This Week at the Market - November 23
There’s much for which to be thankful at Brighton Farmers’ Market these days — for an abundant harvest with the finest food to be found around here, for hard-working farmers and vendors who bring us this food, and for a community that recognizes the value and importance of this food and supports its producers. Thanks to all, and happy Thanksgiving!
This week it’s about the feast — let’s start with the turkey. Fisher Hill Farm will have organically-fed turkeys, mostly in the 10-14 pound range, along with just about everything else you will need for Thanksgiving dinner, including lots of root vegetables, onions, sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, potatoes including 10 pound bags, eggs, frozen chicken, and juice. Lakestone Family Farm is bringing butternut, buttercup, and acorn squash; pie pumpkins, spinach, curly, lacinato and red Russian kale; Napa and savoy cabbage; Hakurei turnips; kohlrabi; arugula; escarole; garlic; eggs; and whole and cut chicken, all certified organic. Honeyhill Farm will have certified organic carrots, squash, shallots, cooking onions, and ginger.
K&S Bischoping is bringing a large assortment of apples including Honey Crisp, Jonagold, Gold Delicious, Cortland, Empire, Macoun and Crispin, plus a nice selection of heirloom apples and quince. Fruition Seeds will join us with organic and regionally adapted seeds, great for gifts or garden dreaming, plus a pint-sized and super-flavorful butternut squash, a new variety that Fruition Seeds developed with a Cornell plant breeder and chef Dan Barber of Blue Hill at Stone Barns. Shady Lane Farm will have Brussels sprouts, leeks, cooking onions, Beauregard and Japanese sweet potatoes, purple Daikon radishes and greens, red potatoes, Jerusalem artichokes, assorted winter squash (including butternut, delicata, and sweet dumpling), jalapeno peppers, garlic, decorative gourds, and cranberry jam.
Lagoner Farms will have lots of apples for baking and applesauce, Brussels sprouts, kale, carrots, cauliflower, and broccoli. Fellenz Family Farm is bringing certified organic beets, butternut squash, apples, potatoes, garlic, onions, shallots, eggs, celeriac, rutabaga, leeks, kale, lettuce, and Brussels sprouts, plus honey. Bolton Farms will be bringing Butterhead Bibb Lettuce, lettuce bouquets, spring mix, arugula, kale, sweet peppers, bok choi, micro greens, pea shoots, and butternut, buttercup, Red Ambermax, and delicata squash. Andy’s Specialty Garlic & Produce will have certified organic carrots, green kale, arugula, butternut and acorn squashes, green and purple cabbage, daikon radishes, green leaf lettuce, pie pumpkins, sweet potatoes, beets, spinach, and red radishes.
Happy Hooves Organic Farm is bringing assorted grass-fed beef cuts and pasture-raised pork, certified organic and fed no soy. Wohlschlegel’s Naples Maple Farm will have maple syrup for roasting those Brussels sprouts, and maple cotton fluff. Seaway Trail Honey is bringing seasonal, raw, local honey, honeycombs, and mini-bear gift baskets. Shannon Brook Farm is featuring fresh and smoked, pasture-raised, organically-fed hams in a variety of sizes. JonJohn’s Bakery is offering an early Thanksgiving dinner — roast turkey from Fisher Hill Farm with seasoned brussel sprouts, pecan pies, apple pies, chocolate Ho/Ho cake and peanut butter balls.
Allens Hill Farm will sample chocolate chip cookie and apple cider molasses cake and will offer chicken eggs, seven varieties of apple cider molasses, and baking mixes. Pasta Classics will have Thanksgiving ravioli flavors, including pumpkin, butternut squash, apple gorgonzola and walnut, and sweet potato, walnut and craisins. Nordic Farm is bringing jams, granola, pickles for relish trays, and gift boxes — nice for a host or hostess gift. Newbury Park Pastries will have turkey dinner, chicken, veggies, and beef stew pot pies plus quiche and seasonal pies. Growing Family Farm is bringing heirloom sweet potatoes, New England cheddar squash, butternut and acorn squash, Nantucket pie pumpkins, sweet red Russian kale, super tender pea shoots, Swiss chard, garlic, dried shiitakes (great in stuffing), Singer Naturals tart cherry juice, and lots of new ferments from Small World including Ginger carrots and dilly beans.
Also at the Market
Music will be provided by Jeff Slutsky.
ColorBrightonGreen.org will collect recycling items; check here for items they are currently able to accept and recycle.
Please consider donating to the Brighton Food Cupboard, to support their efforts on behalf of the needy in our community, especially important during this holiday season.
Farmers on the Radio!
Thanks to Evan Dawson of WXXI News for hosting a program on Connections about our Market and how people can eat local food all year. Our own Sandi Munson of Fisher Hill Farm, Paul Loomis of Growing Family Farms, Denis Lepel of Lakestone Family Farm, and John Bolton of Bolton Farms did a great job. You can listen to the program here: http://wxxinews.org/post/connections-eating-local-when-it-snows
SNAP Bonus Program
Don’t forget our EBT/SNAP bonus program. SNAP customers who purchase tokens with their EBT cards will receive a $2 Fresh Connect Check for each $5 in tokens purchased. The checks can be used at the market just like cash for any EBT-eligible foods through November 30.
The Brighton Winter Farmers’ Market is held Sunday afternoons, 1 to 4 pm, at Brighton’s Brookside Center, 220 Idlewood Road. There is a second entrance to the building just off of S. Winton Road, between Westfall and 590. The Market is sponsored by the Town of Brighton. More information about the market can be found at www.brightonfarmersmarket.org or on the Market’s Facebook page.
See you Sunday!