Forget about winter for a few minutes and instead turn your thoughts to love and local goodness. The sun is shining and the members of the Belfast Farmers’ Market have whipped up some special treats right in time for Valentine’s Day. Check out Appleton Creamery, Plymouth Pond Farm Bakery and Half Moon Farm.
Peacemeal Farm shared this in our most recent newsletter:
You may have noticed our potato varieties are dwindling, but don’t worry, we have plenty of Adirondack Reds left for Valentine’s Day. They are red skinned with a beautiful pink flesh and lend themselves well to roasting or salads. For your special meal this Saturday, try a warm potato salad garnished with red onions and pink watermelon radishes. If potato salad isn’t your style, try watermelon radishes, carrots, cabbage and fresh sprouts wrapped in nori. Our eight year old put this dish together, took the photo and proceeded to polish off several wraps.
from Appleton Creamery:
Appleton Creamery has created heart-shaped goat milk fudge for Valentine’s Day. Shop early — these will go fast! Also available, heart-shaped Camella, a camembert-style cow cheese with edible flower petals in the rind.
from Plymouth Pond Farm & Bakery:
In addition to our regular fare, Plymouth Pond Farm & Bakery will be bringing our hearth-baked Toasted sunflower, sesame, and flax seed sourdough bread, as well as a special treat for Valentines Day…Dried cranberry and apricot Palmier with a drizzle of bittersweet chocolate.
from Half Moon Farm:
Beautiful handcrafted wreaths from Half Moon Farm make unique Valentines Day gifts!
from Highland Organics
We are at the Belfast Farmers’ Market today from 9-1 @ Aubuchon Hardware! We have frozen organic blueberries and hot teas.
Our newsletter also had this from Savage Oaks Winery:
At Savage Oakes, while everyone is digging out, we’ve been busy working in the winery. This picture is looking into a tank of wine. The dark red is the wine, the light red is tartrate crystals. By cold stabilizing our wine (opening the winery windows) it takes the crystals out of suspension and leaves them on the walls and bottom of the tank rather than in the bottom of your bottle.
So, what are tartrate crystals?
Ever pull a cork on a bottle of wine and see what looked like broken glass glued to the bottom of the cork or in the bottom of your glass? Some people get freaked out about it, but the fact is, it’s totally harmless.
Tartrates, affectionately known by industry professionals as “wine diamonds”, are tiny, crystalline deposits that occur in wines when potassium and tartaric acid, both naturally occurring products of grapes, bind together to form a crystal. Tartrates are scientifically known as potassium bitartrate, which is the same thing as cream of tartar used in cooking. They are completely harmless and natural.
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