|New Rochelle Farmers Market Opens Tomorrow;
New Bread Varieties from Orwashers Bakery;
Berry Jams & Pies + MORE
June 19th – 25th, 2014
Click on a Market to see all vendor and event details…
Happy Clearwater Music Festival, all! In the spirit of celebrating the bounty of the Hudson River Valley, Croton’s Down to Earth Farmers Market will be OPEN on Sunday, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.
LarchmontThis Saturday, our Music at the Market features local talent well-known to many: The Chatsworth Childrens Choir and both the Murray and Chatsworth Jazz Bands! All of the performers are students at Chatsworth Elementary School, ages 9 through 11. We look forward to hearing their songs and musical compositions from 10 am to 11 am.
New Rochelle – Tomorrow is Opening Day
We’re excited to begin the 2014 season! The market will offer an expanded selection of seasonal fruits and vegetables, pasture-raised meats, local honey, and baked goods. We’re located on North Avenue, at Huguenot Park, in front of New Rochelle High School. See you there every Friday, through November 21st, from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm.
For additional events, visit our Down to Earth Markets Event Calendar.Stay tuned to all market happenings via our Down to Earth Markets Facebook page
and follow us on Instagram and on Twitter @DowntoEarthMkts.
|Wood is Good and Thus Cheese is Delicious|
Yet there is a specific time at work here. At Vulto Creamery, Jos crafts four varieties of cheese, and together they ripen into their flavors – or “age” – in the cheese cave for 2 to 9 months. They abide by their time on a specific material: wood.
Earlier this month, the Food and Drug Administration issued a statement that created a firestorm among cheese artisans (and those who LOVE them) across the country. The statement expressed concern that cheese makers don’t sterilize the wooden boards, and thus, they are potentially unsafe. The FDA’s words applied to both domestic and imported cheese, and the fear arose that this time-honored method of cheese making would be restricted.
The American Cheese Society came out with their response in about a minute: “For centuries, cheesemakers have been creating delicious, nutritious, unique cheeses aged on wood. Today’s cheesemakers – large and small, domestic and international – continue to use this material for production due to its inherent safety, unique contribution to the aging and flavor-development process, and track record of safety as part of overall plant hygiene and good manufacturing practices. No food borne illness outbreak has been found to be caused by the use of wood as an aging surface.”
The FDA soon “clarified” its statement and said that their recent notice had always been in place and did not amount to a change in policy. So for now – and for forever, in our opinion – wood is good.
As the imbroglio began to subside, we called Jos to get his opinion on the matter. “It all made me a little bit anxious,” he said, “but I knew it would be hard for them to hang on to a policy like no wooden boards. He added, “If I had to change my wooden boards, I wouldn’t know what to change them into. The boards are safe, as well as beneficial to cheese and financially viable for cheesemakers.”
As we wrapped up the call, a cooking analogy came up: Think of your most beloved cast iron skillet. With every meal, it gets seasoned. It also gets cleaned, but it doesn’t get sterilized. This cast iron skillet is a piece of our own kitchen heritage. Likewise, so are the wooden boards prized by cheese makers all around the world through centuries of their craft.
When the FDA issued its clarification of its original statement, the government body quieted the backfire for now. However, many people are concerned this issue could raise its head again. To vocalize your support of using wooden boards in the cheese aging process, Jos recommends signing this WhiteHouse.gov petition.
In the meantime, we look forward to savoring the fine work of Vulto Creamery and our other talented makers at the markets this weekend. You’ll find the whole list of cheese artisans on our website, under the vendor category of Eggs, Dairy, and Honey. We’re happy to say that there are many to choose from – enjoy!
|Rotating* Vendors This Week
*Vendors who rotate through various markets during the season.
They enjoy getting to know many communities, and here’s where to find them this week:
Croton-on-Hudson Tuthilltown Spirits Farm Distillery Larchmont
Flourish Baking Company
New Rochelle e-Desserts (Freshly baked scones, cakes, and more!)
Piermont Kontoulis Family Olive Oil
#Freedom Craft Brewery
#Freedom Craft Brewery
Down to Earth Markets 173 Main Street Ossining, NY 10562 Phone: 914-923-4837