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Peach Picking at the Farmer’s Market

peachesNothing says summer like fresh peaches from the farmers’ market and we’re starting to see them now. The advantage to shopping locally is that the peaches are ripe when they arrive and not picked early so they can travel hundreds of miles to the grocery store. And because the farmer is at the booth, he or she can help you pick out the best fruit there. If you still need a little help in how to select a ripe peach, there are three things to look for:

  1. Smell – a ready-to-eat peach will have a sweet smell
  2. Touch – a ripe peach will have a little ‘give’ to it when you apply slight pressure. If the fruit is hard, it will need several days to ripen. Put it in a brown paper bag at room temperature.
  3. Color – ripe peaches have a deep yellow color that’s consistent on the fruit.

If you want to make a great dessert with fresh peaches but don’t want to heat up your kitchen by turning on the oven, Slow Cooker Peach Cobbler with Fresh Peaches and the most delicious Yogurt Whipped Cream is the perfect summer dessert! From Slow Cooker Gourmet

Slow Cooker Peach Cobbler with Fresh Peaches and Yogurt Whipped Cream

Ingredients

For filling:
8-10 fresh peaches ripe but not too soft
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup flour
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

For topping:
1/2 cup flour
1 cup oats
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 stick butter, cold

For yogurt whipped cream:
8 oz Heavy Cream
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5.3 oz Whole Milk Yogurt

Instructions

For filling:
Peel and dice peaches into bite sized pieces
Mix with remaining filling ingredients
Spray slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray and add peach filling (I used a 2.5 quart mini casserole slow cooker but any 3-5 quart slow cooker will work)

For topping:
In a large bowl stir together all topping ingredients except butter until combined
Cut cold butter into tiny pieces and then use a large fork to cut the butter into the topping mixture until crumbly
Add the topping to the filling in the slow cooker and cover and cook on high for 2-3 hours until bubbling and oats in the topping are tender

For yogurt whipped cream:
In a large bowl using hand mixer or in a stand mixer beat heavy cream with sugar and vanilla for 3-4 minutes or until cream forms stiff peaks that hold when removing beater
Add yogurt and beat again until just combined
Serve warm cobbler with fresh yogurt whipped cream

Queens Botanical

Queens Botanical Garden Farmer’s Market

Queens BotanicalQueens Botanical Garden is an urban oasis where people, plants and cultures are celebrated through inspiring gardens and innovative educational programs. The Queens Botanical Garden Farmers Market celebrates locally grown fruits and vegetables, brought to the neighborhood straight from the farm! It is one of 15 farmers’ markets operated by the Down to Earth company. Down to Earth Markets has been creating and managing farmers markets in down state New York for over 25 years. We bring cooks and eaters together with regional farmers and local food makers to create food communities, improving access to fresh, local foods, strengthening the local food system and supporting small businesses in the New York area.

When is the market open? Market open Fridays, 8:30AM – 3:00PM, 06/16 – 11/17

 Where is the market located? Sidewalk outside Garden – Dahlia Ave at Main St. in Flushing, 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 the Queens Botanical Garden Farmers’ Market, please visit the website at:  http://downtoearthmarkets.com/markets?region=Queens&market=Queens+Botanical+Garden+Farmers+Market and their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=queens%20botanical%20garden%20farmers%20market

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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, Beets, Cabbages, Sweet Corn, Potatoes, Zucchini, Yellow Squash, Broccoli, Carrots, Blueberries, Cherries, Peaches, Cantaloupe, Watermelon, Leeks, Cauliflower, Early Apples

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

Recipe of the week: Sweet Corn and Tomato Salad

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Rhinebeck

Rhinebeck Farmer’s Market

RhinebeckEntering our 23rd season, the Rhinebeck Farmers’ Market is one of the largest producer only markets in the Hudson Valley. The market has become Rhinebeck’s Sunday morning gathering place, a place where neighbors meet and mingle and visitors can sample the very best of the Hudson Valley.

