We've got such a nice fall line-up for you this week! Heimat Liqueurs returns to the Market after a busy summer of harvesting and processing for a new batch of traditional Germanfruit liqueurs made with local fruit. Stock up now for the holidays — these pretty bottles make for great gifts. Make sure to keep some for yourself to make unique cocktails at your holiday party, or any night of the week! Ute, the founder, is back from upstate New York, where she sourced her cranberries for the second batch of cranberry liqueur. In addition to the cranberry flavor, she’s bringing her award-winning white peach liqueur, which she suggests you mix with a honey whiskey, some Wright's apple cider, lemon juice and a festive stick of cinnamon for a full-flavored fall cocktail.
American Bow Knife is also here with their popular hand-carved mezzaluna knives. With their half-moon-shaped blade and wooden knobby handles at each end, these knives are perfect for chopping herbs or rough-chopping nuts, using a gentle rocking motion. If you like to bring the kids into the kitchen to chop and cook with you, this is a smart alternative to a chef's knife. Many moons ago, Amanda Hesser devoted an entire column in the New York Times to the old-world mezzaluna, which, she said: "can shred a bunch of basil to flickers of green, slice dried fings into bits and reduce pecans to fine granules." We are so happy to bring you Kimchi Kooks, a guest vendor from Brooklyn, where they have a loyal following at Smorgasburg for their authentic scallion pancakes (made to order) and their varied line of kimchi using seasonal, local ingredients. Their recipes originate from Kate Kook, whose grandfather owned the well-known Kŭmbong Brewery that produced cheongju, a high-quality rice wine, from early 1920s until the late 1960s.
This is the time of year when my Dutch Oven gets some attention as my family starts clamoring for stew. We always kick off stew season with the most classic preparation of them all: Jacques Pepin's beef stew which shuns all broths and stocks in exchange for a full bottle of red wine. Saucy!
Bring the kids to the market for what promises to be a fun event:Our second annual Halloween Doggie Costume Parade. Dogs will be parading around the market "green" at 11 a.m. This is a great new tradition at the market which also serves as a fund-raiser for A New Chance Animal Rescue.
Fair warning: they will be bringing a few pups to the market looking to be adopted. We will be handing out prizes for the best Dog costume as well as the best Dog & Owner costume. No need to register in advance. Sign up at 10:30 a.m. at the market tent. There is a $10 fee to participate in the parade which will be donated to A New Chance. Check out our FB page for details!
And, lucky us, Miton is back with his regular bass player Jeff Eyrich, just back from his annual six-week pilgrimage to Patmos, Greece. Ask Milton about his new c.d. being released next month!