What’s Fresh This Week – March 26, 2017

What’s Fresh This Week – March 26, 2017

Hello, Spring, It’s Me.

Though the snow hasn’t quite melted yet, you can feel spring in the air. We can, anyway. We move outside the first weekend in May and nearly finished finalizing our vendor roster for the outdoors this week. But that doesn’t mean the indoor market doesn’t have a lot to offer. We’ve got microgreens and root vegetables, meat and eggs, mosaics, wine, massage and more. Come say hi!

Please note this Sunday we will be upstairs in Robb Alley (near Apostrophe Cafe) and directly downstairs.

Featured Vendor: Mariaville Farm

Special Items From Our Vendors This Week

Healing Path Massage: We will have Jennifer and Wendell offering chair massage this Sunday. Spring has sprung come see how they can help you get your muscles ready for the season. Relax and unwind from winter.

Lovin’ Mama Farm: Certified Organic Micro Greens and Shoots: Pea shoots, sunflower shoots, micro kale mix, micro herb mix, micro mustard mix, micro arugula, vitality mix, spicy radish mix, and cat grass

Mariaville Farm: Fresh eggs and gourmet Bacon. Its Spring, Black Angus steaks for the grill. Pasture raised Pork and Lamb.

Merry Hill Farm: Warm up with our Alpaca socks, gloves, hats and scarves. Start your Spring knitting projects with our soft Alpaca yarn – hand spun or mill spun in natural and dyed colors. Also knitting and felting kits, felted innersoles, and braided hot pads.

Mosaics by Christine: Spring is in the air and everyone’s fancy turns to mosaics! Stop by this week and check out why.

Puckers Gourmet: Four weeks in the making and they are finally ready: an amazing batch of fresh out of the barrel, full garlic sours are ready for this weekend’s market!

Variety Vendors

Electric City Roasters
Highland Farm
Inspire Wanderlust
Mosaics by Christine
Nine Pin Cider
Sistahs Vintage Aprons
Windy Hill Goat Dairy
Ulster Soaps
Underground Alchemy

Market Activities

Community Table

Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youth will have a table at the market offering information on this child welfare service.

Music Schedule

10 AM – 12 PM
Dave Moore

12 PM – 2 PM
Erin Powers

A Special Message for a Special Person

If you’ve been a regular to our Sunday markets you’ve probably seen this lovely face walking around in her orange apron. Her name–if you don’t know it already–is Jennifer Jennings. She was our full-time market manager… the one who kept us all in check and made sure the market ran smoothly each week.

This week was her last market. Well, she officially left us for greener pastures in December–but has graciously stayed on to help us in the transition. We are forever thankful to her for that!

But we’d also like to take a moment to thank her for all she’s done for us.

Jennifer was a huge step for us as an organization. She was our first paid full-time employee. She dealt with our mistakes, and helped to keep us (the board, the vendors) in line. She also brought us to the next level, constantly emphasizing our role as an educational organization in the community and bringing her extensive knowledge of food and farms along with her. Under her guidance and urging we formed a set of compliance documents for inspections. She pushed to organize a farm tour and helped us create our Local Harvest Dinner event. She found and applied for grants, and did many, many other things that I won’t list. She was our superwoman. We will miss her.

Jen, thank you for all you’ve done for us. We weren’t always easy to work with, but you managed to stick with us for years and push us to be better. Good luck in all your future endeavors!

What’s Fresh this Week – February 19

What’s Fresh this Week – February 19

Life at the Market

It’s the dead of the winter–and we’ve got more than a foot of snow to prove it! But the market is bustling with life. Not only do we have our usual warm, festive atmosphere, but we also still have lots of root vegetables, greens, meat, and more. Make the trip down to Proctors this Sunday and warm yourself up.

Featured Vendors: Coopers Ark & Palatine Cheese

Special Items From Our Vendors This Week

Assembly Coffee Roasters: We have a NEW coffee this week!  Our Tanzania Peaberry is big bodied, lush and exotic with notes of sweet pineapple.

Healing Path Massage: Healing Path Massage will have Jean Marie and Jennifer offering chair massage this Sunday.

Puckers Gourmet: Happy to be bringing a huge variety to the markets this weekend. And upon request… giardiniera! This crunchy, zesty Italian fermented vegetable medley is an amazing snack on its own.

Saratoga Peanut Butter Company: Make sure to pick up a jar of Adirondack Jack! It is an almond butter and peanut butter blend, with sunflower seeds, flax seeds, cranberries, honey, and cinnamon. It’s delicious and guilt free, with no added refined sugars or oils.

Variety Vendors

Ali Herrmann
Assembly Coffee Roasters
D&W Farm and Animal Rescue
Rocket’s Canine
Skinner’s Sugarbush
Smyth/Cid Pottery
Springbrook Hollow Farm Distillery

Market Activites

Local Expert

SEAT Center 
Social Enterprise and Training Center is located on lower State Street in downtown Schenectady. The mission of SEAT Center  is to provide transformative educational and workforce experiences that create a sense of purpose and hope in our communities and connect business to real time solutions.

