“I’ve always believed that the most important people on the planet are the ones who plant the seeds and care for the soil where they grow.” — Willie Nelson
Hello Hudson Farmers' Market Friends!
Hudson Market Haul
We are featuring Linda’s big! bright! beautiful! chartreuse basket this week— filled with empire apples from Samascott, a dozen of duck eggs from Northern Star, a loaf of einkorn bread from Sparrowbush, a bag of spring greens from Red Oak, a container of goat cheese from Ardith Mae, a pound of ground elk from Highland Farm, a clamshell of arugula micros from Bonhomie Farm, and a bottle of Daily Fix and a tub of yogurt from Hawthorne Valley. My favorite part about taking pictures of a customer’s haul… you all display your goodies with such pride and satisfaction (not to mention an artful eye!) that it really reflects the feelings our vendors take in their wares. PSA: keep bringing those bags!
Weekly Recipe: Raspberry Mint Simple Syrup
This recipe is really flexible. You can adjust it to highlight any fruit and herb combination you love: blueberries and basil, lemon and rosemary, pineapple and verbena. You can dress it up (read: alcohol!) or you can dress it down (read: sparkling water!). Whatever variation you decide is perfect for this Memorial Day weekend.
Here’s our version:
1 cup raspberries
1 cup cane sugar
1 cup water
3 tablespoons lemon juice
a handful of torn fresh mint (we used orange and pineapple mint for a citrusy flavor)
In a small pot add all the ingredients and heat to medium high/ allow to cook until the sugar just starts to dissolve/ turn heat off and allow for herbs to infuse for 30 minutes/ strain, bottle, and refrigerate
How to Drink and Where to Shop
Our little pre-dinner refresher is over ice with seltzer, lime rind, and mint sprigs. You can add a shot of Ethereal Gin from Berkshire Mountain Bakery to this recipe for a really wonderful botanical adventure. And please ignore the naysayers who claim that whiskey is “just for sipping”, adding a shot of Hillrock’s Bourbon to this could be very interesting. Infusing herbs can be found at a number of our vegetable vendors— Blue Star Farm, Red Oak, Sparrowbush, and Martin’s Farm. Play with your proportions, have a good time, and get to drinking!
Memorial Day Weekend! Alongside honoring the men and women who have served this country bravely and lost their lives, this is the unofficial official start of Summer. This is the time we get together to relax and rejoice with family and friends. Many of us take the opportunity during this long weekend to put in our summer gardens! So before we get into the normal BBQ recommendations, we’re going to take some time to talk about all the ways you can get your gardening fill.
The Farm at Miller’s Crossing and Don Baker Farm have a wide variety of transplants available. Miller’s has tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, melons, cucumber, herbs, lettuce, spinach, chard, and kale. Don Baker Farm has flowering plants for containers and baskets, herbs, succulents, and many vegetables. Dale said that geraniums will be there this Saturday for all his clamoring customers! So grab a flat and start gardening— don’t forget to stop by our Community Tent to talk to Lauri Kranz about her new book “A Garden Can Be Anywhere” and the unlikely spaces and place and things gardens can grow!
Okay, so perhaps you don’t want to get your hands dirty this weekend— perhaps you just want something pretty and easy to maintain. Martin Farm and Miller’s has you covered with their supply of gorgeous hanging baskets! Marilyn from Cedar Flower Farm will be creating the most splendid bunches and bouquets too. A couple standouts: upright clematis and unfurling poppies! All picture perfect for sprucing up your home before the party starts.
And now down to BBQ business! For the grill: grab some elk steaks from Highland Farm, a dozen oysters from Pura Vida, lamb cuts from Northern Star, a half or whole chicken from Martin Farm, some ground beef from Hawthorne Valley, and in some pork chops from Raven and Boar.
What goes perfect with all that meaty richness?! Pickles!Spacey Tracy will have their horseradish pickles is you’re planning to doubling down on the intensity and their sunshine sweet if you’re planning to lightening up your palate. Atina will have their ridiculously delicious turmeric ginger salt pickle. This will help with the digestion of the meal and really bring a new dimension to your plate. Approach this one with curiosity and playfulness!
And last, but not at all least— the loveliest end to the Memorial Day Meal: DESSERT! Churchtown Garden will have all the classic pies so think: apples! rhubarb! berries! handcrafted crusts! lattice and cutouts! Happy Belly will have a raspberry turmeric fudge tart with a red, white, and blue flower theme on top. Trixie will have bags and bags of the tastiest cookies and biscotti. Always a big seller, get there early because the favorites are almost always gone by noon.
Our Guest Vendor this week is Joy Newton Designs (printed bags, tea towels, and napkins!). And Mike Herman will be sliding and slapping his guitar under the Music Tent, playing bluesy country tunes!
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!