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Lamb, Champagne grapes and good deeds

Premier Pastures is bringing lamb back to the market after a summer hiatus. Jon will be bringing multiple cuts, including shanks, ground, chops, and racks. (Actually, Jon will be away this weekend and so his parents are coming in his stead. Love that so many of our vendors - Black Creek, Growing Hearts, Don Carvajal among them - sometimes bring their parents to market).

Naturally, we felt we should make some suggestions on how to cook said lamb...

I'm a sucker for lamb shanks, a less expensive cut of lamb meat that cries out for slow braising until it literally falls off the bone, as in this recipe.

You can also try making lamb kofta especially since Selek is here this week offering up the perfect side dishes to go with your kebabs. If Asaf has some of his tandoor bread make sure to pick up a pack to serve with them. 

True Food is doing a deep dive into seasonal soups. This week their kitchen is making large batches of creamy pumpkin soup with coconut milk and red lentil soup with sweet potato, turnips & carrots.

Have you tried the Champagne grapes at Caradonna Farms? Dainty, with rusty colored skin, they are perfect to adorn an autumnal platter of McGrath's cheeses, including his new soft-rind, pungent Bambino cheese or to brighten up a school lunch box. 

They are so sweet and delicate you can incorporate them into savory recipes such as this dish of pan-seared scallops with Champagne grapes and almonds. 

RaaSa Indian Cuisine returns this week as a guest of CRE (Town of New Castle's Council on Race and Equity) and look for Greeley students who are members of the No Kid Hungry Club who will set up a "bake sale" table outside the market to raise money for the cause. 

We are happy to bring you Food Cure (by Eve). Eve makes muffins and cookies that are both gluten and dairy-free and yet, moist and flavorful. Some of her original muffin flavors include chocolate tahini and savory thyme. Cookies include lemon honey chamomile and a fantastic walnut plum, among others. Eve also makes soothing teas with all sorts of local plants, herbs, flowers and fruit. Her Nutri Tea is a blend of organic nettle, red clover, calendula petals, local mint, star anise and organic orange peel and is packed with vitamines and minerals needed for optimal health. Couldn't we all use some of that

right now?

We'd like to extend a heartfelt thank you to our generous shoppers who donated to our Food Pantry jar at the entrance of the market. On our last gleaning day, the market used your donations to buy over 500 pounds of food  (potatoes, carrots, apples, green beans, squash, zucchini, leeks, bread, ground beef, and sausages) for the Mt. Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry. Well done!

See you at the market!

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