Who’s got the best tomato?
Thanks to everyone who took part in the tomato tasting at the market last Sunday. We hope you all loved all the delicious and beautiful tomatoes our farmers submitted. This year we had 11 varieties tomatoes. Lots of customers voted and even more stopped to taste and ask us where their favorite came from.
And the winners of the 2017 Schenectady Greenmarket Tomato Tasting are:
First Place – Pink Beauty from Hope Valley Farm
Second Place –Beef Steak from Buhrmaster Farm
Third place – Big Beef from Hope Valley Farm
Tied for Fourth place: Bella Terra just ask & Maynard Farm Green Zebra
Check them all out and discover your favorite!
p.s. Don’t forget to Click here to vote for Schenectady Greenmarket today in the American Farmland Trust’s poll. It’s a great/easy way to help the market.
Specials from our Vendors
Hope Valley Farm: TOMATOES, lettuce, swiss chard, curly & tuscano kale, napa & savoy cabbage, peppers, corn, potatoes, cuke’s, zucchini, summer squash, beans, beets, garlic, & more
Mariaville Farm: Fresh never frozen chickens, whole and parts, stock your freezer with one of our fabulous pork packages. We also have Black Angus beef and fresh eggs from our free roaming hens.
Maynard Farms:Happy Labor Day! Celebrate Labor Day with the fruits – and vegetables – of our labor!! We’ll have lots of fresh and delicious fruits and vegetables to help complete your Labor Day celebration at the market this weekend. Yellow and White Peaches and Yellow and White Nectarines are still juicy and tasty! Yellow and White Donut peaches, too. Plums, blueberries, raspberries and late season strawberries taste like summer. We are picking new varieties of apples almost everyday – Autumn Crisp, Gala, McIntosh and yes, Honey Crisp will join our other new season apples – Blondee, Kindercrisp, Dandy Red, Zestar and Ginger Gold! Fresh pressed apple cider. Red and Green Bartlett pears. And don’t forget about the veggies – colorful sweet peppers in yellow, red, orange, purple and green, heirloom eggplant in beautiful shades of purple and white, corn, baby beets, zucchini, summer squash, baby carrots, kirbies, cucumbers, kale, garlic, cauliflower and broccoli. Heirloom tomatoes are at their peak – all colors and flavors of slicing tomatoes – sweet or savory – and sweet as sugar cherry tomatoes – how will you choose?? All will all be available at the markets this weekend! That’s a mouthful – literally!!! Look forward to seeing you!
Pucker’s Gourmet: Tangy, zesty, crunchy, full of live active cultures!! Horseradish half sours will be at the market this weekend!
This pickle is a crowd favorite all on its own or try it on a sandwich to bring some amazing flavor!
WASH Green and Clean: We will have a sale on our REPEL bug spray. We also offer a student discount with college ID.
Finish the hunt and get a prize!
Memorial Day weekend!
This weekend it the perfect time to get your own garden started we have lots of flowers and vegetables ready to plant!
When your done in the garden have a picnic or BBQ with our fresh local produce, burgers and sausage.
Special Items From Our Vendors This Week
Bards farm we will have a nice selection of hanging baskets flowers herbs pots and vegetable plants.
Bouchard Farm II will have grass fed beef and naturally raised pork. Filet mignon, NY Strip and our delicious ground beef along with the rest of the full line up!
Capital Native Plants: “Ask a Botanist” Bring your photos of native plants or the plant to be identified from 10-2 pm by Botanist Steve Young.
Lovin’ Mama Farm: Certified organic micro greens, salad mix, mini romaine, radishes, cat grass, living trays of micro greens
Oh Corn! AREPAS FOR EVERY OCASSION, An Arepa is a type of food made of cooked white corn prominent in the cuisine of Venezuela and Colombia.There are almost infinite ways to stuff an arepa, but all you need to know for now is that the average arepa has a 3 inches diameter and weighs about 200 gr. Eaten alone will provide you with approximate 19 gr of carbohydrates, 5 gr of protein and approximately 90 calories. It contains 5% of the daily recommended intake of Vitamin C, 3% of Vitamin D and around 1% of iron. All this value will significantly change depending of the fillings you will put inside. Because is a corn product, it is completely gluten free. Freshness is a given try the chicken, pernil (pulled pork) or keep it light with a vegetarian filling
Painted Goat Farm: Goat milk
Puckers Gourmet llc– Welcome summer!!
Puckers will have everything you need for your holiday BBQ!!
How about some sweet and spicy pak dong for that burger? A crunchy fresh half sour to join that sandwich? We are loaded with products and full of ideas! Come by this weekend and experience just how good a pickle can be!!
Rocket’s Canine Cookies has a new biscuit flavor, Bacon Cheddar. We will also have our other signature biscuits Gluten Free Peanut Butter and Cheesy Sweet Potato.
WASH Green and Clean will have our natural REPEL bug spray and herbal after bite combo for just 15$. Also our whole line of laundry detergents and eco friendly cleaning products and room sprays!
Bouchard Farms II,
James Patrick Prendergast Photography,
Rocket’s Canine Cookies,
Springbrook Hollow Farm Distillery
Fresh Taste Table
Check out local Chef Jen Sternfeld’s delicious Pea Sprout Salad!
