It’s National Corn Month, and we think that is something to celebrate! We’ve been partnering with local corn farmers here in the Northeast since 1932. Corn is one of our region’s top agricultural products. Our farmers love to eat this local treat fresh-off-the-stalk, and so do we!
Leading up to the month of July, our corn takes quite a journey. During the month of May when local farmers are tending to their fields, we will tap into Florida’s sweet corn season and supply those delicous ears. Fast forward to June and we start to move up the coast into the state of Georgia. While we are getting corn from here, our local corn has started to sprout. Exciting things await!
Finally, the month of July comes and we are popping with excitement (pun intended)! The first half of the month, we move even further up the coast to North Carolina and Delaware, since their corn season is in full swing. However, by mid to late July, our local sweet corn season is finally underway! This lasts only until mid September, but we enjoy every minute of our corn season. Let’s take a look at a few local suppliers.
We are proud to partner with Shaul Farms located in Fultonham, New York. Amazingly, eleven generations have worked on this farm. They produce cider and vegetables.
Paul Mazza Farms:
We are proud to partner with Paul Mazza Farms located in Colchester, Vermont. For 38 years, Paul Mazza Farms’ goal is to connect the community to fresh local foods.
Check out some summertime recipes you can make with our locally sourced corn!
Grilled Shrimp, Corn, & Tomato Rolls with Lime Mayo: This will be a summertime favorite! Top with fresh cilantro for a burst of flavor.
Summertime Steak Lettuce Wraps: Craving a taco but don’t want the shell? Try these lettuce wraps with similar ingredients as your traditional taco. As always, feel free to add or omit any item.
Looking to add a touch of Southern charm to your cooking? Look no further than our buttermilk selection! Our collection of delectable buttermilk recipes includes everything from classic fried chicken to tangy salad dressings. With buttermilk, you can make your favorite dishes even more delicious. Whether popcorn steak bites with buttermilk, pancakes or scones, buttermilk adds a richness that can’t be beaten. Impress your friends and family with our easy buttermilk recipes that will have everyone asking for seconds.
We are proud to say that our buttermilk is a home.grown. product of the Northeast! It’s produced in New York from the milk of Northeast dairy cows.Take a look at our recipes below, and be sure to grab a bottle of buttermilk the next time you visit your local Price Chopper and Market 32 locations!
Oven-Fried Chicken: Nothing tastes better than the delicious crunch of hot fried chicken. Be sure to pair this meal with Market 32 grab n’ go coleslaw, pasta salad, or potato salad.
Golden Raisin Irish Soda Bread Muffins: Even though St. Patrick’s Day has passed, nothing says you can’t make these fabulous Golden Raisin Irish Soda Bread Muffins! They are simple & delicious.
Popcorn Steak Bites with Buttermilk: You’ve heard of popcorn chicken, and even popcorn shrimp…but popcorn steak? Yes, you read that right! Biting into the crunchy fried breading and then the tender meat will have your mind blown!
Skillet Classic Peach Cobbler: With Mother’s Day right around the corner, you will want to save this recipe! Serve with PICS vanilla ice cream to complete this dessert.
home.grown. Locally Grown Apples Sold Here!
It is no secret that September and October are the prime months for apple picking. Whether you are baking apple pie, making applesauce, or just want a sweet snack, apples are certainly your go-to this fall season. Here at Price Chopper and Market 32, we are proud to partner with a wide variety of apple orchards, farms and cider mills in our region, to bring you the best of the Northeast each year. These include the four farms highlighted below. Not only are our Market 32 tote apples orchard-grown here in our region, but our Market 32 Apple Cider is milled in New York from Northeast-grown apples! The next time you pick up apples from your local Price Chopper and Market 32, you will know that these apples are home grown.
Hudson River Fruit Distributors: Milton, NY
It all began in 1932 when first generation Isador Albinder started selling apples out of a pushcart in Brooklyn. When his son Harold Albinder joined him in 1963, the Hudson River Fruit Distributors was founded. Now for almost 60 years, the Hudson River Fruit Distributors have continued to grow their family business. They are proud to have multiple generations working hard to carry on the family legacy, and their goal is to leave the world a better place than they found it.
