In honor of Escapes Month, I made a quick — or so I thought — escape Wednesday afternoon to a goat farm on the North Fork of Long Island, which led to an all-day meander to farm stands, a winery and a picnic in a lavender field. I know: how lucky am I?
My mother-in-law wanted to see some goats, so we took a little drive to Catapano Dairy, a small — if you think having 86 goats in your backyard is small — dairy farm in Peconic, New York.
As temperatures climbed into the hundreds yesterday, we escaped to the breezy shores of Malibu. Inching our way up Pacific Coast Highway (apparently everyone else in LA had the same idea), we were lured by a sign for figs, pulled over, and wound up discovering the Vital Zuman Sustainable Farm and Biointensive Village.
If we looked a little guarded and paranoid while navigating the crowds at the farmers' market yesterday, the reason was our bag of highly coveted, delicate produce. In winter, we can toss hardy squashes and root vegetables around with minimal concern, but summer brings out our desire to handle produce deliberately, cradling heirloom tomatoes like prized possessions and nestling ripe peaches into our bags with care. Here are some of the delicate seasonal treats to be found at the Hollywood farmers' market this month.
We were traveling west on the Mass Pike (that's I-90 for non-Massachusetts folks) the other week, and among the usual lot of roadside signs, we were surprised to see one for a farmers market at the next rest stop! We weren't there on the right day, unfortunately, but we wanted to let other travelers know to keep an eye out. Details after the jump!
The small fishing port of Padstow, Cornwall, has become known as one of the food capitals of England, with gourmet restaurants and specialty shops offering fresh fish, seasonal produce, Cornish pasties, handmade ice cream, and clotted cream fudge. While there are plenty of culinary delights to enjoy along Padstow's harbor and cobbled streets, any serious food lover and locavore should make the effort to venture to the outskirts of town and visit Trethillick Farm and the Padstow Farm Shop.
Most of us know the biggies in our cities. In New York, we've got Union Square and Grand Army Plaza that are open year-round and have dozens of vendors. But there are lesser-known markets that pop up for a few months in summer, and sometimes we don't know there's one right around the corner until we stumble upon it. Let's make a list...
It's obvious by now that we are as passionate about supporting our local farmers' markets as the majority of you are. They're an amazing resource, but depending on the city in which you live, it isn't always easy to get in, out and on with your day. They can feel like a black hole of strollers, people who slowly meander without an agenda (who always end up in your traffic pattern), and tables and tables of the same thing. We live near a busy Midwestern farmer's market and have some tips for buying fresh and local without feeling like you need a stiff drink afterwards.
The great Swine Flu Freakout seems to have come and gone for the most part, but apparently tourism in Mexico is still suffering in a big way. I just heard about these beautiful market bags being made by a women's collective in the Yucatan in an effort to keep people employed who normally work in tourism.
Wouldn't this make a beautiful market bag for the summer? I see it filled with green garlic and frilly kale.