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Don’t we all want our kids to love fresh market veggies? It helps if your local farmer’s market is a joyful destination, so they associate healthy eating with good fun. This Saturday would be a really good day to bring the kiddos to the CFM. Not only is the Chappaqua Library hosting Storytime on our lovely market green, from 10 to 10:30, but we also are hosting a petting zoo, courtesy of Sari Shaw. 


June is in full swing, and with it comes a lively energy and bountiful harvests. As the days grow longer and warmer, each week our produce bins flesh out just a little more. Sam, at Fresh Meadow Farm, says she’s exhausted spending long days in the fields but excited to be harvesting new vegetables each week, like the purple-blue snap peas she’s bringing to market Saturday—just the thing to dip into AYA Hummus, here this week for her monthly visit (stock up!). Her Sicilian Lemon hummus is back, btw.

 

Speaking of dedicated vendors, did you know that it takes La Trafila three hours to get to the market from Brooklyn? The vendor makes “pasta drops” at various other markets in the area and Chappaqua is their last stop.


Show your appreciation for La Trafila’s fortitude by picking up some of their small-batch handcrafted pasta in shapes and sizes you won’t find in your supermarket. Get dinner on the table in a jiffy by tossing one of their “lunghi” pastas with succulent shrimp from Pura Vida and Arlotta Food Studio’s lemon-infused olive oil—the ultimate summer pasta dish. Or, take advantage of the gorgeous mushrooms we have at the market (Four Wall and Fresh Meadow both carry fungi) to make a mushroom pasta graced with a dollop of smoked ricotta from Maplebrook Farm.


With June come stunning peonies, fragrant herbs and plump strawberries like the ones you’ll find at Mead Orchards who joined us for the first time last week. This week, buy some of their berries to eat out of hand and some to make these strawberry oatmeal crumble bars as a healthy snack for the fam.


Caradonna Farm has elegant Asian pears perfectly suited to crown a salad of shredded kale and carrots from Obercreek Farm. It’s Pride month! Buy yourself some fetching rainbow chard at Obercreek. This versatile and nutrient dense veg is perfect in frittatas, with farm fresh eggs from their market neighbor, Letterbox Farms. Our farmers make it easy to “eat the rainbow!”


Looking to consume your veggies in a new and different way? Be sure to check out Bloody Good Mud for gluten free, locally-made Bloody Mary mix! To support your Bloody Mary needs, Springbrook Hollow Distillery and Doctor Pickle will be available to help you garnish and elevate those Bloody Mary’s to the next level. Last week, at our sister Irvington Farmers Market, we spied a woman buying several jars as teacher gifts! Good call!

Who says gifts can’t be cheesy?! Second Mouse Cheese offers some of Hudson Valley’s finest. Sample your way through to see which will please the host (or you!) the most! 


La Petite Occasion is saying au revoir to Chappaqua for the summer. (Summer heat is very cruel to handcrafted caramels). Pro tip: pick up a bag for yourself and get a jumpstart on Father’s Day shopping with a bag for Dear Old Dad. 


Chef Dibari and his delicious Dough Nation Pizza Truck will be slinging market-forward pizzas. Also on offer from their roving kitchen? An invigorating Orange Ginger Kombucha on tap and organic Jane’s Ice Cream to cool yourself off on this sultry Saturday. 


So, grab a coffee from Cano Coffee and a scallion cream cheese-slathered rosemary salt bagel from DoughCo Bagels, sit at one of our shaded cafe tables, and take time to take in the market happiness.


Music courtesy of local crooner Jon Cobert this week. Can’t wait to see you at the market!


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