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Grill’s Night Out!

Can’t decide what to grill this weekend? Take a tip from our butchers! It doesn’t take much to bring out the incredible flavor of our grass-fed meats.
Beef: Dry Aged Rib-eye, Top Sirloin or NY Strip
Pork: Top Sirloin, T-Bone Chop
Sausage: Any kind!!
Pro-Tip: Use fresh soaked bundles of herbs in place of a basting brush, the slight abrasions they create increase the surface area for browning and impart light flavors throughout the meat.

Don’t forget the wine! While you’re grilling, open up a bottle of Chad Pinot Noir ’13 ($20), a tasty Cali pinot packed with lush, tart red fruits with underpinnings of fresh, mulchy earth.

Sourced from the Santa Rita Hills in Santa Barbara County, the wine is medium-bodied, versatile, and intense in flavor, allowing it to hold its own with whatever you’re throwing on the grill.

Happy grillin’ Fort Greene!

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I Got It For My Mama!

We have a number of ways you can treat the moms, mothers and mamas in your life this Sunday!

Send her some love- we’re offering a special Mother’s Day Gift Basket that can be shipped nationwide or picked up right here in our shop!

Make breakfast in bed- create a custom menu with all of her favorite treats, or look around for suggestions at each of our counters.

Decorate a coloring page– our beautiful Mother’s Day coloring pages are available at the registers. Get creative, get expressive and don’t be afraid to color outside the lines!

Pick up some flowers– we will have gorgeous fresh bouquets available from Stem and for those looking for a more lasting gift, take home a paper blossom branch by local artist Bespoke Brooklyn.

We’re wishing a very Happy Mother’s Day to all of the wonderful mom’s we see each day here at the shop!

 

If love is sweet as a flower,

then my mother is that sweet flower of love.” —Stevie Wonder

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Celebrate Earth Day the Brooklyn Way

Join us as we work to build a Greener Grape!

We’re kicking it off this Saturday at Habana Works’ Annual Earth Day Expo!
We’ll be stationed at this celebration of urban environmentalism at Habana Outpost between 11am-2pm.

Learn from our agriculture expert, Mickey Davis, what it means to be a sustainable farm. To help explain some complex ideas, we’ll have a host of coloring pages (for kids and adults alike) that break it all down. We’re also calling all crafty foodies to join us at our “Ugly Produce Decoration Station.” Afterwards, come by our shop and explore all of the Sustainability Do’s and Dont’s that we practice every day!

Then come in on Earth Day – Wednesday, April 22nd – as we give back to the neighborhood and promote earthy friendly shopping habits with a free re-usable bag give-a-way all day!

We’d like to give many thanks to our community here in Fort Greene- we’re working hard to help create a greener future and we couldn’t do it without all of you.

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Which Came First, The Duck or The Egg?

Springtime is finally starting to poke its head, and with it brings some of the tastiest eggs we’ve ever seen.  Arcadian Pastures, the farm that raises our delicious pork also brings us loads of eggs twice a week, and now we’re excited to offer their Duck Eggs! With richer yolks with a higher yolk to white ratio, these slightly larger elliptical beauties are perfect for making lighter meals like quiches, but they’re also better than chicken eggs for pastries, too.

Speaking of lighter meals, we’re excited to be stocking Ramen Noodles from famed Sun Noodle, who’s been getting a load of press lately. If you’ve become smitten with the craze as much as we have, you’ve tasted their noodles – Sun supplies most of the restaurants in this city! Now you can design your own soups or mazemen (soup-less style), whether you make your own stock or use our house made chicken, or take home our butcher’s house made Pork Tonkotsu broth. Stir in some South River 3-Year Barley or White Miso, a gurgle of Wan Ja Shan Tamari, and a handful of fresh Baby Greens – and maybe a poached Duck Egg?

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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!

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The New Bacon

Ladies and gents, we proudly introduce our new housemade pancetta!  Our pasture-raised Gloucester Old Spot pork bellies from Arcadian Pastures of Sloansville, NY are cured in juniper and rosemary, and hung to mature resulting in a buttery texture and sweet herbacious aroma.  This stuff is perfect for a summer pasta, shaved asparagus salad or to accompany poached eggs.

Also: keep a lookout for our pancetta picante, with a chili and fennel complexion!

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Wild, Hungarian, Not Boring

Looking for some last-minute Easter pork? You’re in luck: from the wilds of New Jersey, an extremely rare and legendary pig has entered into the Provisions hall of fame – the mangalitsa. These furry, succulent fellers are dense with flavor and fat, making for perfectly marbled prosciutto and hocks. (The name “mangalitsa” literally translates to “pig with a lot of lard”, but it’s good lard – high in oleic acids.)

Our butchers have a little mangalitsa pork in stock, but don’t wait – it will probably be gone before the weekend’s end! (And if you’re looking for a wine to go with it, try that Anomaly pinot noir from North Fork – tasting from 6pm to 8pm at the wine store.)

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Irish Stomachs are Smiling

……Ahh, corned beef. What a crock! Not its esteemed reputation as the St. Patrick’s Day dinner, but rather, the one our butchers have been preparing for this weekend – replete with sauerkraut made in Provisions’ house brine.

Cured meats were originally a way to ward off starvation in some pretty uncomfortable places, but after dinner on Sunday, the only discomfort will be your vegetarian friends’. (We also have cabbage, potatoes and carrots.)

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Sausagebowl XLVII

The Superbowl is on Sunday; an estimated 110,000,000 people will be watching. That said, we’re all about individuality here at the Greene Grape. Thus, our butcher Jake has dropped a line on the mouth-watering bevy of different sausages the meat department has put together to guarantee customer victory, regardless of who you actually want to win. (Put another way: you’ll be eating crow if you don’t pick one of these up, regardless of whether or not you’re rooting for the Ravens.)

Choose from Philly cheesesteak patty, perfect for topping on nachos, made with shortrib, peppers, onions, provolone, swiss and cheddar;  taco sausage made with pork, jalapeno, pepperjack and cilantro; good ol’ Merguez; homemade chorizo with a hint of tequila; rabbit parmigiano; or rabbit bratwurst.

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La Quercia’s “Declare Ham Independence”!

La Quercia is an Iowa-based producer of some fantastic charcuterie and this year they are trying to free Americans from the grasp of “foreign ham powers”.  As a part of their campaign to promote ham produced in America they have asked stores around the country to design a themed display featuring La Quercia products.  Our butchers were up to the task and created a memorable scene featuring some impressive sausage art.  You can vote for your favorite *ahem* on Facebook at this link.

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