Fresh Sunday, April 29

Hudson-Chatham Winery: There’s nothing like a crisp, dry Riesling to complement the fresh flavors of spring. Hudson-Chatham has a great one, and this week it’s on sale! Buy 2 or more bottles and get 10% off. The winery will also have its usual selection of fine whites, reds, sweet, sparkling, and dessert wines.

Barber’s Farm will have fresh asparagus, mustard greens, spinach, Swiss chard and lettuce, plus potted herbs, vegetables and flowers.

Glassy Beads: Sunday is the last day my hand-made glass jewelry will be available, so stop by and find a treasure for the special mother in your life… before it’s too late!

Sistahs Vintage Aprons will be featuring apron considerations for Mother’s Day gifts in sassy prints for the favorite woman in your life. Look for bold print and color combinations for your apron statement.

Café NOLA: Chicken Étouffée (blackened chicken with Étouffée sauce) and Abita Turbo-Dog Beer Braised Short Ribs, both accompanied with dirty rice. Our dirty rice is gluten free and available separately! Four Cheese Baked Macaroni. Freshly squeezed lemonade, raspberry lemonade, cherry lemonade, sweet tea, Arnold Palmer, and raspberry tea.

Healing Path Massage will have Jennifer Cross and Wendell Harris offering chair massage this Sunday at the market; come and enjoy a massage this last week indoors. We’ll only be at the market once per month in the summer – hope to see you outside on the 3rd Sunday of the month!

Merry Hill Farm: Stop by this last week and check out our selection of hand dyed and natural color alpaca yarn. We have alpaca roving for spinning and crafts plus kits for knitting hats and scarves, dyeing yarn with kool-aid, or making your own felted hat. We also have a great selection of hand crafted products, including some super soft and colorful baby hats.

Chick and Hen Baking Company: We’ll be here for the last Sunday inside, with a tomato vegetable spring minestrone, our yummy applewood bacon quiches; chicken, beef and black bean empanadas; pecan lace cookies, lemon meringue tarts, classic cheesecakes, almond florentines and so much more. Stop by and visit us for a coupon for our first outdoor market!

Mariaville Angus Farm: Fresh duck and chicken, farm fresh eggs, dry aged Black Angus beef, Heritage pork, no-nitrate bacon, and five types of sausages.

Three Chicks and a P will have our newest addition to our hummus family – Horseradish!  We’ll also have an Olive Tapenade and an Artichoke Tapenade, along with our regular flavors. Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday!

Pixie’s Preserves: Due to the cold weather I will not have asparagus this week, but stop by for your favorite jams and jellies!

April 29, Our last day indoors

Join us on our final day inside Proctors! Last Sunday was busy, and we expect to see crowds picking up as more eagerly-awaited seasonal veggies climb onto the charts.

Be sure to visit your favorite Winter market vendors while you still can. The market moves Outdoors around City Hall on May 6th. Tell your family and friends!

Market Stage, 10-2: The Dependents

Lower Level Music, 10-12: Terri Roben presents children’s songs

Lower Level Music, 12-2: The Bentwood Rockers

Local Expert: Transition Schenectady A new local group being organized to create a positive, solutions-focused, viral and fun approach to the sustainable future of Schenectady county and surrounding areas. The goal of the group is to build community and help each other learn new skills, simplify our lives, and prepare for a less consumer-focused, energy intensive future.

Community Table 1: Fresh Air Fund Give the simple gift of summertime pleasures to a New York City child this summer. Since 1877, The Fresh Air Fund, an independent, not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer experiences to more than 1.7 million NYC children from low-income neighborhoods. Stop by for washable tattoos and to pick up information on how to host a child this summer!

Community Table 2: Mabee Farm Historic Site

Variety Vendors: Glassy Beads, Altamont Vineyard & Winery, Sistahs Vintage Aprons, Funk Farms, Mosaics by Christine, The New England Fudge Co., Highland Farm, Chick and Hen Baking Company, Laurie’s Gluten Free Goodness, Merry Hill Farm

Hudson-Chatham Winery: There’s nothing like a crisp, dry Riesling to complement the fresh flavors of spring. Hudson-Chatham has a great one, and this week it’s on sale! Buy 2 or more bottles and get 10% off. The winery will also have its usual selection of fine whites, reds, sweet, sparkling, and dessert wines.

Barber’s Farm will have fresh asparagus, mustard greens, spinach, Swiss chard and lettuce, plus potted herbs, vegetables and flowers.

Glassy Beads: Sunday is the last day my hand-made glass jewelry will be available, so stop by and find a treasure for the special mother in your life… before it’s too late!

Sistahs Vintage Aprons will be featuring apron considerations for Mother’s Day gifts in sassy prints for the favorite woman in your life. Look for bold print and color combinations for your apron statement.

Café NOLA: Chicken Étouffée (blackened chicken with Étouffée sauce) and Abita Turbo-Dog Beer Braised Short Ribs, both accompanied with dirty rice. Our dirty rice is gluten free and available separately! Four Cheese Baked Macaroni. Freshly squeezed lemonade, raspberry lemonade, cherry lemonade, sweet tea, Arnold Palmer, and raspberry tea.

