Once again I missed the boat with the New Amsterdam Market at the South Street Seaport. Indeed the list of vendors there is impressive, from bakeries to butchers and chocolate in between, it sounds like a food lover's paradise. Unlike other markets, this one arrives sporadically, rather than weekly. As in the past, I had every intention of going but familial obligations took precedence and it was off for a late lunch at my mother-in-law's house.
On my way home, I read my friend D.'s account of her visit to the market and all of her spoils. From bacon at Fleisher's Meats to goat cheese from 1802 Beekman , D. made a careful selection of goods that convinced me not to miss the next market, which will fortunately take place on October 25, 2009.
It was a good thing I missed the market today for while D. was shopping her heart out, I was being treated to my second homemade meal of the week. This one prepared by my MIL J. and her husband T. There was lasagna, an incredible Shakespearean inspired salad made with almond butter and capers (two items I would never have imagined together), homemade bread and homemade butter prepared by her husband T., with apple pie for dessert. Izzy had a swell time playing with Hess trucks and putting together a Lego plane with his cousin. I brought home a fragrant bouquet of freshly clipped rosemary and bay leaves, along with Asian pears all collected from J.'s garden. Izzy helped gather the pears in a basket and a swell time was had by all.
And so I say, eat today, market tomorrow (or next month as the case may be).