NYC Greenmarkets 22 May 2009 08:12 pm
The Fishkill Farms booth is at the Borough Hall market is so small you might overlook it, but be sure you don’t. Last week I found a bunch of beautiful, multi-colored radishes – red, purple, and white, sitting next to bunches of equally gorgeous purple-bulbed chives. The radishes had a lovely, spicy bite to them, and paired nicely with the tiny, peppery arugula leaves I also bought. Fishkill is a broadly diverse farm, and over the course of the summer they’ll be selling chard, kale, artichokes, cherries, nectarines, apples, berries and brown eggs from their pasture-raised flock of hens.
Phillips Farms already has an impressive variety of veggies on display, including bunches of flowering cut chives (along with plenty of other herbs), broccoli rabe, kale, scallions, lettuces, and forests of asparagus, to name only a few. This early in the season I expected that some of it must have come from a greenhouse but in fact everything on display is field-raised.
Alongside their tables of garden-ready tomato, jalapeno, and herb plants, Wilkow orchards had gorgeous piles of red and pale green rhubarb, and will have for weeks to come. When I visited last week, Fred Wilklow told me that the strawberries and peas were just then in flower, and so should start appearing at the market in a few weeks. Fred also tells me that this year he’s expanded his herd of steers, good news for us lovers of his pasture-raised beef.