vegetables

Farmer's Market

Celebrating Summer at the 125th Street Farmers’ Market

By Suzannah Schneider | August 11, 2014

rsz_img_1434

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!

IMG_1435

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.

IMG_1442

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.

IMG_1447

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.

IMG_1438

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.!

IMG_1446

Art

Inspired By: Food as Sunset

By Ashley Beck | June 24, 2013

food as sunset

It’s epic sunset season and what better way to celebrate it than with foods that most resembles is stellar colors! Check out the succession of a sunset below as portrayed with food, and if you see a dish that excites you, click on the caption to get the recipe. Read More

Back to Basics

Back to Basics: Baby Bok Choy

By Kendall Kish | May 14, 2013

IMG_3469
Baby Bok Choy

Baby Bok Choy

Name: Brassica chinensis, bok choy in Cantonese means “white vegetable”, also known as Chinese Cabbage.

Origins: Chinese cabbage was studied for its medicinal qualities during the Ming Dynasty. The vegetable then spread to northern China before being introduced to Korea where it became a staple vegetable for making kimchi. Now commonly available in North America, Bok Choy is a staple ingredient in Asian cuisine.

Peak Season: Late winter to early summer. Read More

Back to Basics

Back to Basics: Artichokes

By Kendall Kish | March 18, 2013

Photo: Kendall Kish

Photo: Kendall Kish

Name: Artichoke; Cynara cardunculus. The word artichoke is derived from the Italian words articiocco and articoclos.

Origins: Believed to be one of the oldest vegetables in the world, the artichoke was first referenced as being cultivated in regions of Southern Europe around the Mediterranean in 300 B.C.

Nutritional Value:  Artichokes are high in vitamin C, magnesium, potassium, fiber, and folate. They also have significant levels of silymann, an antioxidant that targets the liver, gallbladder, and digestive tract.

Peak Season: March – May Read More

Health & Wellness

Add More Vegetables To Your Diet

By Tawnya Manion | March 14, 2013

Photo: Suzies Farm

According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic’s Journal of Research most adults in the United States need to increase their vegetable intake to reach the recommended amount of five servings a day. The biggest problem with adding more plants to the diet is that most people prefer the starches and meats on their plates to the colorful vegetables.  However, consuming a plant-based diet works in our favor for a number of reasons. Read More

Newsletter

Featured Recipe

Image by Rod Waddington Dinner

By Suzannah Schneider

Injera

More Recipes

Meet the Team

About The Team

Whether it’s finding the best goat tacos in LA, spotting a well-worn vintage bag in Sweden, or interviewing the “crab man” selling seafood on a corner in Harlem, we tell stories seen from Chef Marcus Samuelsson‘s point of view. MarcusSamuelsson.com strives to create conversations about food, nutrition, culture, art, and design. We want to find Read More

Restaurants

Red Rooster Harlem
Ginny’s Supper Club
Uptown Brasserie
American Table Cafe and Bar
Kitchen and Table
American Table Brasserie and Bar
Norda
Marc Burger