Everyone in Brooklyn knows about the Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket. It’s massive, has tons of variety, and really great prices. The problem? Everyone in Brooklyn knows about it.
So what’s a Brooklynite to do?
Well, if you’re like me, you can head over to the Cortelyou Greenmarket on Cortelyou Road between Rugby and Argyle. It’s just on the other side of Prospect Park from Grand Army Plaza .
The Cortelyou Greenmarket is open every Sunday from 8 am to 4 pm (sometimes later in the spring and summer). The fare is all organic and locally grown, raised, or caught. Here are a few of the vendors that visit each week:
• DiPaola Turkeys, from Mercer County , NJ , raise free-range, antibiotic-free birds. Their birds are never frozen, so you know they’re fresh. They offer whole birds, ground breast, and burgers. By far their best offering is the Italian sausage. Sauté them up with fresh peppers and onions and you’ll swear you’re eating the real deal!
• Bread Alone Bakery, from Boiceville , NY , bake up delicious cakes, pies, tarts, and, of course, breads. They’ve been using organic flour since they opened in 1983, and select the rest of their ingredients from local farms in the Hudson Valley .
• Gill’s Seafood is a two person fishing team operating out of Eastern Long Island . The fun of buying from them is that you’re never sure exactly what they have (since it all depends on their luck). What they do have is cleaned and ready to cook, and never frozen. As they’re fond of telling you, what you’re buying was swimming yesterday!
• Knoll Krest Farm bring fresh eggs and chickens from their Dutchess County, NY farm.
• Red Jacket Orchards bring their seasonal offerings of apples, stone fruit, cherries, and berries from Ontario County , NY . If you’re in the mood for fruit, be sure to show up early in the morning before their best sells out!
• Consider Bardwell Dairy brings almost 150 years of experience with them every week. The goat cheeses from their Rutland County, VT farm rivals the best French offerings, and their cow cheese is unbelievably smooth and creamy. Looking for good cheese? Consider Bardwell!
• Ledge Rock Farm raises pure Angus on an all-grass diet in Medusa, NY. Their beef is leaner than what the big ranches produce, but it’s certainly not lacking in flavor. If you’re nervous about trying grass-fed beef for the first time, their friendly staff are more than happy to help you with instructions on cooking over grill, stovetop, or broiler.