What’s Fresh This Week – September 30

Time to Plan Ahead…

The winter holidays will be hear before you know it – so don’t forget to place your orders for meat and poultry for your upcoming celebrations! Make sure to talk to your farmer at the market this weekend!

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What’s Fresh This Week

Quincy Farm: Delicious golden rave, pingpong, and beefsteak tomatoes; sweet butternut, acorn, and delicata squash – perfect for fall dinner!

Burden Lake Creamworks is back with exhilarating rosemary for autumn days and tranquil Lavender for autumn nights!

Adirondack Flower Farm: Lots of Goldenrod honey harvested this week.

Mariaville Farm: Fresh pasture raised chicken and duck; fresh eggs too. It’s soup weather, how about some smoked hocks or make a stew from our Black Angus stew beef?

Three Chicks and a P: Here’s to pumpkin season! We will have our newest fall flavor – pumpkin hummus, and our newest and hottest fire dancer (made with 3 different hot peppers). We’ll also have our sun dried tomato pesto and a pineapple habanero salsa.

Our Daily Eats: Stop by and try one of our tasty new products: raspberry green tea granola (made with organic raspberry green tea from Divinitea), sweet nuts and fruits muesli (no added cane sugar, perfect raw or cooked in oatmeal), or roasted red pepper pesto (sweet peppers with hints of basil and garlic, dairy free). Eat well every day!

Cafe NOLA: Blackened catfish and chicken sandwiches; portabella mushroom sandwich; fresh squeezed lemonade.

Chick and Hen Baking Company: Pumpkin bread, pear almond cream tarts, sweet potato tarts, apple hand pies, empanadas, quiche, spinach and feta pie, and sesame chicken with our apricot mustard sauce.

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Variety Vendors

  • Laurie’s Gluten Free Goodness
  • Burden Lake Creamworks
  • Mosaics by Christine
  • Highland Farm
  • The Peanut Principle
  • Adair Vineyards
  • Tierra Farm
  • Shushan Valley Hydro Farm
  • Our Daily Eats
  • Pixies Preserves

Programming

Local Expert

Howard Mittleman, North River Restorations

Children’s Activity

11am-1pm Jen and Abigail twisting balloon creations (weather permitting).

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And Don’t Forget the Bellevue Market!

Thursdays 3-6pm, through September

2176 Broadway, Schenectady (Maranatha Ministries parking lot, located at at the corner of Thompson Street)

Bellevue Market Vendors – 9/27

  • Abbey Farms
  • Adirondack Flower Farm
  • Buhrmaster Family Farm
  • Gatherer’s Granola
  • Soulicious
  • Taj Mahal Restaurant
  • There’s No Place Like Home
  • Truffle’s Cupcakes by Collette
  • West Wind Acres

What’s Fresh This Week – September 23

Hello Fall!

As we say good bye to the summer season, we embrace the new fall season and all it has to offer.

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What’s Fresh This Week

Adirondack Flower Farm: Freshly harvested raw honey; maple goodies including maple cotton candy; fresh cut flower arrangements.

Hope Valley Farm: Arugula, beets with edible tops, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, peppers, sweet onions, lettuce, tomatoes, pickled garlic scapes; five varieties of garlic; red Russian, fingerling, and new potatoes; Tuscany and curly kale.

Quincy Farm: Delicious carnival, honey bear, delicata, and butternut squash; rainbow cherry, rave, and pingpong tomatoes; baby spinach and more!

Barber’s Farm: Red skinned, white, golden, and russet potatoes.

Sistahs Vintage Aprons: The new fall season brings new forties-flavored aprons for your consideration; classic favorites in new prints; and a new sistah or two.

Chick and Hen Baking Company: Delicious scratch-baked goods, including pumpkin cheesecake, walnut bars, and apple cinnamon pecan coffeecakes.

Skinner’s Sugarbush: Try our new, healthy harvest bars, pumpkin bars, and maple pecan macadamia bars; orange pineapple shortbread cookies are back; peach amaretto scones; all your favorites will be waiting for you, including our delicious maple syrup!

Sororia Organics: Harvest blend eco soy candles; new aroma liquid creamy castile soap – 4.75 oz and 9.50 oz bottles are a special introductory price this Sunday only!

Café NOLA: Blackened catfish, chicken, or portabella mushroom sandwiches served with sweet peppers and mozzarella on a fresh roll; fresh squeezed lemonade and iced tea.

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Variety Vendors

  • Mu Mu Muesli
  • Skinner’s Sugarbush
  • Sistahs Vintage Aprons
  • Smyth/Cid Pottery
  • dreamPuff Marshmallows
  • Our Daily Eats
  • Susie’s Climax Creations
  • Altamont Vineyard & Winery
  • Sororia Organics
  • Earthstone Candles

Programming

Market Stage

10-12: Kim and Clyde
12-2: The Anonymous Figg Leafs

Local Expert

Schenectady County Household Hazardous Waste Program

Children’s Activity

11am-1pm Jen and Abigail twisting balloon creations (weather permitting).

