Help Claim New Land for Local, Organic Farming
Since they arrived at Union Square in 2005, we’ve been proud to watch Tamarack Hollow Farm grow into one of the most diverse and eye-catching stands at our Wednesday market. It’s a testament to the tireless work of two young farmers, Amanda Andrews and Mike Betit. Their dedication to sustainable farming has done as much to improve the 80 acres of land they cultivate in Burlington, VT, as it has enhanced the tables and palates of so many families and restaurants across New York City. Several years of repeated flooding have made it clear, however, that the best way they can keep growing and preserve local agriculture is to move their farm to higher ground.
Please contribute to their Kickstarter project, help spread the word, and get this farm off the flood plain!
Greenmarket Staff Picks for Thanksgiving
Not only does our staff love working out at markets—even as it starts to get cold, over 20 will remain open until Christmas, or year-round—we love shopping at them for the same reason you do: we’re avid home cooks. See our staff picks for favorite items to buy at the market to celebrate Thanksgiving, and reference the annual Greenmarket Turkey Guide to find out where to place an order for your bird.
“I got a pumpkin from Acevedo Farm…but I already ate it. I roasted it in the toaster oven for lunch.” – Maria Rojas, FARMroots Communications Associate
“Oysters! We do oyster shucking at my house the night before. And a glass of Greenmarket Wheat beer to celebrate the harvest season.” – Liz Carollo, Publicity Manager
“I get my sweet potatoes from Lani’s Farm and Samascott Orchards.” – Michael Hurwitz, Greenmarket Director
“Fuji apples from Terhune Orchards (perfect for apple pie for Thanksgiving), olive focaccia from Central Bakery for leftover sandwiches, Ronnybrook cream (perfect for whipping for a pumpkin pie topping) and Amantai Farm’s broccoli (it’s the best) for the perfect veggie side for dinner. There’s so much! It’s hard to choose just one favorite.” – Brittany Ryan, Socrates, Forest Hills and Astoria Greenmarket Manager
“Bakers Bounty’s challah loaf with Wilklow Orchard’s Winesap apples for some apple-challah stuffing!” – Luciana Ramirez, City Hall and Fort Greene Greenmarket Manager
“Greg Lebak’s [Lebak Farm] Brussels sprouts, sauteed then roasted and topped with parmesan! They are small, sweet (after a frost or two) and delicious.” – Samantha Blatteis, Union Square Greenmarket Manager
“I guess I would say quince from Treelicious Orchards, to make a quince chutney. We put it out with cheese and crackers as an appetizer.” – Caroline Hiteshew, Publicity Assistant and Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket Manager
“Divine Brine’s Cranberry apple chutney for a new twist on cranberry sauce.” – Luz Portillo, Mount Sinai, Poe Park and Inwood Greenmarkets EBT and Market Manager
“Potato salad with Bill Maxwell’s [Maxwell’s Farm] carola potatoes.” – Rob Shepherd, EBT Project Associate
“I really love a delicata squash from Joe O’Brien [Healthway Farm].” – Alexis Stevens, EBT Project Manager
“Farmer Ground Flour for cornmeal. I like to add cornbread to my stuffing.” – June Russell, Manager of Farm Inspections, Strategic Development and Regional Grains Project
“Pre-made lard pie crust from Flying Pigs Farm,” – Davy Hughes, Union Square Greenmarket Operations Manager
“Apples from Locust Grove to make Four and Twenty Blackbirds recipe for apple pie.” – Cheryl Huber, Greenmarket Assistant Director
“Cranberry horseradish chutney from Beth’s Farm Kitchen, the perfect condiment on a turkey sandwich made with leftovers.” – Jeanne Hodesh, Greenmarket Communications Associate
“Hot Bread Kitchen challah for the most buttery and delicious turkey stuffing. Thanksgivukkah, baby!” – Kathleen Crosby, Tompkins Square, Fort Washington and Abingdon Square Greenmarket Manager
“Tiogo’s [preserved] bourbon peaches…with Ronnybrook vanilla ice cream!” – Allison Campbell, Bensonhurst and Bay Ridge Greenmarket Manager
Alice Waters, Book Signing, Nov 9, 11am - 1pm
It is our joy and privilege to welcome chef, educator & local food pioneer Alice Waters to our market tomorrow, November 9, at Union Square in New York City.
Please join us for a special book signing and an opportunity to meet Ms. Waters, as she celebrates the release of her newest book, The Art of Simple Food II. Look for the Greenmarket Book Signing tent on the North Plaza, in front of the historic Union Square Pavilion.
Cider Week continues at Union Square!
On Saturday, October 19 the Natural Gourmet Institute was at market to demonstrate some creative ways to bring cider into the kitchen, combining local flavors both sweet and savory.
For the recipe they chose the Beckhorn Hollow Dry Cider from Eve’s Cidery, a sparkling, wine-like cider pressed from “a diverse blend of apples, including heirloom, antiques and crabs.”
Check out the many other events happening in NYC and beyond for Cider Week, October 18-27, 2013.
Union Square Autumn Night Market
Union Square Greenmarket - north end of Union Square Park [map]
This Friday, October 18, 4pm-8pm
Celebrate the fall harvest and Cider Week with Greenmarket
On Friday, October 18th, the Union Square Greenmarket will celebrate the fall harvest with farmers selling their farm fresh produce, meats, and cheeses, while sharing a space with a curated roster of restaurants serving prepared foods.
Along with all of the delicious food served that evening, there will be programming for families, a pumpkin carving demonstration by Maniac Pumpkin Carvers, live music with Ed Cherry and Leviticus Gory provided by Jazz Foundation of America, as well as a bar featuring Brooklyn Greenmarket Wheat and hard cider for Cider Week.
All of your favorite Friday Greenmarket farmers will be in attendance, along with these restaurants selling individual dishes, desserts and beverages:
Chop’t Salad - Spicy Greek Salad
Ngam Modern Thai Comfort Food - Winter Squash Red Curry
Palo Santo - Greenmarket Tacos
Tocqueville Restaurant - Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Gala Apples and Carmalized Chestnuts
'Wichcraft - Pumpkin Cider Soup with Toasted Marshmallow & Spiced Pepitas
Hard Cider will be sold by the glass and bottle from Hudson Valley Farmhouse Cider, Eve’s Cider, Bad Seed Cider and Orchard Hill Cider Mill.
This event is free and open to the public and hosted in collaboration with the Union Square Partnership.
American chestnuts, still in their bristly husks, from Violet Hill Farm.
Goyo Kumba eggplant, grown by Stokes Farm for Roberta Bendavid, florist at Gramercy Tavern.
Always a lesson to be learned at Locust Grove: did you know quince can be used as an air-freshener? And box-cutters should not be used on Northern Spy apples.