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STOKES FARM Old Tappan NY

STOKES FARM of Old Tappan New York bring their fresh picked produce to Richard Tucker Park on the Upper West Side twice a week.

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Ron Jr. carries on the farming tradition that his great grandfather, Isaiah Stokes started in 1873 when he started out for America on a ship from his home in England.

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From their 17 acre farm and 40,000 feet of greenhouses they produce a product that New Yorkers have come to depend on.

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AVOCADO SQUASH………….lovely to look at [and photograph].  Also lovely to blanch.

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Okra……….I ADORE OKRA.  Fried in bacon grease……..boil it in soup………bread it with cornmeal and deep fry it………or I just eat it raw!

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Heirloom Valencia Tomatoes….thin skinned……… from the state of Chiapas in Mexico.

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Barb Ackerman………the mother of  David,  the kid who created TUMBLER, [who just sold his company to Google]………..also shops at Stokes.

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So I made 40 Clove Roast Chicken…………and had to chew almost 40TUMS!  It was worth it.

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Cousa…..cousa…..cousa!  [ I just love saying that name].  I grated some for a salad.

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EVA PURPLE BALL……….comes from the Black Forest region of Germany [Remember the crazy King Ludwig].

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PURPLE BASIL……….tastes just like the green basil…….but this one is a great color accent for your salad.

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GREEN ZEBRA.………..fried up as Fried Green Tomatoes……..but you must select some that are not quite ripe.

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Delightful DAHLIAS.  Lovely to look at………but in water the stems rot rather quickly.  Change the water daily.

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FARMERS STAND OUT……IN THEIR FIELD.  Ron Jr. was named Outstanding  Young Farmer of the Year for the state of New Jersey.

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You can also visit their farm stand in Old Tappan, New Jersey.  It is worth the trip.

 

 

NYC Streets…….people…….food…..friends

I was busy on the streets of Manhattan today…….with my camera.  Subways……my terrace……friends…………strangers……….and okra for lunch on my terrace.  Busy little beaver!
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Gotta admit………there is never a boring moment on the streets of New York.

SUNDAY MORNING at the Farmers Market

On Sunday mornings I head for the Farmers Market on Columbus Avenue…….and go “organic” for my lunch.

 

CORN…………..organic?  Probably NOT!

 

 

I can’t live without okra.  Four pounds please.

Baby squash………….I only want the teeny weenys.

 

 

Yellow grape tomatoes………

 

 

Lillian’s Yellow Heirloom Tomato.

 

I did NOT buy the chicken………but did get a dozen eggs.  A bit steep at $7.

 

Got back to my terrace……the sun was burning off the fog.

The Passion flower vine was radiant.

The rain finally stopped………..

My “natures bounty” derserved to be photographed………….before I ate it!

Saute……..in my Todd English “Green Pan”……..with it’s thermalon coating.  It has changed the way I cook.

Lunch is served.