Healing Path Massage will have Jennifer Cross and Wendell Harris offering chair massage this Sunday at the market; come and enjoy a massage this last week indoors. We’ll only be at the market once per month in the summer – hope to see you outside on the 3rd Sunday of the month!

Merry Hill Farm: Stop by this last week and check out our selection of hand dyed and natural color alpaca yarn. We have alpaca roving for spinning and crafts plus kits for knitting hats and scarves, dyeing yarn with kool-aid, or making your own felted hat. We also have a great selection of hand crafted products, including some super soft and colorful baby hats.

Chick and Hen Baking Company: We’ll be here for the last Sunday inside, with a tomato vegetable spring minestrone, our yummy applewood bacon quiches; chicken, beef and black bean empanadas; pecan lace cookies, lemon meringue tarts, classic cheesecakes, almond florentines and so much more. Stop by and visit us for a coupon for our first outdoor market!

Mariaville Angus Farm: Fresh duck and chicken, farm fresh eggs, dry aged Black Angus beef, Heritage pork, no-nitrate bacon, and five types of sausages.

Three Chicks and a P will have our newest addition to our hummus family – Horseradish!  We’ll also have an Olive Tapenade and an Artichoke Tapenade, along with our regular flavors. Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday!

Pixie’s Preserves: Due to the cold weather I will not have asparagus this week, but stop by for your favorite jams and jellies!

Parking on Sundays

On show days, the city will charge for parking in the lot directly behind Proctors. Schenectady Greenmarket customers may use this parking lot without charge until 12:30pm on these dates, after which standard parking rates apply.

Parking in the Broadway garage is always free; a short walk from the garage crosswalk takes you to the back door of Proctors on Stratton Plaza. Parking at City Hall is also free and you can enjoy a pleasant stroll down Jay Street.

Education is our mission

On a recent Sunday at Schenectady Greenmarket, shoppers visited the Local Expert table chuckling as they held a plastic replica of five pounds of fat in the human body. Elicia McMullen, R.D., Retail Dietitian with ShopRite Supermarkets, Inc., brought the item as a way to encourage people to think about what they’re eating and drinking and encourage healthy food choices.

She also had bottles of vitamin water, soda and juice on display, empty except for tablespoons of sugar at the bottom of each glass bottle to demonstrate how much sugar is in each drink. A plate with artistic samples of green beans, broccoli, chicken and a half cup of whole grain pasta was also a topic of conversation among Elicia, her colleague Alisha Strianese, M.S., R.D., also a Retail Dietitian with ShopRite, and shoppers at the weekly downtown Schenectady farmers market. The MyPlate display showed the recommended servings of each food group arranged on a dinner plate, the new food icon recently launched by the United States Department of Agriculture that replaces the food guide pyramid.

“We’ve had a great response today,” said McMullen who was lending her expertise at Schenectady Greenmarket for the first time in April 2012. “We’ve given out a lot of recipes today, including vegetarian recipes.” Strianese was giving customers tips on how to prepare the fresh vegetables available at Schenectady Greenmarket. “We’ve given people ideas on what they can do with the vegetables, like Swiss chard and beets, if they haven’t made them before,” she explained.

Sherri Perkins of Clifton Park was grateful for their advice, particularly about recipes for her new juicer. “I want to get healthier,” she said. “I have a 12-year-old daughter and I want to be around to watch her grow up.”

Nutrition is just one of the topics covered at Schenectady Greenmarket . The market offers a variety of educational programs through the Local Experts table and a speakers series that began this spring. Schenectady Greenmarket shoppers have been able to learn about recycling, gardening tips, proper ways to cut chicken and alternate forms of energy, as well as watch cooking demonstrations. Local Experts have included ALLURA Solar, Occupy Schenectady, Transition Schenectady,  Honest Weight Food Co-Op,  Roots & Wisdom, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schenectady County – Master Gardeners, the  American Cancer Society, the Schenectady Fire Department and others.

Donna Lessard, who has been a member of the Schenectady Greenmarket Board of Directors for three years, arranges for Local Experts at the market. She said that in addition to the experts brought in to speak to customers, the vendors are valuable resources as well. “In today’s world I feel education is very important to offer to our customers,” she said. “Buying locally is becoming more and more important, and to educate people in terms of local food and nutrition, I feel is an important component. Having our farmers right here at the market helps people to learn how their food is grown. The farmers are more than willing to help people with different cooking ideas, and it’s a great way to try new vegetables.”

Schenectady Greenmarket plans to host  programs on the following topics in the upcoming months:  zumba and yoga demonstrations, health care,  nutrition, energy,  buying locally and gardening (both vegetable and flowers).

Betsy Henry, Chair of the market’s Board of Directors, said that educational programs fits in with the market’s mission and will continue to be an important aspect of the market. “From the outset, we have invited community groups and local experts to participate in Schenectady Greenmarket,” she said. “The market is a fun place to be and a great gathering place for people who want to support local farmers and our local community. So, it’s a perfect opportunity to provide information and a means to engage customers with a broad range of topics related to our mission of connecting farm and city to create a responsible, sustainable food system.”

The market moves outdoors May 6

The market moves outdoors around City Hall on Sunday May 6. We will gather around City Hall each Sunday from 10-2. The market will feature more than 70 vendors who produce everything they sell. Music, community groups, local experts, prepared foods, plants, flowers, veggies, meat and more!