When does it open?  May 14 – Nov. 19: every Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., rain or shine!  Winter market: December through April

Where is the market located:  Outdoor Market- 61 East Market St., Rhinebeck, NY. Indoor Market:  80 East Market St. Rhinebeck, NY

Does the market accept EBT SNAP Benefits? Yes! We launched EBT SNAP last season! In addition, SNAP shoppers can increase their buying power with Fresh Connect checks — $2.00 incentive checks for every $5.00 in SNAP benefits spent.

What do the vendors sell? A diverse and unique selection of farm fresh products including fruits and vegetables, beef, pork, lamb, venison, buffalo, fish, chicken, turkey, duck, pheasant, and rabbit; eggs from chicken, duck, turkey and pheasant; goat, cow and sheep’s milk cheeses; dairy; honey; juices; jams; flowers and plants; smoked products and much more.

What special events do you have at the market? Kid’s Day with T-shirt Painting on Aug. 27; Kid’s tour of the market and cooking demo with Chef Josh Kroner of Terrapin Restaurant; Kid’s Pumpkin Painting on Oct. 29.

What makes the market special? The Rhinebeck Farmers’ Market is unique in that it is not supported by a civic or governmental organization and enjoys no special eligibility status. The market relies solely upon vendor fees, business sponsors, donations, volunteers and merchandise sales for its operating funds.

For more information on the Rhinebeck Farmers’ Market, please visit their website at: http://www.rhinebeckfarmersmarket.com/ and Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/RhinebeckFarmersMarket/

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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, Beets, Cabbages, Sweet Corn, Potatoes, Zucchini, Yellow Squash, Broccoli, Carrots, Blueberries, Cherries, Peaches, Cantaloupe, Watermelon, Leeks, Cauliflower, Early Apples

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

Recipe of the week: Sweet Corn and Tomato Salad

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Jamaica Saturday Market

Jamaica Saturday Farmer’s Market

Jamaica Saturday MarketThis year marks the 43rd season of the Jamaica Friday Farmers’ Market, the longest-running farmers’ market in New York City. It offers fresh, delicious fruits and vegetables from New York area farms. It is one of 15 farmers’ markets operated by the Down to Earth company. Down to Earth Markets has been creating and managing farmer’s markets in down state New York for over 25 years. We bring cooks and eaters together with regional farmers and local food makers to create food communities, improving access to fresh, local foods, strengthening the local food system and supporting small businesses in the New York area.

When is the market open? Market open Saturdays, 8:30AM – 4:00PM, 06/17 – 11/18

Where is the market located? 160th St. off Jamaica Ave, Queens, 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: The Annual Harvest Festival will be held on October 21, 2017 from 11am – 4pm.

For more information about the Jamaica Saturday Farmers’ Market, please visit the website at:  http://downtoearthmarkets.com/markets?region=Queens&market=Jamaica+Farmers+Market+Saturday and their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/downtoearthmarketsjamaica/

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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, Beets, Cabbages, Sweet Corn, Potatoes, Zucchini, Yellow Squash, Broccoli, Carrots, Blueberries, Cherries, Peaches, Cantaloupe, Watermelon, Leeks, Cauliflower, Early Apples

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

Recipe of the week: Sweet Corn and Tomato Salad

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Corn – All You Need to Know!

agriculture-1850222_1280It’s mid-August and throughout New York State, that means home-grown corn season! From sweet to super sweet, from the tender, white kernels of Silver Queen to the yellow and white of Butter and Sugar, farmers’ markets are offering a range of varieties, colors and sugar levels. Which type is better is purely a matter of taste, but because those kernels are hidden behind layers of husk, it’s not always easy to pick the freshest ears. Shopping at a farmers’ market can help because the people who grow it are right there to answer your questions! But if you need a little help, here’s what to look for:

  • Brown tassels that are sticky to the touch. Dry, black tassels indicate an old ear
  • Bright green husks that are wrapped tight against the cob – that’s fresh!
  • Kernels that feel plump through the husk. You don’t want holes where kernels should be. And if you pull back the husk to peek at the kernels (though this shortens the shelf life!), look for plump kernels with no dents to them. The kernels should be in tight rows and have moist, pale yellow silk peeking out from the ear. If the tip of the corn is rounded to the feel through the husk, the corn is filled out. If it feels pointed, the kernels are not filled out to the tip and may be immature.
  • Avoid ears with tiny brown holes in husk. Those holes are made by worms.

