Shopping the farmers' markets

farmers market report logoLocal farmers' markets are moving outdoors this weekend and there's lots of yummy, seasonal food to be had.

This week's bounty includes ramps, asparagus, arugula, spinach and all sorts of seedlings.

Here's a breakdown of what you'll find at the weekend markets in Troy, Schenectady and Saratoga. Don't forget, the Troy market moves to its new location in Riverfront Park this week.

Next week we'll have more from these and other area markets.

Troy Farmers' Market
Riverfront Park (map)
Saturdays 9AM - 1PM

Over 50 farmers, chefs, bakers and artisans, including:

Monkshood Nursery and Garden
All sorts of seedlings from basil and cilantro to broccoli and tomato.

Also expect
radishes, baby beet greens, mache, Boston/bibb lettuce and arugula.

Other fun stuff
This week the market will feature historical walking tours of Troy with the Rensselaer County Historical Society, live music with blues legend Tom Winslow, cooking demonstrations with Chef Larry Schepi of Tosca, along side the Arts Center of the Capital Region and Troy Food Coop .

Saratoga Farmers' Market
High Rock Park (map)
Saturday 9AM - 1PM

About 35 vendors are expected to show up for the opening of the outdoor market on Sunday. Here are a few of them:

Kilpatrick Farms

Salad mix, spinach, mesuclun, ramps, radishes, baby turnips, swiss chard, scallions, fiddleheads, wheatgrass and an array of root crops.

Lauries Jams
Catnip pillows as well as jam.

Pleasant View Farm
Lettuce, spinach, mesuclun, salad mix, arugula, Asian Greens, swiss chard, kale, rhubarb, onions, & parsnips, root-cellared beets, carrots and potatoes.

Elihu farms
Whole stewing chickens. Eggs. A complete array of lamb cuts; half racks of lamb, whole boneless butterflied legs, whole boneless shoulder roasts.

Other fun stuff
9-11 and Dave Pedinotti of Mouzon House will be cooking from 11:00 -12:30. Live Music from Special Creek.


Schenectady Greenmarket:

Outside Schenectady City Hall (map)
Sunday 10AM-2PM

Petuske's Produce
asparagus

Buhrmaster Family Farm and Migliorelli Farm
radishes

Dancing Ewe Farm
fresh lamb (whole lambs may be ordered in advance from Dancing Ewe Farm at 518-528-6003)

Also expect
Annuals, perennials, greens, ramps and rhubarb

Other fun stuff
Music from Running the River, cooking demonstrations by Chef Rob Gavelwill, face painting and kids activities, traditional English Dancers, blacksmithing demonstrations.
Bollywood Masala will prepare a variety of Indian street food.

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Comments

This is AWESOME!

As much as I love the Troy farmers' market, I'm stoked for the new Central Ave. farmer's market that's supposed to start in a few weeks in the parking lot next to WAMC. (Also, thank you for your use of the possessive apostrophe in "farmers' ".)

I'd love to see a photo gallery of the markets. This will definitely get folks jazzed about going to them the next week. I'll be at Schenectady Greenmarket this week, with a booth about Schenectady County's Bicentennial Celebration(which wasn't noted in your listing, so I'm throwing it out there as a shameless plug), and I'll volunteer to send you some photos to post, if you want!

I've been a supporter of the Greenmarket since its planning stages, and I think it's amazing what it's done for Downtown Schenectady, just since November.

Does anyone know if there will be ramps in Troy?

There were ramps in Troy last weekend. They looked beautiful!

In the vein of shameless plugs, I noted that when you click on the map for the Troy farmers' market that the two Panoramio images that come up on the left were both taken by yours truly!

I am assuming the market will be held in the parking lot, not on the grass by the bandstand/fountain. Seems about the same amount of available space as at the old location.

The Painted Goat was selling wild ramps along with their tasty cheese at the Green Market last week. Upon their recommendation, I sautéed them, then tossed with pasta and chèvre.

Delicious!

Here a few pictures from Saturday's Troy Farmers' Market at the Riverfront Park. I spoke to a few of the regular vendors and I think all agreed the new site is a good one.

The Sch'dy Greenmarket that is on Sundays is not the one by City Hall, it's on the plaza behind Proctors now that it's outdoors. This is the same one that was being held inside the Proctors Arcade during the winter.

I apologize, I just saw the coverage of the Greenmarket today and it seems they moved it to City Hall. Why? So now there's a whole other parking situation I need to be concerned with. This sucks.

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