Fruit

Paw-Paw-Lease

The Greene Grape is proud to welcome our latest oddball to the produce aisle. The “Paw-Paw” is a native crop to the Eastern US, with a strangely tropical flavor and texture. Also known at the “Custard Apple,” it is the northern-most cousin of the Cherimoya, sweet-sop, ylang-ylang, and soursop.  Brought to us by our friend at Fields without Fences Farm in Frenchtown NJ.
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National Farmers Market Week!

August 4-10th is National Farmers Market Week, and we’d like to take this opportunity to share our love and support of our local farms. With over 40% of our produce grown nearby, all under 200 miles, we differ from a farmers market by stocking their food 7 days a week! And while 40% may not sound like a large amount, if our local farmers could grow citrus, avocados and other tropical fruits in the Northeast, they would. Nearly everything we sell, that can be grown in local soil, is.

Farmers markets preserve America’s rural livelihoods and farmland, and they stimulate local economies. Surrounding NYC is a plethora of farmland, and without a market to sell to, multi-generational farmers would be out of work. Our produce buyer, Mickey Davis, works closely with farms across NY, NJ and PA, to bring in the best apples, corn, melons, eggplant, summer squash, berries, onions and more. Lancaster Coop collects stunning fruits and veggies from all over Pennsylvania and brings it in one trip, 3 times a week, from farms such as Elm Tree Organics, Shady Brook Organics, while Grow NYC brings us fresh kale and stone fruit.

Sometimes these farmers are bringing the whole farm right to the city! Young, educated folk with a green thumb are coming here to create green space amongst our cement and steel. Brooklyn Grange is one of these, and in just 3 years have become the leading rooftop farming and intensive roof greening business in the US, and supply us with fresh, mixed greens and arugula. Just down the road on Bergen Street, Feedback Farms brings us Shishito peppers, and heirloom tomatoes and eggplant. Check back this weekend to learn about the other types of local farms we support!
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A Note on California Produce

As you may have noticed, certain out-of-region items have gone up significantly in price over the past few weeks. We proudly source our broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, broccoli rabe and plenty of fruits from the central valley in California, which has experienced a serious freeze, significantly affecting crop production. What this means for us here at the Greene Grape is lower availability and higher prices. A reminder of how we fit into the natural world and are subject to mother nature’s whims, perhaps; to avoid these frustrations, we recommend shifting your dinner menu to include items that are grown locally this time of year. New York state is still supplying fabulous cabbages, potatoes, mushrooms, onions, winter squash, and much more! If you haven’t tried our local  aquaponic salad greens and hydroponic tomatoes, we do solemnly swear you’ll be impressed!

 

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Citrus Bliss

The season of Citrus is upon us, and the Greene Grape is not cutting corners. We are carrying a huge variety of these juicy treats – so delectable and at the same time so nourishing! Explore this week’s options: Cara Cara Navel Oranges (pink inside, juicy and EXTREMELY sweet), Oro Blanco Grapefruits (“White Gold,” with very little acidity), Blood Oranges (with the classically “blood”-stained flesh), along with directly sourced heirloom red grapefruits, navel oranges, and monarch tangerines from Cee Bee’s Citrus Farm

in Odessa Florida.  Keep your eyes “peeled” for Honeybell Tangelos and Honey Murcott Tangerines arriving in the middle of January! With all these fragrant, sweet options, you will NOT get bored as you cleanse out a little bit of holiday gluttony. Could there be a tastier way to diet? Give our delicious heirloom citrus a try and let us know!

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We’re Jammin’… we hope you like Jammin’ too

Saturday, January 14th, we welcome The Stand Brooklyn, for a special tasting of their Winter Seasonal fruit jams and garnishes.

Sister and brother team, Nathalie and Jake, founded The Stand Brooklyn in 2010. Since then, they’ve brought us many lovely flavors of jams and fruit syrups, and now they’ve developed a lovely line of holiday inspired fruit garnishes. Best enjoyed with cheeses, French toast, over ice cream, or even stirred into a cocktail, these flavors are jam packed with fruit and spice.

Come in and let The Stand tickle your tastebuds, with their Spiced Cranberries, Apple Calvados Preserves, and Quince in Cardamom Syrup.

The cheese mongers will be pairing up some of our American made favorites. Expect fresh chevre, aged cheddar and maybe even a blue, each chosen to stand up to The Stand Brooklyn’s seasonal delights.

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Delicious Things to Spread on Toast

Big news! Local Fort Greene jam & jelly maker Anarchy in a Jar was recently featured for their jam-making class in the Fort Greene Local blog of the New York Times. Go, Laena! We currently have her clementine marmalade & ginger pear preserves in stock but also carry the Triple Berry Jam and others.

The Brooklyn Paper reports on the legalization of urban beekeeping which means that later in spring, we’ll have this year’s harvest of John Howe’s Brooklyn Bee honey, which sells out quickly every year. We’ll also be keeping our eyes out for more local producers so we can offer you the benefits of local honey. Get it? Be keeping our eyes out? Ah, we slay us.

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Pommelos

No, we haven’t supersized our grapefruits for the Super Bowl. The gigantic fruits in produce that look like grapefruit are actually Pommelos. Similar in flavor to a grapefruit without the bitterness, they are fragrant to peel and have a flavor that is like biting into a grapefruit infused with rose water. Though ours come from California, varieties of the Pommelo (or Pomelo or Pummelo) are grown in the Phillipines, Vietnam, Thailand and India. Often the flesh of the fruit is served with a bowl of salt or a mixture of chili powder, salt and sugar for dipping.

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A Date for Dessert?

The staff has been raving about the Del Real Medjool dates from California new to the produce case just for their taste. So we’re hesitant to ruin it for them by letting them know that ounce for ounce, dates have more potassium than bananas, are fiber-rich, fat- and sodium-free and packed with B-complex vitamins. These dates are sweet enough to make a delicious dessert on their own but we also have them in the pastry case stuffed with walnuts and dipped in chocolate. The sweet, rich date provides a luscious center – you won’t miss the caramel or ganache

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