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Celebrating Summer at the 125th Street Farmers’ Market

By Suzannah Schneider | August 11, 2014

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Plums and peaches

The 125th Street Farmers’ Market is one of the best places to be this time of year. The summer growing season peaks in late July into August, so the market is bursting with the vibrant colors and aromas of produce like tomatoes, peaches, eggplant, beans, plums, and corn. The market also features all kinds of treats including grass-fed meats, hard cider, free-range eggs, jewelry, natural body products, fresh breads, and informational tents for alternative energy sources. There’s also fantastic live music courtesy of Red Rooster Harlem, Ginny’s Supper Club, and Harlem Community Development Corporation.

There’s a whole lotta goodness in this slice of Harlem!

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Farmers’ markets are fantastic because they offer such unique produce. Sure, you can purchase your typical apples and carrots, but interesting plants like cranberry beans (above), green plums, or yellow string beans (below) are also available at a fair price.

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The 125th Street Farmers’ Market is a project of Governor Cuomo’s FreshConnect initiative to bring fresh food from New York farms to underserved communities throughout New York. Almost 1.5 million New Yorkers live in an area with limited grocery store access, also known as “food deserts.” FreshConnect aims to combat this problem through the “FreshConnect Checks” program. The project provides a $2 rebate check for every $5 in SNAP benefits (formerly known as “Food Stamps”) spent at the market. This means that everyone can have access to local, sustainably-grown, delicious food.

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What we love here at Marcus Samuelsson Group about farmers’ markets is how they connect us to nature. We live in New York City  surrounded by concrete instead of soil, skyscrapers instead of trees. Sometimes we forget there’s a whole natural world out there! Farmers’ markets connect us to the environment in a very tangible and delicious way. We’re reminded of how scrumptious seasonal produce can be.

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We hope to see you at the 125th Street Farmers’ Market on Tuesdays through November 25, 2104 from 10 am to 7 pm, rain or shine on the corner of 125th Street and Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd.!

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The Best Seasonal Recipes for August

By Christopher Stewart | August 19, 2013

Before the summer is over, dive into a refreshing salad like this tomato watermelon one.
Before the summer is over, dive into a refreshing salad like this tomato watermelon one.

Before the summer is over, dive into a refreshing salad like this tomato watermelon one. (Photo: shutterbean)

The heat wave has come to an end, but it is still summer for a few more weeks. When it’s hot out you really don’t want to cook, but when the weather cools down, you have a chance to cook great summer-inspired meals. With the farmers market in full bloom, the month of August brings some of summers best offerings. Right now is the best time to eat the following items because they are in their prime season. And there really isn’t anything better than enjoying food that’s in season. A look at the 21 best recipes to enjoy this month. Read More

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Now Available By Prescription: Fruits and Vegetables

By Alexandra Fleischman | July 30, 2013

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In a new program to increase access to healthy foods and improve nutrition, doctors will be able to prescribe vouchers for fruits and vegetables to low-income, high-risk patients who need to change their diet for their health.

As reported by Gothamist, the Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program is in its pilot stage, launching at Harlem Hospital and the Bronx’s Lincoln Medical Center.

Conceived by Michel Nischan and his incredible Wholesome Wave team, the patients receive the equivalent in coupons of a dollar per day for each person in their family for at least four months. In addition to receiving nutrition counseling, the participants’ weight and body mass index will also be monitored by their doctors. Read More

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Fresh Corn, 5 Ways

By Alexandra Fleischman | July 3, 2013

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I couldn’t say what’s more traditional than corn on the cob for the 4th of July. Both sweet and complex, with butter and salt, it’s classic. But for the ears of corn you don’t get to this Thursday, or the extra you couldn’t resist picking up, try it a different way. Here are five ways to get you started: Read More

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Carrots, 5 Ways

By Alexandra Fleischman | June 26, 2013

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At the farmers market today, I looked up, and bam! White carrots, right where they hadn’t been last week.

Fresh, young carrots have always been a favorite of mine–compared to pre-cut baby carrots and the older, woodier orange carrots available in the grocery store, white carrots are sweet and tender. And, of course, you can find them in other colors, which means beautiful, purple-, orange-, and white-filled Instagrams are on their way.

So there you go. Buy them. Then check out these 5 ways to use them: Read More

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Sugar Snap Peas, 5 Ways

By Alexandra Fleischman | June 19, 2013

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Sugar snap peas were one of the first vegetables I really, truly liked. It happened one summer, when my mom started serving roasted sugar snaps with just a sprinkle of salt on top. Magical. So when I saw them at the farmers market today, I couldn’t resist. They’re amazing when they’re roasted, but here’s five ways to be pleasantly surprised. Read More

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Swiss Chard, Five Ways

By Alexandra Fleischman | June 12, 2013

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The 125th Street Farmers Market opened this week , and I wasn’t about to miss it. On its first day of the summer season, the market was complete with fresh produce, baked goods, jars of applesauce and jams, and craft vendors. Located at 125th street on the Plaza of the Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. State Office Building, the market will be open Tuesdays from 10am-5pm and Fridays from 3-8pm.

This week, I picked up a bunch of Rainbow Swiss Chard from Migliorelli Farms. It’s located in Tivoli, New York, under 100 miles away from the city. Read More

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Farmers’ Market Finds, Demystified

By Alexandra Fleischman | June 11, 2013

Photo by Dana Roos
Photo by Dana Roos

Photo: Dana Roos

Last week, we took a new look at morels, and read as they were transformed from a scary, unknown ingredient to an easy, delicious dish. The alien-appearing mushrooms aren’t the only unknowns at the farmers’ market, however, and there’s always more to learn. This weekend, take home one of these intimidating, in-season produce, and try your hand at something new. And if you’re in the area, check out the ever-growing 125th Street Farmer’s Market, opening today and will be open every Tuesday and Friday throughout the summer. Read More

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The Sense of Morels

By Patrice Johnson | June 7, 2013

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Morels, mushrooms, fried morels, spring vegetables, healthy

“These are really good,” my coworker spoke quietly, “Don’t tell anyone I gave them to you,” he added as he glanced around nervously. He pressed a brown bag into my hands and backed out of my office.

At home I opened the bag and golden morels spilled out on to the counter. The spores were aliens; scary creatures of mystery but not intrigue. In my early years, mushrooms represented the dark, dank unknown. I stored the fungi in the refrigerator until I was able to forget their existence, and eventually they were pitched. Read More

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