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Weekend Market Picks November 16 & 17, 2013: Seasonal Squashes from S&SO Produce Farm

Seasonal Squash at S & SO Produce Farmsa

Since I learned how easy it is to make butternut squash soup, I’ve come to love it even more. I don’t really have a set recipe – I just cut a medium sized squash in two longways pieces and roast them in the oven in a pan of steam, along with some carrots. Once the squash gets very soft. I peel off the skin and throw the soft, cooked pulp along with the carrots into a big soup pot and let it simmer with some chicken stock. After a while, I add a pinch of salt and pepper, as well as some cinnamon.

When I feel like it’s ready I pour it all into my blender with a 1/4 cup of heavy cream. The carrots add a lovely touch of sweetness.

My secret enhancement is to dice up roasted chestnuts in very small pieces, put them in the bottom of the soup bowls and pour the soup over them. The chestnuts add a wonderful texture to the soup as they stick to your teeth just a bit before they crumble. Chestnuts and squash make a lovely couple.

S & S O Produce Farms has a gorgeous array of seasonal squashes right now at the Union Square Greenmarket: butternut and beyond!

Weekend Market Picks

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Vegan Shop Up: They’re back with another killer food lineup that appeals to everyone, but especially vegans. Some wonderful craft artisans will be there. This event always has great energy too! 12PM – 6PM, Pine Box Rock Shop, 12 Grattan Street, Brooklyn [map]

Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket: I popped over to this beautiful market last weekend – so picturesque! It is a big event in a great location next to Prospect Park. Don’t miss the small group of talented artisans who set up along the the west side of the market. 8AM – 4PM, Prospect Park West & Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn [map]

Saturday & Sunday, November 16 & 17, 2013

Essex Street Market: Go hungry to the Essex Street Market. The market vendors in this historic indoor market have pretty much everything you need and then some. Food to eat, food to take home and prepare, and lots of tasty — and some unusual ones too, like huitlacoche — along the way! 8AM – 7PM Monday – Saturday, Sunday 10AM – 5PM, 120 Essex Street at Delancey Street, Manhattan [map]

Grand Central Food Market: The Holiday Market comes but once a year, but the food market is open all year round! It caters to a lunch crowd from the business community, and it also has some lovely products to take home, not to mention chocolates and cheeses! Saturdays 10AM – 7PM, Sundays 11AM – 6PM, Weekdays 7AM – 9PM, Grand Central Terminal, 89 E 42nd Street, Manhattan [map]

West 25th Street Flea: Have you been to this year-round, outdoor flea market? If you’ve walked by but never stopped, definitely stop and have a look around this weekend. It is chock full of so many things. Who knows what you might find?! 9AM – 5PM, West 25th Street between Broadway and 6th Avenue, Manhattan [map, letter B]

The Market NYC: This indoor, 4 level market features a fantastic collection of fashion and accessories designers, as well as beautiful vintage goods, and some home wares. The mix changes regularly, and right now it is a full house of wonderful products made locally in NYC.  Wednesday – Thursday 12PM – 8PM, Friday 12PM – 9PM, Sunday 12PM – 8PM, 159 Bleecker Street, Manhattan [map]

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Jackson Heights Greenmarket: I really love visiting this market in Queens on a regular basis! It is easy to navigate and find what you’re looking for because the vendors are lined up neatly around  Travers Park. Also because it has such a great variety of vendors that cater to the multi-ethnic neighborhood. If you need loads of cilantro and 35 varieties of hot peppers, some very hot, come to this farmers market. 8AM – 3PM, 34th Ave at 78th Street, Queens [map]

Enjoy this last weekend before the holiday season really starts heating up – or cooling down as the case may be!

~Karen Seiger, Markets of New Your City

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