Susan S. Yeske: Recipe of the week
Indoor markets offer farm-fresh products
In summer, local farmers markets are bright with color from fresh fruits and vegetables and most often held outdoors.
In winter, those markets are mostly held indoors – although there are exceptions – and they feature some fresh greens, fruits and vegetables out of storage, meats, poultry and locally produced ingredients and treats.
Not so long ago, there were no winter markets. At the end of October farmers went back to their farms to work and wait for spring and the new harvest season. But interest in buying locally has grown dramatically, and more people are happy to find they can still find Bucks County’s own products even when snow covers the ground.
The Ottsville Winter Market at Linden Hill Gardens in Ottsville reopened last week and will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays through February. While the summertime Ottsville market is held out in the open air, this one is set up inside one of Linden Hill’s greenhouses, where the sun beating down outside makes it warm and cozy despite frigid outside temperatures.
Fresh vegetables available at the Ottsville market are mixed greens and spinach, and you also can find bread, pastries, cheeses, yogurt, coffee, cookies, gourmet foods and alpaca wool products.
The dairy products come from Fulper Farms, located across the river outside Lambertville, N.J. When the market opened last week employee Megan DeWalt was selling the farm’s yogurt, mozzarella, string cheeses and tubs of ricotta that is so creamy you can spread it with a knife. Fulper also sells its products at the Wrightstown Farmers Market and the Stangl Market in Flemington, N.J.
At a nearby table Joe Stockridge of Mechanicsville was selling Q’s Cookies and doing a brisk business despite the recent cookie-laden holiday season. The cookie recipes used by him and his sister and partner Susan are original, designed for the whole wheat and gluten-free flours used in the many varieties they sell.
Perfect Day Coffee of Flemington, N.J. was offering its organic blends to go with the cookies or any other baked product, while Woods Edge Farm in Stockton, N.J., was doing a brisk business in hand-knitted socks and mittens made using alpaca wool from animals on the family farm.
During warmer months, Wrightstown Farmers Market is held each Saturday; during winter there are mini-markets held on the second and fourth Saturday of each month. It remains an outdoor market, and lasts from 10-11 a.m., with 20 vendors available. That market, at 2203 Second Street Pike in Wrightstown, continues through April 26. More than 20 vendors plan to participate.
Wrightstown features a variety of fresh greens plus organically grown root crops. Shoppers also will find beef, pork, chicken, turkey and dairy products as well as baked goods, cider, gluten-free meals and maple syrup.
Stockton Farmers Market in Stockton, N.J. is open year-round with a variety of vendors, mini-restaurants and special events. Customers find fresh seafood, locally raised meats and poultry, storage crops, greens, eggs, baked goods, mushrooms, ice cream, jams and organic dairy products. It’s open all day Saturday and Sunday.
The Hunterdon Land Trust also has occasional winter markets, and one is planned for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, at Dvoor Farm, 111 Mine St., Raritan Township, N.J.
Also still open are some of our favorite farm stores. Manoff Market Gardens in Solebury is open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, selling apples, cider, jams, applesauce and pies.
Nearby Solebury Orchards is open Saturdays through March. Traugers Farm Market in Kintnersville is open Monday through Saturday featuring a variety of products including their homegrown root vegetables.
Fulper Farms shares this recipe for a ricotta spread, which doubles as a fresh dip during football playoffs
Herbed Ricotta Spread
2 cups Fulper Farms ricotta
6 tablespoons chopped fresh
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
2 minced garlic cloves
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1½ teaspoons fresh lemon juice
¾ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
Mix all ingredients together. Top with additional olive oil to taste. Serve with breadsticks, crackers or thin sliced baguettes. Serves about 8.
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