Farmer's Markets in Ulster County!

Posted by Murphy Realty Group on Tuesday, September 6th, 2011 at 1:55pm.

There are so many Farmer’s Markets in Ulster County. Many people when they think about Farmer’s Markets think of just a bunch of fruit and vegetable stands. Ulster County has so much more to offer than that! Although farms and family orchards actually encompass about 12% of the entire county’s acreage, sop there is bountiful produce from which you can take you pick!

            There are around 10 different farmer’s markets in the county of Ulster. Not only to they offer the freshest, ripest, most delicious fruits and vegetables (that many NYC restaurants advertise using on their menus) they offer prepared foods, and other things you might be surprised to encounter at an lovely outdoor marketplace. Bread Alone, a local chain, is always selling their finest baked goods, you can find hand made fresh mozzarella, goat cheese along with any other cheese you would like to eat about five pounds of! I often like to pick up some organic granola, cookies, or muffins while I am at one of the numerous farmers’ markets in the region. My Fiancé and I will generally enjoy a fresh cup of tea or coffee while browsing on the weekend morning, or late afternoon!

            One of my other favorite activities at the farmer’s market is the demonstrations that are some times done. You can pick up great cooking tips or recipe ideas from local chefs in the area! So you can always stop buy and borrow an idea to wow your friends at your next dinner party! Also pick up a quick gift while you are there. Many local artists and other non-food merchants set up booths, and sell their arts and crafts. You can get something for you or for a friend!

Here are some Great Recipe ideas for the ingredients you can get at any Ulster County Farmer’s Market:

Kelder’s Strawberry Spinach Salad
• 2-1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
• pinch of salt and pepper
• 3 tablespoons olive oil
• 8 cups spinach (5 oz.) cleaned
• 1-1/2 cups strawberries, cut lengthwise
Whisk together vinegar, salt and pepper in a small bowl, then add oil in a slow stream, whisking well. Put spinach and strawberries in a large bowl and toss with just enough vinaigrette to lightly coat.
 Courtesy of Jackie Kelder, Kelder's Farm & U-Pick, Kerhonson NY  Migliorelli Farm’s Fresh Peas with Green Garlic & Prosciutto
•1/2 Tbsp Olive Oil
•1/2 Tbsp Butter
•1 Bulb Green Garlic – thinly sliced
•1 Slice Prosciutto – thinly sliced
•1 Cup of Shelled Fresh Peas
•1/4 Cup Water
•Freshly Ground Black Pepper
Heat the olive oil and butter in a saute pan. Add the green garlic and prosciutto, then cook until both are golden. Stir in the peas and add the water. Cook until the peas are tender but still bright green and the water has reduced to create a sauce (about 3-4 minutes). Add several grinds of fresh black pepper.
 Recipe courtesy of the Woodstock Farm Festival Blog

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