Thanks to Marcus for inviting Ellenville Farmer's Market Participants to contribute to this blog. Asha Gohlier, Iris Freidman and I are going into our third year of operating the Market and find ourselves excited at the coming opening day. This year our stalwarts Panzarella's, Saunderskill Farms, Burd Farms, Rondout Valley Organics, and Cohen's Bakery return and we have a new vendor, Gabby's, who will be serving up homemade ice cream, guacamole, and nachos to customers at our beautiful Farmer's Market green. I know it seems that things are just warming up but we have been putting in a lot of time at our farm already this year - the asparagus season is just about ending and our strawberries have been producing for the past two weeks and should still be producing fruit when the farmer's market opens.
Red, lucious, juicy strawberries are a real treat under ordinary circumstances - but when freshly picked and untreated - they generally have outstanding taste. We eat 'em plain, we eat 'em with vanilla ice cream, and we eat 'em with plain and vanilla yogurt. Our greens are coming on strong, pea shoots, kale, chards and lettuces are all happily shooting up right now. Our tomato plants are already blooming, and our calendula, nasturtiums, garlic, shallots and onions are looking very vibrant and healthy. Already planted and waiting to sprout are sunflowers, potatoes, heirloom beets, carrots, corn, melons, and winter squash.
This year we have planted a small dwarf tree orchard with peaches, cherries, apricots and apples.
Our chickens are laying eggs with a fury right now and their yokes are a deep golden yellow.
We can't wait to share them with you!