A new project

May 10, 2010 by

Hi all!

I guess Greenmarket Report is pretty fallow these days. However, I’ve started a new project & blog, called Gardens, Not Gas. I’d love it if you came by and checked it out!


Hope to see you there!




October 30, 2009 by

It’s *glorious* out today – really and truly, one of the most marvelous days I’ve seen this season. The air is warm and filled with golden autumn light.

Nothing much to report at the market – the usual suspects are all available. I can recommend the buttery and lovely sunchokes at Berried Treasures from personal experience! And oh, how exciting, Edicott(?) Orchards/Farms had WHOOPIE PIES. Chocolate ones, and pumpkin ones.

I got chocolate – but pumpkin is a great way to celebrate the day before Halloween.

Chocolate and Pumpkin Whoopie pies! on Twitpic

Hope you all have a spooky and fun holiday!


October 28, 2009 by

It’s cold and rainy today – sort of miserable out. I want hot cocoa.

I dashed through the market today to avoid getting wet. No Honey Hollow – I think probably until spring rolls around with morels.

The market was filled with fall colors – reds, oranges, yellow, gold, everywhere. Mounds of squash, late tomatoes, fall radish, monstrous root vegetables, beckon.

I did see something today I have only seen once or twice before! Giant stalks of cardoon! A relative of artichokes, these great big stalks look like celery that’s mated with thistles, and undergone a bite from a radioactive spider. 3′ tall, bristly, and green, their flavor is incredible. I have never cooked them – only had them in high end restaurants. Look for them on the west side of the market, mid-block.


Friday Blahs

October 23, 2009 by

Hooooo hum. It’s Friday, for which I’m glad. But not a lot to report today at the market. I saw lovely thick stalks of brussels sprouts for $3/stalk at Muddy River – a stalk has a LOT of sprouts, so it’s an excellent buy. Today is also Maple Syrup Day, just a stall down from Tremblay Apiaries. Get your sweet on!

Berried Treasures had yellow tomatoes, a million different kinds of little potatoes, and a heap of sunchokes.

As for me, I’m going to lunch, and won’t have much more to report.

Have a great weekend, all!



October 21, 2009 by

It’s lovely today out – cool and sunny, just perfect for the market.

Today I spied that both Honey Hollow and John Madura had Maitake (Hen of the Woods) mushrooms. John Madura also had regular button mushrooms, and one of my favorites, King Oysters. I like to buy these and slice them into medallions and use them instead of meat for something like a Mushroom Marsala. Try it out. Lovely!

I bought maitakes instead though, along with shallots. I have eggs from earlier this week, and will be making musrhooms and shallots in a Roman-style egg sauce over artichoke raviolis from Fairway. Fantastic stuff.

Perfect apples abound at the market, along with gorgeous garlic, and sensational sunchokes. I love these last in particular. You may eat them raw, or you may treat them how you treat potatoes. I personally love to peel and boil them, and turn them into whipped sunchokes. They are related to artichokes, and have a lovely faint artichoke flavor – like and artichoke crossed with a Yukon Gold potato. Marvelous!

See you Friday!


Monday Monday

October 19, 2009 by

Wow – cold snap!

This weekend was miserably cold and damp, and I was not ready. Where was my cool fall weather? Crisp air with warm golden sun? Nothing!

Thankfully, the chill was kept at bay with a beef stew made from a lovely round roast from the Greenmarket with Japanese white turnips (Yunnos), onions, and red wine as a base. I served all that up with the last of the chestnut/mushroom polenta, and roasted brussels sprouts and cauliflower.

A reader who follows our Twitter asked me how I roast my sprouts, and I promised I’d mark it next time I did it. It’s easy: Preheat oven to 450 while you trim and clean sprouts, drizzle with olive oil. Put oiled sprouts on a baking sheet. Put in oven for about 20 minutes. You’ll want to check at 10 minutes. All ovens run a little differently – mine it takes about 20 minutes for the sprouts to get that lovely brown edge to them.

This morning seems more like fall with the sun out – but still cold. Definitely a day for Irish cut oatmeal laced with fall wildflower honey (Tremblay Apiary) and pistachios. Mmmm.


Quick recon

October 12, 2009 by

It’s cold out there today! I’m going to have to get out a thicker coat!

I didn’t buy much today – but that’s not because there wasn’t plenty on sale! For those of you who like them, Maxwell’s had tomatillos as well as a HUGE assortment of end-of-season tomatoes. I have a feeling we’re coming to the end of such pleasures as the days get shorter and colder.

Beautiful mounds of produce abound – later on this week I’ll have to treat myself to the beautiful brussel sprouts I saw today. Brushed with olive oil, roasted in the oven, and sprinkled with sea salt, I could eat an entire stalk by myself.

Last night was all about prepping for the week ahead – the fridge is stocked with roasted squashes, roasted pork shoulder, and I prepped the chestnuts I bought last week. They are easy! Score on the flat side with a paring knife, and then boil for a few minutes (put in pot with cold water and bring up to a boil) or roast. The skin will peel back. You’ll want to keep them moist for easy peeling though!

I have a pint of peeled boiled chestnuts waiting to be added to something. Chestnut & squash soup? Or better yet: polenta with chestnuts? I think the latter, poured into a breadloaf pan for slicing and frying up later in the week will be just perfect. A small purchase of lettuces, and between that and the pork, a lovely meal.

Keep warm, all!


Hawt Dawg!

October 9, 2009 by

Today whilst perusing the offerings at Tamarack Hollow, I was informed that they are now offering hotdogs. They use mostly ham for the meat (and trimmings from the other cuts – but no assholes and lips), and thus they are a bit pricy, but I bought some because I was intrigued. I hope they are good at 5/$12!

I also picked up beautiful cranberry beans from Yunnos. As I walked to my office I suddenly realized I had the makings of old fashioned Franks n’ Beans! Well, that ought to be fun!

Lots of squashes of course this week, and a plethora of end-of-season flowers. The market is lovely.


Tweet tweet

October 7, 2009 by

You can now also follow us on Twitter:


See you all around!



October 7, 2009 by

Hello all, I’m back at last. Did you miss me? I certainly missed you, and missed the market!

So many good things to come back to – MiniHubbard Squash at Evolutionary Organics and Japanese Turnips at Keith’s. I picked up Tamarack Hollow Bacon (I have missed you SO MUCH bacon!) and a scone for breakfast. I also got some aged sheep cheese with black truffles, and another with white pepper. Fantastic!

There is so much fruit at the market still – peaches at Keenan Farms, and berries at Berried Treasure. I even saw blueberries!

Sadly, no wild mushrooms today, but John Madura was there to make up the deficit.

As promised a picture of the entire cause for the interruption of this blog:

First Laugh

It’s good to be back.