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: Lots of apples, winter squash and other good stuff.

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

Cornell Farms:
Vegetables, berries, honey maple syrup eggs flowers.

Dancing Ewe Farm:
Lamb, Sausage, sheep and cow milk, Prima Caciotta, Ricotta

Homestead Farms:
Veggies, fruit, flowers,meat, poultry, eggs, plants, soap.

Also Expect:

Lloyd Spear Beekeeper:
Honey and beeswax candles.

The Placid Baker:
Breads and pastries

Other fun stuff:

Music by Hill Hollow Bank
Cooking demonstrations


Albany Farmers Market
Saturday from 9AM- 1PM
339 Central Avenue, Albany
Linda Norris Auditorium Lot (map)

New this week:
Apples, apples, apples

Farms:
Saratoga Apple and Bowman's feature: Macintosh, Gala, Honeycrisp, Gingergold, and Sansa. Saratoga Apple also featuring tart Italian plums.

Mariana Brothers Flower and Vegetable Farm: Eggplant, Collard Greens, Kale, Zucchini, Green Peppers, Hot Peppers

Also Expect:
Rock Hill Bakehouse: Pane Paisano, Olive Bread, Cheddar Jalapeno Bread, Whole Wheat Bread, Cranberry Walnut Scones

Four-Wheel Farm: Fresh bouquets and wreaths, decorative gourds

Garden of Spices: Fresh natural chicken, whole or parts

Other fun Stuff:

A cooking demo by Chef L. Joseph White, Delta Blue Grill and Solar-Powered Hot Dogs made by Annabelle Romano on the region's only solar powered Mac truck grill

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

Expect:
Tomatoes, Greens, many varieties of Potatoes, Onions, Spinach, Tat Soi, Green Beans, Cilantro, Broccoli, Summer Squash/ Zucchini, Sweet Peppers, radishes, beets, baby spinach and greens. Fall fruit, raspberries and blueberries and a few strawberries are also here. And of course the fall pumpkin crop is arriving.

The last of the melons, cucumbers, sweet corn, eggplant, vine ripe tomatoes will most likely be this week or next.

Other fun stuff:
*Iron Chef Competition*: Defending champion chef JT Baker vs Challenging Chef, Dan Spitz! Cooking starts at 10am and presentation to the judges at 11am.


SUNDAY MARKETS:

Schenectady Greenmarket

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

Fresh now:

Plentiful winter squash, potatoes, cabbage, peppers, eggplant, sweet corn, pears, apples and tomatoes.

Veggies: beans, beets, bok choy, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, corn, cucumbers, edamame, eggplant, garlic, leeks, onions, peppers, potatoes, shallots, squash, tomatoes, tomatillos, zuchinni

Greens: arugula, braising greens, chard, endive, escarole, kale, lettuces, salad mixes, spinach

Herbs: basil, dill, cilantro, Italian large leaf parsley, mints, oregano, tarragon, thyme, and more

Fruits: apples, melons, nectarines, peaches, pears, plums

Farms:

Barber's Farm: winter squash of all kinds--butternut, acorn, delicata, sweet dumpling--sweet corn, several pepper varieties, garlic, leeks, eggplant, broccoli, cabbage, pointed-head cabbage, edible kale, summer squash, patty pan squash, Chippewa, Russet and Yukon Gold potatoes!

Free Bird Farm: organic veggies including the sweetest red onions of the season.

Sweet Tree Farm: grass-fed beef, pastured pork and fresh chickens

Also expect:

Sororia Soaps: will have Valencia Orange Soap in fun shapes as well as old-fashioned Pine Tar Soap infused with Calendula Oil for those with sensitive skin.
Battenkill Dairy: delicious milk and dairy products.
Coopers Ark Farm eggs will be available at Barber's Farm stand this week.


Other fun stuff:
Music by Shelving Rock


Food film festival at 2:30 in The McChesney Room/Schenectady County Public Library, 99 Clinton Street, Schenectady. This week's film is "Eating Alaska "

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