 There’s a debate about whether you ‘shuck’ corn or ‘husk’ it, but whatever term you use for removing the shell of leaves from the ear, don’t do it until you’re ready to cook the corn. Cobs stay fresher, longer if you keep the husk on. Store corn in a paper bag in the refrigerator to slow down the process of turning the sugar to starch, but use the corn within four to five days after purchase.

Shuck corn by peeling away all but a thin layer of innermost leaves, then peel back the leaves from the tip of the cob. Grab the tops of the leaves and the tassel in one hand and the bottom of the ear with your other hand; pull the leaves and tassel straight down in one tug. Snap off the leaves and silks from the base of the cob, clean up any remaining silk.

If you’re going to boil your corn, boil for 4 to 6 minutes in unsalted water; adding salt will toughen the kernels. If you’d like to give grilled corn a try, here’s a recipe from Bobby Flay:

Grilled Corn from Bobby Flay

Heat the grill to medium.

Pull the outer husks down the ear to the base. Strip away the silk from each ear of corn by hand. Fold husks back into place, and place the ears of corn in a large bowl of cold water with 1 tablespoon of salt for 10 minutes.

Remove corn from water and shake off excess. Place the corn on the grill, close the cover and grill for 15 to 20 minutes, turning every 5 minutes, or until kernels are tender when pierced with a paring knife. Remove the husks and eat on the cob or remove the kernels.

 

 

Park Slope

Park Slope Sunday Farmers’ Market

Park SlopeSituated at the crossroads of several neighborhoods, Park Slope’s Down to Earth Farmers Market is a great mix of people as well as a variety of fresh produce. Friendly farmers and lots of nearby cultural offerings make this a unique shopping experience.  The market features New York State fruits and vegetables, fresh fish, free range beef and sausages, artisanal breads and baked goods, local wines, specialty foods, pickles, and much more! It is one of 15 farmers’ markets operated by the Down to Earth company. Down to Earth Markets has been creating and managing farmers markets in down state New York for over 25 years. We bring cooks and eaters together with regional farmers and local food makers to create food communities, improving access to fresh, local foods, strengthening the local food system and supporting small businesses in the New York area.

When is the market open? Market open Sundays, 10:00AM – 5:00PM, 05/07 – 12/24

 Where is the market located? 4th Street — closed street off 5th Ave at Washington Park & the Old Stone House, 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.

For more information about the Park Slope Sunday Farmers’ Market, please visit the website at:  http://downtoearthmarkets.com/markets?region=brooklyn&market=park+slope+sunday+farmers+market

and their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=Park%20Slope%20Farmers%20Market

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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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pleasantville

Pleasantville Farmers’ Market

PleasantvilleLocated in the heart of Westchester County, Pleasantville Farmers’ Market is perfectly positioned to provide shoppers with organic, fresh food. Experience the largest, year-round farmers’ market in Westchester, voted “Best of Westchester” in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017!  It’s a great way to support local agriculture and eat healthy year-round.

When is the market open? The market is open Saturdays from 8:30 am -1:00 pm.

Where is the market located? Memorial Plaza (next to train station), Pleasantville, NY. There are seven parking lots nearby. December through March, the delicious good time is inside the Pleasantville Middle School cafeteria, at 40 Romer Avenue.

Does the market accept EBT SNAP benefits?  Yes, and by offering Bonus Bucks, shoppers can earn an extra $2 in bonus bucks for every $5 spent with your SNAP benefits.[i]

What do the vendors sell? During the summer, 56 vendors offer organic produce as well as meats, cheeses and breads. During the winter, shoppers can enjoy abundant fresh, winter-grown produce along with our trademark variety of meats, cheeses, breads, prepared foods, you name it. Fresh winter grown produce including kales, mescluns, carrots, beets, radishes, herbs and more. Also available is a strong selection of well-stored regional foods from the summer growing season including apples, cabbage, beets, carrots, squash, Brussels sprouts, potatoes, onions, broccoli and more.

