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Dear Friends

New Amsterdam Market returns in virtual format, as a service to the growing community of purveyors, distributors, producers and other small businesses who are creating regional, sustainable, regenerative, healthful, and equitable food systems.

Below please find our first Directory of Purveyors. This initial listing is focused primarily on New York City and is by no means comprehensive. We welcome all suggestions for expanding our Directory to include like-minded businesses in the Northeast States including New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, & Delaware; Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. Please email your suggestions to:

This same community will reinvent the food system of the next economy; now is a critical moment provide our support, as means allow. Future editions of this newsletter will focus on the restaurant community, which has been highly impacted by the present catastrophe.

Please circulate this email widely!


Robert LaValva, Founder
New Amsterdam Market
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This values-driven company practices and celebrates responsible seed production and stewardship. Most seeds are grown on their certified organic farm in upstate New York and are acclimatized to the Northeast. Check the website for ordering information.
Regeneratively grown whole grains are a foundation of sustainable diets. Cook a batch each week; let them dry on a towel; and store in the refrigerator so they can be added to any dish or meal.

Building the marketplace for grains grown and milled in the northeast. Check the website and Instagram for updates, pop-up locations, info on pre-ordering, and general information on cooking with whole grains.
Maine Grains serves bakers, brewers, chefs and families freshly-milled, organic and heritage grains sourced from the Northeast. Shipping available via website.
Fiat Panis

Uses flour from small, regional mills and farmers whenever possible. Now accepting orders for contactless delivery in Brooklyn and Manhattan as well as contactless pickup in-store at their Smith Street and Franklin Avenue locations. Check website for details.

This community-focused shop in Gloucester, MA makes exclusive use of freshly milled, regional, organic grains to produce a wide variety of fresh and dried pasta, available via their online shop.

Offers include organic durum semolina pastas and a series of New York State grain pastas made with organic whole-grain, rye, emmer, einkorn and spelt flours, as well as a line of seasonal pastas made with local ingredients from New York City Greenmarkets and local farms. Check website for online store.

Breads made primarily with regional flour, sold at Greenmarkets throughout NYC. Now also offering pre-orders for their classic batard for pickup at Romans (Tuesdays) and Achilles Heel (Thursdays) Check the website and Instagram for pre-order info, updates, and Greenmarket schedules.
eat food; not too much; mostly plants
--Michael Pollan

The only fresh tempeh in NYC, made with fermented organic beans and grains. Barry's Tempeh is sliceable and works well in any meat recipe, satisfying vegans and meat-lovers alike. Offers deliveries within NYC, check website for details.

Located in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, Orchard Grocer is an all-vegan deli and food market inspired by the delicatessens of New York’s past. The shop is open and also offers deliveries through Mercato.

This worker-owned cooperative in Montague, MA makes raw, naturally fermented pickles and sauerkrauts from regionally-grown vegetables. Products are available at Whole Foods Markets and other natural grocers. Check the website for a complete retailers list and the webstore for bulk quantity options, such as 4-jar packs, mixed cases, or 1-gallon pails.

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New York City's original vegan cheesemonger, featuring a wide range of whole-wheel, artisan, dairy-free cheeses and other vegan products. Check the Essex Market website for market hours. Offers NYC deliveries through Mercato and nationwide shipping via their online store.

Creates affordable, locally and organically sourced bean-based products. including black-bean burgers, falafel, and sweet potato burgers. Check the website for information on direct orders.

Based in Montauk, NY and soon launching a Community Supported Fishery program where you can directly connect with small-scale fishermen in Montauk and receive a weekly share of their freshest catch. If interested, please reach out to Elise to be added to the mailing list:

Fresh, farm-raised oysters from New Jersey's Cape May available for shipment via the online store.

Fresh dayboat scallops, oysters, haddock, hake, monkfish, and more, sourced by Togue Brawn from independent small fisheries in Maine and shipped via FedEx. 

Traceable and sustainable seafood. Check website for shop hours; also offers home delivery via Mercato .

This third generation, family-owned small business harvests Bristol Bay sockeye salmon every summer and offers fish shares available for pickup in various locations across the USA.

