I wrote an entry on the Times Union's residents' blog about lots of fun stuff happening this weekend. Sure it's cold but the whole point of my entry was that we are fortunate to have so many entertainment options so get out of the house this weekend and check out what this great city has to offer.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Live Music this week will be provided by pianist Katie kuhn. Katie is a new artist for our market, but she comes with a large fan club and we are thrilled to have her with us this Saturday! Ana Mae and her jams are taking January off to replenish stock. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Thank you to all who contributed to ACTION AGAINST HUNGER--HAITI RELIEF! The market table took in over 400.00 that was sent to Action Against Hunger--Haiti Relief. This organization is tops in providing food and water during crisis situations. They were one of the first organizations to get water and food to Haitians after the quake and their headquarters are in NYC. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Market Table now has hot chocolate and tea for sale! We continue to provide "market money" (tokens) for those short on cash, but are carrying credit cards or EBT cards. Please note that the market pays a per swipe fee overhead for this service. It would be appreciated that people keep their cc swipes to $10 or more. Market tote bags (canvas and insulated), t-shirts and Gift Certificates are available!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Parking is on the both sides of the school. Please, no parking next to sidewalk in the front. Parking in front of the school should be for our senior citizens and those with physical limitations. If you can walk easily, leave the spaces in front for our patrons who cannot. Thank you. Keep warm!
We at the famers market LOVE OUR MARKET and we are going to be celebrating this for the next month with various offerings by different vendors.
Market Table will be offering samples of Famers' Market Chowder starting at 10:30am. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Buy the Local Living Guide : : Good for your Wallet. Good for your Community.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ If you haven't already: ENTER THE
VALENTINE MARKET BASKET RAFFLE !!
Come to the market table to enter. $2/entry, or 3 entries for $5. Look at all you will win if your name is drawn
11:30 am Feburary 13
FOOD PRODUCTS & SUNDRY GOODS: * Saratoga Peanut Butter Company, One Jar Plain Jane Creamy Peanut Butter * Joy of the Journey Farm, Talc-Free Powdr, Wintergrn/Peppermint/Eucalyptus * Solively,Jar of Olive Tapanade * Frenchy Loeb Jewelry, Be My Valentine Necklace and Earring Box Set GIFT CERTIFICATES & COUPONS * Pleasant Valley Farm, One Produce Item from their Gift List * Bridge to Health, Jodi Kelsch, 15 Minute Massage * Saratoga Potato Chips, 2 Bags of Potato Chips * Elihu Farm, Two (2) Dozen Eggs * Sheldon Farm, 10 lb. Bag of White Potatoes * Brookside Farm, Package of Gound Beef * West Village Market, $10 Gift Certificate in Baked Goods * Argyle Cheese Factory, $5 Gift Certificate towards Cheese * Longview Farm, $20 Gift Certificate
OVER $150.00 IN MARKET PRODUCT!!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ RECIPE OF THE WEEK
Shrimp and Spinach Chowder
It's Chowder Time in the Spa City!There is nothing like a good cup of chowder on a cold winter day to make you appreciate the warmth food can generate.This chowder is so simple to make and yet it provides a delicious one-bowl meal.Full of spinach and shrimp with just the right touch of lemon and nutmeg, it sets the tastes senses into orbit.It is made even better when one uses local fresh spinach, potatoes, carrots, onion, herbs, milk and cream found at the Market.Sorry, but you will have to go to the store for the shrimp and herbs.(True Locavores can substitute local chicken for the shrimp and vegetarians can omit meat altogether!)
4 cups low salt chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
1/2 cup yellow onion, grated
1/2 cup carrot, grated(I will often use frozen local corn in I have it on hand as well)
3 c red potatoes, cut in chunks (approx 1 lb)
1 t. kosher salt
1/2 t. fresh ground pepper
1/4 t. fresh grated nutmeg
6 T. unsalted butter
6 T. flour
1 cup cold milk
Soup Add ins:
8 cups fresh spinach, stemmed, cut into ribbons (~4 bags at the market)
1/2 lb. medium shrimp, peeled and devined
red pepper to taste
2 cups heavy cream, room temperature
Garnish with lemon zest curls
Simmer all the ingredients of the soup base in a stockpot for 15 minutes.For the white sauce, melt the butter in a saucepan, remove from heat and whisk in flour until smooth.Whisk in milk into butter mixture and put back on stove over low heat.Keep stirring to prevent lumps and cook for 2 minutes and immediately pour into simmering soup base, continuing to stir.Add the spinach and shrimp to the soup, cooking approximately 3 minutes.Remove from heat and stir in cream and red pepper (to taste).Garnish with the lemon zest curls.This will serve 8 cups of soup.
The 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.)
Or, my alternate heading: Why you should stop getting $13 haircuts at a chain salon in a strip mall.
I was on Caroline Street last week and found myself in front of Swagger, the cool barber shop ("haircuts and whatnot") with just the right amount of attitude at 40 Caroline Street across from D'Andrea's Pizza. (ADDED: Swagger has since moved to 15 Ballston Avenue across from Pizza Hut, Starting Gate Bar & Grill, and Strike Zone Bowling Alleys)
I knew I'd love the place the second I walked in. In fact, I felt like an idiot for not discovering it sooner. The wait at Swagger is 90% of the reason I will keep going there. First of all, the music they play is more than just cool, it's just a great and unique mix and style. I thought at first it was simply a Country/Southern Rock/Rockabilly mix, which itself would have been fantastic, but then I heard some Bee Gees and some vintage B-52's (pre "Love Shack", thankfully) and I knew I found my haircut home for the next few decades.
If the music didn't sell me, then the decor, with great photos as well as movie and music related posters and other just cool stuff, would have done the trick. Have I mentioned yet that the place was cool? Finally, when my eventual, ummm I guess barber, Jenn (let's just say she's very different from the barbers I had when I was a kid, that's for sure), offered me a beer, I was in Caroline Street Utopia (at least Caroline Street afternoon utopia - later in the evening my Caroline Street utopia involves bars and even later it involves Esperanto, but I digress). And it's not mainstream and wimpy Bud Light or Corona they offer - nope - Swagger offers Pabst Blue Ribbon and Schlitz beer - the same blue collar cheap stuff with a bite that I used to steal from my Dad 25 years ago. Good brew, and it fits right in there.
Owned by Daniel Breen, who mans the other barber chair, Swagger is open Monday through Saturday from roughly 10am-7pm, with the exact hours a bit flexible depending on the number of appointments, which are recommended (518-260-2112), but walk ins are welcome and they will do their best to fit you in. Swagger offers haircuts ($18) and shaves (the "whatnot" I guess). Jenn is also available to cut womens' hair, Dan sticks to mens' cuts and picking the music. Oh and BTW not only was the experience great, so was the cut. My boss says I look great - asks me if I'm losing weight. Support your local cool business and go there soon!
It's almost February, which means winter is approaching the halfway point. I enjoy each day, but I do finid myself looking forward to winter's end and spring's beginning during late January and February. Thinking about the Kentucky Derby can be a fun diversion during a cold winter day, and I enjoy reading Michael Veitch's articles in The Saratogian about up and coming horses that may make things happen on Derby Day. Veitch's article in today's edition is about just that, and I am posting it here for a winter day diversion.
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