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!
Ramen is a staple in Japan, so ubiquitous that its origins are shrouded in mystery and so culturally important it has its own museum. With the weather still see-sawing from cold to warm and back again, we could all use a hot, brothy bowl of noodles dressed to our liking. While there are as many regional varieties as there are people in Japan, we think your new favorite variety might be our duck ramen!
1 pc scallion, thinly sliced
1 pack Blue Moon Acres Asian microgreens
1 pinch red pepper flakes
1 pinch sesame seeds
Bring two quarts of water to boil. Carefully drop eggs into water for eight minutes (seven if you like a runny yolk), then remove eggs carefully, placing under cold running water to cool. Reserve the boil water to cook noodles.
Cook ramen noodles for two to two and a half minutes, strain and set aside.
In a separate pot, heat your duck broth. Put duck confit into the warm broth for two minutes, remove and pick meat off the bone.
Divide the noodles, duck confit, & carrot between two serving bowls.
Peel the eggs carefully and slice in half.
Pour your hot broth over the noodles and duck. Finish with the egg, microgreens, scallion. Sprinkle pepper flakes and sesame seeds to taste.
As you probably know by now, we’re pretty proud of our Whole Animal Butcher counter. We source high quality, grass fed, pasture raised steer from the nearby Slope Farms. And while we try not to let a single scrap go to waste, this is a real challenge in the summer months. Many of our customers are looking for steaks that are easy to throw on the grill, but not necessarily braising cuts from other parts of the steer. Winter is a perfect time to break out that Instapot and make Lena’s Barbacoa recipe.
Place the chipotle peppers and their sauce, cilantro, oregano, onion, garlic, clove, cumin, 1 1/2 tablespoons salt, lime juice, and cider vinegar in a blender and put aside. Use the remainder of the salt to season the meat. If necessary, cut the meat into a few pieces to better fit into the pot.
Heat the pressure cooker on the sauté setting. When it’s hot, add the oil and brown the meat. Do not overcrowd the pot. “You want a dark brown sear and you want to avoid steaming the meat ” -says Lena. Add the sauce from the blender and bay leaves, cover and cook on high pressure until the meat is tender and easily shreds—about 1 hour. In the same pot, using 2 forks, pull the meat apart. Do not discard the cooking liquid or the fat; you will need liquid to keep the barbacoa warm and moist (though not swimming in it), the fat is useful for frying up crispy barbacoa in a pan.
Carla Bueno-SandersUp your game with Lena’s Barbacoa Beef recipe!
Give the omnivore in your life a crash course on whole animal butchery! Our new Whole Animal Card invites you to delve through each layer of a steer or pig, selecting one cut from each section of the animal. This gift card is the perfect stocking stuffer for the meat lovers in your life. Help them branch out from their usual chops and maybe learn a thing of two from our Whole Animal Butcher in the process!
From nose to toes, our butchers break down whole animals, doing their best to eliminate waste along the way. This approach offers many benefits, the most important of which is sustainability. Farmers don’t just raise pork chops and brisket, they raise whole pigs and steers. Using the entire animal creates less food waste and helps us build a more sustainable food system overall. Additionally, ordering a whole entire animal directly from a farm provides a more transparent supply chain: we know exactly where the meat is coming from. We choose the farms we work with based on quality, humane handling practices, and commitment to sustainable land use. We can guarantee that each animal we break down lives up to these standards. Not least of all, whole animal butchery offers a great deal of variety! Our Whole Animal Card is a passport to exploring each subprimal layer of a steer or pig. For pork, you can try one cut each of the shoulder, loin, belly, and ham. Our steer card includes one cut of chuck, brisket & shank, plate, rib, short loin, sirloin, and round.
Delicious from top to bottom, these steers and pigs are pasture-raised and ready to show you the range and importance of local, grass-fed whole animal butcher. At $100 – $150 per card, this gift is a great value that won’t steer you wrong! These are available for purchase in-store, and you can buy them online!
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 York—less 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!
In celebration of our month-long goat special at the Butcher’s counter, we’ve put together a seasonally inspired recipe comprised of ingredients that can all be found in our shop!
Braised Goat with Sunchoke Mashed Potatoes This recipe serves up to 4 people
Braised Goat Ingredients: 2 lbs. of goat for braising (speak to your butcher for recommendations), allow to come to room temperature Mire poix (2 large carrots, 1 large onion, 1 celery stalk) 1 bay leaf 5 large garlic cloves – smashed 1 sprig of rosemary 1 qt of GG housemade chicken stock Salt & pepper – enough to liberally season the full cut of meat (5-10 minutes before cookin Fresh parsley – optional for garnish
Preheat your oven to 325°F.
Heat a cast iron skillet, roasting pan or dutch oven until it is smoking hot on the stove top.
Add 3 tablespoons of high heat oil of your choice (e.g. grapeseed oil or coconut oil).
