Vegetables

Raising a racket over this season’s squash!

The fall harvest is here, and we’ve got a few tricks and treats up our sleeves. This season’s bounty of squash may feel like a ‘been-there-done-that’ kind of thing, but just wait until you try our newest petite treat – the Honeynut Squash!

Honeynut is a fairly new variety of squash that’s been around just under a decade having been bred specifically for a sweeter more versatile taste than its cousin the Butternut, not to mention its loads easier to manage in the kitchen than a more traditional squash! So who do we have to thank for this small miracle? Chef Dan Barber, of Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns fame, approached a group of breeders from Cornell University with the challenge to make a squash that tasted better and didn’t require a machete in the kitchen, and so the journey to make this little delight a reality got put into motion.

Honeynuts are popping up in a lot of local grocers’ and farmers’ markets where sellers boast its smooth texture and sweet yet nutty flavor, but it’s not just the taste that’s getting people’s attention. The little squash doesn’t have to be peeled, which is a huge time saver. They also have 3x the amount of beta-carotene as well as being a great source of vitamin A, making them easy on the eyes.

Afraid of being left out because you don’t have a raging sweet tooth? Fear not ! We’ve got one more trick up our sleeve. Introducing the Kabocha squash, sometimes referred to as a Japanese pumpkin. This winter squash is still sweeter than a Butternut but less so than a Honeynut, lauded for its velvety texture and high in both fiber and beta-carotene, use this winter veggie anywhere you would a pumpkin or traditional squash, that means seeds too!

Much like the Kabocha, Red Kuri squash is a hearty winter squash that you might need a heavy duty knife to carve up. Unlike its relatives, however, this particular squash has an exceptional nutty flavor making it perfect for soups and risotto. The Red Kuri can also be used as a decor as it plays well with gourds and pumpkins!
Of course we would be remiss not to mention the famed thin-skinned Delicata squash, not only is it easy to cut and roast, but the creamy flesh of this squash is ideal for roasting, no peeling necessary. Stuffing the delicata is also a popular way to serve up this variety, however between our three colorful varieties of Acorn squash picking the right veggie for stuffing can be quite a challenge. Try them all, and let us know what you think!

Our squash all come from Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative a non-profit all organic farmer’s cooperative of over 100 family farmers all working out of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, to ensure your produce is humanely raised and fresh as can be!

Angela GelsoRaising a racket over this season’s squash!
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Pepper Pandemonium!

Savoring the these last beach days, we can’t help but think of other ways to savor the season and the heat! Not to push it, but peppers are in peak season and ripe for the taking.

Coming to us from the Sutherland, MA, Kitchen Garden Farms has peppered our shelves with organic habaneros, poblanos and feisty ch-ch-cherry bombs. In fact, this family farm has been systematically converting retired commercial farmland to certified organic lands for the benefit of the community. Through rotating crops and focussing on biodiversity, they are are committed to improving the health of the soil. All of this makes for a much more nuanced pepper! Their serranos are intensely herbaceous, habañeros are fruitier, and the poblanos maintain the earthy undertones of the rich river bottom soil within which they are grown!

Cherry bombs, a crew favorite, are an exceptional lesser noticed pepper. This small round red pepper related to the jalapeño, cherry bombs are cute and just small enough to stuff with your favorite cheese to make poppers. This quick, easy and eye catching snack is great for Saturday brunch or 3am Netflix binges!

The serrano peppers are divinely herbaceous. While they pack a lot of heat, they can also add fresh green flavors to your dishes. Shave slivers of these peppers over you tacos or some grilled fish accompanied by a wedge of lime to accentuate their bright flavors. These slender green peppers would also make a great candidate for your next home made guacamolé.

Bright orange habaneros might look pretty, but they pack a serious punch. Not to worry, these chili peppers won’t give you scar tissue, but they will add a nice fruity and floral flavor to your dish. Mince it up and add it a burger to take it to the next level. Going for asian inspired dishes? Kitchen Garden Farm organic sriracha sauces give a fresh and zesty kick that pairs perfectly with our emerald fire noodles. Peppers are the perfect vegetable to end the summer and kick start the fall with, the heat might wind down but not for your tastebuds!

Angela GelsoPepper Pandemonium!
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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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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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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.

Greene GrapeCelebrate Earth Day the Brooklyn Way
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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?

Greene GrapeWhich Came First, The Duck or The Egg?
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Muy Fuerte

Our latest arrival to the produce section muscles in just in time for the big game. These “Fuerte” avocados have a green skin (even when ripe!) and a smooth, creamy flavor that is not quite as heavy as your standard “Hass” variety. They come from Bernard Ranches out in Riverside, CA, where they are harvested just for Greene Grape and over-nighted to Brooklyn. Why is this so cool? It’s a way to support a small farmer growing heirloom vegetables from across the country in the dead of winter. Heirlooms are important for the biodiversity of farm ecosystems, and excitement for your palate! “Strong” reasons to pick some up for your homemade guacamole.

Greene GrapeMuy Fuerte
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Living Greens are Full of Life

It may be frigid outside, but at Provisions we’ve got greens so fresh they are technically still alive! That’s right! These baby greens – grown in urban greenhouses in Philly and Orange, NJ – still have their roots attached, so they stay fresh and keep more of their nutrients. Kick up your salad with some “Scarlet Mustard Frills,” “Baby Tuscan Kale,” or watercress. And if you prefer a more “adolescent” leafy green instead of a baby one, try out our loose leaf Spinach from Pete’s Greens in Craftsbury, Vermont. Even though this spinach is in its teenage years, it is awfully sweet!

Greene GrapeLiving Greens are Full of Life
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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!
Greene GrapeNational Farmers Market Week!
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Red Spring

PRODUCE LOVERS: What does your May taste like?

Probably mouth-watering pies, grilled vegetables and tangy salads – in whichcase, you’re in luck, because we’ve just gotten a barrelful of radishes (pink beauty, red ball and French breakfast) and luminous local rhubarb. (We also have new bunched spinach baby bok choy, baby sweet hakurei turnips, and lots of wild foraged ramps, but those are green – and green and red don’t go together in May.)

All these rubies are from Lancaster County in Pennsylvania, and go with the season – so we advise you to bet on red immediately!

Greene GrapeRed Spring
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