Local

Not Your Average Grocer

If there’s one thing we know around here, it’s that at Provisions, we’re not your average grocer. People come from all over the city to find that one amazing, rare item we happen to carry, just as much as we have a crowd of regulars who pick up everything they need from us. It’s not just our unique collection of products, though, or even our crew of diverse personalities. It’s in the way we source those products, and it’s in the way those products are made. From your basic milk and eggs to the specialty foods you never thought you’d find in Fort Greene, we strive to find and carry items that are local, sustainable, and ethically made, all held to a high standard of quality.

Many if not most grocery stores source exclusively from corporate distributor middlemen, and they in turn source from industrial farms and factories where there’s little to no transparency. It makes for a hard disconnect on where food comes from, especially when food is mistreated and wasted in the name of perfectly identical, shelf-ready products. The people who make these foods are likely to be vastly underpaid and overworked. Both people and animals suffer under these systems that are not sustainable, and yet as an individual it can seem daunting to get around it. That’s where we come in.

At Provisions, we are constantly looking for more ways to do our part toward a better, more viable food system where people and the food that nourishes them can thrive. Our milk and eggs come from farms where animals are treated like part of the family, with expansive pastures to roam, diverse grazing, and even biweekly pedicures for the cows. We source produce from small operations from as nearby as Gotham Greens in Gowanus, and our butcher counter lets no scrap go to waste when they make animal fat soaps and candles. When it comes to stocking our shelves, we work directly with small producers who hold the same values of sustainability and transparency in their ingredients and production.

Look for Not Your Average Grocer signs around the store, and find out more about what sets us apart!

Carla Bueno-SandersNot Your Average Grocer
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Eggs-cellence in the Field

While food trends come and go, announcing this berry or that herb as the new star ingredient to your every meal, there’s no denying the simple egg. There are as many ways to prepare an egg by itself as there are recipes to which eggs are essential, whether it’s dyed and hidden in grass, placed on a Seder plate, or part of a spring-inspired baking project with seasonal fruit on the horizon. But with so many different labels and terms on egg cartons these days, what does it take for an egg to make it to our discerning shelves?

There are plenty of producers that can legally slap the words “free range” or “cage free” on their egg cartons, but neither of those terms are guarantees that their hens are living the idyllic lives we hope they are, nor are they promises against some of the industry’s crueler practices. That’s why we’re proud to offer eggs from Oliver’s Organic Eggs and Red Gate Grocer’s Scenic Vista Farm, both family-owned farms in upstate NY. On these farms, hens have access to spacious pastures, free to graze on provided vegetarian feed and field insects. Oliver’s, which hand-raises their hens from chicks, is certified organic, which extends to the grains they grow themselves that becomes feed for their chickens. On Scenic Vista Farm, chickens roam free all year long, and each egg supplied to Red Gate Grocer is certified American humane.

True free range farming like this, which gives chickens freedom to be chickensinstead of screened-in rooms that barely qualify as “outdoor access”also produces healthier eggs. Pastured eggs have lower cholesterol and saturated fats than their conventional counterparts, as well as up to double essential vitamins like A and E, and up to seven times as much beta carotene. You could say pastured eggs really help us reach our beak potential! – Order delivery! These eggs-ceptional eggs are available here!

Carla Bueno-SandersEggs-cellence in the Field
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For the love of chocolate

Spread Love, It’s The Brooklyn Way! What could be more true to this sentiment than showing love to the community? At Greene Grape Provisions, we host a unique community of local food producers and farmers. By cutting out large distribution chains, we work with them directly to bring you high quality and ethically produced ingredients and products that give each producer the opportunity to continue to grow their business. And what could be sweeter this Valentine’s Day than supporting New York’s finest chocolatiers?

Valentine’s Day, while known for its mainstream commercial appeal, still holds a special place in our hearts. At the very least, any excuse to indulge in chocolate is fine by us! “Fair-trade, sustainably sourced, hand-crafted, and comes all wrapped up like a delicious gift,” are qualities that Senior Buyer Laura Heifetz says she looks for when supplying us with a bountiful selection of small-batch cocoa confections. And while life is like a box of chocolates, we think everyone deserves to know what they’re gonna get—at least when it comes to supporting a sustainable food system. So here’s our Valentine’s round-up to satisfy your sweet tooth!

Eat Chic puts a spin on the classics with chocolate hearts, made with other local creations like bean-to-bar Raaka chocolate, and Stagg Jams Cherry-Chai jam. While 50 million roses are given out every Valentine’s day, Jon Good’s box of artfully painted chocolate roses, filled with a delicate rosewater chocolate ganache, will set you apart from the bunch. And if chocolate seems too de rigeur, Fruition has got you covered with delectable brown butter caramels, spiked with Hudson Valley Baby Bourbon and dipped in their single origin dark chocolate.
To all of you who love chocolate or know a chocolate lover, we think this is a great week to treat your family, treat your friends, and definitely treat yourself!