Special Events: Each week, the market offers creative programming for kids such as magician, LEGO play, chess instruction, science experiments, hands-on instruction on musical instruments, and more. Our weekly music series includes jazz, pop, Western, European, Irish and Bluegrass performances. There are cooking demonstrations from local restaurants and nutrition information available.

   Sept. 9 —  Phelps Corn Roast
Oct. 7 – Phelps Apple Pie Contest
Oct. 21  — Phelps Giant Pumpkin Carving Demo

For more information about the Pleasantville Farmers’ Market, please visit the website at:  http://pleasantvillefarmersmarket.org/ and their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/PvilleFarmMarket?fref=ts

 

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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!

 

Sodus Farmers Market

Sodus Farmer’s Market

Sodus Farmers MarketThe Sodus Farmers’ Market was “born” as a result of a chat among friends at the United Third Methodist Church in Sodus village and in consultation with two experienced farmers market vendors. In June 2009, the market started with seven vendors. The response was explosive — most of the vendors were sold out within an hour.  The market grew by leaps and bounds and during the 2015 season, special events were added. This year’s market will feature crafts and activities for children and each week, Eat Smart NY will provide nutritional information. It’s a happy, relaxing environment to meet friends, talk with farmers and learn new ways to prepare fresh fruits and veggies.

When does it open? The Sodus Farmers’ Market opens Wednesday, June 14, 2:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. It runs every Wednesday at that time through October 11.

Where is it located? The Sodus Farmers’ Market is located in the parking lot behind Sodus United Third Methodist Church, 58 West Main Street, Sodus, NY.

Does the market accept EBT SNAP Benefits? Yes! The Sodus Farmers’ Market participates in SNAP and Fresh Connect checks, so participants receive a $2.00 bonus check for every $5.00 SNAP tokens they buy. Use your $2 Fresh Connect check to purchase additional SNAP eligible foods in the market. Some farmers accept FMNP/WIC checks.

What do the vendors sell? Local farmers and gardeners offer fresh fruits and vegetables as well as flowers. Other vendors offer baked goods, honey, cheese and garden plants. Local restaurant owners also offer food for sale.

What is happening on August 30? The Sodus Farmers’ Market will offer wellness vendors and special activities on those days. These are great opportunities to visit the market, purchase locally grown foods direct from farmers and experience all that this great market has to offer.

For more information on the Sodus Farmers’ Market, please visit their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/SodusFarmersMarket

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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!

 

 

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McGolrick Park Farmer’s Market

mcgolrick parkMcGolrick Park Farmers’ Market, opened in 2012, offers fresh, delicious fruits and vegetables from New York area farms. It is one of 15 farmers’ markets operated by the Down to Earth company. Down to Earth Markets has been creating and managing farmers markets in down state New York for over 25 years. We bring cooks and eaters together with regional farmers and local food makers to create food communities, improving access to fresh, local foods, strengthening the local food system and supporting small businesses in the New York area.

When is the market open? Market open Sundays, 10:00AM – 4:00PM, 05/07 – 11/19

Where is the market located? Center of McGolrick Park, near Shelter Pavilion, 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.

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

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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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

jamaica friday

Jamaica Friday Farmer’s Market

jamaica fridayThis year marks the 43rd season of the Jamaica Friday Farmers’ Market, the longest-running farmers’ market in New York City. It offers fresh, delicious fruits and vegetables from New York area farms. It is one of 15 farmers’ markets operated by the Down to Earth company. Down to Earth Markets has been creating and managing farmers markets in down state New York for over 25 years. We bring cooks and eaters together with regional farmers and local food makers to create food communities, improving access to fresh, local foods, strengthening the local food system and supporting small businesses in the New York area.

When is the market open? Market open Fridays, 8:30AM – 4:00PM, 06/16 – 11/17

Where is the market located? Parsons Blvd. between Jamaica and Archer Aves., Queens, 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 the Jamaica Friday Farmers’ Market, please visit the website at:  http://downtoearthmarkets.com/markets?region=Queens&market=Jamaica+Farmers+Market+Friday

and their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/downtoearthmarketsjamaica/

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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!