Warm the House with Winter Meals

Cold Weather, Warm Kitchens

2014 gets underway at the Pleasantville Farmers Market with a visit by Chef Maria Reina, demonstrating a delicious cold weather soup. Pure Mountain Olive Oil will make their first visit to the Market tomorrow. Our farmers have returned from well deserved vacations, so the Market will be full of root vegetables, apples, meats and fresh winter-grown produce, providing diverse ingredients for winter meals. For a complete summary of vendors in attendance tomorrow look at our interactive Map of the Market by clicking here.

2014 Best of Westchester: Balloting Has Begun
For the first time Westchester Magazine has added "Farmers Markets" as a category in their annual Best of Westchester reader survey. We want the Pleasantville Farmers Market to be recognized for having the greatest farmers, food artisans, volunteers and shoppers around. You can help make that possible by taking a moment to place your vote, and encouraging fellow shoppers to vote, in the 2014 survey. To begin, visit Westchester Magazine by clicking here (you will find "Farmers Markets" between "Donuts" and "Fine Dining" in the list).

Chicken and the Egg
Katie Bogdanffy of Feather Ridge Farm is transitioning from her family's farm to one of her very own: Yellow Bell Farm. During this phase, she will continue to have whole roasters and chicken parts, but will not have eggs. Raghoo Farms joined the Market last spring to compliment Feather Ridge's efforts with poultry and eggs of their own. Raghoo Farms is a weekly vendor in the Indoor Market, and a great source of eggs for any shopper seeking to adjust while Yellow Bell Farm establishes their egg production. It pays to have two sources for important items, and we're grateful we can recommend Raghoo Farm eggs to shoppers during this phase.

Who Is In, and When?
In addition to our many weekly vendors, some are with us one or two Saturdays per month. Familiarize yourself with our vendors, and the frequency that they visit the Market by reviewing our Vendor List.

Chef Demo!

Learn How to Make Red Lentil Soup: 10am - 12pm
Chef Maria Reina will show how to create Red Lentil Soup with Apple and Chestnut, demonstrating the simplicity of winter cooking with fresh, seasonal ingredients. Lentils are a traditional ingredient used to usher in the New Year, purportedly bringing good luck to those who eat it. Whether that is true or not, lentils pack a big punch in flavor and nutrition. And they are a great when combined with many items our farmers bring to market such as garlic, shallots, olive oil, sausage, apples, fresh herbs and dried spices. Review Chef Reina's recipe by clicking here. To enjoy previous posts on seasonal cooking by Chef Reina visit the blog Small Bites. Or simply stop by tomorrow for a delicious, warm sample of her winter soup!

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