When we initially turned up on Wednesday, we were a little disappointed to see the market consisting of just one produce stall. But then we talked to them and we learned that not only had the other stallholders had gone home early because of a tornado warning (relief!), but that this stall - Migliorelli farmers from New York State – is a fifth generation Italian immigrant-owned farm, which still grows its broccoli from a plant they brought with them on the boat over - and we were intrigued. Then we bought some of their sugar snap peas, some apples we’d never heard of, and a bag of apple and cinnamon donuts, put it all in our mouths, fell instantly in love, and resolved to come back Saturday.
This time, there was a much better showing. As well as the yummy veggies of the Migliorelli clan, there was Quattro farms, selling eggs (chicken, turkey and pheasant), smoked meats and chutney, Orwasher’s bread (one of the oldest bakeries in Manhattan), a stall selling sandwiches from Wall & Water (may we recommend the wild mushrooms with camembert and arugula on wholewheat bread, which instantly made it into our list of all-time top sandwiches) and jams, chutneys and mustards from Schoolhouse Kitchen. They, by the way, are the least local firm – they’re based in Brooklyn but their factory is currently based in Pennsylvania – but their jam is some of the most intriguing we’ve ever had, with combos like peach and rosemary, rhubarb, raspberry and thyme, and our joint favorites, cherry, blackberry, sage and clove, and strawberry and black peppercorn.
Oh, and there was a a folk trio fiddling away, too.
Apparently the market is bigger on Wednesdays (milk and cheese, as well as artisanal soaps, with fish coming soon) and it’ll continue to grow throughout the summer. In in the meantime, though, what was there was so good that if we had give a verdict, we’d say it’s time to break out the old size doesn’t matter adage – it may be a tiny market, but there’s nothing on sale that we wouldn’t want to buy.
Shame we couldn’t buy any of it because of Continental’s overpriced baggage policy, but that’s another story.