My Day In Cheese At The New Amsterdam Market
If I could do it all the time, I would work markets. I had the greatest time being outdoors and talking with many people and representing a great, natural, handmade product. Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t the greatest, but thanks to the FDR Drive where the New Amsterdam Market is located under, we were well covered. The turn out was pretty good and we sold about 50lbs of cheese! I was able to meet up with Taylor, cofounder of Good Food Jobs, “a gastro-job search tool designed to link people looking for meaningful food work with the businesses that need them” (I also took the “Finding Your ‘Whey’ in the Cheese World” class with her at Murray’s Cheese, but that’s another post!) Her company was making sure everything at the market was running smoothly.
We got there around 10:45am and started to set up:
My parents posing
The whole gang (minus my brother, who’s at bootcamp in the Army and Dr. Awesome)
Food porn. ‘Nough said.
What was cool is that this one guy came over from WFUV and just started randomly interviewing my father about the market and about his product, which was great publicity. Our awesome family friends Linda and Bob came down to the market to help support us and told the interviewer that it’s great cheese. They also brought some yummy rugula for us to much on for the new year (or Jew year 🙂 ). Shout out to my friend Holly who also made her way down!
While my dad was busy answering questions, cutting up samples and pieces to sell, I was handling front of house. A woman from Homemade Brooklyn came over and gave us her fruit compote to go along with our cheese. We also had someone from Mother-in-Law’s Kimchi come over and trade us some cucumber kimchi for some cheese.
And someone from Kombucha Brooklyn came over to give us a growler of their fermented tea, which I must say, tastes very interesting. I think it was a mixture of black and green tea. Kind of refreshing. I also had to run over to my nordic breads to get some rolls. Can’t leave the market without that! There was a man across the way from us sampling his charcuterie called Brooklyn Cured. His name is Scott and made this country pate (pork, orange zest, port wine) served on some crusty bread. It was delicous.
I don’t think he has a website yet, but you can contact him at email@example.com to learn more about charcuterie, taking classes or consulting. He’ll have his own stand at the market this weekend. Update: Here’s his website: http://www.brooklyncured.com/
At the end of the day, I went over to the Hudson Valley Duck Farm people to see if I could barter some cheese for one of their products. I ended up getting their duck sausage with cherries and gizzards. Dr. Awesome shopped the market while I worked and we made a nice ragu with the sausage and cherry heirloom tomatoes that we roasted. We finished it with some homemade whole wheat pasta that someone gave us right before we packed up for the day. All the fresh ingredients made this dinner ridiculously delicious.
We’re going to be at the market again on October 10 and November 14. Be sure to pick up some cheese for the holidays! I suggested to my dad to apply for the first annual Good Food Awards which “celebrate the kind of food we all want to eat: tasty, authentic and responsibly produced.” They “grant awards to outstanding American food producers and the farmers who provide their ingredients.” The categories are beer, charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, coffee, pickles and preserves. The cows that my dad gets his milk from are all pasture fed and everything he puts in the cheese are all natural ingredients. I think he has a good shot at winning. It’d be a great recognition for all the hard work he does and also how his product helps support a local farm.
The next post will be about my sad garden (which Dr. Awesome calls it my “Charlie Brown” garden) and about my class at Murray’s Cheese with Taylor.
I’m heading out to Italy on Friday, so expect some updates on there with tons of photos and European yums!