Shopping the farmers' markets

farmers market report logoOne of the best things about weekends in the Capital Region is shopping the farmers' markets.

This week: berries, eggplant, onion and summer squash.

Here are a few more details from the local markets about what to expect this weekend.

SATURDAY MARKETS

Troy Farmers' Market

Riverfront Park (map)
Saturdays 9AM - 1PM

Still waiting to hear from Troy.

Saratoga Farmers' Market
High Rock Park (map)
Saturday 9AM - 1PM
Also Wednesday from 3-6

In season now:
The berries are looking great and plentiful, especially blueberries. Currants, black berries, gooseberries are all in. Eggplant, sweet onions, greens, cabbage, kale, herbs, wide variety of peppers, beans---many varieties and multiple varieties of summer squashes.

Not so much:
Low are apples and annuals and plants.

Also Expect :
Fresh mozzarella curds are back at Argyle cheese, goat cheese production is in full swing and cut flowers are plentiful and gorgeous. Eggs, beef, pork and lamb are all in good stoc

Other fun Stuff:

Farmers Market at the Crossings
Crossings Park of Colonie, Albany-Shaker Road across from Emerick Ln.(map) Saturday 9AM-1PM

In season now:
Bowman Orchards will have a new crop of apples three varieties available, and started picking fall strawberries.
Free Bird Farm has Walla Walla onions, yellow zucchini, green beans--all certified organic.

Also expect:
R & G Cheese will have Greek yogurt and feta cheese.
Free Bird Farm has fresh pasture-raised chicken and eggs.
Sticky Fingers will have all the chocolate covered apples they normally carry in addition to peanut covered apples and the classic red candy apples (new) this week. They will also be sampling a variety of apples.

SUNDAY MARKETS:

Schenectady Greenmarket

Around Schenectady City Hall (map)
Sunday 10am-2pm

Fresh now:
Melons, peppers, eggplant, leeks
Veggies: beans,beets, broccoli, cabbage,carrots, cauliflower, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, leeks, onions, peppers, peas, potatoes, radishes, squash, tomatoes, turnips
Greens: arugula,braising greens,chard, endive, escarole, kale, lettuces,salad mixes,spinach
Herbs: many varieties of basil, dill, cilantro, Italian large leaf parsley, mints, oregano, tarragon, thyme, and more.

Fruits:apricots, blackberries, blueberries, melons, nectarines, peaches, pluots, plums, raspberries, sweet cherries

Barber's Farm will have four varieties of eggplant, several varieties of hot peppers, melons, no-spray carrots and lots more.

Wellington Herbs and Spices: organic beans, leaf-lettuces, onions, zucchini, parsley, mint, sage and freshly-made zucchini bread.

Not so much
We may not have many greens this week due to the heavy rains

Also Expect:

The Red Barn will have lobster, chicken and vegetable pot pies; blueberry, mixed berry and peach pies; NEW vegetable tarts, NEW "walking taco" to eat at the market.

Mary Anne Thomas is bringing new jewelry featuring carved peace symbols, linen peace print pillows (to honor the 40th anniversary of Woodstock), sock people, and new prints of Spotted Lily.

Ultra-fresh flavored yogurt and mozzarella from Heamour Farm.

Other fun stuff:

Terri Roben will be playing guitar, banjo, uke and singing songs of peace. Brad Peak performs in the afternoon.

Your Local Expert: Chef Christopher Allen Tanner, a culinary instructor at Schenectady County Community College will be demonstrating cooking techniques.

Holistic health counselor Tamar Flanders of Your Body Awake! , will be demonstrate cooking with local greens. She is an avid local-food supporter and is excited to share her ideas with the market.

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