Summer might not be officially over but it certainly feels like it. School has started, commuter trains are packed to the brim, and the air has turned markedly crisp. Despite that, signs of summer still abound at the Market. Load your basket at Fort Hill Farm with corn, tomatoes, basil, eggplants, and peppers. The corn can be grilled and slathered with basil butter. Find the recipe here. Pining for something a bit warmer? Stretch the corn season with this NYTimes recipe for a light corn chowder garnished with tomatoes. Turn the eggplants into lunch-friendly Moutabbal fun fact: many of us call Moutabbal “baba ganoush” even though true baba ganoush includes pomegranate molasses and walnuts) Pack it in the bento box along with pita triangles, sliced cucumbers, and some fruit and lunch is done!
This time of year can find many families pressed for time, especially in the mornings. When this happens, we often skimp on nutrition in favor of fast and filling. If you find yourself in this boat, try making a batch of “doughnuts” that are chock full of nutritious fuel for the day. Grab a jar of homemade applesauce from The Orchards of Concklins to make these morning-savers. Bake them on a Sunday evening and keep them at the ready for those days when you and the kids have to make a mad dash out of the house. Recipe courtesy of ihartnutrition.com
Preheat the oven to 375 and grease 12 donut tins. Don’t have any? Make them in muffin tins!
In a large bowl combine 3 ripe mashed bananas, 2 tbsp ground flax, 1 egg, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1/4 cup avocado oil, 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce, and 1/4 cup pure maple syrup.
Mix well and add in 1 cup of 1:1 gluten free flour blend, 3/4 cups almond flour, 1/4 tsp salt, 1 tsp baking powder and mix well.
Add in 1/2 cup or more of semi sweet chocolate chips. Bake for 20 minutes. Let cool 5 min and enjoy or keep them in airtight container in your cupboard.
Speaking of Concklin’s...don’t forget to ask about their “Pick-Your-Own” events in September. The farm is just 30 minutes away in Pomona, NY and is open Saturdays and Sundays from 11-5. Kids under 3 are free— everyone else pays $11 each for a ½ peck bag. Poles are available to rent for those hard-to-get ones.
Back to school means back-to-germs! Build your arsenal with Found Herbal products to combat all of the microbial friends that hitch a ride home on backpacks and in gym bags. Your first purchase should be the Tea Tree spray— it’s antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory. Have an athlete at home? Drop a bottle of this spray in their bag to spritz cleats and sneakers, freshen gear and sweaty clothes, and to cool down after a tough practice. While you’re at the Found Herbal tent, round out your arsenal with elderberry honey, kids cold tea, and immunity tinctures! All products are handcrafted by a trained herbalist using local and organic ingredients (whenever possible.) ⠀⠀⠀⠀
Hillrock Distillery makes their monthly visit. Pick up a bottle to get through September- serve it on the rocks or use it to make an easy and delicious bourbon chicken. Have some free time after the Market next Saturday? Visit the Distillery for their Fall open house! On September 14th. They’ll have free tours and tastings of their award-winning whiskies, and are also releasing 300 bottles of their Solera Bourbon Cognac Cask #1, which has been finished in a premier ex-Cognac barrel and bottled at 100 proof. Don’t miss it!
We’re looking forward to the return of La Petite Occasion this Saturday (they take a break during the summer since the caramels melt in the sun), on the heels of their big announcement: their caramels are now stabilizer free! That means that each dairy based caramel contains ONLY NY state butter, milk & cream, organic lemon juice and organic sugar. That’s a base of just five ingredients! No corn, agave, tapioca, or brown rice syrup. Welcome back!
See you at the market!