Recently, I paid a first (of many) visit to Foragers City Grocer. I found out about it when I asked a good friend of mine–and fellow conscious eater–where to buy fish around the city. The farmer’s markets weren’t happening for me that day since rain was in the air, but I did go to one of her recommendations: Foragers City Market. There are two locations actually. One in DUMBO and the other in Chelsea. I went to the Chelsea location, which is apparently smaller (note to self: check out other location when I find myself in Brooklyn). Despite the small size, I found what I was looking for.
Here’s a little foreword about them from their site:
Foragers City Grocer was born of the idea that our neighborhood in DUMBO lacked quality food options. Over the years we have built a unique, independently owned neighborhood grocery whose sole focus is on the pleasure that food should bring to the lives of our customers and to the producers that grow and make what we sell. Our goal is to always strive to shorten the distance both emotionally and physically between farm to fork.
They also have a restaurant in the store where you can enjoy a meal or a snack, and a wine store as well–Foragers City Wine.
Whether it’s the funky shapes, the brilliant and surprising colors, and sunspots. I love it all.
I perused through their selection of artisanal and quality goods, quaint varyingly colored eggs, and their fish selection (my main reason for going there). This is a small location, but that didn’t bother me. Sometimes I love going to places that have a seemingly endless selection, but this felt more like a gallery than a museum. A selection of curated goods, and a place where quality makes the idea of quantity fade to the background. Being “new” to fish I didn’t feel overwhelmed with selection since it was quite small. I ended up taking the Alaskan Wild Coho salmon home with me, along with some other produce goodies.
Here’s an interesting article about the Chelsea location, and some features: Foragers City Market Coming To Chelsea.
Things like this encourage me to seek out produce from local family farms or my own garden because the organic produce from the big farms just isn’t as inspiring. With that in mind, what else can one expect when something is mass produced? But there are days when I “need” something, there’s little time, and perhaps the market isn’t even running–that’s when I make a quick run to one of the corner stores (luckily there’s one that has a good selection). Those quick runs can be exciting though, and I appreciate how convenient it is to live in this setting. Then there are times when I go to the market and see questionable items and prices that make me think, “seriously?” Oh boy, I’m a picky produce shopper aren’t I? Let me get back on track…
Now the question was, “what to make with these?”
I whisked a combination of lemon juice, Bragg’s amino acids, honey, grated ginger, and minced garlic. I let the fish marinate in the mix for about an hour, occasionally moving the dish around and pouring the marinade over the fish. Then I baked it with lemon slices for under 15 minutes and it was done! Served over a bed of romaine, grated carrot, chopped cilantro and scallions. I dressed the salad in a mix of olive oil and apple cider vinegar, which further added to the “zing” of the salmon marinade.
Now for the mushrooms. I sautéed them with garlic in goat butter, herbs like oregano, thyme, and marjoram. Then added some red wine and red wine vinegar, and sea salt and lemon pepper to finish. I made a simple saute so that I could incorporate it into various dishes or eat it on its own.
I added the fillings once the omelette was essentially done cooking.
I made a vegan variation here with Brazil nuts and thyme. Full recipe coming soon!
Green beans, mushrooms, peas, and garlic with a spoonful of cooked millet and parmigiano reggiano with a leftover chickpea fry and housemade sauce from Peacefood Cafe.
I’ve been going to different places around the city for fish, and so far I have to say that Forgers City Grocer had the best quality from what I’ve tried. I think the mushrooms speak for themselves. This place has an official place on my radar, and I want to check out their DUMBO location as well!
Here are some other indoor markets around New York City that offer local goods: