Clinton Farmers Market

New York State Farmers Market Profile: Clinton Farmers Market

The Clinton Farmers Market is one of the largest markets in the Mohawk Valley region. It started twenty years ago with only a few vendors and now has over seventy! The location of the Clinton Farmers Market provides the picturesque farmers market setting for visitors. It’s bustling activity and occasional live music make it a great place to spend the day with family and friends. Learn more about about this spotlight farmers market and how you can use your EBT SNAP benefits.

When is it open?

The market runs on Thursdays from May 23 through October 6 from 10am – 4pm with extended hours on the third Thursday of each month from 10am – 6pm.

Where is it?

The market is located in the historic center of Clinton, NY on the Village Green. It central location is walking distance from many areas in town including the Clinton Central High School. A shuttle is provided by LutheranCare from Clinton Elementary School in July from 11 am-1pm. Hamilton College provides a Jitney Service from campus to the Village Green from 11am-1pm.

Does the market accept EBT SNAP Benefits?

The Clinton Farmers Market accepts EBT SNAP benefits. Look for the information tent at the market under the “Use Your SNAP Benefits Card to Get Tokens Here” banner. Shoppers can use their EBT SNAP benefits to purchase tokens at the manager’s booth. Tokens can be used farmers’ stands Your tokens can buy fruits, vegetables, plants that produce food, breads, meat, fish, poultry, dairy products, maple and honey products, seeds for plants that produce food, baked goods intended for home consumption, jams, sauces, and soups. 

What is for sale at the market?

The market has over 70 vendors from across the Mohawk Valley. They sell locally grown fruits, vegetables, fresh-cut and dried flowers, jams, jellies, meats and cheeses, maple syrup, honey, baked goods, and much more.  There is also a selection of handmade arts & crafts items including beautiful watercolor paintings, jewelry, clothing, and many other interesting items for sale.

What makes the Clinton Farmers Market so special?

The Clinton Farmers Market is a very community oriented and family friendly market. It welcomes all visitors, locally and those from out-of-town. It’s upbeat atmosphere and live music in the gazebo make it the perfect place to spend an afternoon. Clinton Farmers Market also offers free booth space to non-profit, charitable organizations to support the local Clinton community.

For more information on the Clinton Farmers Market, visit their website at http://clintonnychamber.org/farmers-market.html.

Check out what is being picked this week*:

Potatoes, Rhubarb, Beets, Cabbage, Kale, Lettuce, Swiss Chard, Onions, Snap Peas, Broccoli, Beans, Zucchini, Cherries, Raspberries, Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Herbs, Blackberries & Peppers

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

Recipe of the week:

Try this healthy twist on a traditional Italian dish: Eggplant Parmesan!

Getting Kids To Eat Their Vegetables

Getting Your Kids to Eat Vegetable

As an adult, going to the farmers market and picking out fresh and local vegetables with your EBT SNAP benefits card is exciting. Unfortunately, your children may not be as enthused. If your child is a picky eater, it can be challenge to get them to eat healthy. Make the most of your farmers market produce and try these tips and recipes to get your kids to eat healthy foods!

  1. Get them cooking

If your children are involved in the food preparation process, from start to finish, they will be more inclined to eat the healthy dish. Take them to the farmers market and help them pick out the produce. Cooking together will not only be a quality experience but it will make your child feel involved and proud of the finished product.

  1. Pair vegetables with their favorite foods

Children will be more willing to try a new vegetable if it’s paired with their favorite food. Try adding vegetable toppings to a pizza or taco or mix in vegetables with a pasta dish. If your child is resistant, don’t give up. Your child’s taste preferences will change as they grow. It could be helpful to serve a familiar vegetable with a new one so your child will be more likely to eat them.

  1. Don’t force your child to eat vegetables

Although it is frustrating when your child will not eat their vegetables, it is not productive to yell or make ultimatums. DO NOT force your child to eat any food. This can cause emotional trauma surrounding the food and have them avoid eating it, even as adults. The best strategy is to ask them to eat small portions of the food to try, not clean their plate.

  1. Put them everywhere

When children are hungry, they usually pick what is easy and accessible. Your job as a parent is to make fruits and vegetables reachable snacks. Cut them up and put them in containers on low shelves in the fridge. If healthy snacks are already cut and ready to eat, your children will be more likely to choose them. Also, have snack-sized dips like hummus or ranch available to pair with raw vegetables.

  1. Set a good example

Children mimic their parents’ behavior. If they see you eating healthy foods, they will eat them as well. Eat the foods you are asking them to eat and be a role model for them. Teach them about healthy foods and nutrition and they will most likely adopt your ways.

If none of these tips work on your picky eater, try hiding vegetables in plain sight. Check out this website with over 100+ recipes kids will enjoy but secretly contain vegetables.

Check out what is being picked this week*:

Tomatoes, Herbs, Blackberries, Peppers, Lima Beans, Rhubarb, Beets, Cabbage, Kale, Lettuce, Swiss Chard, Onions, Snap Peas, Broccoli, Beans, Zucchini, Cherries, Raspberries & Cucumbers

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

Recipe of the Week:

If your child is a chicken nugget fanatic, try this recipe for veggie nuggets. It may just get them to eat their vegetables.

Grilling Vegetables

Summer Time is Grilling Time: Tips to Grill Vegetables to Perfection

Once you’ve purchased your locally grown vegetables with your EBT SNAP card, the question becomes how should you cook them? The best way to eat vegetables in the summer is to grill them. Not only can you enjoy the summer weather and cook outside, but it can be done in less than 30 minutes. To grill to perfection this summer follow these tips:

  1. Know them.

Some vegetables are grown for the grill, while others do not fare so well. It is important to know which vegetables are best for the grill and how long they take to cook. Asparagus, corn, eggplant, mushrooms, peppers, onions and cabbage are great grilling vegetables. Squash, tomatoes, potatoes, zucchini, and even romaine work well on the grill as well but beware of their cooking times. Denser vegetables like potatoes will take much longer where tomatoes grill quickly. Make sure to avoid grilling cucumbers, celery, and most leafy greens. Their high water content makes them hard to grill.

  1. Coat them.

When grilling vegetables, it is important to always coat them in cooking oil or marinade. Without oil, the vegetables will dry up when heated. Before grilling, make sure to toss your vegetables lightly in cooking oil or marinade and add some seasoning for flavor. Avoid adding too much because dripping oil can cause flare-ups and off flavors. The correct amount of cooking oil or marinade will keep your vegetables tender and help the seasoning stick.

  1. Cut them.

To minimize grill time, you want to make sure your vegetables have the most surface area touching the grill. Cut your larger vegetables in decent-sized chunks to maximize surface area. You don’t want to cut them too small or they will fall through the grill. Cutting your vegetables to similar thicknesses will also help them cook more evenly. Another tip to cooking vegetables more evenly is to separate your dense and delicate vegetables. Individually, sear each grouping over high heat then move them to a cooler part of the grill to finish cooking.

  1. Kabob them.

Sometimes you can’t cut your vegetables into decent-sized pieces. Small vegetables like cherry tomatoes are prone to rolling around on the grill. To prevent them from falling, use a skewer and make kabobs with other small vegetables. Smaller pieces cook must faster than larger pieces on the grill. Placing your vegetables on a skewer is the best way to grill vegetables quick.

  1. Place them.

If your vegetables are too big for a skewer, use a grilling pan. A grilling pan is the perfect tool to keep vegetables from burning. Separate your dense and delicate vegetables in individual pans to account for varying cooking times. Watch each pan closely until the desired tenderness is reached. Remember, denser vegetables will take much longer to cook. If you do not have a grilling pan, aluminum foil can work as well to form small grilling baskets.

Now you’re ready to get grilling! Put your grilling skills to the test and try this recipe for Balsamic Grilled Vegetable Salad.

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Check out what is being picked this week*:

Broccoli, Beans, Zucchini, Cherries, Raspberries, Rhubarb, Beets, Cabbage, Cucumbers, Kale, Lettuce, Swiss Chard, Scallions & Snap Peas

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

Recipe of the week:

Cherries are more than an Ice Cream Sundae Topper. Check out this cherry-filled sweet summer snack!

 

 

 

kale

What’s the deal with Kale?

 A breakdown of the trending vegetable and its nutritional benefits

Looking for nutritious vegetables to purchase at your local farmers’ market with your EBT SNAP card? Look no further– Kale is the answer. Kale is a leafy green that has been a trending vegetable for the past fifteen years. The previously unknown vegetable has now become a well-known superfood. Kale is much more than a member of the cabbage family, its nutritional benefits and low cost, make it the perfect vegetable for every family.

Learn more about kale with these super facts:

  • Kale is one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet because it is low in calories and high in nutrients.
  • Kale is packed with antioxidants and is an excellent source of calcium and iron.
  • One cup of raw kale contains:
    • 33 calories
    • 134% of your daily vitamin C needs
    • 684% of your daily vitamin K needs
    • 204% of vitamin A
    • 10% of your daily fiber needs
  • Kale is a member of the cruciferous vegetable family which includes broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, arugula, and collard greens.
  • It is one of the simplest crops for local farmers to grow and thrives in small plots of land and personal gardens.
  • Kale has its own holiday. National Kale Day is celebrated each year in October.
  • There are over 50 varieties of Kale some include Lacinato, Redbor, True Siberian, Red Russian, White Russian, Dwarf Blue Vates, Chinese Kale, Sea Kale, and Walking Stick Kale.
  • Kale can be prepared in a variety of ways: sautéed, cooked, baked, blended, and tossed and has the same nutritional benefits cooked and raw.
  • Kale is a great source of carotenoids, which are linked to optimism levels.
  • Kale has been cultivated for over 6000 years.
  • Kale is harvested and available at NYS farmers’ markets* from June to December. Purchase Kale at your local farmers’ market with your EBT SNAP card.

Looking to cook with this popular vegetable? Try this “kale-ever” twist on pesto with this recipe.

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Check out what is being picked this week*:

Scallions, Snap Peas, Rhubarb, Beets, Cabbage, Kale, Lettuce, Swiss Chard & Peas

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

Recipe of the week:

Looking for a perfect veggie-packed summer salad with a kick of spice? Try it here.

 

Broome County Farmers Market Poster

New York State Farmers Market Profile: Broome County Regional Farmers Market

 

The Otsiningo Park Farmers Market in Binghamton, NY has been the “go-to” farmers market in the Southern Tier since 2007. Due to the growing popularity of the market in the region and its accessibility to farmers in the state, Binghamton was the ideal location to establish a regional farmers market. After years of planning, the Broome County Regional Farmers Market will open Saturday, June 25! Get the need-to-know facts about this new farmers market and how you can use your EBT SNAP benefits.

What is it? The Broome County Regional Farmers Market is a 6,700 square-foot indoor farmers market. The market will serve as a gathering place for the Broome County community and visitors to enjoy local products and connect with local farmers.

When does it open? The Broome County Farmers Market will open on Saturday, June 25. Because it is an indoor facility, the market will be open year-round on Saturdays from 9am-1pm. Look out for the Tuesday night market and Sunday antiques and flea market which will be coming soon!

Where is it? The Broome County Regional Farmers Market is located on the Cornell Cooperative Extension in Broome County on 840 Upper Front Street in Binghamton, NY.

 Does the market accept EBT SNAP Benefits? Yes! EBT SNAP benefits can be used at the Broome County Regional Farmers Market. Simply swipe your EBT SNAP card with the market manager and receive $1 tokens which can redeemed at vendor stands. The tokens can be used to purchase items under EBT requirements (non-prepared, non-heated foods.)

What is happening on July 16th?  Even though they opened on June 25, the Grand Opening Celebration for the Broome County Regional Farmers Market will be held on Saturday, July 16. The event will have live music, food trucks, fun for the kids, access to the Cutler Garden, face painting, a balloon artist and recipe tastings. Mark your calendar!

What do the vendors sell? The Broome County Regional Farmers Market offers the best products in the Southern Tier. The products range from locally-grown fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices to locally-raised meat, dairy and eggs to breads, baked goods, honey, jams, jellies, maple syrups and coffee to potted plants, cut flowers, jewelry, home supplies, and more!

Will Otsiningo Park Farmers Market remain open? The Otsiningo Park Farmers Market will transition into the Broome County Farmers Market in June and will close. Almost all of the farmers from the Otsiningo Park Farmers Market will be moving over to the Broome County Regional Farmers Market.

For more information on the Broome County Regional Farmers Market, visit their website at http://www.bcregionalmkt.com/.

 

 

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Check out what is being picked this week*:

Peas, Spinach, Strawberries, Rhubarb, Beets, Cabbage, Kale, Lettuce, Swiss Chard & Snap Peas

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

 

 

Recipe of the week:

Stir up your vegetables with some extra flavor in this recipe for Asparagus and Peas with Warm Tarragon Vinaigrette.

beets

6 Shopper Savvy Tips for the Farmers’ Market

The farmers’ market is the best place to buy fresh produce. Not only is the produce newly picked and nutritious, but many NY farmers’ markets accept SNAP benefits. Now you are able to purchase fresh, healthy, affordable, locally grown foods for your family at your local farmers’ market with your EBT SNAP card. Make the most of your experience with these 6 savvy shopping tips.

  1. Don’t be shy.

It is rare that you are able to talk directly to the individual who grew your fruits and vegetables at the supermarket. At the farmers’ market, they are right there in front of you! Take advantage of this opportunity. Ask them any questions you might have ranging from how the produce was grown to what is expected to be sold next week. If you see an unfamiliar fruit or vegetable, ask. Learn what it is and how to prepare it. Local farmers have a great deal of knowledge about their produce and are usually more than willing to share.

  1. Shop early for selection.

If you need a specific item or are looking for the best quality produce, shop at your local farmers’ market in the morning. Farmers’ markets are usually less busy in the morning and you will have the opportunity to choose from the best of the best. If you don’t mind slightly bruised produce, many farmers offer deals on bruised or “ugly” fruits and vegetables.

  1. Bring your own bag.

Many markets do not provide bags or boxes to carry your produce. To avoid making multiple trips to the car or dropping your produce, bring a reusable bag. Not only does the bag carry your fruits and vegetables, but it also sends a sustainable message. Don’t forget a cooler on wheels if your market sells meat, milk, eggs and/or cheese.

  1. Examine each vendor.

Many farmers sell similar produce at the farmers’ market. Don’t purchase from the first vendor you see. Make an effort to walk around the market and compare prices of different fruits and vegetables. Check the quality of the produce and if there are any specials, then make your way back to the best stands and purchase. It helps to have a plan in mind before heading to the market so you can make the most of your SNAP benefits.

  1. Be prepared.

The vast variety of produce at the farmers’ market can make decisions difficult. In order to have the most efficient experience, take the time to plan ahead. Make an effort to plan meals around what is in season and purchase the ingredients accordingly. Like the supermarket, your trip will be more effective if you bring a list. The list provides great direction for your shopping experience but make sure to have some wiggle room. You never know what you will find at the farmers’ market and you want to be able to purchase fresh produce if it comes early or try something new.

  1. Try new things.

Although you may only go to the farmers’ market for some essentials, have some fun and try something new. Many farmers sell unusual produce that cannot be found at the supermarket. Ask the farmer the best way to prepare it, be spontaneous and try it. It may make your visits to the farmers’ market even more enjoyable.

Share these tips with your friends and family and encourage them to shop at NY Farmers’ Markets and buy local.

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Check out what is being picked this week*:

Beets, Kale, Lettuce, Swiss Chard, Spinach, Strawberries, Radishes, Rhubarb & Peas

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

Recipe of the week:

Turn your beets into a crunchy snack! Check out the recipe here.

Asparagus

Buy Local: The Benefits of Shopping at a Farmers’ Market

Farm to table is the latest and best trend to hit restaurants since the invention of the restaurant. Whether you’re dining at the newest seasonal gastro pub or you’re picking out produce from the supermarket, most people can appreciate the benefits of locally grown foods.

Why not skip the middleman and hand select your produce, meats or baked goods brought to you by your local farmer? If you’ve never shopped at a farmers’ market you’re depriving yourself from the opportunity to create your own farm to table menu at home.

The benefits of shopping at your local farmers’ market are:

  • The fruits and vegetables are at their peak of freshness and flavor and in season.
  • You’ll be directly supporting your community and more importantly your local farmer.
  • Most vendors accept SNAP.
  • There is no guessing where the food came from. Nothing was shipped across the country in a freezer.
  • You can get food preparation tips right from the farmer.
  • Outdoor markets will give you a good dose of fresh air.

We recommend trying this asparagus and chicken delight, click here for the recipe!

Apples!

There’s a good reason that apples are the official fruit of New York State: we are the

second largest producer of apples in the United States, and there are almost 700

apple farms here. The apple industry in New York State employs about 17,500

people. Apple trees are happiest in a climate that is warm half the year and cold half

the year. Apple trees also need a lot of water in order to produce fruit, so even

though rain can dampen our spring and summer plans sometimes, it makes the

apple trees very happy!

Even though the Red Delicious is one of the most popular apple varieties, it doesn’t

really have the best flavor. Not all apples are best for the same thing, either; some

are great for eating, while others are awesome in baking. Don’t worry if you like to

eat fresh apples and cook with them – a lot of varieties work for both.

Here are some facts about apples:

 You can use your SNAP card to purchase all kinds of apples at farmers’

markets across the state.

 Some of the tastiest New York State apples are Braeburn, Honeycrisp,

Jonagold, Macoun, and Northern Spy. Don’t be afraid to try other varieties

that you might see at your local market – remember that the farmer can

answer any questions you have about their products.

 Apples are part of the rose family – yup, those roses. Peaches, plums, pears,

and cherries are also in that family.

 Most apples are picked by hand, not machine.

 Apples float because they are 25% air.

 One of President George Washington’s favorite hobbies was caring for his

apple trees.

 There are 7,000 different kinds of apples grown around the world. 2,500 of

these are grown in America. The only apple that comes from the USA is the

crabapple.

 Scientists think that apple trees first grew in mountains that are between

modern-day China and Russia. People started growing them as a crop in

ancient times (around 325 BC). The first apple orchard was planted in the

United States in 1625.

 Apples are delicious and good for you, so buy them when they’re fresh at

your farmers’ market!

Here’s what’s being picked this week*:

Apples

Raspberries

Cabbage

Leeks

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

Check out these recipes:

Apples

Leeks

Saving Farmers’ Market Finds for a Rainy (or Snowy) Day

Depending on where you are in New York State, you can look forward to your winter being either very long, or kind of long. Fortunately, you can keep the flavors of summer throughout winter by using a few different methods.

  • Drying: You can dry (dehydrate) your produce using a cookie sheet, a piece of cheesecloth, and your oven. Even though dehydrating your produce isn’t hard, there are a lot of steps to follow. First, you will want to blanch your vegetables in hot water. Blanching is putting your veggies in boiling water for a short period of time and then cooling them under cold water. You can get the rest of the instructions and handy charts to help you here: http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/foodnut/09308.html. You can get the steps to dry fruit here: http://nchfp.uga.edu/publications/uga/uga_dry_fruit.pdf.
  • Canning: Make your own jams and jellies at home using your saved summer fruit, and your kitchen will smell amazing! Fruits, tomatoes and pickles can all be canned using a water bath on your stove. Learn how here: http://www.freshpreserving.com/getting-started.
  • Freezing: Bread and meat are super easy to freeze – just pop them in the freezer! However, to reduce the risk of food-borne illness, it is best to not re-freeze meat that has been thawed. If it’s your first time freezing fruits and veggies, maybe stick with hardier fruits like blueberries (they freeze like a dream) because super soft fruits like strawberries, raspberries, or blackberries are more difficult to freeze. Here are step-by-step tips: http://www.designmom.com/2013/05/living-well-11-secrets-to-properly-freezing-produce/
  • Remember Fruit Roll Ups (do they even still make them)? You can make your own fruit leather at home using farmer’s market fruits, and all you need is a blender, a baking sheet, microwave-safe plastic wrap, and an oven. If you make a lot, you can pop them in the freezer to save for later too! Learn how here: http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/how_to_make_fruit_leather/

 

What’s being picked this week*:

Pears

Plums

Carrots

Beets

 

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

 

Check out these recipes:

Beets

Pears