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The McGolrick Park Farmers Market Opens This Sunday!

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It’s almost summer, y’all. May has finally hit, and the McGolrick Park Farmers Market is making its seasonal debut this Sunday (5/7) from 10am-4pm. This weekend about ten vendors will be selling lots of delicious veggies, fruit, herbs, and pantry staples, with more vendors joining the mix as we cruise into summer. Support your local farmers and foodmakers and hit up the market!

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Going Vegetarian in North Brooklyn

As a foodie who is also a devoted animal lover, I found I was constantly at odds with myself. I had an intense love for charcuterie but also a deep admiration and respect for pigs. I started my journey by giving up pork products. After just a couple of weeks, I thought, gosh, cows are lovely too–if I’m so fond of cows, how can I justify eating them? I was well aware of the horrors of big agriculture in our country, so my postponement of this decision felt lazy and just plain wrong. Once I came to this realization, the rest fell into place effortlessly. At last, in my early 30s, my conscience won over my belly and I decided to give up meat for good. Thankfully, I live in Brooklyn and there is no place on earth where it is easier to go vegetarian. Let me start by saying that I’m not at all into meat substitutes. I find seitan disgusting and I’m firmly opposed to faux-sausages. Why fake it when there are so many delicious vegetable-forward dishes out there? Continue reading

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The New Tuesday Greenpoint/McCarren Park Greenmarket!

Greenmarket S&SO 1_greenpoint_swallaceWhile I love working from my home office in Greenpoint, I will admit that I miss making midweek lunch runs to the small Dag Hammarskjold Greenmarket to replenish my crisper drawer. I’m a frequent shopper at both the Saturday Greenpoint/McCarren Park Greenmarket and the Sunday McGolrick Park Down to Earth market, but weekend trips and beach days can take precedence; there were many times when that midweek market was my only chance at fresh heirloom tomatoes, a huge $2 bunch of kale, or a bag of apples. So, when GrowNYC announced a new Tuesday market for McCarren Park, I was over the moon! Rejoice, fellow Greenpoint & Williamsburg farmers market shoppers!
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Ain’t No Stopping Us Now: McGolrick Park Farmers Market is OPEN Sunday, January 31st! 

Down-To-Earth-Markets_Kale_500It’s here: on Sunday, January 31st, there will be leafy greens! AND farm fresh eggs and meat, amazing cheese, artisanal olive oil, deeelicious pickles, the most wonderful hummus you’ll ever meet, and MORE.

AND did we mention: local apple brandy. What this winter needs is a hot toddy. Continue reading

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McGolrick Park Farmers Market Hosts Vegetarian Feast this Sunday, July 26th

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Barry Schwartz of Barry’s Tempeh will cook at Sunday’s Vegetarian Feast!

Recently at the McGolrick Park Farmers Market in Greenpoint, we chatted with the ONE and ONLY Barry Schwartz of Barry’s Tempeh. Not only is he Brooklyn’s resident tempeh-whisperer, but he’s also the chef lined up for the Vegetarian Feast Fundraiser this coming Sunday, July 26th. Tickets are $20; includes appetizer, entrée, dessert, and drink. Proceeds go to the Lutheran Church of the Messiah. Continue reading

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Spring is Here: McGolrick Park Farmers Market Returns to Park this Sunday, May 3rd

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Summer farmers market through the trees

Happy springtime, Greenpointers! Down to Earth Markets, the crew behind the McGolrick Park Farmers Market, is happy to announce that this Sunday brings an annual rite of passage: the farmers market moves back OUTSIDE. Starting May 3rd, the market returns to the center of McGolrick Park. Find us in the wide-open space in front of the Shelter Pavilion, surrounded by the park’s budding trees.

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News from the McGolrick Park Farmers Market + Growing Cities Screening (3/4)

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Greetings from Down to Earth Markets, the crew behind the McGolrick Park Farmers Market! We’re open indoors through the winter on Sundays from 11 am to 4 pm. Find us at the Lutheran Church of the Messiah on Russell Street, between Driggs and Nassau Avenues.

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Holiday Love From McGolrick Park Farmers Market

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Greetings! On behalf of everyone behind the McGolrick Park Farmers Market, Happy Holiday season. We raise our glass to peace on Earth and goodwill to all.

Stop by the market this Sunday, December 28th, and next Sunday, January 4th, 2015 for good wishes and great foods by local farmers and food makers. We are open every Sunday, from 11 am to 4 pm, all winter. It’s warm and cozy at our home inside the Lutheran Church of the Messiah, 129 Russell Street, between Driggs and Nassau Avenues.

The market offers fresh seafood, pasture-raised meat, delicious charcuterie, amazing pickles, handcrafted tempeh, seasonal fruits and vegetables, Japanese-inspired dressings and marinades, incredible breads, pies, and other baked specialties, fresh, “living” greens (more to come on this), thick and creamy yogurt, and Fair Trade nuts, coffees, and more.  Continue reading

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Autumn News from the McGolrick Park Farmers Market

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Happy Autumn, Greenpoint, from Down to Earth Markets, the crew behind the McGolrick Park Farmers Market. We’re writing with the latest market news, including an important announcement: On Sunday, November 30th, the market will move indoors to the Lutheran Church of the Messiah! The church is located at 129 Russell Street, between Driggs and Nassau Avenues. This will be our second winter in this location, and we thank Pastor Amy Kienzle and the church community for hosting us during the chilly months. The market will be held every Sunday, from 11 am to 4 pm, throughout the winter, including over the holiday weekends.  Continue reading

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Behind the scenes at McGolrick Park’s Down to Earth Farmers Market

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Pie Lady and Son showing off their product

Every year around July 1st, Wil Tyler, the son of Pie Lady & Son, begins The Peach Watch. The peach growers of Georgia send word that theirs are ready, but Wil stays put. In the next week or two, he’ll hear from South Carolina and Virginia, too, but he won’t act on it. He always waits for fresh, delicious peaches from the bordering state of New Jersey. Luckily for Greenpoint pie lovers, Pie Lady & Son is now baking with peaches from Sunny Slope Farm in Bridgeton, NJ. “Everyone likes peach pie, if they like pie at all,” says Wil with a laugh. Yet there are subtleties to people’s preferences, so Pie Lady & Son has three varieties of peach pie on their seasonal menu. (Wil’s personal favorite is their Classic Peach Pie, coupled with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.) They also offer Peach Pie with Walnut-Crumble Top and Peach Raspberry Pie. “We always like to serve a pie with contrasting flavors, such as sweet and tart, throughout the year,” he says.

Pie Lady & Son got started in the early 1990s, when Wil Tyler was just a boy, and his Mom, Deborah, started baking pies. She learned the art of baking while studying in England and working in the college kitchen. There she watched the lead baker, a woman who made huge batches of all-butter piecrust and who “didn’t even measure the water” in her recipes. “People have such trepidation about pie crusts, yet this lady was fearless. I didn’t come back with a recipe, but I came home inspired by her style — by her fearlessness,” Deborah explains.

Years later, when Deborah was a single mother with three kids all under age 10, this inspiration and her need for income led her to bake pies from home. She advertised them with a sign on the road and conducted her sales from the back porch. She also sold at a farmers market in Nyack and got a big break when a customer who was a food writer for The New York Times, celebrated her pies in print. She called her business “The Nyack Pie Kitchen,” but her customers nicknamed her, “The Pie Lady.”
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