Hey New York City Hackers, care to share your favorite places to buy food? Restaurants/produce stands/farmers markets/etc...
Commodities Natural Food Market - in the E. Village on 1st Ave. It's a little Vegan/Grain centric, but they have GREAT produce at low prices, they carry Jones and Niman Ranch meats (not grassfed, but better than SAD), and a host of other great natural foods.
Greene Grape - Park Slope or Ft. Greene, I think? My friend told me about it but I haven't been yet. Apparently all the meat is 100% grassfed, and carcasses are broken down on the premises. Sounds promising, even if only car-accessible.
Whole Foods - They're kind of wishy-washy on the issue of supporting the traditional model of food distribution and farming though?
Union Sq. Farmers Market - of course! But it's so intimidating! Any suggestions about favorite days/booths?
I'm still so new to this, so I'm still trying to find all my reliable sources. I REALLY want to find a good source of RAW MILK!
Guys, please don't mention the raw d*a*iry stuff by name. Only that you know about it and people can privately email you for more info. A lot of these clubs have been extensively persecuted by the state and have already had to change their drop-off points, websites, farmers, etc. and have lost business because of it.
anyone going to sign up for the clinton hill ft greene food co-op? excited to finally get one of there the meathook in williamsburg/greenpoint has grassfed ground beef for 5.99/lb which is the same price as TJ's but i figure a better buy to help out a local establishment
still on the search for grassfed heavy cream
TJ's on the corner of atlantic and Court has 100% grassfed ground beef for 5.99 per pound. cheapest i've found. their steaks are NOT grassfed though.
Carroll Street Green Market on Sundays has a 100% grassfed beef purveyor. Only the heart, liver, and chuck roasts and short ribs are what i would consider affordable, though. Maybe actually you should stay away, cuz i don't want you buying it all before I get there!
The best option would be to join the Park Slope Food Coop, though. Their beef selection is seriously awesome. The prices are incredibly cheap. Course, you have to join and work at the Coop. I did this for a few years and then my schedule went to hell so i only have the memories now;/
And yes the Meat Hook out in williamsburg has really good prices for their animals. I don't know the provenance of them but they do a lot of butchery on premise, etc.
as a parent with a busy schedule, i can't bring myself to start a park slope food co-op membership. my free time is just too precious. is that weird? i live a few blocks from it.
for convenience i go to union market for butter, heavy cream, and pastured eggs. i don't think their meats are grassfed but still better than the key food, and i only eat about 3lbs meat per week. (open-range is not necessarily grassfed right?) i buy conventional berries which are already so expensive. arugula. dark chocolate. that's about it. key food for white rice and coconut milk.
i also go to the green market but not often. i don't buy a whole lot of fruit and veggies in general.
this is a great list of other places though. i really need to start buying quality grass-fed beef. i'm excited to try all of them!
ETA: fleisher's opened up near me. i like the place a lot and the prices are comparable to union market. everything is pastured.
I just found this amazing group through the NYC Weston A Price Foundation - their website is http://tfc.myrealfoods.com/. I just joined and they are hooked up with 4 producers of raw dairy, but you have to pay an annual dues ($55 or $25 if you volunteer 5 hours during the course of the year) and one of their farms has A2 cows (Dutch Belted)! I am picking up my first order next week. They have deliveries all over Manhattan, and the other boroughs. They also sell all sorts of meats at ridiculous prices. I usually order from grasslandbeef.com but these prices, especially for roasts and marrow bones are ridiculous.
We're trying out their heavy cream, sour cream, yogurt, milk, some marrow bones and some eggs for starters, but I am super excited. They have glass bottles which you can return for a refund. I grew up on a farm with raw milk and I never liked milk after leaving the farm, so this is a big deal for me. They also sell butter, cultured or non-cultured, salted or non, plus goat and sheep milk and meats, pork, everything is pastured, grassfed, the works!
The only trick of it is that you have to sign a contract stating that you are only paying the farmer for his labor, NOT for the raw dairy. This is their cute way of getting around legal issues. Whatever it takes to get raw dairy in NY - delivered no less!
Commodities carries grass fed beef now! A little pricey, but in a pinch it works! I bought a pound of ground beef there yesterday for $8.15.
EDIT: Just found The Meat Hook on Frost St., between Leonard and Manhattan. http://the-meathook.com/