It's been a while! We're so thrilled to continue our tradition of opening on Mother's Day weekend when we celebrate not just all those who "mother" but also all that Mother Earth has to offer.
Tulips for example. Lots and lots of tulips. Flower farmer Marybeth Wehrung from Stars of the Meadow Farm is working round the clock this week to bring you some of the leggiest and frilliest tulips around. They open up and age beautifully over time to boot. What's not to love? Knowing how busy she’d be, Marybeth already sent her mom tulips earlier this week.
Know a mom who really digs pretty soaps? Wander over to the Ash Hopper Soap tent, We could not have been happier when the Donnelly family approached us with their exquisite line of soaps that are 100% plant-based and made with organic base oils, botanicals and therapeutic grade essential oils. Each bar is like a little block of art.
Consider their Egyptian Geranium bar. Made with Egyptian Geranium Oil, hand milled lavender, ground oatmeal and rose petal powder, this soap provides a gentle exfoliation as well as wonderful aromatics. And that's only the beginning.
We'll have lots of new food vendors on the market plaza this Saturday, including La Traflla Pasta an artisanal pasta-maker from Brooklyn (check out this video of chef Luigi Speranza making ravioli). Marcelina Orange, who makes completely addictive bitter orange peels dipped in dark chocolate and sublime marmalade, both regular and spicy. Freefall Sangria also joins us this week. This is what happens when two professional skydivers who both love sangria fall in love. Their sangria, both white and red, lives up to their story.
3x3 Kitchen Provisions, is a new specialty bakery specializing in savory gluten-free tarts and turnovers. Derek is a former restaurant chef who turned to gluten-free creations when his wife discovered she couldn't tolerate gluten. They will be coming once a month. Of course, Nancy from Bohemian Baked, will be here every week with all of her gluten-free treats. Look for their Forbidden Rice & Black Sesame Multigrain Sourdough chock-full of healthy ingredients like flax-seed powder, Maca powder and Madagascar pepper.
If you've been shopping at the market for a while you may remember Asian Farmer Dumplings from a few years back. They make chicken, pork and vegetarian dumplings by hand that are divine. They've branched out during their absence to make ramen noodles and bottled ramen broth for those nights when nothing but a market-inspired ramen made with pork belly or fresh local fish and a jammy egg will do.
We are so happy to welcome Fresh Meadow Farms from Middletown, NY. This organic farm will be replacing Fort Hill Farm and like Fort Hill, their crop list is as long as it is interesting. We can't wait to watch them settle in and grow, and grow, this season. Other farmers, Black Creek, Orchard Hill Organics (with their head-turning lettuces and bright micro-greens) Caradonna and Wright's are all back as well, looking prettier as ever.
Nutmeg, a local fave, will be here weekly this season with their soups, salads, and fruit and savory crostatas. You asked for them to come more often and we listened! Noble Pies is returning as well. And of course, market stalwarts, Joe Tomato Mozzarella and Mrs. D's Mediterranean Delights are also returning. What would the CFM be without them?
R & M Farm, a pastured meat farmer from Wantage N.J., is joining our lineup. They will be bringing pork, beef, seasonal lamb, turkey (whole and parts), chicken sausage, and plenty of chicken and eggs. Seeing that we are a dog-friendly market, they will also have lots of bones for Rover. If you're a Sova Farm chicken fan, then you know they won't have their chicken for a couple of weeks yet since as recently as last week there was snow on the ground at their Norwich farm. Brrrr. Our long winter and cold, grey spring may mean things like strawberries may take their sweet time getting to market but, rest assured, we will be in full fanfare in no time.
Because of their high water table and low land that stays cold, the extended winter and cold spring have impacted Black Creek Farm the most. They won't be in full flourish until June. But worry not, we've brought in 4E Farms at the 11th hour to make sure we are covered on produce.
Have you been missing your Don Carvajal cold brew with oat milk and cinnamon stick? They are back despite having suffered a ravaging fire at their new roastery last week. You can read more about it here.
Something new this year we are all very excited about: the Green Tree Recycling bin will be joining us every week starting THIS week. They take your textile discards (curtains, linens, clothing, shoes, handbags) and sort through them at their facility in the Bronx. Textiles that are in good condition are passed along to people in need and textiles that are too far gone are sent to rag manufacturers. We are psyched about this partnership, particularly when these Covid times have turned many of us into prolific purgers. Please remember to bring your items in a bag (paper preferably).
Also, for the first time we are able to offer EBT/SNAP benefits at the market. Please help spread the word so that everyone in our community can enjoy fresh market food.
We look forward to seeing you all on Saturday, when Milton will, of course, be performing, as per tradition on opening day. Grab a pizza from the Pizza Vitale truck and spend some down time with us. And by all means, bring a friend who may not know about us.
See you at the market