What to buy right now at the greenmarkets
It’s a great time of year to teach tots about buying locally and cooking seasonally. So we asked two greenmarket gurus to help us navigate the city’s markets. Here, the best June picks according to nutritionist Amy Shapiro and personal chef, Emily Klein.
New York’s strawberry season is short—June to mid-August—so hoard the sweet ones from the Bradley Farm stand at the 97th Street Greenmarket (between Amsterdam and Columbus Sts.; open 8am-2pm Fridays). While you’re there, pick up some Beth’s Farm Kitchen Jams . . . the “Just Fruit” blends have no sugar added.
At the Union Square Greenmarket (open 8am-6pm Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday), Madura Farm sells ten different mushrooms that are currently in season, including Shiitake, Portobella, and Hen of the Woods. It’s also a great time to pick up the tender pea shoots at Windfall Farms (Wednesdays and Saturdays), and the hot house and green tomatoes wherever you can find them.
June kicks off mahi-mahi season. For off-the-boat fillets, hit Blue Moon Fish at Tribeca Greenmarket (Greenwich Ave., between Chambers and Duane Sts.; open 8am-3pm Wednesdays and Saturdays). It’s also prime time for sea scallops. Meanwhile, blueberries, raspberries, and cherries won’t be in season until July—but once they are, pick some up at Red Jacket Orchards (Wednesdays only).
This time of year, you can sometimes catch Andrews Local Honey at the Tompkins Square Greenmarket (Avenue A, at East 7th St.; open Sundays 8am-6pm). They’re famous for their pure, raw, organically produced kosher honey. Not only do they serve it straight up, but they also sell it in whipped and honeycomb forms.
If you’re anywhere near the Williamsburg Waterfront (North 6th St., at Kent Ave.; open 9am-5pm Saturdays) this month, stop by King Ferry Winery, maker of Treleaven Wines. Their Silver Lining Chardonnay has a serious cult following devoted to its non-oaked, off-dry, fruity flavor.
To locate a farm stand or stay updated on what’s fresh, check out http://www.whatisfresh.com or http://www.grownyc.org.