Posted by: lornasass | November 24, 2009

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE NEW AMSTERDAM MARKET

On Sunday, the Sweetie and I made our waydowntown to check out The New Amsterdam Market, a buy-direct-from-farmers, locavore’s paradise with over forty purveyors of wine, cheese, grass-fed beef, produce and lots more.

The market is in a gritty location on South Street under the FDR Drive and just in front of the historic Fulton Fish Market building–but with magnificent views of the Brooklyn Bridge.

Lots of samples were offered and everyone was bustling around happily nibbling.  Perhaps it’s because I just saw the magnificent new print of The Red Shoes, but the whole scene reminded me of the historic Covent Garden marketplace in London, so beautifully documented in the film.

Lamenting the loss of the old fish market, photographer Barbara Mensch was selling her evocative photo essay book SOUTH STREET.  Cookbook author Louisa Shafia was proudly displaying advanced copies of her beautiful new book LUCID FOOD:  Cooking for an Eco-Conscious Life.

I loved seeing purveyors I don’t normally encounter at farmer’s markets around town.  Hudson Valley Seed Library was displaying and selling their gorgeous new heirloom, native seed packets:

Another booth was devoted to selling sea vegetables harvested off the coast of Maine.  There were fresh oysters and Anne Saxelby’s superb artisinal cheese.

But surely the most unusual display I saw was a real live truck garden.  This display of gorgeous vegetables growing in the back of a truck was there to promote a Wicked Delicate film and food project.  To quote the sign on the truck:  “Using green roof technology organic compost heirloom seeds + a small solar-powered timeplapse camera, we are creating a living story about growing food in the big city.  Check out their website for short excerpts of the film and harvest updates posted monthly.



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