Saturday, October 24, 2009

New Amsterdam Market

I found an apartment and signed a lease – happy day!! Back to normal life. Here’s the view from the roof deck of my new home.

Even in gray weather it’s a breathtaking spot. Aside from being on the water, I love that my new place has a bigger kitchen and is only two blocks from the Tribeca Farmers Market. Hopefully some great posts will come out of my next adventure!

Don’t forget tomorrow is another New Amsterdam Market. In addition to the usual abundant selection of dairy, produce, fish, wine, bread, and meat from the Northeast, this meeting will highlight the resurgence of the neighborhood butcher shop. Four businesses leading the way in this endeavor and participating tomorrow are Fleisher’s Grassfed and Organic Meats of Kingston, NY, Marlow and Daughters and Meat Hook, both of Brooklyn, and newly-opened Dickson’s Farmstand Meats of Manhattan.

In the 1830’s there were over 300 neighborhood butcher shops connecting New York City’s 200,000 residents to regionally-raised meat. The current 8,000,000 residents of the City have, for the most part, lost this connection but are fortunate to have access to these four pioneering shops, all of whom buy whole animals from regional farms committed to raising their animals in a humane and sustainable manner.

If you have questions about the differences between meat that is grass-fed, grain-fed, grain-finished, pasture-raised, and organic (and honestly, who doesn’t?!), tomorrow is a great time to meet and talk to the people who know it best.

I’m volunteering at the Market so I’ll be there at 7:00 am (what was I thinking?!), but the rest of you can sleep in and get there between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm. For a map and directions, click here.

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