Our last day of the season is upon us.
We'd like to thank you, our shoppers, for your dedication and for keeping our farmers and food artisans going during these complicated times. Thank you, too, for giving so generously to our food pantry drive which allowed us to donate several hundred pounds of fresh, local produce and proteins from the market to the Mt. Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry.
This final Saturday why not stock up on all the things that make YOU happy at the market.
Are you a fan of MOMO Dressing's ginger or miso sauce? Buy several of each so that you can be reminded of the market (and the always-smiling Masaki and Yukimi, the creative energy behind MOMO, in the cold winter months). Buy plenty of Noble Pies and freeze some for that week between Christmas and New Year's when everyone's at home, playing board games or working on college applications. In the New Year, you can venture out to their new storefront in Rye. Nutmeg has a cafe/bakery in Tuckahoe, too.
Don't eat gluten? Bohemian Baked has your back this holiday season. Why not pre-order some gluten-free holiday cookies or gingerbread houses at bohemianbaked.com.
You already know that all of Wave Hill and Bien Cuit breads (yes, even the monkey bread!) freeze well so don't be shy in the bread line.
Same goes for all the pastured meats and poultry from SOVA Farm and R & M Farm.
Farm eggs last a long time, so buy two or three dozen to tide you through the holiday season.
My mom is flying into Newark from California on Friday evening for the holidays and I will be preparing this easy white bean soup for us in advance to enjoy when we get home from the airport. I'll serve it with some sausage from Mangalitsa or R & M Farm. The recipe was featured in a piece in the NYT highlighting the 50 most popular recipes of the year. This recipe for chile-roasted chicken with honey, lemon and feta scored high for hitting all the right flavor notes. You can get your honey and feta and chicken from SOVA Farms. If Ed is low on chicken, head over to R & M Farm across the way.
Don't forget to grab some of that killer smoky ricotta from Mangalitsa – also freeze-worthy – to make pasta dishes next week, like this Jamie Oliver recipe for penne with mushrooms, cauliflower and ricotta.
If you're still hunting down gifts, La Petite Occasion is back this week with her prize-winning caramels and American Bow Knife will be here, too, with her wooden cutting boards and mezza-lunas. The rain kept her away last week.
Have you heard? 123 Dough is now making sourdough Dan Dan noodles and ramen noodles. They are also serving piping hot ramen and dan dan noodle bowls at the market, made to order. They sold out early last week, so make a bee line for their stall this Saturday.
As we put the bow on the final market, it's also time to bid farewell to Hive Juice Lab. Juice master Jovian Cortez is moving his little family to South Carolina to live in a farmhouse and take some quality time off and enjoy his 16-month old daughter for a while. There are potential plans for a cafe or restaurant down the road. He has been working with another juicer in the area to replace him come spring, passing along his coveted recipes for popular blends like Jungle Plum, Momma Earth and Night Owl. We wish Jovian well on this next adventure.
The Mike Risko Music School Band had to cancel last week due to weather and we're hoping they can come this Saturday, weather permitting.
It would be the perfect cap to a season of great tunes, for which we'd like to thank our sponsor Sari Shaw of COMPASS. We'd like to thank our other general market sponsors: Chappaqua Paint & Hardware, Chappaqua Cleaners & Tailors and Pure Barre.
It really does take a Village to run a farmer's market. It also takes a board. If you are interested in joining the market board to help plan and run our 2022 market season, please reach out to our board president Wendy Rubin.
If you are jonesing for a market until our return, you can find many of your favorite vendors at the Hastings and Irvington Farmers Markets which are year-round and held outdoors. For more details, check out hastingsfarmersmarket.org and the irvington farmers market.org.
Happy holidays from our market family to yours.
See you at the market!