New Amsterdam Market Floralia Celebration
Sunday, on a glorious, bright sunshiny day, the New Amsterdam Market held a celebration for May Day called Floralia, complete with Maypole (above). I’ve never been much for recognizing this pagan feast day or the communist-era counterpart. I’ve always been envious, however, of my European friends when they had this day off, as it seemed a bit random. Of course, we have our Labor Day in September instead, so I guess that counts.
This was a great chance to catch up with vendors that I hadn’t seen in a while (Liddabit Sweets, Nordic Breads), discover some new delicious treats (Pie Corps), and even to run into a friend and her husband (Karen of Markets of NYC). Everyone seemed to be enjoying checking out the different products, eating the offerings from the prepared food vendors, and generally just hanging out in the city on a really nice day. As I told Robert LaValva, the market manager, I’d seen several food folks over the course of the previous week who had chimed, “See you at the market on Sunday,” when we all realized we’d be convening at the event, so there was definitely buzz about the day.
Here’s some of my market photos:
Marlow & Daughters making goat confit for
Except for the fact that the juice dripped a bit too much, my friend who ate it said it was a great flavor combination and that the goat was really well cooked.
Bambino’s Ravioli fresh pasta – they also had all kinds of filled pasta, too
Mast Brothers Chocolate – they also sell chocolate chips, too!
Pie Corps, a new addition to the market, seemed to be a huge hit. These pie pops were gone before I could decide that I wanted one.
So, I had to settle for this amazing, amazing Eccles Cake instead. Can you feel how delicious this was with the sugar-sprinkled flake crust hosting a fruit and nut mincemeat interior? I may have found my new favorite market treat.
Queens County Farm – an actual working farm within the 5 boroughs, brought lots of spring herbs with them
But it was really the Ramp and Cheddar M’smen bread (to the very right is the plain version) from Hot Bread Kitchen that I was dying to try
Hudson Valley Duck Farm brought samples of their unique Duck Bacon and hearty Smoked Duck Breast. I’ve heard that they also have an amazing Duck, Cherry, and Sage Sausage that might be something I pick up on my next visit.
This beautiful Lavender from North Winds Farm reminds me that I should refresh the sachets during my spring cleaning.
It was good to see Michael from Mosefund Farm back at the market again. I can’t believe I resisted in picking up his amazing Bacon. What was I thinking?
And Scott from Brooklyn Cured was there with his Sausages, Pates, and Bacon, too.
All of which would have been completely heavenly served on Orwasher’s incredible Bread
The Wild Food Gatherers Guild showed what could be collected from the woods around us, including Asparagus and Black Walnuts
Kings County Jerky Co. was handing out samples of their original flavor. This reminded me of a really beefy burger and hit all those umami notes in my mouth.
Terra Cura also has some wonderful teas. I need more cupboards to make room for all of this.
Good to see Simo and Tuomas of Nordic Breads back at the market, too. At last, I can get my fix of their fantastic Ruis Bread
My friend picked up some Italian Basil Seeds from Hudson Valley Seed Library to try growing them in her window this summer
We also stopped by for a sip of the new 2009 Social Club White and 2008 Viognier from one of our favorite vintners, Brooklyn Oenology. I think the former could be my wine of the summer for 2011, but I might just have to pay a trip to their Tasting Room to be sure
All the way from Rhode Island, the folks from Narragansett Creamery brought their delicious cheese, including the Ricotta that I used for my Easter Brunch. Locally, you can also find their products at Lucy’s Whey
These Pizzette type breads from Sullivan Street looked like the perfect snack, but I already had to pace myself
Although Ledgenear Farm‘s syrup looked lovely as well
Sour Puss Pickles brought lots of great things from their product line
Anarchy in a Jar had fragrant and wonderful sweet things to try. Their Triple Berry was especially delicious
Sweet Deliverance also had some good things to try
Washed down with Hibiscus Soda from P&H Soda Co., this was the perfect snack/lunch/brunch whatever it was
Others opted for a Ricotta Grilled Cheese Sandwich and soup from Morris Grilled Cheese
Another friend opted for the Sunday Supper Sandwich from Table Tales, which she said reminded her of her childhood only “much better”
Flavored Shave Ice from People’s Pops would have been a great way to end our noshing
Or even an Espresso from La Colombe Torrefaction parked at the end of the market
But we decided instead to head to the South Street Seaport itself to have a cool drink in the sunshine and to watch all the tourists go by. What a great way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon!
(With sincere apologies to the vendors I didn’t mention by name, but my camera battery died mid-market as there was so much to take in and photograph. The list of those who are selling at New Amsterdam Market this season can be found here.)