Fried Corn and Hot Dogs, but No Fish

Queens County Farm Produce

Despite the infernal heat today, Charles and I headed to the New Amsterdam Market.  Located next to the South Street Seaport, the market was set up in what was once a parking lot for the old Fulton Fish Market now relocated to the Bronx.  The New Amsterdam Market was started several years ago as a way to showcase local products and producers and revive the tradition of riverfront markets that New York was once known for.  The organizers’ vision is that one day it will be as famous as the Pike Place Market in Seattle or London’s Borough Market.  My vision was to stock up on some fresh vegetables and fish for the weekend.

About 50 vendors were on the schedule for today’s market.  There was lots of goats and cow’s milk cheese, freshly baked breads, gorgeous produce, wine, honey, pickles, coffee,  and chocolate.  These bialys from Brooklyn-based Hot Bread Kitchen, a Brooklyn-based not-for-profit bakery that trains immigrant women to become professional bakers, caught my eye.

One vendor, The Ravioli Store, had beautiful looking fresh pasta.  In addition to pasta made with wheat flour, they also had buckwheat, emmer and spelt pastas.

I was feeling pretty hungry, but couldn’t decide what I wanted to eat.  The line was too long for the the lobster rolls, the peanut butter and bleu cheese sandwiches at Saxelby Cheesemongers sounded inriguing, but not what I felt like eating.  Then I spotted  the perfect thing:  deep fried corn on the cob topped with a little cherry tomato salad from Marlow and Son, an excellent restaurant in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  The corn was sweet, crunchy, salty and popcorn-y and the tasty little tomatoes were a nice finishing touch.  A slice of yellow watermelon was served on the side.  At first it seemed strange, but the melon was refreshing and cleansing.  Charles and I polished off the corn and were ready for more.

I had been craving hot dogs all week, so we headed over to the Fleisher’s Market stand.  Fleisher’s is located in Kingston, New York and this old-time butcher shop has been in business since 1901!  They must be doing something right.  I have stopped there several times on the way to visit friends in nearby Woodstock.  They specialize in organic and pasture raised meats and chicken.  Their hot dogs are homemade and do not contain nitrites, so they lack that reddish color we expect in a dog.  But the flavor was good and beefy and the dogs had a nice snap.  I had mine topped with yellow mustard and relish.

In between, we tasted  bread and cheese, and sampled wine, coffee, and kombucha, which is a fermented tea.  I bought honey from Sag Harbor, bread from Sullivan Street, chocolate covered chocolate nibs from Taza, and gorgeous heirloom tomatoes and Japanese eggplants from Queens County Farm, the only working farm within the New York City limits.  We never did find the fish vendor, but  I can’t wait til the next market, which according to their website is scheduled for August 22nd.  The market becomes weekly starting September 12.

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    • Michele Scicolone