Brown the meat (already seasoned with salt and pepper). Once you have a rich dark brown crust, remove and place to the side.
Add the mire poix and rosemary, allow to sweat (approximately 8-10 minutes), stirring occasionally.
Pour in chicken stock, allowing it to deglaze and reduce by one third.
Nestle the meat into the braising liquid and cover (if you’re using a roasting pan or skillet, seal tightly with aluminum foil)
Transfer into the oven.
After 2 hours check for tenderness– should be fork tender. If not return to the oven and check periodically.
Once tender, remove the meat and shred using two forks to pull apart the meat.
Puree the braising liquid and veggies, using an immersion blender, or transferring to a food processor.
Mix together the braised meat and pureed vegetables and place in a serving dish of your choice.
Sunchoke Mashed Potatoes Ingredients:
Salt, as needed
1 1/4 lbs sunchokes
1/2 lb Yukon Gold potatoes, cut into 2-inch chunks
1 Tbsp butter
Pepper, as needed
Fill a large saucepan with salted water.
Peel the sunchokes, then cut them into 1-in pieces. As you work, place the peeled sunchokes into the water to prevent browning.
Add the potatoes to the saucepan and bring the mixture to a rolling boil.
Reduce the heat to medium, and allow the sunchokes and potatoes to cook together until fork-tender, about 12 minutes.
Remove the mixture from the heat and drain thoroughly. Transfer the vegetables to a food processor. Add the butter, then puree the mixture until smooth and free of lumps. (This can also be done by hand with a potato masher).
Taste and season with salt and pepper, as desired. Hold warm or gently reheat before serving.
This dish pairs well with a sauteed green such as fresh spigarello and NY Shuk Harissa with preserved lemon!
We checked in with our Head Butcher, Lena Diaz to see how she would go about roasting one of her favorite cuts – the Pork Butt a.k.a. Boston Butt. Her biggest tip is to allow the meat to roast slowly. With a recipe this simple, you don’t have to make a day of it, but you will enjoy the aromas from the morning until the time you finally get to dig in at night!
One 8-10lb pork butt
Handful of toasted coriander seeds
Handful of toasted fennel seeds
4 cloves fresh garlic, pressed in a morter & pestle, or chopped finely
Salt a generous amount, this is a large cut of meat after all!
Alternately- If you’d rather get more creative you can also just clean out your spice rack. Make sure to toast any whole spices to make the most out of their aromatic qualities and of course use plenty of salt to rub!
Directions: The Night Before
1. Season your Roast
Rub the pork butt liberally with the toasted seeds, garlic, and salt. Add a dash of cinnamon all over the butt. Place the cut in a casserole dish and leave overnight.
2. Remove roast from refrigerator and let it rest until it reaches room temp.
3. Preheat your oven to 250 degrees, about 15 minutes.
4. When both the oven and the roast are ready, place the casserole dish in the oven, uncovered.
5. Roast for approximately 8 hours, checking for tenderness periodically.
6. When the roast is fork tender you may remove it from the oven.
7. (Optional) If the roast needs a little extra color on the exterior, you can raise the oven temp to 450 degrees and let it roast for up to an additional 15 minutes.
Let it stand for a few minutes and then enjoy alongside roast vegetables and a glass of wine!
The most quintessential item at any Fourth of July cookout, the burger is as classic as it gets. Our whole animal butchers grind specific cuts of beef to create our All-Star line-up of burgers. Let us introduce you to the team!
Short Rib: The short rib burger is becoming increasingly common in restuarants across the city, and we know why – it’s extra juicy, and full of flavor Pair with:Jasper Hill Clothbound Cheddar, and a tangy mustard (we suggest Tin or Wilder)
Lamb Burger: Made using the leg of the lamb, this burger is hearty, unique, and sure to impress your guests Pair with: a classic feta or heat it up with the spice and acidity of Brooklyn Delhi tomato achaar
Bacon Brisket: Our house made bacon is hot smoked in-house so this burger can happily be enjoyed medium rare Pair with: a sweet alpine cheese for extra umami and melty goodness!
100% Brisket: We’re not messing around with this one. No bacon, no problem, get the full flavor and insane savory notes off of this all brisket burger Pair with:Nettlemeadow’s Kunik, an exceptional triple crème
The most quintessential item at any Fourth of July cookout, the burger is as classic as it gets, but not all burgers are made the same! Our whole animal butchers grind specific cuts of beef to create our All-Star line-up of burgers. Let us introduce you to the team!
Ribeye Cap: lean and satisfying
pair with: Wisconsin Sheep Dairy Co-op’s Blue Hills Bleu
Short Rib: extra juicy
pair with: Jasper Hills Clothbound Cheddar
La Ranchera: skirt steak burger with extra beefy flavor
pair with:a juicy pickle
Bacon Brisket: our most popular burger
enhance with:a sweet alpine cheese for extra melt factor!