Palisades Community Center Offers Weekly Produce From Blooming Hill Farm, Bread From Balthazar

Carol Baxter, the force behind Palisades Community Center, has developed yet another way to bring fresh-from-the-farm produce to the community, this time in conjunction with Cindy Jones, the female force behind Blooming Hill Farm.  A very generously stuffed large shopping bag is available for $40 with fresh picks from the Blooming Grove, NY organic farm.  The bags are delivered to the steps of the Center which is near Route 9W at 675 Oak Tree Rd in Palisades. There’s a $20 registration fee.  Add additional fruit (another 2 pounds of apples and pears) for $5 and fresh loaves of Balthazar bread (varieties change weekly) for $5.  Organic eggs are $7 per dozen.   Email Carol by Tuesday to reserve your bag:  carolbaxter7@gmail.com.   Pick up is Friday morning between 9:00AM and 10:00AM at the Community Center.

Carol Baxter readies bags of produce for pick up at Palisades Community Center
Carol Baxter readies bags of produce for pick up at Palisades Community Center

Here are the contents of my bag:

Blooming Hill Farm bounty for $40
Blooming Hill Farm bounty for $40

Here’s a list of contents:

1. Squash

2. Parsnips

3. Eggplant

4. Baby Kale

5. Assorted Baby Lettuces

6. Broccoli

7. Potatoes

8. Plum Tomatoes

9. Onions

10. Garlic

11. Spinach

12. Celery (3 bunches)

13. Brussel sprouts

14. Baby carrots

15. Mixed color peppers

This is a wonderful option for people who don’t below to a CSA or have a farmers market near them or the chance to visit one.  The bounty is very robust and reasonably priced.  The beauty of having such a variety is that it forces you to find creative uses for the produce, at least putting a portion immediately to work.  As the weather cools, braising beckons and soups seem to seduce.   Tonight, I’ll roast a chicken and serve it with pan fried eggplant, a salad of the greens with apple cider vinaigrette and parsnip with cinnamon, apple cider and ginger roasted in a tangine.  (Thanks to Tracee Yablon Brenner for the tip.)

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