Music Schedule

10 AM – 12 PM
Hoot Owl Moon

12 PM – 2 PM 
Will Foley

What’s Fresh this Week – January 8, 2017

What’s Fresh this Week – January 8, 2017

Recovered from all the celebrating yet? We’re back in the swing of things at Schenectady Greenmarket and have all the things you need to nourish those newborn healthy habits. From locally grown potatoes, apples, leafy greens to locally raised animals — we’ve got it all.

Featured Vendor: Maynard Farm

Special items from our vendors this week:

Assembly Coffee Roasters: New Year, new coffee! We are roasting a new coffee this week: Peru Sol y Cafe. Big bodied, lush, and juicy.

Electric Cookie Jar: Start off the New Year with flavor from Electric Cookie Jar. This Sunday we will have Mexican Hot Chocolate, Carrot Orange Spice-vegan, Key Lime Shortbread-vegan, Cherry Almond Krispies, and Orange Chocolate Sugars (to name a few).

Healing Path Massage: Jennifer and Wendell are offering chair massage this Sunday. You’ll be pleasantly surprised if you stop by and let them help you unwind your tight neck and upper back after the busy Holiday stress.

Hope Valley Farm: Baby lettuce mix, baby greens mix, red cabbage, prepped brussel sprouts, kale, leeks, winter squash, red & yellow onions, red, white, blue, russet, & fingerling potatoes, garlic, pesto, pickled scapes, spider plants, and more.

Puckers Gourmet: Start this new year off with a blast of good for your gut probiotics. Join us this weekend to grab a jar of your favorite ferment and experience just how good a pickle can be!

Rocket’s Canine Cookies: We will be offering our signature cookies, Gluten Free Peanut Butter, Cheesy Sweet Potato and Apple Cheddar. Very excited to be announcing a new cookie, Gluten Free Beef Stew,stop by and check them out!!
Funding for our music program is made possible in part by a grant from the Schenectady County Legislature through its County Initiative Program.

Variety Vendors

  • Ali Herrmann
  • Assembly Coffee Roasters
  • D&W Farm and Animal Rescue
  • Rocket’s Canine
  • Skinner’s Sugarbush
  • Smyth/Cid Pottery
  • Springbrook Hollow Farm Distillery

Music Schedule

Hoot Owl Moon
Funding for our music program is made possible in part by a grant from the Schenectady County Legislature through its County Initiative Program.

Community Table


Stop by and visit with ECOS: The Environmental Clearinghouse for information and tips on where to cross country ski and snowshoe this winter and for information on the many other outdoor activities taking place in the Capital Region.

Local Expert

Transformative Fitness
Laura Harrison

Laura is a yoga teacher of over 11 years, a mindfulness and social-Emotional educator, and yoga therapist. In addition to group work, She offers 1:1 for those healing from PTSD, or finding balance with autism/ADHD. She’ll answer questions about yoga and mindfulness and helping interested people overcome the nervousness & perceptive hurdles that prevent them from practicing yoga. Her classes help individuals to develop a strong foundation of trust in their independence & deep confidence, as well as reformed posture, physical strength, mental focus, better balance and an enhanced sense of internal calm. She specializes in providing fitness and moving meditation for all levels that is trauma-informed, soothing to anxiety and those with chronic stress, and  welcoming to those shy about their bodies or uncomfortable in the typical gym/yoga studio scenes. All shapes and abilities welcomed! She will soon be offering aerial yoga, too. She also has programming for those with special needs.

Fresh Taste Table: Hoppin’ John Updated

Hoppin’ John Updated – A Traditional Southern New Year’s Dish

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Hoppin’ John is a traditional Southern dish eaten on New Year’s Day. Most recipes are made with leftover ham or bacon from holiday feasting. Some say the sound of dried beans hitting one another evokes the noise of coins clinking together and will bring prosperity or luck. Adding greens is said to draw green (money). Other people insist it is a good hangover cure. It is also a nice warming stew for a cold January day. Whatever your reason, enjoy!


  • 4 cups black eyed peas (if canned, remember to drain, if dried, remember to soak)
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil or butter
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 head garlic, minced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 5 cups broth
  • 2 bunches kale, torn into bite sized pieces
  • 1 Tablespoon smoked paprika, or to taste
  • 2 Tablespoons white vinegar
  • Cooked rice


  1. Sauté onion and celery in oil over medium heat in a large pot.
  2. When it starts to change color, add in garlic and cook 1 more minute.
  3. Add broth and bring to a boil.
  4. Add in beans and paprika and reduce heat to low. Cook 20 minutes.
  5. Add kale and cook an additional 5 to 10 minutes.
  6. Toss with vinegar and rice just before serving.

Chef Bio

Chef Jen owns and operates a personal chef service called Dinner Vacations, serving clients in New York’s Capital Region and the Adirondacks. She can frequently be found at the Schenectady Greenmarket early on Sunday mornings. You can also reach her at chef@dinnervacations.com or visit her business website www.dinnervacations.com to see other recipes, food photos and her blog.



Schenectady Greenmarket’s Fresh Taste Table is sponsored in part by In the Night Kitchen, a non-profit farm whose primary focus is to bring awareness and relief to childhood hunger through donation, education and community.