Category Archives: Farmer’s Market Thursdays

Farmer’s Market Thursday: Baked Zucchini Spaghetti

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Mozzarella. Abbreviated most lovably as “mootz” and most notably sung in an Italian melody as “moots-ah-rell” at my grandparents’ house. The best pizza I ever had was on the Amalfi coast (in Italy)…. a thin crusted pizza baked simply with slices of mozzarella cheese over a blank canvas of tomato sauce, topped with drizzles of olive oil, salt, pepper and basil. So good – can someone teleport me there right now?

Since I can’t get to Italy right now, I’ll have to make something mozzarella-y in my apartment and pretend. To my delight, the Farmer’s Market yesterday had a beautiful ball of fresh mozzarella, made at a local farm. How could I not grab it? Mozzarella cheese is so inviting – it looks like a mini pillow.

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Farmer’s Market Thursdays: Inspiralized Dinner Party with HobokenGirl


If you’ve been following my Twitter or Instagram, you’ve probably noticed that I’ve been spending some time with Jen from HobokenGirl (a Hoboken blog geared towards girls). So, what’s up with that? Well, besides the fact that she’s a cool Jersey chick with an adorable French bulldog pup named Pierre, her audience happens to be perfect for Inspiralized dishes – girls who to love to try new things!

On Tuesday, I went to the Downtown Hoboken Farmer’s Market and stocked up on zucchinis, corn and some fresh cracked wheat bread and headed over to her apartment to cook us dinner. Check out my Instagram and hers for some funny videos from the evening.

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Broccoli Rabe Pasta with Spicy Italian Sausage (Zucchini Noodles)

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Seeing the broccoli rabe today at the grocery market, I knew there was no choice but to make a pasta with spicy Italian sausage and those beautiful leafy greens. I’m a big spicy-food lover and one dish I missed most during my 2008-early 2013 no-meat stint was my grandfather’s spicy sausage and peppers…. Hope you like it spicy! The only thing this dish is missing? A great glass of red. Mmm….

This classic Italian favorite can be a bit indulgent (the fat of the sausage, the carbs in the pasta). Luckily, we have the spiralizer to at least take out most of the carbs and calories! The spicy flavor pairs perfectly with the lightness of the zucchini noodles and the bitterness of the b-rabe. If you’re afraid of broccoli rabe because of its bitterness, fear not….. peel the skin of the stems (just use a knife or vegetable peeler to get it started at the bottom) and that helps take out bitterness.

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Farmer’s Market Thursdays: Broccoli Rabe

Rolling out of bed and checking my iPhone’s Weather Channel app resulted in a decision to take a rain check on today’s Farmer’s Market Thursday. The 60-70% chance of rain was too much for me to gamble – what if by the time the farmer’s market opened, it got rained out?

Instead, I went to my local grocery market and picked one ingredient to base a dish around. I headed straight to the greens….. the big leafy ones! And what first caught my eye? Broccoli rabe.


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Garlic Zucchini Spaghetti with Italian Chicken Sausage, Tomatoes, Basil and Roasted Potatoes

Typically, I would be posting my ingredients earlier in the day (circa 4pm) to give everyone a chance to go out and buy the same ingredients as me and follow along! But, since this is my first Farmer’s Market Thursday, we’re going to go about this a bit differently.

Today, I chose the Hoboken Uptown Farmer’s Market on Hudson Street between 12th and 13th Streets. Man, am I glad I did! I walked around the two blocks, talked to the wonderful farmers, and made up a dish in my head. To be honest, it wasn’t that hard. As an Italian by roots, give me basil, garlic, and tomatoes and I can make just about anything. This time, I bought some “farm to table” Italian chicken sausage that looked delicious. Altogether, two servings of pasta cost me about $16. Yes, that’s $16 – the most expensive part? The $11 chicken sausage. I got two giant bushels of basil for $1.00! In the grocery store near me, that would have been $5.95 for a small portion of basil…. flabbergasted, absolutely.

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Farmer’s Market Thursdays Begin Today!

Farmer’s Markets are great ways to get fresh produce and other foods locally. This type of shopping reduces your carbon footprint, supports those around you and puts sustainable living in perspective! For me, talking to the farmers and seeing them so proud of their food is very uplifting. I love knowing how and where the food is farmed – not only do I learn, but I know that I’m supporting someone’s positive lifestyle. Plus, I find the taste of vegetables from naturally/organically grown Farmer’s Markets is much more flavorful!

