Rogowski’s Farm, in the Black Dirt Region of Pine Island, NY holds a Farmer’s Market once a month thru-out the winter. Yesterday was the last one. The good news is that the Farmer’s Market will be open here in town every Sunday in a month or so. I had to stop by today to pick up some of the local goodies.
Cheryl, who runs this second generation, family owned and operated farm, has even been written up in the NY Times in an article entitled, “Women Find Their Place In The Field.” It amazes me how many women operate farms up here – God bless them – it’s certainly not easy work!
There weren’t as many vendors as usual, but I did manage to find some delicious cheese from Bobolink Farm…
… and raw honey and maple syrup….
and tried some fresh goat cheese while I listened to a few local musicians.
They have a cold room with organic (not certified organic, but REAL organic) fruits and veggies.
I had to try a bit of the incredible cheddar when I got home.
I picked up a cranberry walnut bread stick so I sliced off a few pieces and topped it with some goat cheese and a swirl of honey. Can you see my eyes rolling?
My husband loves hot, Italian sausage so I picked up a couple of those and put on a pot of sauce. I love pasta dishes – I’m sure I must have been Italian in another lifetime!
We kept it simple tonight and made a salad topped with some delicious shrimp. Yum!
What I love about the market is that you never know what you’re going to come home with. I pick up whatever looks good and it turns into the most delicious meals. Since we live in a townhome, we’re not able to grow our own veggies, so I feel very fortunate to be able to find all these wonderful things at the farmer’s market. The weather will be turning warmer soon and the barren, black dirt fields will be a beautiful green. Cheryl, the farm’s owner, said she can smell it – she can feel it in her soul.
What’s going on in your kitchen? Have you been trying some new recipes, moving away from winter’s heavier comfort foods? I’m definitely looking forward to our weekly markets to find some inspiration.
Hope it’s a wonderful week for you.