Putnam Market has a weekly newsletter (copied below) which, among other things, lists the fresh fish they will be getting each Friday. If you make an email order by noon on Tuesday, you can pick up your fresh fish on Friday. I've ordered their fish before and of course it is of high quality - I like the fact that I can get wild salmon from Putnam Market at least some of the time. You can sometimes get wild salmon from Price Chopper, but the labeling is sometimes vague and I am not confident that I'm getting accurate answers from the employees. Putnam Market, as you will see below, gives you very specific information before you order. Price Chopper/Golub is a good company and it's essentially local, being right down Route 50 in nearby Schenectady, but being a large chain they can't get everything right, which is why Putnam Market is worth a weekly visit.
Heyyyyy nothing says "Happy Holidays" like a reminder that your tax bill is due, but don't blame me - I'm just the messenger. If you pay your Saratoga Springs city taxes in quarterly installments, don't forget to drop your fourth quarter payment off to city hall or get the envelope postmarked (not a meter mark) by December 1, 2009 to avoid late fees. Click here for the tax payment page on the Saratoga Springs city web site.
Tax payments may be mailed to the Commissioner of Finance, PO Box 328, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866-0328 or hand delivered to City Hall at 474 Broadway. The tax office is located on the first floor of City Hall, first door on the left when entering from Broadway. The office hours are Monday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All checks should be made payable to COMMISSIONER OF FINANCE.
This Saturday our market will abound with local bounty. Check out our new vendors: Zorbas Natural's Gar La La(nondairy, gluten free, soy free dips); Saratoga Salsa Potato Chips (made from Sheldon Farms's Adirondak Potatoes); Mrs. London's (organic coffee and pastries). Note: Holiday greens are now being sold at the market. Missing this Saturday will be Effie's Bakery and Bridge to Health--both will be back on December 5th! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Parking will be on the both sides of the school. Please keep the front lane open for safe pedestrian travel. Thank you. Note: Dogs are not allowed inside the school building. School rules. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ MARKET SHED has been converted to the Market Table at the winter market and will continue to provide "market money" (tokens) for those short on cash, but are carrying credit cards or EBT cards. We also have the great gift ideas: market tote bags (canvas and insulated), t-shirts and gift certificates!
Thanksgiving Raffle Will Be Awarded Tomorrow! proceeds
from the winter market basket raffles will be going to offset the extra
expense of our beautiful new location at the gym of Division St Elem
Enter now at the market table:
THANKSGIVING BASKET WILL BE GIVEN OUT NOVEMBER 28th, 11 am at the market
*Our monthly raffle basket will have a Thanksgiving theme. Ticket prices are $2 each or 3 for $5. This basket is worth over $125!!!
News from our Vendors and Black FridaySaturday Specials
In keeping with the season, some of our
vendors will have special offerings at our November 28 Market day, two days
after Thanksgiving. Others will debut a new product, or bid good bye to one of
their supply of natural greenhouse cucumbers declines, Shushan Valley Hydro (Phyllis Underwood) will soon reintroduce the green beans, just in time for the December
season. Take notice that they're running a special on Saturday: Buy two greens
and treat yourself to the third at no cost.
Farm (Mary & Bob
Pratt) have become goose herders in
addition to being sheep herders. For a special holiday dinner for a few or a
crowd consider one of their heritage breed geese for your table. Their Black Friday Saturday sale item will be small
boneless lamb sirloin roasts for $12 per pound, regularly $13.50. A perfect
dinner for two.
the 'green theme', buy any two greens from Kilpatrick Family Farm (Michael Kilpatrick) and get the third for
50 percent off.
oh so delicious braised or roasted joints (to use a British term), Homestead
Artisans (Liza and Dave
Porter) will have goat leg and breast
quarters for 50 percent off. "Come 'n get it," Liza writes.
flavor to your applesauce, holiday breads, or roasted winter squash with cider
from Saratoga Apple (Christine
Gaud and Nate Darrow). Their cooking
quality pints of cider will be on sale for $1.00 per pint. That's half off the
regular price of $2.00 per pint. Pick up some apples along with the cider.
¹Frenchy Loeb Jewelry is offering Gift Layaway Service
on all of her beautiful gemstone inventory for the Holidays. For a
non-refundable $5.00 deposit, she'll hold your purchase. *** For this Saturday
only, make your jewelry and gift orders, pay in full, and receive 20% off. ***
This is Frenchy's final sale of 2009. Give your loved one, or yourself, a gift
for Chaunukuh (December 11 through 19) or for Christmas.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ RECIPE OF THE WEEK
Winter Squash Casserole with Apples
Note: This recipe lends itself to using leftover squash from your Thanksgiving table.
Citrus Winter Squash Casserole with Apples
2 lbs winter squash (I like to mix medium butternut, acorn
1-2 apples, cored, skinned and thinly sliced
2 tbsp butter
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup orange juice
Prepare squash by cutting in 1/2's or 1/4's, deseeding and
baking covered by aluminum foil at 375 in a shallow baking pan with 1-2 inches
of water.Bake until meat is tender (30
minutes).Remove from oven, but leave
oven on.Slice out squash meat at
mashed gently together and put into a generously buttered 9x 13 baking
dish.Add apple slices throughout.Pour over maple syrup and orange juice.Bake for 30 minutes in oven or until apples
are tender and casserole is heated through.
Note: this recipe can be made more robust and appealing to
meat lovers by adding sliced sausage to the dish.(An addition my carnivorous husband insists I mention here).
Saratoga Farmers' Market is open for its winter season, Nov.-April,
Saturdays 9a-1p at the Division Street School in Saratoga Springs, NY.
