Last Saturday I had the pleasure of attending a fund raiser for The New Amsterdam Public Market in NYC. Along with 350 other New Yorkers I feasted on raw oysters, artisan bread, winter bean stew, some pretty outrageous Grafton Cheddar, pickled eggs and washed it all down with an eclectic selection of craft beers from Beer Table in Brooklyn.
Director Robert LaValva has been hard at work making this dream a reality. The concept is for a permanent market available year round with purveyors ranging from butchers to cheese mongers and everything in between. Many farmers find it difficult to attend a greenmarket but sources could be pooled and create opportunity to showcase some of the best in local artisan small production foods.
The website is featuring an auction with some very rare opportunities to expand your food, wine, spirits or artisan cheese circles! How about a chance to dine with Alice Waters and 3 of your friends at the restaurant of her choice? Maybe a cheese and wine pairing with Anne Saxelby or a home pig roast from Dickson’s Farmstead Meats?
I hope to attend the next market and show my support for this great venture supporting local products! I urge you to check out their site and sign up for updates. http://www.newamsterdampublic.org/ eat better and support your local farmers!