Farmers Market food: Just Desserts and On the Street

May 6, 2014

We're in full Ithaca Farmers Market season, both at Steamboat Landing and in Downtown Ithaca, and 14850 Dining is checking out a couple of vendors that do the cooking for you. Of course, you can pick up the fresh produce and local meat and whip up a feast, but while you're shopping for next week's ingredients, you might as well grab lunch.

A tomato basil flatbread from the Just Desserts booth. 14850 Photo.A tomato basil flatbread from the Just Desserts booth. 14850 Photo.One longtime favorite at the farmer's market is Just Desserts, with breads and pastries and the famous Finger Lakes flatbreads, crispy pizzas out of the wood-fired oven. Grab a baguette for dinner or a loaf of sourdough to slice for sandwiches featuring some Piggery cold cuts, but a ham and cheese croissant is perfect while you walk around the other vendors.

The flatbreads are as simple as the classic tomato-basil, not so different from what you'd find in Naples, or the minimalist garlic herb. The southwest flatbread, with blackened corn and black beans. Or seasonal items like apple and cheddar, or chicken and feta cheese. Ask what gluten-free items are available, and if it's chilly, they've got hot coffee to go with your scone.

Think of it as both salad and sandwich.Think of it as both salad and sandwich.Farther down is On the Street Pita, serving up overstuffed Greek gyro-style pitas and salads. (In fact, they like to say first it's a salad and then it's a sandwich!) They've long been on the Commons in good weather and at area festivals, but they're also now open all week in a storefront on Fulton Street next to Maxie's.

The overflowing pita options include gyros, falafels, chicken, pork souvlaki, and even amazing breakfast pitas with spinach and fried egg. Perfect for brunch by the lake.

There are lots of vendors offering prepared food at the farmers market... check them out on Tuesdays and Thursdays downtown at Dewitt Park or weekends at Steamboat Landing, and visit ithacamarket.com for the seasonal hours.

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