Sunrise Orchards, Cornwall VT
Located in Cornwall, Vermont, Sunrise Orchards has been 100% solar powered since 2016. Their mission statement is as follows:
“At Sunrise Orchards our mission is to grow an amazing apple – an apple which puts a proclamation into the eater’s eyes, ears, nose, and mouth. We do this through a commitment to quality, the environment, and community that embody our forward-thinking Vermont farm.”
Be sure to click on the “About” section on their website to see weekend lunch specials and other events throughout the month of October!
Patch Orchards, Lebanon NH
At Patch Orchards in Lebanon, New Hampshire, eight generations have carried the legacy of this wonderful orchard. Not only do they sell a variety of produce, but many maple products are also sold. These include maple syrup, maple candies, pure maple sugar, and maple cream. There are many family fun activities to do while you visit Patch Orchards, so be sure to check out their website below.
Beak and Skiff, Lafayette NY
It all began in 1911 when Andrew Beak, a dairy farmer, and George Skiff, an onion farmer, met at a farmer’s market. The two teamed up to establish the very popular Beak and Skiff Apple Orchards. While many harsh weather conditions challenged their business over the years, the two men never stopped doing what they loved. Today, five generations have passed and Beak and Skiff is a booming business. Here you can find apple picking, cider tasting, a very large gift shop, and a café for apple cider donuts and many lunch items. Beak and Skiff Apple Orchard has something for the whole family!
Unsure of what to make with all your apples? Check out some of our recipes below!
Apple Pie with Homemade Crust: What is fall time without an apple pie? Try this recipe with our very own homemade crust recipe!
Chicken & Apple Kale Slaw Wrap: Try this quick and easy wrap that is bursting with flavor! Be sure to buy our Market 32 Grab n’ Go rotisserie chicken in the food court section.
No-Churn Brown-Butter Apple Pie Ice Cream: What a better way for the family to spend time together after apple picking than to make homemade ice cream! Try out this recipe above.
Cinnamon Waffles with Apple Pecan Topping: Sunday morning breakfast is served with this warm and hearty cinnamon waffle breakfast. Be sure to use your fresh apples for this meal.
home.grown. The Perfect Pumpkins - We Have 'em Here!
Happy pumpkin season! Now is the perfect time to have a friendly pumpkin carving competition with friends and family or decorating the house with mini pumpkins and gourds. At Price Chopper and Market 32, we are proud to source all our pumpkins from local farms in our region each season. We get our pumpkins from many of the same farms who supply us with favorites like sweet corn and tomatoes in the summertime. Additionally, we also source our hard squashes, gourds, and ornamentals from local farms here in the Northeast during the fall. Find out below which farmers we are highlighting this pumpkin picking season!
Reeves Farms, Baldwinsville NY
Reeves Farms has been a partner for over 30 years, growing everything from organic zucchini to pie pumpkins. By using sustainable farming methods, Reeves Farms is proud to offer fresh berries and vegetables as well. Be sure to grab some fresh produce before heading to the pumpkin patch!
AJ Farms, Melrose NY
The Wertman Family Farm began in Colonie, NY four generations ago. As the business started to prosper, the family decided to move to Melrose, NY where much more farmland is present. Not only do they have fresh produce and stunning flowers, but they are also experts in growing pumpkins and hard squashes.
Hoover’s Produce, Port Trevorton PA
Hoover’s Produce are Pennsylvania pumpkin professionals, and we are proud to have been a partner for over 25 years! They have an array of pumpkins for carving and decoration that are perfect for this pumpkin season.
Plainville Farm, Hadley MA
A third-generation farm in Hadley, Massachusetts, Plainville Farm specializes in pumpkins, asparagus, hard squash, and their famous butternut squash! We are proud to be partners for the past seven years!
Interested in learning more about these four partners? Visit their websites below!
Next time you buy a pumpkin from your local Price Chopper and Market 32, you know that it was grown locally. Oh, and don’t forget to grab a pumpkin carving kit while you are here!
home.grown. Hooray for Honey!
We’re proud to partner with a variety of local honey farms and apiaries in our region, like Ole McDonald’s Honey Farm in Fonda NY, Kutik’s Honey Farm in Norwich, NY, The Beekeeper’s Daughter in Plains, PA and more. When it’s made or grown here, we get it here!
