I just spent all my allowance on food. But honestly, you would've done the same, right? It was a beautiful autumn day in New York, and there were rows and rows of tempting food vendors at the New Amsterdam Market.
I attended the market for the first time in June last year, and it's just gotten bigger and better in the interim.
If you've not been, the New Amsterdam is kind of a cross between the Brooklyn Flea, the Union Square Farmers Market and the food markets at Essex Street and Chelsea.
Since the focus is on great food that's grown or produced in New York, there's some familiar faces for those who already know and love the artisanal butchers, bakers, cheese-makers, apiaries, dairies, farmers, canners and picklers in the local food scene.
You'll also find top-notch specialty goods... delicious, effervescent kombucha that reminds me of a crisp, dry cider (and I don't even like kombucha). There's pâté and pork rillettes spread on toast (thank you, Dickson's.) There's now a whole row of local wineries, and not one, but two vendors of oysters on the half-shell, not to mention the truly superior, ultra-fresh BoBo chickens I mentioned last year.
Indeed, there's such a buffet of people who are putting their love (and high-quality ingredients) into the food at New Amsterdam, it's a good thing they don't have the place open year-round. I'd drain my account and give myself a bellyache every weekend.
If you're in New York and you've managed to miss the other market days, there's two more chances (November 22 and December 20) to go before the year's out. Meanwhile, here are few things that delighted me today:
This very cool meat chart bike jersey from Fleisher's
The ever-charming Benoit from Saxelby Cheese.
Heirloom tomato seeds from The Hudson Valley Seed Library. They're supposed to be good for container gardens. We'll see about that next year...
Raisin Walnut Loaves from Sullivan Street Bakery. So, so tasty... Nom!
Want to see more? Check out the full New Amsterdam Market photo set.