What’s the next best thing to a Farmer’s Market?
Posted March 15, 2009on:
I do love Farmer’ Markets with all the great, fresh fruits and vegetables. I also love the fabulous baked goods you can get at most farmer’s markets and even the occasional fresh juices and ciders. But, when you’re looking for green bananas, yucca, chayote, or bacalao (dried, salted cod) the next best thing is a trip to the Marqueta.
The Marqueta has a series of small mom-and-pop shops that tend to feature Latin foods at a very reaonable price. They will also have various sundries like spices, herbs and pieces of cookware. And of course, no marqueta would be complete without a botanica, a music shop, and a restaurant. (I like Ramonita’s Restaurant–she makes the best alcapurias and the freshet sancochos!)
I tend to go to the Moore Street Marqueta in Bushwick/East Williamsburg, Brooklyn. I was very glad to hear they will continue to remain open. It was rumored that it was going to be closed and made into new housing space. My family has been shopping here for three generations, since they’ve been in New York City, so this place definitely holds a special place in my heart. Heading there for food shopping is not only at least a monthly ritual, but it also signals the beginning of every holiday season as my family stocks up on the items needed to make a lot of our holiday foods like arroz con ganules (rice with pigeon peas), pateles, and pernil. For more details on the story about the marqueta, you can check things out here. If you’re ever in this part of Brooklyn, definitely check this place out!
Here’s some photos I shot while waiting on my sancocho order at Ramonita’s Restaurant.