Nov 19 2013

Our Farmers’ Market Will Help
You Get Ready for the Holidays

IMG_2460Our Sunday Farmers’ Market will help you get ready for the holidays with a wide variety of gifts guaranteed to please everyone on your shopping list.

Here are just a few ideas:

  • Keep someone warm with a matching hat, gloves or mittens and a scarf from WoodsEdge Wools Farm. WoodsEdge also has a wonderful selection of blankets, alpaca socks and soaps.
  • Alpaca wool kids toy animals “galore” featuring adorable alpaca dolls and WoodsEdge’s “fashionistas.”
  • Create a unique cheese, wine and bread basket by visiting several of our farmers.
  • Treat someone to a wine tasting at Villa Milagro.
  • Give some delicious jams from Phillips Farms.
  • Choose from an assortment of mustards, or 6-inch pumpkin pies and shortbread from Apple Ridge Farm.
  • Tassot Apiaries is featuring a new line of beautiful “apothecary jars” filled with mouth-watering honeys at the best price on the market. You will be able to choose from a great selection of classic gifts including an extended choice of pure beeswax candles, exceptional natural soaps and much more.  Tassot also invites everyone to visit their traditional open bee farm on Thanksgiving weekend (Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.).
  • A gift box of six 4 oz bags of coffee along with a coffee scoop from The Coffee Scoop.
  • Grab some foraged black walnuts – shelled and unshelled — from Toadshade Wildflower Farm. They will also premiere a new product that would also make a great stocking stuffer for your favorite cook — gumbo file powder.

With such a large selection, we couldn’t help but make these holiday gifts our product of the week. And to help with your gift selection, we’re making this week’s Land Trust Special $1 off any purchase of $5 or more at any of our vendors. Stop by our booth to grab your coupon if you are a Land Trust supporter who has contributed within the past year.

This week we’re welcoming back Blue Mist Hollow Farm  who will bring  an assortment of greens, wreaths and ornamental shrubs to the market to help you get ready for the holidays.

Since Hanukkah falls early this year on the calendar, we thought this would be the perfect time to suggest this classic potato latkes recipe:

Potato Latkes

3 1/2 cup shredded peeled baking potato (about 1 1/2 lbs)
1 1/4 cup grated onion
6 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 large egg
1/4 cup olive oil, divided
3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
Dash of ground cinnamon
Sour cream


— Combine potato and onion in a colander. Drain for 30 minutes, pressing with the back of a spoon until barely moist. Combine potato mixture, flour and next 4 ingredients (through the egg) in a large bowl and toss well.
— Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and swirl to coat. Spoon 1/4 cup of the potato mixture loosely into a dry measuring cup. Pour mixture into pan and flatten slightly. Repeat procedure five times to form six latkes. Saute for 3 1/2 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Remove them from pan and keep warm.
— Repeat procedure with the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil and potato mixture to yield 12 latkes total.
Combine applesauce and cinnamon in a bowl. Serve with applesauce and sour cream.
From Cooking Light magazine.

Farmers with ingredients:
Eggs: Griggstown Farm, Milford Farm, Purely Farm
Onions, Thyme: Phillips Farms, Comeback Farm

Other Market Highlights

We’re continuing our fascinating historical lecture series at 10 a.m. with architect Michael J. Margulies who will discuss the philosophy behind historic and architectural preservation with an emphasis on Clinton’s 1759 Vought House, a Revolutionary War Loyalist homestead. A $5 donation is suggested.

Chef Lonnie Lippert from The Ship Inn Restaurant & Brewery in Milford will demonstrate sous vide, a cooking method that combines the gentle, steady heat of poaching with an airtight seal.

Singer and guitarist Mike Esposito is returning to the market to entertain you with his blues, bluegrass and contemporary music. Check out his website if you’d like to learn more.

This is our last weekly Farmers’ Market before we switch to our monthly schedule. (Our first winter Farmers’ Market is Sunday, Dec. 15.) Come celebrate the holidays with us at the historic Dvoor Farm, 111 Mine St. off the Rt. 12 circle from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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