A visit to the Troy Farmer’s Market is a delicious family adventure.
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.
A 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 :
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).
And finally, some veggies! Salad greens, leeks, delicata squash, shallot, ginger root.
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.