to differences in growing zones.

Recipe of the Week:

Cozy up this fall with this seasonal soup recipe!

 

Snap To Market

How to Use Your SNAP Benefits at the Farmers Market

Having farm fresh produce available on a weekly basis is an excellent resource for maintaining a healthier lifestyle. Much like our grocery stores Farmers Markets are becoming more and more accessible to everyone. Thanks to the Farmers Market SNAP Benefit program all EBT cardholders are able to purchase goods and produce at participating Farmers Markets. If you’re a cardholder here is what you can expect when you head out to your local Farmers Market.

When you first arrive look for a table with a banner that reads “Use Your EBT Card Here”. Hand your card to the cashier and purchase as many $1 tokens as you need. While shopping look for the market booths with an “EBT Tokens Accepted Here” sign. You do not have to use all of your tokens in one shopping trip. Unused tokens can either be refunded back onto your card or you can use them the next time you shop at your Farmers Market. Keep in mind that the tokens are market-specific and cannot be transferred between markets.

The overall experience of being at a Farmers Market is more enjoyable and the selection is always fresh and unique. What can you buy with your tokens? You can purchase everything from fruits and vegetables to fresh baked bread and dairy products. Sometimes meats, fish, and poultry are also available making it easy to plan dinner that night.

It’s not a bad idea to take note of your favorite venders so you can go back and spend time with them during your next visit. The farmers and vendors are always willing to share recipes and preparation tips with their customers. They can keep you informed on what’s in season and what will be in the future. Making it more about the experience is beneficial to both you and the vendors. So take your time and enjoy!

What’s being picked this week: Grapes, Beets, Cabbage, Broccoli, Beans, Zucchini, Peppers, Eggplant, Potatoes, Winter Squash, Onions, Raspberries, Collards, Kale, Apples, Brussel Sprouts

Recipes: Looking for a way to make your lunch exciting? (http://www.honeyandbirch.com/grilled-chicken-salad-lettuce-wraps/)

Photo Credit: Patrick Kuhl Via Flickr Creative Commons

plastic containers for storing food in the fridge

How-to Keep Your Produce Fresh: Shelf-life 101

Everyone loves to enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables, but it can be difficult to keep produce fresh without spoiling. Each year, Americans dump $43 billion worth of spoiled food. To save your SNAP EBT benefits and the environment, use these tips to maximize your produce’s shelf-life and minimize waste.

Location of Produce

To lengthen the shelf-life of your produce, you must slow each food’s respiration using cold temperatures, typically using the refrigerator. Warmer temperatures speed up the rate of respiration. Some fruits release ethylene, a gas that’s speeds the rate of respiration and spoiling. To maximize your produce’s freshness:

  1. Refrigerate these ethylene releasers: Apples, Apricots, Cantaloupe, Figs, and Honeydew
  2. Do not refrigerate these ethylene releasers: Pears, Plums, and Tomatoes
  3. Keep these away from ethylene releasers: Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Lettuce and other leafy greens, Parsley, Peas, Peppers, Squash Sweet Potatoes, and Watermelon

Always make sure to never store produce in airtight bags or containers, lack of air flow accelerates decay.

Secret Tips

Specific fruits and vegetables last the longest when stored in particular ways. For example, berries last longer when rinsed in a one-part vinegar, three-part water mixture. Some other tricks to fresh produce are:

  • Store lettuce in a bowl with a paper towel and a dash of salt. The paper towel and salt absorbs the moisture and wetness from the lettuce
  • Store carrots in a bowl of water and seal with plastic wrap to keep them moist
  • Wrap onions in pantyhose to allow the right amount of air to circulate to keep the vegetable fresh
  • Store apples with potatoes to keep your potatoes from sprouting
  • Soak apple slices in salt water to prevent them from browning
  • Wrap celery in aluminum foil to allow ethylene to escape

What to Eat First

Although storing your fruits with the correct vegetables and following these secret tips help lengthen your produce’s shelf-life, you still must eat more perishable produce first. Delicate fruits such as raspberries are never going to last regardless of your storing techniques. Follow this guide to know how to prioritize your produce:

Eat on Day 0 – Day 2: Artichokes, Asparagus, Basil, Broccoli, Cherries, Corn, Dill, Green beans, Mushrooms, Mustard greens, Strawberries, and Watercress

Eat on Day 3 – Day 5: Arugula, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Grapes, Lettuce, Lime, and Zucchini

Eat on Day 6 – Day 7: Apricots, Bell peppers, Blueberries, Brussel sprouts, Cauliflower, Grapefruit, Leeks, Lemons, Mint, Oranges, Oregano, Parsley, Pears, Plums, Spinach, Tomatoes, and Watermelon

Eat on Day 8+: Apples, Beets, Cabbage, Carrots, Celery, Garlic, Onions, Potatoes, and Winter squash

Check out what’s being picked this week*: Grapes, Kale, Apples, Brussel Sprouts, Beets, Cabbage, Broccoli, Beans, Zucchini, Tomatoes, Herbs, Peppers, Eggplant, Potatoes, Squash, Sweet Corn, Raspberries, Okra & Collards

*Availability will vary by market due to differences in growing zones.

Recipe of the Week:

Looking for a last minute side dish for dinner tonight? Try this recipe!