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And Don’t Forget the Bellevue Market!

Thursdays 3-6pm, through September

2176 Broadway, Schenectady (Maranatha Ministries parking lot, located at at the corner of Thompson Street)

Bellevue Market Vendors – 9/13

  • Abbey Farms
  • Adirondack Flower Farm
  • Bella Terra Farms
  • Buhrmaster Family Farm
  • Gatherer’s Granola
  • Soulicious
  • Taj Mahal Restaurant
  • There’s No Place Like Home
  • Truffle’s Cupcakes by Collette
  • West Wind Acres

Lloyd Keeps Me Sweet – A Talk with Lloyd Spear

The floor of the honey house was stacked high with boxes full of honey containers and other supplies.

If you think that a transition from the corporate world to the world of beehives and honey is an unlikely one, you probably haven’t talked to Lloyd Spear. However, I was lucky enough to visit him at his honey house and learn how he got into making honey.

Spear grew up on a dairy farm in the Syracuse area and although there were beekeepers nearby, he didn’t work with bees until the 60s, when he picked it up as a hobby. He started out with only two or three hives in his garden to help the flowers. Because Spear did a lot of traveling for work, he says, “I didn’t have the ability to join a bee club, hook up with a mentor, [and] get the benefit of learning from somebody else.” Instead, he learned about beekeeping from books, which he says is “the hard way to learn.” As hard as it may have been for him at the time, it worked out. When he retired from the corporate world, Spear expanded his beekeeping operation into a full-time job. 12 years ago, he bought his honey house, the former site of the GE Women’s Club just outside of Downtown Schenectady.

The honey house manager shows me the combs that they will install in one of Spear’s 300 hives.

The honey house is where Spear, the honey house manager, and “a slough of part-time workers” process the honey. First the honey is extracted from the combs and put it into barrels. During this step, bee’s wax is gathered for the candles that are made on-site. After that, some honey is pumped into large tanks where it is strained through filter cloth, then heated. Filtering and heating, create the two major categories of Spear’s honey, processed and raw. Each type has its fans. You’re less likely to find bee wings or granulation in processed honey, but the processing eliminates health benefits, such as pollen content and natural enzymes. Even though it granulates more quickly, raw honey is more popular because it’s more flavorful and because devotees believe that the pollen content in the honey helps their allergies. Although the benefits aren’t proven, allergy-stricken customers swear by raw honey’s benefits and buy it every week.

Spear also produces and sells several varieties of honey classified by the flowers they come from. The options that you’ll find at the Schenectady Greenmarket are wildflower, clover, alfalfa, and basswood. He also sells buckwheat and orange blossom honey, which he buys from beekeepers outside of the Capital Region and sells to farm stands. In a good year, he produces black locust honey, but Spear told me that they “haven’t had a black locust flow now in three years [because] the blossoms are very sensitive to environmental conditions.”

Bars of beeswax, which is stained yellow by pollen, in the candle-making room.

How does he know which flower the honey comes from? He says that for experienced beekeepers, “there’s a number of ways to know, perhaps the most important is [that] not everything blooms at the same time. In addition to that, there are distinctions based on color and based on taste.” He added that, “all honeys have the same sugar content… but the flavor varies considerably depending on the flower.” For example, buckwheat tastes like molasses, and orange blossom honey tastes like oranges. Wildflower, a fall honey, is consistently Spear’s most popular variety, probably because it is his most flavorful locally produced honey.

Most of his honey comes from southern Rensselaer and northern Columbia counties although he has hives all over Rensselaer, Columbia, Albany, Schenectady, and Saratoga counties as well as hives in Watertown where he gets most of his alfalfa honey. A lot of people ask whether or not Spear’s honey is organic — simply put, it’s not. As Spear told me, “organic honey requires [that there be] no contact with a flower that might have been sprayed… Bees commonly forage three miles, [and] the U.S. Department of Agriculture determined that there’s no place in the United States where no pesticides have been applied within three miles.” He does sell some organic honey, but it comes from Brazil so you won’t find it at the Greenmarket.

Candles being made.

But organic or not, Lloyd Spear’s honey business is one worth supporting. You can come and try his honey or admire his beautiful candles every week at the Schenectady Greenmarket.

What’s Fresh This Week – September 16

Variety of Vegetables!

This time of the growing season enables us to be creative with our eating. We are still enjoying late summer produce like tomatoes and peppers, plus we have the beginnings of fall harvest like squashes. Stop by this Sunday and see the variety of vegetables our vendors have to offer.

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What’s Fresh This Week

Hope Valley Farm: Freshly picked and cleaned Brussel Sprouts; pickled garlic scapes; Tuscany kale, winter bor kale, lettuce, and arugula; sweet Walla Walla Onions, beets, broccoli, tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, pesto basil, red Russian fingerling and new potatoes. all Certified Naturally Grown.

Barber’s Farm has winter suash: acorn, butternut, buttercup, amber cup, spaghetti, blue and red Hubbard; pumpkins.

