By Michelle Hardy
Calling all New York foodies: Sunday December 18th is the last day to visit the New Amsterdam Market before its winter recess. If you haven’t yet been to this farmers market, it is without a doubt one of the New York City’s best-kept secrets.
Stationed alongside the East River in lower Manhattan – this picturesque market is sandwiched between the South Street Seaport and the base of the Brooklyn Bridge. Local vendors set up shop every Sunday from 10am to 4pm as part of an economic development initiative in support of regional food systems, responsible sourcing, and the emerging economy of small businesses in the East River district.
This Sunday marks the annual Wintermarket - a gathering of 70 vendors celebrating the changing of the seasons. The event brings winter fare such as warm teas, smoked meats, the festive ringing of market bells, and plenty of unique gift ideas for the holidays.
Take a look at these images from the market and scout out some spots to explore this Sunday!
New Amsterdam Market is located along the East River near the South Street Seaport – one of the oldest regions of Manhattan.
Have you ever seen so many different kinds of deliciousness?
New York farmers bring their produce to this market so local residents may support regional food systems and responsibly-sourced goods.
Just a gourd-geous selection…
The best part about the New Amsterdam market is its free samples – meaning these cacao nibs are yours for the taking.
Truffles. Nuff said.
Green Mountain Energy has a table every Sunday where local residents currently using Con Edison can sign up to have 100% of their household energy come from clean, renewable sources. This switch only increases your monthly energy bill by a mere few dollars.
Nordic Breads makes delicious rye breads without using any wheat. Rye is traditionally a central component of Finnish diets and provides a high-fiber, healthy alternative to processed breads.
More free samples: rye bread with alpine cheddar and cucumber.
Grilled butternut squash sandwich with ricotta cheese, pesto sauce, and cinnamon glazed pumpkin seeds from I8NY. Three words: NOM NOM NOM.
Special events at the New Amsterdam Market allow local residents to foster community as they sample unique gourmet food and drink.
Last but not least, don’t come home without some of Bambino’s fresh mozzarella. Bambino’s is my absolute favorite vendor for homemade pastas and Italian cheeses in Manhattan.