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Note: That handsome lad in the above picture with me is my boyfriend, Lu. Everybody say “Hello Lu!”

I digress. Every Thursday, I am going to feature a new Farmer’s Market – of course, there aren’t enough in the NY/NJ metro to do a different one every Thursday, so there will be some repeats. The premise is simple: I’ll go to a Farmer’s Market, post pictures of what I found/what looked delicious and later that evening, I’ll be posting a brand new recipe, featuring items picked up in the market! So stay tuned each Thursday…. and maybe you’ll see me at a Farmer’s Market near you (if you live in the NYC/Hoboken/Jersey City area, of course).

It’s super easy to build Farmer’s Market shopping into your everyday – luckily, their hours are usually conducive to the working world (smart, eh?). At the bottom of this e-mail, you’ll find a list of New York City and Jersey City/Hoboken Farmer’s Markets with locations, hours and days of the week.

Benefits of Shopping at a Farmer’s Market

1. You’re Helping the Environment: I could go on all day. One of the main reasons I went vegan (for two years, 2008 – 2010) was for environmental reasons. Buying locally reduces YOUR carbon footprint – the fossil fuels saved are tremendous. Transporting all of that food to the large grocery stores takes a lot of fuel and pollutes the air! Plus, studies show that local sustainable farming is better for the preservation of soil and water!

2. Quality of the Food is Better: Because the farmers aren’t traveling far (versus a large grocery store’s distributor), there will be less bruises and bumps! Also, the farmers obviously take more care and ensure that they pick at the peak of flavor to bring it right to you. The flavor is always more robust, especially at organic farms.

3. Supporting Local Farmers is Good For You and the Farmer: The farmer is basically bypassing the store and coming straight to the consumer, so you often times get better deals (try funky, eclectic looking foods – they tend to have a lower price point than common ones like carrots or apples). Also, the farmers are getting more for their labor, instead of having to get a low price on selling wholesale. Keep shopping at Farmer’s Markets and keep these farmers in business!

4. You’re Dealing with People: You meet great people – they are passionate! Talk to the farmers, flatter them – they may give you some freebies or some “kindness” discounts for brown nosin’ (oh come on, we ALL know it helps!) You’ll connect with them and realize that not only do you get more fresh, naturally grown foods – but you’re making a person’s day and helping their business! Kudos to you.

5. You’ll Expand Your Palate: We’re all victims (especially me!) of going to the grocery store and doing the same boring shop. Let’s see – milk, eggs, cereal, bread, bell pepper, apples, lettuce, chicken, carrots, bottled dressings? Sound about right? Going to a Farmer’s Market makes you SO much more aware of what’s out there – and forces you to be creative and ultimately…. healthier! It’s definitely a good idea to go with a list in mind but try not to stick so rigidly to that list.

TIP: Bring a friend… or your boyfriend/girlfriend! Make a day out of it (or an evening, if you’re going after work!)

Farmer’s Market Schedule:


Days of the week Times Location
Wednesdays 3:00-7pm Hamilton Park
Tuesdays 12:00-7pm Newport Centre Mall
Mondays & Thursdays 4:00-8pm Grove Street
Saturdays 11:00am-4pm Paulus Hook


Days of the week Times Location
Thursdays 2:00-7pm 13th & Hudson Streets
Tuesdays 3-7:30pm Washington St between Newark & Observer
Saturdays 9am-2pm Between 15 and 14th St on Garden St


Days of the week Times Location
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 8:00am – 6pm Union Square
Saturdays 9:00am-5pm 110th and Manhattan Ave
Sundays 11:00am-5pm Fulton Street – down by the pier/South St Seaport
Wednesdays & Saturdays 8:00am – 3pm TriBeCa– Greenwich St and Chambers
Sundays 8:00am-5pm Columbus – 78 to 81st
Sundays 8:00am-6pm Tompkins Square


Days of the week Times Location
Sundays 11:00am-5pm 5th Ave and 4th StreetPark Slope
Saturdays 8:00am-4pm Prospect Park West & Flatbush Avenue
Sundays 11:00am-4pm Russell St. off Nassau Ave – sidewalk outside McGolrick’s Park
Sundays 11:00am – 4pm Cooper Park — sidewalk on Maspeth Ave at Olive St
Sundays 8:00am-4pm Caroll and Smith StreetCarroll Gardens