Angela GelsoFor the love of chocolate
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Greene Plate Dinner Special

Got a lot on your plate?
Take dinner off of your to-do list

The city that never sleeps often doesn’t have time to make dinner. We love a home cooked meal, but we understand the need for dinner on-the-go. Which is why our Greene Plate Special is designed to be convenient without sacrificing quality. Each week, we prepare a different meal made to save your time without compromising nutrition and quality. Unlike your average takeout dinner, there’s no mystery to our ingredient sourcing. These meals are an artful collaboration between different departments of our store. We take grass-fed, locally sourced meats from our Butcher Counter and farm-fresh seasonal produce and combine them with the talent of our Fort Greene Kitchen masters. This brings you the freshest and easiest dinner possible!

In addition to peace of mind, our Greene Plate special is always deliciously creative. You’ll find inventive, restaurant quality meals like Honey Mustard Glazed Salmon with fragrant jasmine rice, summer vegetable stir fry, and crispy shallot, or this week’s special, Roasted Goffle Road Farms Chicken with garlic and fall herb marinade accompanied by farro and fall vegetable pilaf, sauteed green beans with toasted almonds, and preserved lemon vinaigrette. A seasonal summer special featured Black Bean Croquetas with corn, sweet potato and chilis, accompanied by summer vegetable hash, hardy greens, toasted pepitas, cotija, and salsa verde. That’s just three examples of many more to come!

This special is available every week at your fingertips in our chilled grab n’ go case, which is perfect for picking up after work and enjoying in the comfort of your own dining room. We also serve the Greene Plate hot and ready to go from 5pm-8pm every night. See our Prepared Foods page or follow us on Instagram to see what each week’s special is!

Mike FunkGreene Plate Dinner Special
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Chart Topping Local Craft Beer

In New York City, temptation to stay close to home often rivals the temptation to party. So we have just the party for you: Fort Greene’s first ever EAT GREENE street festival will be just around the corner and full of delicious food, drinks, and community fun! And we’re excited to welcome our party co-host, local craft beer experts Interboro Spirits & Ales!

Interboro is Brooklyn’s only combination craft brewery and distillery. They produce both flavorful beers as well as canned cocktails. Known for their juicy, lightly bitter and hoppy canned IPAs, Interboro also makes canned gin & tonic, ciders, and more. The relatively new Interboro has been topping beer lists across the boroughs. Given founder Jesse Ferguson’s background in both the record industry and work for famed brewers Carton Brewing and Other Half Brewing, it’s no surprise his own brewery is a broadly resonating hit machine.

A variety of their beers have graced our taps at Annex. We pride ourselves on serving a rotating selection of craft beers on draft, and have been longtime fans of Interboro’s output. If craft beers are your jam too, then you’ll need to stop by our block party! Interboro is doing a special limited can release brew available only at Eat Greene. Come party local with us and get an exclusive sip of local craft beer!

Save the Date

Come by on Saturday, September 16th to hang out with Interboro and a host of other local faves on S. Portland Ave between Lafayette and Fulton St.!

Mike FunkChart Topping Local Craft Beer
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Beef Up Your Bacon

If you’ve been searching for a pork-free solution to the breakfast meat dilemma, we’ve got excellent news in the form of beef bacon! House-made by our butchers, our cured beef bacon is made from pasture raised cows. These cows, raised by Slope Farms are grass-fed on pastures in upstate New Yorkless than 200 miles from our store!

Beef is a great bacon alternative because unlike turkey bacon, it maintains a great juicy-to-crispy ratio. Leaner and higher in protein than a slice of pork bacon, it can serve as a meatier headliner with eggs and toast or really power up a BLT. For a really paleo barbecue, use it to top off one of our burgers. Moo-ve on over to our butcher counter to grab the bacon blasts while they last!

Angela GelsoBeef Up Your Bacon
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Proud to be a part of Good Food

For us at Provisions, the surest sign of the start of summer is the New York Good Food Mercantile, an expo of mostly local food products that are as delicious as they are ethical; the Good Food movement is about prioritizing the stories behind our food. We’re proud to feature many of these producers in our store because we know that transparency in food production is important not only for our guests to make informed decisions, but for creating a more viable food system overall.

This weekend our buyers will head to the Good Food Mercantile in Greenpoint where we’ll be sourcing new products for our shelves and showing our support to many of our current local food producers, Raaka Chocolate, Crown Finnish Caves, Charlito’s Cocina, and Matzo Project to name a few!

As a proud founding member of the Good Food Collaborative, we are on a mission to build commerce and community between the people who make, purvey, and enjoy Good Food. 
Angela GelsoProud to be a part of Good Food
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Eat Your Vegetables, Fort Greene!

By Produce Buyer, Nailah Griffin
Culturally, my gastronomic upbringing was in Caribbean and Southern fare, both of which can be very meat-centric cuisines. However, when I was about 10 years old, my mom decided to become a veggie-focused pescatrian, totally shifting the eating habits of our household. As a result, we learned newer, better ways to eat our favorite dishes sans meat. In honor of “Eat Your Vegetables” Day, and parents everywhere struggling to get their kids to eat veggies, I present a few of my childhood favorites!


