Saturday, August 14, 2010

To Market, To Market

Another solid door to the Ravenna Church.

Today we went to the very interesting Farmer's Market in Ithaca, NY. Not only is there every sort of fruit and veggie, but there were cheeses - including the best blue I've ever had - a sheep's milk one. There are potters and artists, vintners, bakers, flower sellers and a lot of food kiosks - mostly Asian, but Cuban, Macro, crepe, ice cream and juice bars. A lot of fun. My husband bought me a beautiful new teapot, very Oriental in feel. However, the only tea I had today was some iced Jasmine. This was at the Sri Lankan food kiosk, Curry in a Hurry. It was made from a black tea and had some ingredient in it that really reminded me of all the health food stores I had been in many years ago. Nevertheless, it was very refreshing and I liked the fact that it had a different twist.
I took a different twist with some Teavana Tea I won a while ago. It is Vidyaranya Darjeeling FTGFOP1. This is billed as a black tea, but was not good unless I treated it as a green tea and even then, I wasn't much taken with it. However, as an ice tea, it shines. It is a lovely pale gold which has a full mouth feel and tastes somewhat nutty and malty, unusual in a Darjeeling. Adding sugar or honey really brings out the flavor. As usual, I did this by the cold brew method, about 5 hours in the fridge. I love to do tea this way - nothing to think about other than measuring in the tea.


parTea lady said...

That farmers market sounds great - I'd really enjoy a visit there. I'll have to try that cold brew method for some of my teas.

So glad you enjoyed the Paris tour - it really is amazing.

Steph said...

I was in Ithaca several years ago in the brutal Feb cold, and I loved it! Such dramatic scenery in the winter. I hold it with fond memories in my mind!

Alex Zorach said...

I love farmer's markets. I just went to a massive one in Madison, Wisconsin. I've been to Ithaca but have never been to their farmer's market. Have you ever been to Lancaster, Pennsylvania? They have a wonderful farmer's market, the Lancaster Central Market, probably my favorite of anywhere (although I'm biased since I grew up there and even worked in the market as a teenager).

I find some Darjeelings do behave more like green teas though. One of my favorites that is also classified as a "black tea" but is among the greenest of "black teas" I've tried is this one I bought from Upton: Barnesbeg FTGFOP1 First Flush.