Last Saturday turned out to be a hot & humid day with a few breaks of rain, a typical day for the farmers market. Sunny one minute, turns to cloudy with wind, then blazing sun again. Ahh the days of summer.Working at the farmers market circuit for my second summer, you really get a sense of weather and how even the smallest amount of wind or rain or excess humidity can make your table a mess; whether its fragile greens, berries, or handouts & business cards.
I got to take a break from my usual station at the Kilpatrick Family Farm‘s stand at the Saratoga Farmers Market to co-table with the fabulous Alana Chernila. As I stated in my “Alana is coming to town” post, Delmar Farmers Market Board Member & FSC Contributor, Leah, had the awesome idea to hose Alana for a book signing at the market. Well, it turned out to be a fabulous outing Alana with many signatures signed and happy customers of The Homemade Pantry.
Alana had a surprise in tow, her wonderful family; her husband & FSC Swapper Joey, and her daughters S & R. May I just say that having Alana’s family there made it all the more enjoyable. Like a band of gypsies singing the gospel of from scratch home cooking & local farm produce! HAHA! (don’t kill me for saying that Alana)
We had a fun-filled day of chatting with Delmar Farmers Market customers (like my cousin, Lu, a hardcore farmers market customer) and vendors. Its a lovely market filled with many farmers, like our friends Capital District Community Garden‘s The Produce Project & Farmer Jon and value-added vendors such as All Good Bakers and The Cheese Traveler. Our booth neighboors were Three Smiles Kitchen (the most amazing seitan I’ve ever tasted) and Sugar Saavy (a Gluten Free Bakery that has a “frost your own” cupcake- demonstrated below by S & R).
One thing that stood out was the market’s amazing prepared foods from Greek to crepes to fried plantains from Maria’s Peruvian Foods. We all happily ran to the “food court” area when stomachs grumbled or in need of an ice coffee (thank you The Perfect Blend).
As far as our table, Liz, Leah & I made recipes straight from The Homemade Pantry to sample for hungry customers and curious home cooks. I made homemade yogurt (yes, I have branched out and purchased a yogurt maker so I can have a dedicated facility for my dairy dream far away from anything Miles will come in contact with) and Liz made Alana’s cheese crackers & granola and Leah made Car Snack 2 & Mixed Nuts.
Every time FSC tables at the Delmar Farmers Market, I’m reminded of the area’s strong community, not only did they welcome Alana with open arms but many of them told her about the local bookstore that MUST carry her book as it was ‘the place’ everyone in town shopped. They also are always gave me insight of where to host FSC Academy classes or where excited to try a food swap!
Now, is the giveaway time! I must say that everyone who responded would find a recipe in The Homemade Pantry that walks them through the DIY Project on their ‘to do’ list. I won’t go on & on about the book, you can read me gushing here and here and here. So if you didn’t win, I highly suggest to put it on your library or ‘to buy’ list.
Oh and funny how things work out– check out the winning comments below… I see a theme…..
Our first winner is….. HEATHER
“I would like to start making mozzarella! ”
Our second winner is……Comment from wildewoode6
“I want to start making mozzarella!”
Congratulations to you both. I will be contacting you for your shipping address later today to be shipped out on Friday!