April blooms, bow knives and (dried) blueberries at the market tomorrow!
Only two more "winter" markets at the church before we return to the train station next month for our May 11th opening. We may still be at the church, and on a bi-weekly schedule, but we are taking it outside and busting out the tents because Spring!
And, what says Spring better than flowers? Local flowers, to boot. Dana Karin will be driving her Sprig Rig vintage flower truck to the market on Saturday. It will be brimming with sweet peas vine flowers, ranunculus, and anemones. She'll also be selling grab n' go market bunches. All the flowers are from area greenhouses to stay true to our market mission.
When beloved vendor Tierra Farms shifted their business model away from markets to wholesale accounts, shoppers lamented the loss of nuts and dried fruit at the market. We are thrilled to finally have found another small, family-operated company that focuses on bringing organic nuts and dried fruits to markets. Kariba Farms is joining us a guest vendor tomorrow, bringing with them bags of roasted pistachios, almonds, peanuts, dried mango sweetened with apple juice, nut & fruit mixes, and seeds. We hope you'll give them a warm Chappaqua welcome! Why not make a spring salad with market spinach and almonds and dried cranberries from Kariba Farms.
Anke Fit Bakery's light, crispy "oat" cookies were such a hit the last time Anke visited the market she's baking extra for tomorrow. Don't forget to pick up one of her rosemary lemon pound cakes, too.
Eileen Russell is bringing some of her handmade cutting boards and American bow-knives. These hand-made knives are perfect for the safe slicing of crusty bread loaves (of which there are so many to choose from at the market) bagels and tomatoes, too. It's never too early to start thinking about Mother's Day....speaking of which, La Petite Occasion will be introducing their new "smoky" milk chocolate caramels.
Three Little Pigs BBQ will be there to provide warm breakfast and lunch options so make sure you put your order in before you shop. And don't forget you knives to keep our favorite sharpener, Ready Set Sharp, busy!
See you at the market!
Pascale Le Draoulec
food writer/ farmer's market director
author: "American Pie: Slices of Life (and Pie) from America's Back Roads" (HarperCollins)