(go to our website for a map to our winter location.)
I hope you had a great Thanksgiving. If you're looking for something to do tonight in Saratoga Springs, George Fletcher and Pete Pashoukos (aka Tequila Mockingbirds) are playing at Johnny Luc's (formerly The Clubhouse) at about 9pm, and of course Thursdays at Cantina. I am out of town for the holiday so I won't be out this weekend but I am sure there is other live music downtown so check it out.
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I took my girlfriend to Scallions Restaurant last week, located at the corner of Lake and Henry Streets, and we had a real nice dinner there. It was a Monday night and there was only one other table (with three customers) occupied when we got there at 7:45PM. I realize Monday nights are often slow for restaurants, but I hate to see our local businesses obviously suffering from the economy.
We often share dishes, which allows us to enjoy both an appetizer and an entree, and sometimes even dessert, without getting too full. We shared the pierogies appetizer, which was served with carmelized onions and sour cream. Pierogies, which are potatoes and cheese (or sometimes sauerkraut) wrapped in dough and then fried, is a mainstay in many of the markets offering Polish cuisine in my hometown of Buffalo so I certainly enjoyed them. We then had the pesto chicken entree, which included penne pasta, sundried tomatoes, and artichoke hearts in a creamy pesto sauce. That also was very good and we appreciated the chef taking the time to divide them onto plates for us right in the kitchen. He obviously didn't have too much to do back there considering how empty the place was, but it was still a nice touch. They had an interesting dessert menu but we are trying to stay healthy so we passed. Our walk through the gallery and gift shop was a nice ending to a good dinner and we plan on going back there for lunch or dinner soon.
I receieved this email from Virgil's House, the very comfortable coffee house on Henry Street which doesn't allow laptops, cell phone usage, or other electronic annoyances. They have art, puzzles, chess, checkers, books (!), and more. It's a very comfortable and relaxing place.
Pick up something special from us for Thanksgiving
Order by Monday, November 23rd
We will be closed Thanksgiving Day
We wish you all a happy holiday!!
NEWHOMEMADE MENU ITEMS ALL AVAILABLEIN PLATTERS FOR PARTIES OR GIFT GIVING
Grandma Ida's Potato Latkes--
Made from hand grated potatoes, homemade and to die for!
Fat Free Homemade Banana Bread--
Delicious, healthy, made with all natural organic ingredients.
Chicken & Matzo Ball Soup
Homemade soup made with free range chicken and fresh vegatables.
Fresh Homemade Biscuits
Try them with our homemade jam for a fresh down-home snack,
Or try an asiago biscuit warmed with butter or cream cheese.
We have made the leap.
Ask us about
At Virgil's House,at your house or at
The Apple Tree Victorian Inn in Ballston Spa Catering Menus Available Now
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START YOUR HOLIDAY SHOPPING EARLY HERE AT VIRGIL'S
UNIQUE, GREEN, LOCAL, AND CONSUMABLE GIFTS FOR THE HOLIDAYS AND SPECIAL EVENTS
Give the gift of Virgil's Coffee
~ Our Coffee Club for $139.00~
Unlimited coffee in any travel mug or in house for the entire year!
Buy it now, and get the remainder of 2009 included.
Put together your favorite goodies! Bakery, teas, Mate, coffee and gift cards
The Gift of Gab
Our kids have some pretty amazing and often entertaining ideas and viewpoints.
Virgil's has 3 packages designed to detail and chronicle your childs interpretations, thoughts and perceptions.
As if a piece of their childhood has been magically frozen for you to keep forever or give as an unforgettable gift.
30 minutes with your child is all it takes.
You choose your format and I will create a unique and lifelong memory, packaged and ready to give. Great for parents, spouses, grandparents~
anyone who would like a keepsake of your child's imagination and impressions.
Fund Raising Made to Order
Ask us about our fund raising program.
We have several packages available,
We will take care of tickets, coordinating and hosting the event,
You simply sell tickets.
A great way to raise extra money for your group.
We'll send an email notification on your behalf and list it on our Facebook page.
Call Kathleen for details or email her at email@example.com
Sunday Morning Crossword Challenge has begun!
Enter by 8am Sunday.
First to complete the puzzle of our choice wins a
$5.00 Gift Card.
Don't forget to look for our weekly email specials in your inbox!
NYRA has done a nice (read: professional) job posting videos to Youtube and pictures on Flickr via what is apparently a new endeavor for it called "NYRA Spotlight". Watching the videos and viewing the pictures makes me nod in approval that NYRA apparently hired a firm well versed in new media products and techniques to ensure the utilization of professional videographers, photographers, editors, and more to ensure a quality and modern looking product.
The photos and video are more than just quality products. The video is produced with the appropriate background music, MTV style angles, pacing, and cuts, and all that cool stuff that makes you realize that it's professional and, more importantly, designed to catch the interest of the younger generations. The younger fans would normally bore quickly on a four plus minute piece about the NYRA Clerk of Scales (Embedded below), but the modern production techniques, along with candid snippets of star jockeys Kent Desormeaux, Alan Garcia, and Ramon Dominguez, makes the final product enjoyable to watch. Those Gen X and Y kids and young adults get bored quickly, but NYRA obviously realizes that they are needed to keep both NYRA and the sport viable into the future.
The photographs (A few are posted below but the entire collection can be linked here) are from Adam Coglianese, who I don't know but I am sure many of you do because by all indications he's an accomplished equine photographer.
Well congratulations to NYRA for starting this endeavor off quite well. I've said it many times before that what's good for NYRA is good for Saratoga Springs and the entire region, so I was pleased when I viewed theire excellent work on the video and Flickr photographs.