Who knows the Brooklyn food and drink scene when it comes to doing local? The guys from Eugene & Co. – an organic bar and restaurant in Bedstuy. They shared their 15 top places, from grocery stores to wine shops to farmers market, to eat and drink their way through Brooklyn. You are welcome….
From Eugene & Co.
At Eugene & Co., we have a committed focus to local, sustainable and seasonal produce, and believe that locally grown produce enhances the economic and environmental health of our community. Here are a few of our favorite local Brooklyn spots that we’re dedicated to supporting:
Best farmers’ markets/farms:
- Park Slope Down to Earth Farmers Market: Thanks to Down To Earth Markets on 4th St at 5th Ave, you can munch on fresh fruits and veggies, pick up pasture-raised meat and check out internationally-inspired cuisine every Sunday from 10am–5pm. This market also has a great selection of preserves, eggs, honey and dairy plus fiber and yarn for local knitters and crocheters.
- McCarren Park Farmers Market: This is one of the largest and most diverse outdoor urban farmers market networks in the country and is comprised of more than 50 markets with over 230 family farms and fishermen. The market is open Saturdays year round from 8am to 3pm. You can purchase everything from bottles of fresh milk and yogurt; an array of meat including grass-fed beef, pork, chicken and rabbit draws its own crowd. Seasonal fruit and vegetables are piled high, and honey, preserves, baked goods, eggs, and juice keep are crowd pleasers.
- Grand Army Plaza Farmer’s Market: Located at the northwest entrance to beautiful Prospect Park, this market is open everySaturday from 8am-4pm. As one of Brooklyn’s largest, most comprehensive farmers markets, Grand Army Plaza features regional farmers specializing in organic, unprocessed and free-range products.
- Brooklyn Grange: Located atop a six-story 1919 warehouse, the organic Brooklyn Grange rooftop farm is an oasis surrounded by little greenery and lots of concrete. The farmers at Brooklyn Grange are continuing their production of organic produce that includes 40 varietals of juicy tomatoes, peppers, fennel, salad greens, kale, swiss chard, beans of all sorts and a variety of delicious root vegetables like beets, carrots, and radishes, as well as plenty of herbs.
Best Organic Groceries:
- Chicky’s: Devoted to bringing healthy, organic food options to Brooklyn, Chicky’s features everything from candy, homemade pies and artisanal olive oils, to fresh-cut flowers, coffee press and slate and wood cheese boards. In addition to locally-sourced meats and produce, shoppers can pick up coffee made fresh from Stumptown and fresh fish supplied from sustainably-sourced Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co.
- Bklyn Larder: Run by the environmentally-minded owners franny’s, the Brooklyn Larder provides cheeses from small-scale farms, house-cured meats, sandwiches and other prepared foods, and other products.
- Back To The Land: An entirely organic store, carrying produce, meats, yogurt/milk, eggs, tofu, meat alternatives, and much more. All meats are at least free-range if not pasture-raised. You can find grass-fed steaks or ground beef packages, chicken cuts or whole fryers, and free-range all-natural ham.
- Greenpoint Trading Co.: At the Brooklyn warehouse where Greenpoint Trading Co. mixes its spices, rich scents of coriander, pepper, and garlic immediately overwhelm the senses. The company specializes in spice blending and crafts balanced flavors to season both traditional foods like kielbasa or chorizo and new culinary innovations.
- Chai Mookie: Create relationships with spice and herb farmers in the region as well as around the world for the highest quality organic, fresh, and fair trade tea. All of the blends are made in small batches to order. All of the products are made by hand including the weighing and grinding of spices, stamping and labeling of bags, and all the other steps in the process.
- Threes Brewing: There’s fresh beer to drink poured straight from shiny steel tanks revealed with a slide of the bar shelves. Many of Threes’ beers are never distributed beyond the brewery, so your best chance to taste them is by going to the source. Taproom has 24 lines to pull fresh pints from the brewery, including local favorites like Greenport Harbor to Green Flash from California.
- Other Half Brewing Co.: Other Half is building relationships with local farmers like the folks at Indian Ladder Farmstead in Altamont, New York to create beers with locally grown hops and malts, such as their chocolaty Indian Ladder Farmstead stout. This toasty molasses-tinged brew made with Indian Ladder barley and locally grown hops adds a kick of rye and wheat for a hint of spice and rich texture.
Best wine shops:
- Brooklyn Wine Exchange: This small winery-focused bottle shop in Cobble Hill features weekly tastings and education classes in a room at the back of the shop that cover everything from varietal basics to master classes in biodynamic and organic farming.
- Prospect Wine Shop: Dedicated to mostly organic and biodynamic wines, this Park Slope former mini-mart holds Saturday afternoon tastings on their garden-esque back patio and offers a selection of more than 50 different sakés.
- Smith & Vine: This Carroll Gardens store your one-stop shop for all of your imbibing needs. The back wall has a selection of more than 70 Scotch whiskies, while a center table offers a wide selection of wines. In-store tastings often include food pairings from local vendors.