Chappaqua Farmers Market: Giddy for garlic scapes

Sophie Morgiewicz at CFM, open 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s
June , 2012
by Pascale LeDraoulec

Sophie Morgiewicz, the white-haired matriarch of Morgiewicz Produce, called me bright and early Thursday morning before my second cup of coffee. “Don’t you want to know what we’ll have on the truck this week?”  I love it that even after 60 years of farming, the sight of spring spinach and chard still makes Sophie giddy as a schoolgirl. Garlic scapes make me giddy, and Sophie says she’ll have plenty of those, as will other farmers at market.

I took a walk through my cookbook collection and trolled the internet to look for scape recipes. Is there life beyond scape pesto? I came across a website where a guest blogger named Umami Girl had lots to say about these curly heads of spring garlic plants. Check our her recipe for scape hummus, or scapes on the grill. There’s even mention of including garlic scapes in your wedding bouquet (wish I’d thought of that).

In addition to scapes, there will be lots of rosy strawberries and long-legged rhubarb and lettuces of all shades at market this week. The bins should also be brimming with radishes (delicious with buttered rustic loaf bread and salt).

Big Girl Bakery is here with her signature lemon tart (which got raves in the NYT), granola, biscotti and flourless chocolate torts.

Gaia’s Breath is bringing their veal pastrami and veal sausage. If they have their veal meatballs make sure you grab some!

The market will also be brimming with community spirit.

Air Force veteran Bob Coulombe, who is doing his part to improve the life of sick and wounded veterans, will be collecting your discarded musical instruments, art supplies, exercise mats and electronic games to distribute to the Physical Therapy Units of several area Veterans Hospitals including the Bronx, Fort Hamilton, Montrose and Castle Point. Please clean out your garages and attics for this noble cause and drop off your donations at the market’s Chamber of Commerce tent.

Folks from Energize New Castle will also be here to tell you how to cut down on your energy costs (so you can spend more at the market).

Music by Matt Turk this week!

Also this is the week that free yoga returns to the market. Every Saturday at 9 a.m. Breathe Pilates & Yoga will be offering a complimentary class to anyone who want to hit the mat before buying local.

Namaste! and see you at the market!

Pascale Le Draoulec
food writer/ author/ farmers market director

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