Category: Food

Paw-Paw-Lease

The Greene Grape is proud to welcome our latest oddball to the produce aisle. The “Paw-Paw” is a native crop to the Eastern US, with a strangely tropical flavor and texture. Also known at the “Custard Apple,” it is the northern-most cousin of the Cherimoya, sweet-sop, ylang-ylang, and soursop.  Brought to us by our friend at Fields without Fences Farm in Frenchtown NJ.

La Esquina Salsa

Nevermind that it’s salsa made in New York City. This stuff’s the real deal, made in the kitchens of La Esquina, one of the best taco corner joints in the lower east side.  We chose 3 flavors, Salsa Roja, Salsa Roja HOT, and Salsa Verde, made with a blend of ripe tomatoes, tomatillos and chiles, and contain no fat or sugar.  Each are great complements to our different chips, especially when they’ve been smothered with melted cheese, sour cream and fresh cilantro.

You’ll find these colorful jars next to the pasta sauces, just a few steps from the chips!

Holla for Challah

Whether you’re hosting, or attending as a guest, you’ll be the life of the party this Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year. If you’re in charge of the pre-dinner sweets, pick some new-harvest, local apples from Hudson Valley. We’ll be getting a very limited amount of Challah* from ORWASHERS on Wednesday, ready to be dipped into luscious raw honey from PUMPKIN VILLAGE.

If you’re a fan of Gefilte Fish, give THE GEFILTERIA a try. In the freezer, The Gefilteria takes this traditional dish to the next level, layering pike and whitefish with pink salmon, both delicious and beautiful! Complement your appetizer with a dollop of ISH Citrus or Beet Horseradish, bright and sweet.

For those who celebrate, we wish you a Happy and Healthy New Year!

*If you’d like to reserve a challah, please give us a call by Friday (8/30) afternoon.

Local Farms, Local Food

A few days ago, we shared the first half of our celebration of National Farmers Market Week, giving insight into the farms from which we get fruits and vegetables. But as we all know, farms bring us more than just apples and zucchini. Look around the store, and you’ll find great food grown by real farmers, whose food is always seasonal and fresh.

We’ve been lucky to score a few cases of honey made on the rooftops from Bed-Stuy Bees, and Pumpkin Village in VT hand-delivers raw honey and maple syrup every few weeks. In the dairy case, we source most of our yogurts from Hudson Valley, and all of our milk from Battenkill, Organic Valley and Natural By Nature, is from animals raised happily within 500 miles of NYC. Don’t forget the Adirondack Creamery ice cream!

Speaking of animals, our meat department sources whole animals from nearby farms, including Slope Farms, Kinderhook and Arcadian Pastures, who also bring us our pastured eggs. Be sure to stop off at our cheese counter for the freshest Cato Corner cheeses, which we pick up from the Fort Greene Greenmarket every Saturday. These get nestled into our case amongst the other farmstead cheeses, such as NY’s Sprout Creek, and VT’s Jasper Hill.

And if you crave something a little sweet, our wine shop proudly sells Fox Run Vineyards Riesling from the Fingerlakes, brought down with our weekly beef delivery! We admit, there’s nothing like being surrounded by the farmers market every weekend, but we’re proud to be the next best thing!

National Farmers Market Week!

August 4-10th is National Farmers Market Week, and we’d like to take this opportunity to share our love and support of our local farms. With over 40% of our produce grown nearby, all under 200 miles, we differ from a farmers market by stocking their food 7 days a week! And while 40% may not sound like a large amount, if our local farmers could grow citrus, avocados and other tropical fruits in the Northeast, they would. Nearly everything we sell, that can be grown in local soil, is.

Farmers markets preserve America’s rural livelihoods and farmland, and they stimulate local economies. Surrounding NYC is a plethora of farmland, and without a market to sell to, multi-generational farmers would be out of work. Our produce buyer, Mickey Davis, works closely with farms across NY, NJ and PA, to bring in the best apples, corn, melons, eggplant, summer squash, berries, onions and more. Lancaster Coop collects stunning fruits and veggies from all over Pennsylvania and brings it in one trip, 3 times a week, from farms such as Elm Tree Organics, Shady Brook Organics, while Grow NYC brings us fresh kale and stone fruit.

Sometimes these farmers are bringing the whole farm right to the city! Young, educated folk with a green thumb are coming here to create green space amongst our cement and steel. Brooklyn Grange is one of these, and in just 3 years have become the leading rooftop farming and intensive roof greening business in the US, and supply us with fresh, mixed greens and arugula. Just down the road on Bergen Street, Feedback Farms brings us Shishito peppers, and heirloom tomatoes and eggplant. Check back this weekend to learn about the other types of local farms we support!