By Jodie Fitz
Can you find fresh veggies at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market in January? The answer is yes, you can!
Many wonder what they will discover fresh regarding produce at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market in mid-January. We currently have farms that can grow in greenhouses and tunnels that allow them to provide fresh vegetables all winter, accompanied by farmers who take advantage of cold storage and turn fresh-grown products into dried goods for the winter.
Growing all year round takes a lot of knowledge and skill, but as Lovin’ Mama Farm shared this past weekend in their weekly market update, “the mild winter is definitely helping production levels.”
What is a tunnel vs. a greenhouse? In short, a tunnel is a movable temporary structure, while a greenhouse is a more permanent one. However, they both allow farmers and gardeners to extend their growing seasons.
When you visit the market this month, you will most likely discover a delicious variety of greens, arugula, baby lettuce, red and gold beets, Bok Choy, chard, dried chiles, dried herbs, garlic, kale, kohlrabi Mesclun mix, micro greens, red and gold onions, pea shoots, potatoes (purple, russet and white), purple mizuna, purple daikon radish, fresh red romaine, baby spinach, turnips, white salad radishes, and watermelon radishes when visiting Lovin’ Mama Farm.
Gomez Veggie Ville has been stocked weekly with Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, turnips, beets, onions, kale, carrots, and other nutrient-packed produce to pick from.
Of course, The Mushroom Shop is set up to grow year-round and is ready to provide a vast and ever-changing variety of mushrooms. When you visit them at the market, they will be able to share their weekly varieties with you and all of the health benefits each one offers.
There are also savvy farmers like Squash Villa Farm who dry their beans and corn to bring to market that are delicious and versatile in various dishes like chilis, soups, and more.
And, of course, Saratoga Apple is well versed in cold storage and is ready with fresh apples for the picking, dried apple rings, freshly made applesauce, and other apple products like vinegar and hard cider.
Our weekly Recipe: Whatever Soup
You will discover fresh produce year-round at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market. The Saratoga Farmers’ Market will be open on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. from November through April at the Wilton Mall Food Court, accessible from the mall entrance across from BJs or the mall interior. Find us online at www.saratogafarmersmarket.org, where you can sign up for our weekly newsletter and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.