Airplanes – How far will yours fly?
Our last weekend inside at Proctors!
Spring is here! Join us this week for our last winter market at Proctors. The season went by like a flash and we are thankful to our vendors, customers and everyone at Proctors who help each week be such a success. See you this Sunday at Proctors for some great local goodies.
Please note this Sunday we will be in Robb Alley and the GE Theater. Next Sunday, May 7, we will be moving outside around City Hall!
10am – 12pm
Craic Agus Ceol
12 – 2pm
Special Items From Our Vendors This Week
D & W Farm and Animal Rescue –This week we will be bring two new types of soaps, Vanilla Cream with Oatmeal and Sandalwood Bentonite Clay. Stop by early they are sure to go quick!!
Healthy Gourmet Kitchen — Fresh kale pesto, fresh basil pesto, sweet chili jam, all of our spreadable fruit, our full line of soups plus crockpot seasoning mixes and instant pot mixes. We are introducing a few new crockpot and instant pot mixes: Instant Pot or Slow Cooker Wine & Chipotle, Instant Pot or Slow Cooker Wine & Herb
Hope valley farm will have: baby salad greens, baby Tat Soi garlic, pickled garlic scapes, pickled garlic, red potatoes, shallots, potted herbs, annuals, flowering plants and more!
Lovin’ Mama Farm: micro greens and shoots
Puckers Gourmet llc– Ready for some serious flavor? Have you tried our Pak Dong? This sweet and spicy ferment is killer on its own.. add it to a fish taco, that burger or hot dog….?? An unreal experience!!
Our fun volunteers will be helping the kids make jewelry and other art projects from pasta!
Catholic Charities Senior Caregiver & Support Services
Nutrition Outreach and Education Program Stay Healthy with SNAP
Assembly Coffee Roasters,
D&W Farm and Animal Rescue,
Springbrook Hollow Farm Distillery
We asked for your market creations — and you gave them to us! Seeing all these together makes it clear how much of a difference the Schenectady Greenmarket makes. You are the reason we do this. Thank you for supporting our local farmers and businesses. Keep being awesome!
Here are all of the submissions for the #mymarketcreation contest (click to enlarge).
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!
Before our last market of the year on Sunday, Schenectady Greenmarket would like to pause and thank our vendors and customers for another successful year. As a community-run and community-oriented organization, we like to give back to the community as much as possible. This year, we’re happy to announce the end of another bountiful growing season and the generous donation by our vendors of over 3700 lbs. of fresh, local and nutritious food to City Mission of Schenectady.
Since the beginning of Schenectady Greenmarket in 2008, farm vendors have donated excess produce to help fight food insecurity in Schenectady. Starting in 2014, the market began working with its partners MVP Health Care, the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, City Mission of Schenectady and the Schenectady Ambassadors to bring unsold food to the City Mission. The partnership has been fruitful, with over 11,800 lbs. of food or roughly 9800 meals donated in the last two years. This year alone, from June through October, the market donated over 3100 meals to its neighbors in need.
“The market is once again amazed by the support of our vendors and the success of the donation program,” said Jennifer Jennings, Market Manager for Schenectady Greenmarket. “We have been able to provide thousands of meals to our neighbors in downtown Schenectady in a short period of time. This important milestone would not be possible without the generosity of our vendors and the partnerships we have built with MVP Health Care, City Mission, the Ambassadors and the Regional Food Bank.”
What People Are Saying
City Mission of Schenectady
“City Mission of Schenectady relies heavily upon the generosity of its partners to achieve our goal of feeding the hungry in the community. Our partnership with the Schenectady Greenmarket has been instrumental in our efforts to provide fresh fruits and vegetables of high quality to the community,” said Chris Silipigno, Associate Executive Director of Business and Donor Development. “We are so grateful for the Schenectady Greenmarket’s willingness to come together to fight food insecurity… and build community in the process.”
MVP Health Care
“Schenectady Greenmarket plays a significant role in combating food insecurity in Schenectady, and the community has benefited greatly as a result of the collaboration of farmers, vendors and community organizations working together to get nutritious food to those in need. We’re proud to be part of an effort that helps provide thousands of meals annually to feed people who might not otherwise have access to fresh and healthy food. The program is perfectly aligned with our vision of creating the healthiest communities possible,” said Denise Gonick, MVP Health Care President and CEO, “and we look forward to continuing our support.”
Regional Food Bank
“The Regional Food Bank would like to thank the Schenectady Greenmarket, along with its farmers and vendors, for partnering with the Food Bank and the City Mission of Schenectady to recover fresh and nutritious food at the market each week,” said Khali Coulter, Food Industry Relations Coordinator for the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York. “This year alone, their generosity has made it possible to provide nearly 3,100 meals to those in need.”
Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara
Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara said, “A gem in our community, the Schenectady Greenmarket taps into the area’s diverse agricultural landscape to connect people with the fresh, homegrown, local foods and products they want, adding something unique and special to our beautiful downtown area. The market is also a great community partner that gives back, and this year’s donation of meals to the City Mission will once again make a big difference for our families.”