Head to the market this holiday weekend
Whether you're celebrating Passover or Easter, the market can make the celebration even more special with food and flower offerings for your table.
Yes, the Sprig Flower Truck is back this week. Pick up some white tulips for your Seder or pastel-colored ranunculus for your Easter table. Dana Karin, the florist/truck driver has reduced her pricing on her local flowers. Stems will range in price from $2.50 - $6.00 and she'll be offering market bunches for $15 and more elaborate bouquets for $30 - the perfect hostess gift. Half the fun is picking the stems from the buckets lining the truck bed. And it's a great backdrop for a family photo should you come to the market with your family.
Luxx Chocolate a festive array of culinary crowd pleasers: for chocolate (and Game of Thrones) aficionados, she is offering dragon chocolate eggs, as well as more painterly chocolate eggs for decadent Easter baskets. Also, look for her Wowza Matzah - gluten-free matzah covered in creamy caramel and fine dark chocolate.
Ms. D won't be celebrating Greek Easter until NEXT week, but she's bringing traditional sweets nonetheless. Look for her "SKALTSOUNIA" cookie, a Lenten cookie from Crete which just happens to be vegan (made with olive oil instead of butter). It is sweetened with agave and packed with walnuts, apricot preserves, cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg. "It's a little guilty pleasure, that you don't have to feel guilty about ," says Danae.
You probably have your favorite matzo ball soup recipe already and no doubt it's already on the stovetop. But here's one for the stragglers or just to keep on file. What makes these matzo balls special are the drippings from a freshly roasted chicken, from Letterbox or Stone & Thistle, natch. Of course, Sun Sprout Farm carrots add deep flavor to any soup recipe. And, if you're cooking lamb (also from Stone & Thistle) don't forget to pick up potatoes from Sun Sprout for roasting.
Already have your leg of lamb? Don't forget to bring your carving knives for the knife sharpener!
A reminder that this is our LAST bi-weekly "winter" market. We will be back at the train station on Saturday, May 11th with our best vendor line-up yet. Can't wait to see you there!
Pascale Le Draoulec
food writer/ farmer's market director
author: "American Pie:Slices of Life (and Pie) from America's Back Roads" (HarperCollins)