Friday, November 20, 2009

Thanksgiving New Amsterdam Market

Get there early! This is the perfect place to get all you need for Thanksgiving. Or to just enjoy a really fun market. I like the idea of buying local mead for Thanksgiving dinner. Also don't forget a lot of great people are setting up stands to feed you while you look around so you can enjoy a Luke's Lobster roll or yummy treats from Home/Made or some savory goodness from Jimmy's 43 to mention just a few.

Here is the press release I'll see you there!

The holiday season is upon us! Now is the celebratory time of year, when the table might be set for a few more guests, traditional recipes take center stage, and there is always reason to purchase a bottle or two of something special. Whether you're entertaining, or are on the lookout for a unusual gift, this Sunday's Thanksgiving market has something for every basket.

To get you in the holiday spirit, vendors will be offering mulled cider and hot chocolate as well as delicious, seasonal market fare to keep you warm.

Fermented drinks will be flowing: sample and purchase New York State wines from Clinton Vineyards, Silver Thread Vineyards, Fox Run Vineyards, Brooklyn Oenology, and Wolffer Estate; and be sure to visit the special Finger Lakes Reisling promotion, also taking place in the wine and cider aisle. Traditional hard ciders will include offerings from Slyboro and Bellwether; and you can also pick up some mead from Manhattan Meadery, and try kombucha from Kombucha Brooklyn.

Sweet Deliverance will present its regional Thanksgiving pies, both sweet and savory: choose from apple pear cranberry pie with crumble top; honey whipped goat cheese tart with roasted pears and fried sage leaves; and maple sweet potato pie with spiced candied nuts. (To ensure availability, order by 5:00pm this Friday; visit our vendor page for information).

Excellent pate', rillettes, seasonal sausages and other charcuterie will be available from the Piggery, Fleisher's Grass Fed and Organic Meats, Dickson's Farmstand Meats, Formaggio Essex, and Birchrun Hills Farm. Or make your own pate' with fresh chicken livers from Bo Bo Poultry. For those of you who have not pre-ordered, McEnroe Organic Farm will have a few of their organic, free-range turkeys available, first-come first-serve, but make sure to get to market early if you want one! And for other meals next week, Fleisher's, Dickson's Farmstand Meats, Escot Valley Farm, Bo Bo Poultry and others will also have chicken, lamb, beef, and pork available.

McEnroe Organic Farm will be offering kale and other greens as well as their hothouse tomatoes. And we're very excited to have two great new produce distributors at the market: Upstate Farms, based in Tivoli, NY and Zone 7, based in Lawrenceville, NJ. Their plentiful offerings of vegetables from local farms will fill your shopping carts - and help you imagine the return of regional produce distributors to our public markets.

Complement your meals with cheeses from excellent Northeast producers, as well as pre-selected cheese plates for your Thanksgiving feast. Purchase selections from Cooperstown Cheese Company, Saxelby Cheesemongers, Narragansett Creamery, Shellbark Hollow Farm, Birchrun Hills Farm, The Cellars at Jasper Hill, and Krugerrand Farm. Milk and other fresh dairy products will be available from Maple Hill Creamery, Hudson Valley Fresh, and Organic Valley.

Make New Amsterdam Market your source for regional baking supplies, including leaf lard for pies from the Health Shoppe and the Piggery, squashes from Basis Market, apples and pears from Upstate Farms and Zone 7, rare Cape Cod heirloom cranberries, apples, and cider from Breezy Hill Orchards, unique preserves from Miss Amy's and Formaggio Essex, maple syrup and maple sugar from Sugar Maple Farms and honey from all points in the Northeast provided by Bees' Needs, Formaggio Essex, and The Health Shoppe.

Enjoy fresh breads, made specially for the market by Sullivan Street Bakery and Pain D'Avignon. New to the market this month are also Eli's Bread, featuring a multi-grain health bread; and Nordic Breads, offering traditional Finnish Ruis (rye) loaves.

Wild offerings include seaweed harvested off the coast of Maine from She Sells Seaweed and a wide selection of wild food including wild ginseng, wild watercress, daylily tubers (excellent in salads), wild Jerusalem artichokes, wild leeks and ramps, pepperwort root (for horseradish lovers), fresh Ice and Oyster mushrooms, along with other dried and wood smoked mushrooms also for sale including: Morels, Chanterelles, Hen-of-the-Woods, Chicken-of-the-Woods, Lobsters, and Bear's Head - all harvested responsibly by Wild Gourmet Food in the woods and open lands of Vermont. And from the sea, enjoy oysters from Stella and W&T Seafood, and the freshest fish and seafood from Maine's Port Clyde Fresh Catch.

Discover new specialties such as The Redhead's bacon nut brittle, artisan products from Katchkie Farm, coffee from Intelligentsia and Stumptown, California olive oil from Provisions Shop, and bean-to-bar chocolate from Mast Brothers and Taza, kimchees from Mama O's Kimchee and Mother-In-Law's-Kimchi, and pickles from Rick's Picks. And to indulge your sweet tooth make sure to visit Liddabit Sweets for hand-crafted confections and The Bent Spoon for seasonal ice cream.

Savor market fare from Jimmy's No. 43; Luke's Lobster, Stella Maris, Porchetta, home/made, Sweet Deliverance, Great Performances and Basis Market.

And as always, the market will be joined by advocates for regional, sustainable food systems including Animal Welfare Approved; City Harvest; Edible Manhattan / Edible Brooklyn; and the Hudson Valley Seed Library, offering heirloom seeds.

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