Union Square Market alone makes me long to live in New York City. The impending threat of roaches and postage stamp-sized apartments aren’t enough to put me off the Big Apple when you witness the Square on Market day. Packed with stall after stall of hot peppers, ostrich eggs, stinky cheeses and artisan bread, the Market is an ideal place to pick up some fresh groceries or something a bit special for the dinner table.
The joy of a lot of these markets also has to do with nibbling free samples, of course, and like a trained sniffer dog I went straight for the Caguya Pure Organics ‘Otis Stout Beer Bread’. The bread is hopsy and deep with a velvet, earthy undertone that leaves a gentle tang on your tongue. Its tones are not that dissimilar to the Marmite yeast taste but without the sharp saltiness. I reckon the bread would be perfect with a thick spread of butter or even peanut butter for extra richness. The bread is so good in fact, it has it’s own NY Times article: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/09/dining/09bread.html?_r=1
And what goes with bread? Why, cheese of course, and Millport Dairy produce cheeses that your tastebuds can only dream about. There’s little in life that I enjoy more than garlic, of which creamy dairy cheese is a fine bedfellow, not to mention the humble chive. But oh, the horseradish cheese. I may have only tasted a tiny cube, but it near knocks your socks off, albeit in an entirely welcomed way. As I’m not a meat eater, any excuse to taste the zingy, gnarly root without the beef beside it, is an absolute delight - more places should make it!
Kirstin, Matt and I spent a while ambling through the stalls, Matt being particularly taken with the Ostrich Eggs that were as big as his head with shells like bone china. It took all my might to resist the fresh pasta, but I’m not sure how it would have travelled in that wheely suitcase of mine back to Scotland…
As Kirstin responsibly composted by the crossroad, we saw entire pig carcasses wrapped in cling film being carried out of a truck to be sold. I felt sorry for the pig, but the butcher by contrast seemed to be the happiest man alive:
Union Street Market having satiated our senses for the time being, we wandered pleasantly through the glistening Manhattan streets….to a hidden lane….
- Union Square Market details:
- Caguya Pure Organics website (good recipe cards): http://www.cporganics.com/live/
- Millport Dairy: 743 E. Millport Road, Leola, PA
- More details on Millport: http://www.whatisfresh.com/users/millport-dairy