Winter Farmers Market in Full Swing


Jonel Picioane, owner and sausage maker at Ridgewood Pork Store.

The winter indoor farmers market is well underway each Sunday at the Jack Abrams Stem School on Lowndes Avenue in Huntington Station. On my first trip there since it opened a few weeks ago, I couldn’t believe what I’d been missing. What’s so great about this market are the delicious samples to try. The only bad thing is I pretty much ended up buying everything I tasted.

First stop was Gianni’s Chicken Burgers, where I tried the chicken with spinach and chicken with shiitake mushrooms burgers. I went with the chicken and mushroom patties, which are so flavorful and $12 for four. All of the chickens used for the burgers are humanely raised without antibiotics or hormones. They are low in calories and high in protein. Simply cook in a grill pan and serve.

Next was some hot capicola from the Ridgewood Pork Store. Owner and sausage maker Jonel Picioane had a huge variety of dried sausages. Next to him was Mark Cassin of The Big Cheese. It was difficult for me to make a decision here. I wanted to take home all the cheeses until I tried a soft and tangy goat’s milk cheese made with black truffles. It completely stole my heart. Pure heaven…

From there I went to the Raquette River Baking Company; I walked away with a delicious cold spinach dip, perfect with crackers or as a sandwich spread. I couldn’t resist their flourless chocolate, chocolate chip cookie sprinkled with sea salt. Life doesn’t get better than that. I purchased a container of the pre-cut cookie slices. Something to make on the next snowy day.

Horman’s Best Pickles is a given. I have to hide the red flannel pickle chips from my sons, who will eat the entire over-stuffed jar within seconds. Bits of red peppers are mixed in with the brine and work well with the sweetness of the pickle. You can’t eat just one.

I picked up some kale to make my parmesan, garlic and sea salt kale chips. My last stop was Miss Amy’s All Natural Preserves. A friend of mine had given me a jar of her Berries from Heaven for Christmas, and I just had to pick up another one. Made from strawberries, wild blueberries, raspberries and blackberries, Miss Amy’s preserves contain the highest quality fruits, with no preservatives or additives. Pure, simple and delicious. If jams are not your thing, she also offers hot pepper spreads, mustards and tapenades.

Other vendors included Prasana Tea Company in Rockville Center, artisanal breads from Orwasher’s in Manhattan, produce from D & J Organic Farm in Yaphank, Greek yogurt from Kalypso in Jackson Heights and coffee from the Gentle Brew in Long Beach.

So support your local farmer and small business owner at the Huntington Farmers Market, or at other winter farmers markets on Long Island. The Huntington Farmers Market is open on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.