Red Cabbage Coleslaw with Green Apples
1 ½ cup of shredded purple cabbage
1 large crisp green apple, thinly sliced
1 medium carrot, grated
½ medium red onion, diced
¼ cup mayo
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
½ lemon
2 tsp honey
Salt/Pepper to taste

In a bowl, mix mayo, apple cider vinegar, honey, salt and pepper, and squeeze the lemon halve. Whisk until smooth. In another bowl, combine all the cabbage, apple, carrot, and onion. Pour sauce over the veggies and toss until evenly coated. Enjoy.


Bajan Style Rice
2 cups rice
6 cups water
1 vegetable bouillon cube
1 tbsp thyme
1 tbsp marjoram
1 tbsp chive, dried or freshly chopped
1 large tomato, diced
1 medium onion (or ½ large onion), diced

Boil the vegetable bouillon, diced onion, herbs, in 4 cups of water for about 15-20 minutes.
Then, add the rice, diced tomatoes and remaining water. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook until the water is absorbed and the rice is tender


5 Spice Tofu Stir Fry
1 package firm tofu, cubed
2 heads of broccoli, chopped
½ red pepper, diced
½ green pepper, diced
½ cup yellow onion, diced
2 cups of spinach
1 medium sized zucchini, diced
5 spice blend
Olive Oil, as desired

In a bowl, season diced firm tofu with 5 spice blend and set aside. In a skillet, heat about 2 tbsp of oil and, once hot, add the onions and peppers. Cook until onions are translucent, then add broccoli and cook for about 7 minutes. Next, stir in the zucchini and the tofu. Cook until all vegetables are bright but haven’t lost their crunch and then add in spinach. Lower the heat and cover the skillet, allowing it to sit for about 2-3 minutes. Remove top and stir until spinach is evenly dispersed.

Angela GelsoEat Your Vegetables, Fort Greene!
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Shall we compare thee to a picnic basket?

Because around these parts, that would be high praise indeed! This month, the buyers at Provisions are sharing their favorite picnic destinations and the snacks that they’d pack for each of them. We’re starting with a decadent spread befit for a classic destination selected by our Senior Buyer Laura Heifetz.
Destination: Central Park
What to Pack: Snack on – Vermont Creamery salted cultured butter smeared on Talbott & Arding spelt crackers, Samaki smoked salmon, Brami Beans pickled lupini beans, and Fuller’s Serious Cheesy PuffsWash it all down with lemon blueberry Pilot Kombucha and chilled Dona Chai Concentrate, blended with Jubali almond milk. And finish with an Eclat City Harvest chocolate bar.
What You’ll Find: Historic architecture, trees for days, “Serenity Now!” or if you prefer, live music wafting from the Summerstage!

Meg ChristmanShall we compare thee to a picnic basket?
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Notes From the Grocery Buyer’s Desk

Here’s a run down of whats new and notable on our shelves this week!

We start off with plenty of sweets…

Chunky Pig Popcorn – Twice candied Niman Ranch bacon with Vermont maple syrup flavor this popcorn that won’t stick to the back of your teeth!  

Billington’s Demerara Sugar – This is from an old school sugar company from England, who created Wholesome Sweeteners back in 2001, the company that makes our corn syrup. Demerara is a crunchy, golden brown sugar with a sticky texture and rich aroma. The large sugar crystals make for a crunchy topping on desserts and create an eye catching swirl in yogurt or porridge.

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream is back! In five flavors: Ndali Vanilla, Milkiest Chocolate, Salty Caramel, Brown Butter Almond Brittle and Pistachio & Honey.

Coop’s Microcreamery Salted Caramel- This brand also makes a vegan chocolate sauce, and we’re excited to have both on the shelves. The jars are characterized by their melted wax top that looks like it’s been dipped in the delicious sweet sauce. The chocolate is even scented! The product itself is made by a family company. No GMOs, no gluten, no reason not to indulge to your heart’s content!

Salty Road Salt Water Taffy- These wonderful Brooklyn based candy mavens have introduced two new flavors! Pumpkin Pie Taffy, made with real pumpkin and spices, and Chocolate Chews, deep, dark chocolate and sea salt chewy candy.

Ethereal Confections – Lovely chocolate confections made in Woodstock, Illinois, including a sugar free bar, truffle-like chocolate “meltaways” and chocolate covered pretzels that are gluten free.

Zingerman’s Candy Manufactory– zzang Karamel Krunch and Peanut Crush candy bars- Delicious candy bars with simple ingredients that you can actually pronounce!

Askinosie Chocolate– 60% Dark Chocolate with Peanut Butter – made with the crunchy peanut butter from another Greene Grape shelf standby Big Spoon Roasters- we love it when our vendors collaborate!

A little something savory… 

Roberta’s Pizza – New flavor, The Baby Sinclair. This is their next level flavor, dinosour kale, with cheddar, parmigiano and Calabrian chiles.

And one new product that we can’t define! 

Lark Fine Foods Scourtins – This variety from one of our longstanding cookie suppliers is making their grand return after a few years. Their shortbread cookies are studded with oil cured olives. Yes, olives in cookies. Sweet and Salty. They’re really delicious and adult.

Meg ChristmanNotes From the Grocery Buyer’s Desk
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