Ole McDonald’s Honey Farm: Fonda, NY
The Ole McDonald family is passionate and energetic. This family farm offers a wide variety of 100% natural products including lip balm, soap, candles, lotion, and of course, honey! Additionally, they offer bee removal from cars and buildings.
We are proud to partner with Ole McDonald’s Honey Farm!
Kutik’s Honey Farm: Norwich, NY
When Chuck Kutik received two bee hives as a Christmas present, his love and fascination for bees took off. The family business has been up and running since 1978, and extraction and bottling of honey began in 1979. In 2001, Kutik began pollination services for cantaloupes, watermelons, cucumbers and squash in South Carolina where he lived. Their mission is to honor the honey bee and everything they have to offer!
We are proud to partner with Kutik’s Honey Farm!
The Beekeeper’s Daughter: Plains, PA
William Perry Sr. started the family honey business in 1950. However, what started as a small family business developed into something much, much bigger.
Hannah, founder of The Beekeeper’s Daughter, began her business in 2010 when she noticed there was a high demand for local honey. Hannah started bottling honey to local farmers, but The Beekeeper’s Daughter eventually took off. Today, she sells honey throughout the United States and online.
We are proud to partner with The Beekeeper’s Daughter!
Fun Honey Facts!
- Honey can be traced back to 8,000 years ago in Ancient Stone Age paintings.
- Not all honey looks the same. The color of honey varies from all shades of yellow and amber.
- The flavor of honey is determined by the plant in which the nectar is extracted.
- The average American consumes one pound of honey per year, or 1 ⅓ cups.
- Honeycombs are commonly sold as a delicacy.
Whether you enjoy honey in tea, drizzled on your oatmeal, or baked in recipes, the sweetness of honey can be used for almost any meal. Check out some delicious recipes below!
Three Seed Honey Bars: These bars are the perfect on-the-go snack! With the kids back in school, they will love these Three Seed Honey Bars at lunchtime.
Smoked Baby Back Ribs with Honey-Orange BBQ Glaze: These ribs are not only delicious, but they are easy to make and only require six ingredients! Check it out!
Crispy Honey Nut Baked Salmon with Almond-Fennel Salad: Take your salmon dinner to the next level with this recipe!
home.grown. Prolong Your Garden with Pickling!
Summer is the best time of year for fresh produce. At Price Chopper and Market 32, we partner with a wide variety of local farmers in the region, but we know that many Northeasterners enjoy growing their own produce. If you fall into this category, your garden may just be overflowing, and you can only give away so many tomatoes! Pickling could be a good alternative for you and your veggies. We have exactly what you need from mason jars and lids and other canning and pickling essentials like large-size vinegar. Read below on how to pickle if this is new to you, and then stop in your local Price Chopper or Market 32 to get the supplies you need!
What exactly is pickling, and is it just for cucumbers?
Pickling is the process of preserving food in a brine solution in order to extend its shelf life. By brining certain foods, bacteria are not allowed to grow. There are so many food products that can be pickled, and just a few are listed below. Some may even surprise you!
Cucumbers, garlic, pork, beets, carrots, eggs, strawberries, blueberries, radishes, shrimp. onions, squash, peppers, beef, and mangoes.
History of Pickling:
Pickling foods is nowhere near a new concept. According to archeologists and anthropologists, they believe that ancient Mesopotamians pickled. Later, pickling was a necessity for families to have food throughout the winter months and was crucial for sailors on long voyages.
How to Pickle Your Garden Veggies:
Fresh vegetables without bruises from your garden are ideal to pickle. The shape you choose to cut your produce is up to you, but cherry tomatoes are best when left as a whole and carrots work well when cut into spears.
- Prepare your mason jar by washing it with warm, soapy water and then rinsing out completely. Dry thoroughly with a towel.
- Cut your vegetables into the shape of your choice and trim the ends. Add in any spices if you choose or garlic.
- Pack your vegetables tightly in the mason jars. Ensure that there is some room from the top of the vegetables to the rim of the jar.
- Prepare your brine by following the steps below:
- Combine: 1 cup water, 1 cup vinegar of choice, 1 tablespoon of salt, and 1 tablespoon of sugar
- Poor into a small pan over high heat and bring to a boil
- Continue stirring to ensure the salt and sugar dissolve
- Pour brine into mason jars
- Let vegetables cool for at least one hour before enjoying. The longer they sit in the brine, the better.