Archive for November, 2008

Day Before Thanks

November 26, 2008

Wow! Is the market crowded today? YOU BET. It’s the day before Thanksgiving, and everyone who forgot there is a greenmarket in Union Square has remembered, and has come to get their food! Luckily, the farmers & craftspeople came prepared – mushrooms, dairy, lamb, turkeys, mountains of squash and foothills of potatoes – oh there is plenty for your feast at the market today! Quattros Game Meats is there today – they are usually only at the market on Saturdays – and they have great big turkeys piled high, as well as geese, ducks, pheasants, and others.
Have a great holiday, all!




November 19, 2008

A shift is taking place at the market! We think of Winter as a time of loss and quiet for the market – but this morning was busy as ever – wineries, cheese artisans, meat vendors, hydroponic tomatoes, mounds of potatoes and cauliflowers, all presided at market today – along with bread and apples. I did miss Tello’s but am trying Knoll Krest’s eggs this week instead.
As you know, the upper portion of the park has been under construction. Well, last week they put in the trees and took down the chainlink fence to reveal an excellent new EVEN paving surface. It’s a huge improvement on the old pothole ridden one that I found myself tripping over last year.

In addition – the booths for the yearly Winter Holiday Craft Market are all installed (though not yet stocked) on the southern portion of the Square. This means the farmer’s market has shifted north onto the newly paved area of the Square. Fine by me – it’s even closer to my office now! 🙂

It’s cold out today so one gets the oddity of walking around the market and seeing meat & cheese just sitting out, not on ice. Don’t worry though – it’s colder than your ‘fridge out there today.

Keep warm, all!



November 18, 2008

OK, I’ve been neglectful – we all have. I have not been blogging as we have moved into the colder months, but over the past few weeks have been waiting and waiting for the return of Quinces to the market. I waited and waited, and finally asked around and was told that I’d missed them. WOE!

However, yesterday at market I saw them. The harvest looks bad this year – small quinces that are quite mishappen with lots of scars. Last year’s were great big googly things – bright green and perfect fuzzy skins. However, for all their bumpyness, the fragrance of this year’s quinces is outrageous.

I bought 5 lbs. Time to make quince cordial! And how do I do that? Well, basically I make Habeas Brulee’s Pear Liquor, but substitute quinces for pears! Make your you peel your quinces though – they are covered in a not-very-tasty green fuzz!