Sustainably harvested lobster rolls including DYI lobster roll kits . Check the website for updated shop hours & home delivery ordering options by location. Seafood is also available for delivery to the 48 States via the online shop.

Sustainably harvested seafood and a growing range of regional pantry items area available at the shop; check the website for home delivery information.

A network of fisherman, organizers, researchers, and consumers from across North America committed to providing local, healthful, low-impact seafood via community supported fisheries and direct marketing arrangements in order to support healthy fisheries and the economies that depend on them. Their Seafood Finder is an invaluable resource for identifying local providers.
I have lived temperately, eating little animal food, & that, not as an aliment so much as a condiment for the vegetables, which constitute my principal diet.

Based in Chelsea Market, NYC's first whole-animal butcher is fully stocked with locally raised fresh meats; stocks; meatballs; bolognese; sausage; bacon; charcuterie; eggs; rotisserie chicken; condiments & pickles. All orders (both for delivery & pickup) must be placed online through Mercato .

Dedicated to locally-sourced, responsibly-raised meat, Darke Pines is the only neighborhood meat supplier serving Downtown Jersey City.

At Essex Market in the Lower East Side. Sells custom cuts of beef, pork, lamb, and poultry raised sustainably on regional farms. Check the Essex Market website for updates on market hours.

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This whole animal salumeria sells pastured beef, lamb, pork, and poultry from local farms; and produces a wide range of charcuterie. In Sunset Park, BK and the Lower East Side. Check the website for shop hours; also offering shipping outside of NYC.

Located in Park Slope, the Upper East Side, Greenwich CT and Westport Ct. Offering delivery of regional beef, lamb, pork, poultry, sausages, ground meat & stocks via their online order form.
Located in Bushwick, Brooklyn, and selling sustainably raised meats, farmstead cheeses, and other regional products. The shop is open, check website for details. Will be offering delivery options soon. 

Wholesale distributor of regional, ethically raised meats, now offering retail options via their online store .
Sells custom cuts of beef, pork, lamb, and poultry raised sustainably on regional farms. The shop is open; check the website for details. 

Located in the East Village, this halal butcher specializes in regional, organic, sustainably raised beef, lamb, and poultry. Check website for details and for delivery via Mercato ..

Sustainably raised, Animal Welfare Approved meats as well as other foods. West Village and Upper West Side locations; check website for details.

The shop is open; check website for hours. Selling grass fed beef & lamb, pastured pork & poultry, as well as seasonal produce, prepared foods, and sandwiches.

The mission of The Meat Hook is to bring top quality, local, pasture raised meats to a community in an unpretentious, fun environment. The shop is open. Check website for details and for delivery options.

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Offering bulk salumi including Bresaola and Smoked Coppa; shelf-stable charcuterie, including presliced salami and salami chubs as well. 10% of all sales from Brooklyn Cured's web store will be donated to the Food Bank of NYC from now until April 15.

Established in 2006, Saxelby is the first shop in the nation to sell exclusively American cheeses. 10% off for New Amsterdam Market supporters ordering online (use code newamsterdamcheese). Order for home delivery in NYC via Mercato - use code 'STOCKUP' for 30 days of unlimited free delivery with their new subscription service Mercato Green.

Selling artisan cheeses and dairy products made at their New Jersey farm, as well as glass bottle milk, eggs, and many more products. Check the Essex Market website for market hours; also selling for home delivery via Mercato .

This spice company is a Public Benefit Corporation building new international food supply chains that are equitable, transparent and traceable. They are working towards ending inequality and exploitation in food systems that disenfranchise skilled farmers. Check the website for details on ordering online.

City Saucery sources “ugly” tomatoes from regional farms and turns them into sauces and condiments in their Brooklyn facility. They also cook up variations like Spicy Calabrian, Roasted Eggplant, Mushroom Ragu and Tomato 'Nduja (a vegan version of the spicy Calabrian pork spread). They offer flat fee Shipping anywhere in the US, plus FREE Shipping for orders over $85.

Produces a range of pantry products from New Jersey grown tomatoes including canned tomatoes, ketchup, and sauces, and conducts active research on implementing organic practices in this region. Distributed regionally and also available via their online shop.

