And today’s specials are

30 April 2011 § 1 Comment

Spring has sprung slowly this year, but we can view the arrival of asparagus as a good sign! Today at the Montclair Farmers’ Market, Vacchiano Farms had plenty of asparagus, escarole, arugula as well as apples, parsnips and cabbage. You could definitely cook a few good meals by shopping solely at their stand – they have a good protein selection of meat, eggs and home-made mozzarella and ricotta cheese. It is really good that they are year-rounders here.

Next door to Vacchiano Farms, I took the opportunity to speak with Jimmy LaPrete, owner of Shore Catch who brings Jersey fresh seafood to our local farmers’ markets.  Jimmy works with the local fisherman to bring the freshest to us landlubbers. He told me how the fishermen are really trying to fish sustainably, holding off when certain species are running low to allow them to replenish. Today he had a good choice of cod, clams, scallops and tile fish. With Cinco de Mayo on the horizon, I feel a fish taco recipe coming on. Watch this space.

Jimmy Laprete, owner of Shore Catch

The Montclair Farmers’ Market is at the Walnut Street Station every Saturday from 8am to noon.

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