“The shared meal elevates eating from a mechanical process of fueling the body to a ritual of family and community, from the mere animal biology to an act of culture.” — Michael Pollan
Hello Hudson Farmers' Market Friends!
Hudson Market Haul
This week we are featuring Tamar’s sturdy red wagon filled with her woven basket and bags and tubs of wonderful ingredients from many of our vendors. So the list of goodies: Maplebrook ricotta, burrata, and ovoline and a perfectly blended and jarred marinara from Billy’s Italian Market, basil starts from Miller’s Crossing, spring onions and arugula from Sparrowbush, yogurt from Chaseholm Farm; dried sausage from Jacuterie; chicken from Martin Farm; and braising greens from Blue Star Farm.
Tamar, who is a representative of Friends of Oakdale Lake, was also putting up posters around town for a community event scheduled for this weekend! So in conjunction with the Hudson Youth Center, Friends of Oakdale Lake are hosting the “Great Oakdale Lake Clean Up” this Saturday from 9am to 1pm. There will be supplies and snacks available (there was talk of delicious ricotta sandwiches being made and shared!). Our recommendation: grab some food from the market before you head over to help this wonderful organization! We are happy to support events where we can build community— especially through revitalizing the natural beauty of a local lake!
Weekly Recipe: Buttermilk Spring Greens Salad
2 large cloves of garlic
1/4 cup of parsley
1/4 cup of cilantro
1/4 cup spinach
ends of a few asparagus
a few springs of oregano and mint
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup homemade buttermilk (quick recipe: a bit less than 1/4 cup of milk and 1tsp of lemon juice, let sit until it thickens)
sea salt and black pepper to taste
In a food processor, add garlic and greens and pulse until chopped/ slowly add in olive oil and allow to thoroughly mix until like a pesto/ add in lemon juice and mix/ add in homemade buttermilk and mix/ add salt and pepper to taste/ adjust flavors or herb mix to your liking
How to Eat
We added this herbaceous and creamy green dressing to a simple salad and then topped it with asparagus, snap peas, red radishes, salad turnips, crushed walnuts, edible flowers, and a bit of sea salt to round it all out. On the side is a nut and seed toast with a lavender chèvre and drizzle of honey. This is a really refreshing recipe for these long spring days— really the perfect light lunch and it highlights so many of the goods that are in season.
You can find garlic, greens, herbs, snap peas, asparagus, radish, and turnips at Blue Star Farm, Miller’s Crossing, Red Oak, Sparrowbush, Martin’s Farm, Bonhomie, and Samascott. You can find the bread at Happy Belly, cheese at Ardith Mae, honey at Scarecrow Farm, edible flowers from Blue Star Farm, AND farm fresh milk can NOW be found at Chaseholm Farm!
When I was making the rounds for the newsletter last week, my ears perked up upon hearing how often we are regularly out of eggs! Did you know that our three eggs vendors— Scarecrow Farm, Northern Star Farm, and Martin Farms— sell over 120 dozen combined each week?! A couple highlights: Martin’s Farm is using non-gmo feed for all their hens! Scarecrow Farm is increasing their flock to accommodate the growing demand! Along with chicken eggs, Northern Star has duck eggs and pullet eggs (for a bit, just while their hens are coming into laying full-sized ones)!
It’s RHUBARB season! Around the market you can find vendors who are selling it and vendors who are using it. Scarecrow Farm, Blue Star, Red Oak, and Samascott are selling the stalks by the pound in case you want to create a little something special this weekend or stock up for your winter pies. Churchtown Gardens will have already made pies, plumply filled with rhubarb from their gardens. Atina will have their versatile ginger rhubarb herbal jammade with Samascott rhubarb, a totally unique take on the plant. Happy Belly will have cherry berry rhubarb bars made from Scarecrow Farm’s rhubarb, summer sour cherries from Don Baker, and local strawberries from our old friends at Whistle Down Farm.
It’s PEONY season! With the heads just starting to open in our gardens, Marilyn at Cedar Flower Farm is a few weeks ahead of nature’s schedule. Expect a variety of colors— white, pink, fuchsia— and in a variety of stages of bloom— some open and some tight— this Saturday.
OM Champagne Tea and Wild Roots Farm will be our guest vendors this week! OM Champagne Tea is a cultured drink made in small batches with ingredients like turmeric, chaga, mango, red shiso, and matcha. Wild Roots Farm is known for their high vibe and high quality goat milk soaps. Mary’s colorful and complex bars are versatile enough for everyday use but luxurious enough for some much needed indulgent self care!
Trixie will be representing Out Hudson under the Community tent— promoting the Pride Parade (which is set to take place June 15th) and a host of events happening in conjunction (boat cruise! kick-off party! tea dance!). Eugene Tyler Band will be throwing down some lively country bluegrass during market hours.
Market is rain or shine. It runs from 9AM to 1PM in the parking lot at the corner of 6th and Columbia. See you Saturday!