Quincy Farm will have baby arugula, Swiss chard and kales; zucchinis, acorns and delicata squashes; hakurei turnips, radishes, tomatoes, carmen sweet peppers, and more!

Abbey Farms: Goat meat.

Earthly Remedies: dryer balls, deodorant, and bug spray; skin protector (sun block) and sun burn relief on clearance!

Euro Delicacies: Dolmas-stuffed grape leaves in lemon rice.

Healing Path Massage: This is your last chance of the summer season to let us help you with your aches and pains.

Café NOLA: Cajun specialties and fresh squeezed Mango or Guava lemonade, Sweet Tea, Iced Tea, or Arnold Palmer!

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Variety Vendors

  • Earthly Remedies by Erin
  • Earthstone Candles
  •  Healing Path Massage
  • Highland Farm
  • Laurie’s Gluten Free Goodness
  • Mosaics by Christine
  • The Peanut Principle
  • The Seasonal Collection
  • Smyth/Cid Pottery

Programming

Market Stage

10am-12pm: Big Creak

12pm-2pm: Randy Niles

Community Table

Susan G. Komen for the Cure will be promoting the Race for the Cure on 10/6.

Children’s Activity

11am-1pm Jen and Abigail twisting balloon creations.

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And Don’t Forget the Bellevue Market!

Thursdays 3-6pm, through September

2176 Broadway, Schenectady (Maranatha Ministries parking lot, located at at the corner of Thompson Street)

Bellevue Market Vendors – 9/13

  • Abbey Farms
  • Adirondack Flower Farm
  • Bella Terra Farms
  • Buhrmaster Family Farm
  • Gatherer’s Granola
  • Soulicious
  • Taj Mahal Restaurant
  • There’s No Place Like Home
  • West Wind Acres

What’s Fresh This Week – September 9

Back to School Time!

It’s that time of year again: back to school! It’s time for food to fuel the body and brain. We have what you need here at Schenectady Greenmarket! Get the day started with hearty granola or muesli, fresh fruit, and local milk. A brown-bag lunch packed with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich can’t be beat when it’s made with fresh, local ingredients. For a healthy afterschool or post-practice snack, think fresh veggies served with tasty hummus, or maybe a crisp and sweet apple! And for dinner, select some fresh beef or chicken for a delicious meal that feeds the mind as well as the body. Keep your family fueled with the very freshest local ingredients, all available at Schenectady Greenmarket! See you Sunday!

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What’s Fresh This Week

Free Bird Farm: Our organic arugula crop is as gorgeous as it is delicious. We’ll also have our certified organic produce, including mixed baby salad greens, red bell peppers, tomatoes, and Japanese white turnips.

Ali Herrmann will have a large selection of new jewelry creations using a variety of semi-precious stones in autumn hues, plus new original watercolors and harvest-themed encaustics!

Mariaville Farm: Fresh summer bronze turkeys – great for grilling or baking; as well as fresh chicken and fresh eggs from our free-roaming chickens. Order your Thanksgiving turkey now – they are going fast!

Cafe NOLA: Red beans and rice – red beans, pork, Andouille sausage, tomatoes, fresh herbs and spices, slowly simmered and served over dirty rice; blackened chicken and catfish sandwiches; fresh squeezed lemonades and iced teas.

Chick and Hen Baking Company: Check out our selection of fall offerings, including pumpkin bread, pumpkin rolls, giant gingersnaps, apple tarts, and much more! Tomato basil soup (with lots of roasted garlic), quiche, empanadas, spinach feta pie, and more.

Skinner’s Sugarbush: Date walnut scones, caramel pumpkin bars, peanut butter chocolate chunk cookies, chocolate chunk cherry and lemon shortbread cookies, and – new this week – lemon loaf mini cakes. This is the last week for lime meltaways. And don’t forget our quality maple syrup!

Susie’s Climax Creations: This week we will have duckling, chicken and quail available; fresh duck and quail eggs; peach, sour cherry, and rhubarb jam; grape jelly; plus our variety of pickles – dill, bread and butter, red cabbage, and beets.

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Variety Vendors

  • Ali HerrmannAltamont
  • Altamont Vineyard & Winery
  • dreamPuff Marshmallows
  • Mu Mu Muesli
  • Our Daily Eats
  • Skinner’s Sugarbush
  • Sororia Organics
  • Susie’s Climax Creations
  • Tierra Farm

Programming

Market Stage

10am-12pm: Children’s Play Along with Terri Roben

12pm-2pm: Dangerous on Decaf

Community Table

Niskayuna Co-op

Local Expert

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And Don’t Forget the Bellevue Market!

Thursdays 3-6pm, through September

2176 Broadway, Schenectady (Maranatha Ministries parking lot, located at at the corner of Thompson Street)

Bellevue Market Vendors – 9/6

  • Abbey Farms
  • Adair Vineyards
  • Adirondack Flower Farm
  • Bella Terra Farms
  • Buhrmaster Family Farm
  • Gatherer’s Granola
  • Soulicious
  • Taj Mahal Restaurant
  • There’s No Place Like Home
  • West Wind Acres