Since I first launched Heldeberg Market in June 2010, Iâ€™ve been working hard to source dietary staples made by local farms and businesses- veggies, meats, eggs, honey, and more.Â Bread is something I have been trying to source from the get go.Â However, mills in our corner of the country are few and far between, so itâ€™s not easy to bake a truly local bread.Â The best ingredients you can really find consistently are flours milled in the Champlain Valley (where the All Good Bakers source their local flours).
Like most people involved in the local foods scene, Iâ€™ve heard a lot of great things about the new bread CSA offered in Albany.Â Itâ€™s a cool and innovative idea- offering local bread. When I received an email from the All Good Bakers a couple weeks ago I was so excited to set up a partnership.Â They dropped a couple of samples off to my home last week, and it was delicious.Â After my long search for a quality baker to include in the market, I knew working with the All Good Bakers was an opportunity too good to pass up!
All Good Bakers was founded by Nick and Britin Foster in Albany when they began baking for area farmersâ€™ markets seven years ago. Their mission is to support local farms and bring their community affordable, healthy breads. About 80% ofÂ theirÂ ingredients are sourced from local farms, including hormone-free eggs and dairy items, all-natural maple syrup, and pesticide-free fruits, vegetables and grains. Organic flours are locally milled, and New York grown wheatÂ is used whenever it is available. For ingredients not produced in New York State, Nick and Britin turn to local businesses to help source sustainable, all-natural, and preservative-free items including spices and sugar.
Currently, the All Good Bakers operate as a Community Supported Bakery and do not have a commercial retail space. Nick and Britin come to the Heldeberg Market hoping to make their products available to a wider market of people, especially those who recognize the importance of buying local.
Heldeberg Market is excited to bring you these new products! The All Good Bakers are the first non-farm member of the Heldeberg Market, but we feel they fit in swimmingly! Afterall, their bread is as local as it gets in Albany County! Nick and Britin go the extra mile to buy from our local farmers, source organic and all-natural ingredients, and provide customers with quality, locally produced food. We all have the same mission: providing quality food that you can feel â€œALL GOODâ€ about eating.
Enjoy and eat bread!
Additionally, we have free range rose veal available from Baitsholts Farm, as well as ground lamb and more!Â And, letâ€™s not forget, organic whole chickens from Eight Mile Creek Farm.
Also, check us out on the front page of the BethlehemÂ Spotlight!Â They did a great article, which is sending us loads of positive feedback!
And, of course, we have another (but particularly awesome) Localvorian recipe for you this week:
Recipe of the Week:
Localvore Veggie Pizza
- Â Prepared pizza dough (Hannaford sells a great whole wheat pizza dough in the deli meats/cheeses cooler)
- Â 3-4 tbsp. olive oil
- Â 1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
- Â 1/8 tsp. sea salt
- Â 1/8 tsp. fresh cracked black pepper
- Â **3 cloves of fresh garlic, crushed and minced
- Â **1 medium zucchini (cut lengthwise into 1/4″ thick slices)
- Â **1 medium yellow squash (cut lengthwise into 1/4″ thick slices)
- Â 2 fresh tomatoes, sliced
- Â 1/4 cup finely grated pecorino Romano cheese
- Â 1/3 cup fresh basil leaves
- Â **1/2 tbsp. Italian Seasonings
** Ingredients available atÂ www.HeldebergMarket.com
1) Â Preheat oven to the hottest temperature it will reach. Â 2) Stretch out pizza dough and coat with 1-2 tbsp. olive oil, and 1 clove of crushed/mined garlic. Â Let sit for 15 minutes. Â 3) Â Combine oil and remaining minced garlic in a large frying pan over medium heat. Â Cook stirring frequently for 3 minutes. Â 4) Â Add zucchini, squash, cracked pepper, salt, and balsamic vinegar to frying pan. Â Cook until veggies begin to brown and crisp up, flipping several times. Â 5) Â Arrange veggies on pizza dough. Â Layer tomatoes and basil over top of veggies. Â Sprinkle with italian seasonings and romano cheese. Â 6) Â Cook in oven for 7-10 minutes, or until dough has risen and is browning and crisping up. Â Enjoy!
Recipe adapted fromÂ Cooking Light, July 2008Â in the Heldeberg Market test kitchen.
NEW: Share your enthusiasm for eating local as a gift!
Starting this week, Heldeberg Market is offeringÂ gift certificates online. Â Give the gift of eating local for your friends’ and family’s birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, and other special occasions! Â Gift certificates come decorated with fun artwork (by yours’ truly), and a free delivery coupon.
Save Money (and Gas)…
…by setting up a workplace, neighborhood or seniors center drop-off point. Â Coordinating 5 orders for a group drop-off qualifies everyone in your group for free delivery and saves $5.00! Â If you’ve been talking to your friends and co-workers about the Heldeberg Market, and they seem interested, try setting up a drop-off. Just contact me atÂ firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements- it takes about 5 minutes!
Recipe of the Week:
Grilled Steak and Stuffed Peppers
Rub Steak in herbs, and barbeque on grill to desired â€œdoneness.â€
-Â 4Â Green Peppers*
-Â 1Â Yellow squash*
-Â 1Â Zucchini*
-Â 1 Cucumber*
-Â 2Â Shallots*
-Â 5-6Â Radishes*
- Â 1/4 cup choppedÂ parsley
-Â Â½ – Â¾ cup feta cheese
-Â 1 cup wild rice
-Â 3 cloves garlic
-Â Juice of one lemon
- Â Cracked black pepper to taste
*Available atÂ www.HeldebergMarket.com
Cook rice.Â Cut the stems out of peppers and clean out seeds.Â Mince garlic. Chop remaining veggies into Â¼ Â â€“ Â½ in. cubes.Â Mix veggies in bowl with rice and feta cheese.Â Pour lemon juice over mixture to taste and add pepper to taste.Â Stuff mixture into peppers and wrap individually in foil.Â Place on top rack of BBQ and grill over medium heat for 20 minutes or until pepper starts to blacken on the outside and juices are running.Â Enjoy an ultra local meal!
(Recipe direct from the Heldeberg Market kitchen).