Farm Market 'Maccabees' for Thanksgivukkah

The once-in-a-79,000-years superfeast of Thanksgivukkah is upon us, which can only mean many of us will be shopping for all the best and freshest stuff. With Thanksgiving already being a day to thank for the harvest, acquiring your pumpkins and turkey at your local farmers market only seems logical. The Pilgrims certainly didn’t import their apples from Chile or South Africa!

There are convincing historical arguments to invest in local produce for Hanukkah, too.

Sydney Davis, who works at the stall of the Mountain Sweet Berry Farm in Roscoe, N.Y., at the Union Square Greenmarket, compared the Farmers Markets’ fight against cheaper supermarket chains to fighting the Romans.

“We’re the little guys, like the Maccabees,” he said. “We make it last despite all odds.”

Turns out Rick Bishops, the farmer at Mountain Sweet Berry, has been contributing his part to the Maccabees’ ongoing popularity: From his farm in the Catskills, he sells a large variety of potatoes, and recommends German Butterballs ($3/lb) for latkes.

If you’re wondering what to put on your latkes, Jeanne Hodesh, communications associate at GrowNYC, a non-profit that oversees the 64 Greenmarket and Youthmarket Farmers Markets that are operating in New York City this season, offers some suggestions.

“Whether it’s horseradish or cranberries you’re looking for, the market has [it] – as well as a cranberry horseradish chutney from Beth’s Farm Kitchen,” she said. “We think it would be delicious on latkes.”

Farm Market 'Maccabees' for Thanksgivukkah

Your Comments

The Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. All readers can browse the comments, and all Forward subscribers can add to the conversation. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Forward requires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not and will be deleted. Egregious commenters or repeat offenders will be banned from commenting. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and the Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.

Recommend this article

Farm Market 'Maccabees' for Thanksgivukkah

Thank you!

This article has been sent!

Close
Close