It’s no Union Square Greenmarket–in scene, cachet, or high-end selection–but Added Value in Red Hook is something more, devotees say. This small farmers’ market, operating outside the umbrella of the city-sponsored Greenmarkets, brings farm-fresh produce to a neighborhood where it’s scarce, and puts local young people to work selling it and even growing some of it.
But does the produce measure up? Chefs at 360 and Ici, who buy and serve it, must think so. Elaine Snutteplutten, who sampled Added Value’s wares at the nearby Good Fork, reports corn and heirloom tomatoes the equal of those at farm-to-table mecca Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Westchester. Added Value is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays until the week before Thanksgiving.
In East Flatbush, a farm and market called Urban Oasis grows and sells vegetables and herbs popular in the surrounding Caribbean and African American neighborhood, says shindiganna. Alongside corn, eggplant, cucumbers, etc., typical offerings include bitter melon, collards, okra, Malabar spinach, sweet and hot peppers, callaloo (amaranth), and the like. Also available: seasonal fruit (not grown on the site) and houseplants. Urban Oasis, a vocational program at Kingsboro Psychiatric Center, is open 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through November.
East New York Farms, near the end of the 3 line, also sells locally grown callaloo, hyssop, and other Caribbean specialty crops, reports breadnchocolate. Also: Hudson Valley produce, Long Island fish, and spicy fish sandwiches and other prepared foods. It’s open 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturdays.
Urban Oasis [East Flatbush]
681 Clarkson Ave., at Troy Ave., at Kingsboro Psychiatric Center, Brooklyn
East New York Farms [East New York]
New Lots Ave., between Barbey and Jerome Sts., Brooklyn 11207