Radishes, Arugula, Cucumber, Beets, Bell Peppers, Carrots, Zucchini, Garlic, these are only a few items currently in season. At ZINC New Haven, we thrive during the Summer months because of the amount of amazing produce that becomes available for us to use in our menu planning. Thanks to our friends at CitySeed, we’re able to walk the Farmers Market, almost every day, to see what ingredients we’d like to use in our meals.
CitySeed is a nonprofit organization that seeks to provide access to fresh, local food for all New Haven residents. They believe that access is a combination of proximity to food, affordability of food, and knowledge about food, and we completely agree! CitySeed works to support local agriculture as well as equitable food access. Their Farmers' Markets are structured for all income levels, they have a Mobile Farmers' Market, and have established food security programs to improve the availability of and access to fresh, local, and healthy food.
Every year, in the middle of June, we begin our Market Menu. A three course, price-fixed menu, focused and centered around what we have available to us at the Farmers Market. Denise Appel, our Chef-Owner, walks to every stand to gather inspiration for her weekly recipes. The three-course menu is offered every week, Wednesday-Saturday night (this is a dinner-only menu) and it runs all the way through the fall. Because we believe so strongly that all people should have access to good, nutritious food, we donate $1 from every Market Menu purchase to CitySeed! Your contribution supports CitySeed to continue doubling the value of SNAP coupons at all of our markets. SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, is the program formerly known as food stamps and is now accepted at grocery stores AND farmers markets. It is a federal nutrition program that helps you stretch your food budget and buy healthy food. It enables customers to redeem $10 in SNAP for $20 in fresh fruits and vegetables.
If you haven’t ordered our Market Menu in the past, this is the year to do it. We start offering the menu on Wednesday, June 14th and for only $33, you’ll have an amazing three-course dinner. We offer a supplemental cheese course, usually consisting of two kinds of cheese like Kunik Triple Crème + Adirondack Cheddar served with Local Honey and a Toasted Raisin + Nut Bread. We also suggest having a Market Cocktail to start. The cocktail changes weekly with the menu and uses ingredients found at the market as well, like a Strawberry Old-Fashioned that uses a fresh strawberries. Denise’s menus are inspired and fresh and offer a taste of local ingredients with a global infusion. A few items from past menus have included a Mexican Spring Onion Soup with Chipotle Peppers as a first course, followed by Ancho Beef Chilaquiles with Radish, Cucumber + Cilantro/ Fried Corn Tortilla/ Fried Egg/ Cotija Cheese, sourcing the beef from Blue Slope Farm in Franklin CT. Finish your dinner with a simple, yet delectable Strawberry Parfait with Chile Marinated Strawberries/ Strawberry Rhubarb Sorbet/ Cumin Kamut/Cilantro- Honey Yogurt. This is just an example of a delicious Market Menu you’ll find this summer. We hope to see you then!