signs of spring at the market tomorrow!

Yesterday was T-shirt weather and daffodils are yawning in my front yard.Temps may take a dip tomorrow but there will be further signs of spring ramping up the farmers market at the Community Center tomorrow.

Honey Locust Farmhouse will unveil her first arugula of the year. The Orchards of Concklin will have potted blooming hyacinths and tulips. Madura Farms won't have morels quite just yet, but they will have fresh green garlic stalks ready to bloom which you can use like leeks - greens and all. (Vivian Graziano, of Madura Farms,  suggests you saute them with candy onions and some of their King Oyster mushrooms sliced lengthwise into ribbons in  quality oil with your favorite herbs). (see attached pic!).

Speaking of quality oil: the Kontoulis extra virgin olive oil from the December 2011 harvest has arrived and Demetra says the oil, which has the aroma and color of raw olives, is their best yet with an acidity level of only 0.17%, their lowest measurement to date.

Bread Alone will have their famous Irish Soda Bread in honor of St. Patrick's Day which is just around the corner.

Cowberry Crossing says they're having a spring sale on all things beef! This might be a good time to stock up on their delicious, organic hamburger meat and gorgeous steaks so you're good to go when it's time to bust out the grill for the first time this year.

Matt the Knife is feeling under the weather (no, it's not spring fever) so please don' t bring your knives for sharpening tomorrow!

Hummingbird Ranch won't be at the market tomorrow but Richard Focht (the honey guy) wanted me to let you know that he will be participating in the NY Maple Association's annual Maple Pancake Breakfast on March 24th and 25th at Hahn Farm (1997 Salt Point Tpk) in Salt Point.  It's a good opportunity to show your kids how maple trees are tapped and maybe do a little line dancing and enjoy a hayride and some Patsy Cline tunes, too. Oh, and of course, stacks and stacks of pancakes draped in syrup... The cost  is $8 per adult and $4 for children under 12. If you are already busy that weekend, there' s another shot at a maple pancake breakfast featuring Hummingbird Ranch at Muscoot Farm next weekend, March 17th an 18th, also 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Same drill - sans hayrides and line dancing.

See you at the market!