Mandy and I braved the Sunday morning South Street Seaport crowd to check out the New Amsterdam Market. It was definitely worth it, and as far as NYC goes, it was the best market I've been to. There were (according to the materials) over 80 producers, and many offered tastes of superb products. While we agree it was lacking in the charcuterie and fish departments (especially as it was on old Fulton Fish Market land), there were some stellar stands.
A few of my faves included the two cheeses by The Pampered Cow, the Concord grape sorbet from The Bent Spoon, the prizewinning fresh ricotta from the Narrangansett Creamery, the blood orange olive oil from Provisions, and the crunchy chocolates from Taza. The Queens County Farm Museum also had a stall, and we decided we need to take a field trip to NYC's only historic, still operating farm. I bought a chocolate habañero from them...perhaps I'll dry some of the seeds and plant them next year. I picked up presents for Nancy from the Hudson Valley Seed Library, but resisted a sandwich from Porchetta (a decision I later regretted). Mandy scored a baguette from Wave Hill Farm, which, she said as we walked, smelled like France. She reported back this morning, and indeed, it was spectacular.
The next New Amsterdam Market is Sunday, October 25, 2009. The stalls are open from 11am to 4pm at the South Street Seaport, underneath the FDR between Beekman Street and Peck Slip.