Goshen farmers market is a feast for the senses

From homegrown veggies to splendiferous cookies, gourmet jerky to fragrant teas, you'll find it at the market

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  • Raymond and Evelyn Ott proudly showing off plates of their homemade cookies — great family treats! (Photo by Geri Corey)

  • Paul Sherman, owner of Town Coffee Corner, with a full assortment of whole bean coffee and looseleaf teas. (Photo by Geri Corey)

By Geri Corey

GOSHEN — Once more the village of Goshen was bustling with activity as the grand opening of the 2018 farmers market took place on Friday, June 1.

The weather was great, and many people came to enjoy the outdoor shopping event that will continue to be held in Church Park every Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., throughout the summer. (The exception is Friday, June 29, as the Goshen Chamber of Commerce will be setting up for Great American Weekend, June 30 and July 1.)

“We look forward to an awesome year,” said Diana Lupinski, manager of the Goshen Farmers’ Market for the past seven years. “We’re bigger and better than ever. Come on down and check us out!”

As proprietors of John Lupinski Farms, their black dirt farm located on Madura Lane, Diana and John Lupinski have been selling their homegrown vegetables at the Farmers’ Market for the past 26-years.

Vendors new to the Farmers’ Market this year include Ott-rageous Cookies; Back to Future Farm, offering milk, cheese and eggs; Kas Spirits, offering Krupnikas, an alcoholic drink made with honey and spices; homemade soaps from Mariella’s Soaps; Perfect Foods, a Goshen business bringing wheatgrass and sprout specialties; Santina’s Harvest, offering all natural sauces for added cooking flavor; and Town Coffee Corner, offering coffee beans and loose teas.

Some returning favorite vendors include Honeybrook Farms (honey); Edgwick Farm (goat milk and cheese); Florida Bakery and Deli (flavorful meats, strudel and bobka; Central Bakery (artisan bakery items specializing in European breads); Luna Grown Jams (jams made with fruits and berries grown on own property); Scotty’s Pies from Soon’s Orchard in New Hampton; Pickle-licious; Cactus Pete’s Beef Jerky from Warwick; fresh-made hummus; vendors offering plenty of fresh, local grown salad greens and fresh, healthy vegetables, and plenty more.

Raymond and Evelyn Ott from Middletown, owners of the originally named “Ott-rageous Cookies” offer “outrageously” good homemade cookies! For example, their specialty, Lemon White Choc Chip, is refreshing and sweet at the same time. It’s a perfect dessert cookie to serve company or to bring to work for a special treat after lunch. Its companion cookie, “Mint Chocolate Chip,” also has a satisfying flavor to top off a meal.

Not to forget the younger crowd, the Otts offer cookies baked with M&M’s, Snickers, Butterfingers or Kit Kats. Of course, they also bake-up everyone’s favorite, Chocolate Chip. “It’s a classic,” said Raymond Ott.

Raymond, who has been baking cookies for almost 10 years, started by bringing them to sell to college buddies and then brought them to work when he started in the construction field. He and Evelyn had been to the Farmers’ Market in the past but skipped years 2016 and 2017.

“Now we’re back with a new logo and better than ever cookies,” said Evelyn, explaining that what makes their cookies so great tasting are the ingredients: real butter, pure extracts and they’re baked fresh, either the day before or the day of the sale.

It’s certainly worth picking up some cookies for a family treat, and why not stop for an oatmeal cookie with a new twist: Cranberry Oatmeal.

Looking to enjoy a good cup of coffee or tea to go with those cookies? Stop by at the Town Coffee Corner, from Rock Tavern. There you’ll find an assortment of selected organic whole bean coffee from a single origin or organic loose tea leaves.

“For freshness, you can’t beat whole bean coffee,” said Paul Sherman, owner of Town Coffee Corner with his wife, Diane. The stay-fresh packaging of the coffee beans is sealed with a zipper for resealing, Sherman explained.

Knowing that the farm to table trend is gaining momentum, Paul said the Town Coffee Corner is “the dream of his wife.”

Town Coffee Corner offers beans from Ethiopia, Columbia, and Kenya AA. The Shermans are coffee knowledgeable and will discuss with you what type, strength and flavor of coffee would please your palate. He noted that home equipment is available in the stores that combines grinding with brewing a great cup of coffee or there are stand alone grinders.

For those wanting added flavor, Paul suggested either fine tasting “Rum Caramel” or “Chocolate and Vanilla,” both medium roast Columbian bean coffees.

“The flavored Chocolate and Vanilla is called ‘Red Delight’ because it tastes like red velvet cake,” said Paul.

Loose-leaf tea — black, green, white, or oolong — is from India, Ceylon, Indonesia, Vietnam and China. These are the base teas, but they also carry flavorful teas with other ingredients, like Two Tea Fruity, Green Pear, Ginger Gem, and Summer Sunset.

The Sherman’s offer tea accessories, like infusers, either metal or paper with a drawstring for easy disposal — no cleanup.

Wouldn’t a cup of coffee or tea combined with a great tasting cookie just hit the spot after a day of shopping at the wonderful Farmers’ Market in Goshen?

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