A collection of seasonal, sustainable, artisan confiture, made in limited quantities from local fruits using traditional slow cooking methods. Includes preserved fruits & vegetables marmalades, jams, fruit butters & chutneys, spice rubs & blends. Currently only available online, offering Free Shipping with code FREESHIPNYC.

Staunchly committed to local sourcing and seasonal ingredients, the Bent Spoon makes an ever changing range of seasonal, small batch ice cream flavors. Now offering contactless "back door" pickup at their Princeton location. Check the website or Instagram for daily flavor updates.

Established in 1999, In Pursuit of Teat sources the finest teas available from small farms in Asia. They don't blend lots or add flavorings, believing that within its leaves, each true tea contains the promise of a new journey, full of wonder and peace. Special offer to New Amsterdam Market followers: 15 % off everything until April 30th. Use the code at checkout: NAMTEA2020

Importer of Taiwanese Oolong teas directly sourced from small farms. The tearoom is currently closed, but orders may be place online.

Offers wide selection of craft beers made by regional producers. The retail shops are temporarily closed but check the website for selections and email for NYC and Westchester delivery inquiries.

Andrew Tarlow's latest venture offers biodynamic, organic, natural, sustainable, no-sulphur, and vegan wines; and craft spirits, made by small producers. Check the website for home delivery options. Now shipping to 40+ states.
The small businesses listed below are pioneering the distribution of regional produce and other regional foods. Please advise your local grocers and retailers if they are not already carrying products from these distributors!

Angello's Distributing (Germantown, NY)

Finger Lakes Farms (Seneca, NY)

*offers CSA with pickup locations in PA, MD, NJ, and NY

Myers Produce (Hadley, MA)

Upstate Farms (Tivoli, NY)
*offers a farm box program with pickup locations in the Hudson Valley and Brooklyn

Zone 7 (Lawrenceville, NJ)
*now offering home delivery in Mercer, Hunderdon, and Bucks County

Founded in 1818, Essex Market is New York City's oldest Public Market. While its vendors are not bound to regional sourcing, many of them do offer local, organic, or otherwise sustainable products. Essex Market remains a source for highly affordable foods and is an indispensable neighborhood and citywide resource. The market remains open during the coronavirus crisis; check the website for details, updates, and vendor profiles.

Established by Mayor LaGuardia in Bushwick, Brooklyn Moore Street Market includes several produce vendors specializing in affordable Latin and Carribean ingredients and an Botanica selling a wide variety of Mexican herbs and teas.

Established by Mayor LaGuardia in the Belmont section of the Bronx, Arthur Avenue Market's vendors specialize in Italian ingredients including produce, meats, cheeses, and and imported specialties.

Located in East Harlem, La Marqueta is temporary closed in response to the coronavirus crisis.

Offers a growing list of good food and drink companies that will ship vegetables, meat, cheese, pantry staples, chocolate and coffee straight to your door. Many of them are offering discounted rates on shipping, and all of them are committed to building community in these uncertain times.

As we have all been learning - or experiencing directly - the restaurant and hospitality community has been hit extremely hard by the pandemic. Many, varied efforts have spontaneously emerged across the country. The Independent Restaurant Coalition (IRC) was formed to save the local restaurants affected by COVID-19. IRC is founded on the simple belief that there is power to affect legislative change if we unite our voice. This national movement is quickly growing and EVERYONE is welcome to join. Together, as small businesses across this country, we represent up to 4% of the nation's GDP. For the 11 million people across the country employed by restaurants -- and the hundreds of millions of workers up and down the food supply and delivery chain who depend on restaurants -- these small businesses cannot fail.


Nils Wessel of Brooklyn Butcher Blocks is spearheading a drive to collect N-95 masks from woodworkers and other fabricators who might have them in their shops. They will be donated to NYC hospitals. Contact with any leads. Brooklyn Butcher Blocks is also offering free shipping and discounts on custom orders to New Amsterdam Market supporters.

But where the danger is, grows
the saving power also.

--Friedrich Hölderlin