As I have made very clear in my Twitter posts, I was very much looking forward to the New Amsterdam Market today (10/25/09). As we approached the South Street Seaport, my wife and I could see tents, hear music and we could see TONS of people. I couldn't believe my eyes - I thought that the NAM was going to be small, not at all flashy, attended by guys and gals that were interested in sustainable farming practices and high quality ingredients, not a mass-appeal for all New Yorkers.
Turns out I was wrong.
Well, technically, I was right, the NAM was what I thought it would be; I just happened to stumble right into the middle of the Step Out Walk to Fight Diabetes. They had a stage, and music and booths everywhere - it was a very well-attended, worthwhile event. But they weren't selling oxtail - so I left and went looking for the NAM.
The market ended up being a few blocks down the road right in front of the Fulton Fish Market near the Brooklyn Bridge and it was exactly what I was hoping for: low-key vibe, great vendors, great products. Take a look:
The Meat Hook
(love the Brooklyn Bridge in the background)
Health Shoppe Leeks
The makings of a Porchetta sandwich
Cheese from Twin Maple Farm
Here is the take:
Skirt steak and oxtail from Fleisher's; duck breasts and legs (and bucket of duck fat in the back) from Hudson Valley Duck Farm; Hen of the Woods mushroom from Wild Gourmet; leeks and beets from Health Shoppe; eggs from Stone Barns; pork belly from Queens County Farm.
The mushroom turned into soup (post later this week) and the rest of the items will be put to good use as I prepare some of the fall/winter dishes in the book. Oxtail tartine, marinated skirt steak, duck confit, pickled leeks... Stay tuned.
Next up: Mushroom and Kale Soup