Troy Farmer’s Market – A Visit to the Fall/Winter Market

by Lissa Jacobson on November 13, 2011

in Food Adventures

A visit to the Troy Farmer’s Market is a delicious family adventure.

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After two weeks of hearing my hubby rave over his newfound hobby, which formed as a result of him needing to find an activity for a little over an hour, while waiting after dropping off my teenager at driver’s ed, I was able to join him to see for myself what all the excitement was about.

Of course, I had sampled, and enjoyed the goods he scored at the previous two markets, including fresh salad greens (which of course our garden hasn’t produced since the end of summer) , carrots, kale, delicata squash, and some small, but scrumptious tarts.

My husband, younger son, and I arrived at lunchtime, around 12:30 at the busy market, where bagpipe music filled the air. I had already eaten before leaving home, but this didn’t preclude me from indulging once the samples aroused my taste buds.

We immediately headed upstairs, where there was a semblance of an international food court. Among the choices were : Caribbean chicken (Jerk, Curry, and Stew) with some delicious looking sides, Thai curry chicken, spicy chicken soup, lentils with olives, dosas – which look like giant crepes, but stuffed with pungent Indian veggies, rices, meat, or whatever you like from that vendor – and last, but definitely not least, amazing sweet Belgian waffles, that you could eat as a snack if you’d already eaten!

I forgot my camera, but snapped some pics of our goodies once we got home.

clip_image002A little more on the waffles: they are made by a man born and raised in Antwerp, Belgium and the “plain” ones are coated with pearled sugar. He also offers white, dark, and milk chocolate coated versions – with or without sprinkles. Yay – a newfound treat in the Capital District!

My hubby and son sat for lunch, while I explored downstairs for the veggies on our list. My son chose from the Caribbean table…

OK, so I got a little distracted when I wandered downstairs by more baked goods :

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We shared a raspberry peach tart and blueberry muffins, while my hubby got himself a chocolate-filled croissant.

All those goodies need to be washed down with fresh milk (skim, of course).

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And finally, some veggies! Salad greens, leeks, delicata squash, shallot, ginger root.

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Some other items of interest were fresh yogurt, fish, soap, and honey –  but there’s always next week!

Money-SavingTip: The best part about arriving late and scrambling from table to table, were the last minute deals as the vendors wanted to unload their goods. (I made off with 4 muffins for the price of 3 – $1.00 each, and $5 off the tart.)

Go See It!

Troy Waterfront Farmer’s Market
433 River Street  Troy, NY 12180
(518) 708-4216
Website: www.troymarket.org
Winter Hours: Saturdays, November through April, 9:00am-1:00pm in the Uncle Sam Atrium, Fulton at 3rd & 4th Streets.
 
For more information on what you will find at the Troy Market, check out the Vendor List.
Lissa November 13, 2011 at 3:58 pm

Brought the tart, muffins, and croissant home to enjoy later and the next day- that would have been a serious carb/sugar coma!

Gina November 13, 2011 at 8:14 pm

I had no idea the market had so many food vendors, not just veggies. I haven’t been up to the market for a good while, about 10 years. Worth a trip back just to try the curry and dosas!

Lissa November 14, 2011 at 6:14 pm

I had been about 3 years ago, although it didn’t make nearly as much as an impression as this time. I think it has gotten much better, more interesting, more vendors. I want to try a dosa as well – they look like they feed at least 2!

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