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Q. As a long time supporter of the Union Square Greenmarket, how has it changed over the years?

A. Mainly, the market is much larger than it was years ago. There are more farmers and there is a lot more product that has expanded in scope to include meat, seafood, and dairy. It’s easy to say that it has at least doubled in size, if not more. And I think the product quality continues to improve, too. Consumers are more aware and engaged with what they eat more than ever before and the more discerning and demanding the clientele, the harder you work to meet those demands.

Q. What are some of the newer products that have come to the market in the recent years that have inspired you?

A. It’s not so much new products, as new varieties and choices. A couple of years ago a rainbow of baby carrots appeared: black and yellow and purple and red. We’re seeing different pole beans and last year I found purple snow peas, which I had never seen before.

Q. Are there recipes and ingredients you love to use at home rather than in the restaurant? What are some of your favorite simple things to cook at home using the bounty from the market?

A. When dining at home my food tends to be more relaxed. And I like to serve it family-style. Especially during the summer months, I love cooking with local tomatoes, strawberries and sweet corn.


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Exploring The Berkshires

Cheese at Rubiner’s Cheesemongers

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Find | Shops & Markets

Rubiner’s Cheesemongers and Grocers

I like to go to Rubiner’s Cheesemongers and Grocers. I go here for all my cheese and charcuterie supplies. The owner is Matt Rubiner and he is a very accomplished cheesemonger.

264 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230

T: 1.413.528.0488 |

Mazzeo’s Meat and Seafood at Guido’s Fresh Marketplace

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Guido’s Fresh Marketplace

It is a go-to stop. Within Guido’s is Mazzeo’s Meat and Seafood run by brothers Mark and Rudy and they have a fantastic selection: certified black angus, 30-day aged meats, grass-fed local beef, fantastic air-chilled chickens as well as great shellfish and fish – their selection is equal to any market in Manhattan.

760 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230

T: 1.413.528.9255 |

Tasting Rosé at Salisbury Wines

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Salisbury Wines

Warren Carter is the owner of Salisbury Wines and he carries a very thoughtful collection of wines. In the summertime, I like to pick from their extensive selection of rosés, white Burgundies and Italian reds.

19 Main Street, Salisbury, CT 06068

T: 1.860.435.1414 |

Homemade Pies from Salisbury Bread

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Salisbury Bread

They have good breads and amazing fresh fruit pies, which change seasonally.

17 Main Street, Salisbury, CT 06068

T: 1.860.435.8835 |

Bread from Berkshire Mountain Bakery

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Berkshire Mountain Bakery

If I’m in the mood to make pizza, I might go to Berkshire Mountain Bakery in Massachusetts. They carry spelt and whole-wheat pizza crusts that are great for making pizzas at home.

367 Park Street, Housatonic, MA 01236

T: 1.413.274.3412 |

Find | Ice Cream

SoCo Creamery Ice Cream

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SoCo Creamery

They make small-batch handcrafted ice cream with pure flavors and amazing texture, almost like gelato. My favorite flavors are dirty chocolate, cider donut, and salted caramel.

5 Railroad Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230

T: 1.413.528.9420 |

Eat | Restaurants

The Woodland Restaurant

Chef / owner Robert Peters offers an ever-changing seasonally-focused menu, which features lots of local farms and products. They have an outstanding wine list that also happens to be well priced.

192 Sharon Road, Lakeville, CT 06039

T: 1.860.435.0578 |

The Old Mill in Egremont

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Old Mill

Owned by chef Terry Moore, it is great for dinner and even better for brunch.

53 Main Street, Egremont, MA 01258

T: 1.413.528.1421 |

Drink | Tea

Selecting Tea at Harney & Sons in Millerton

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Harney & Sons Tea

It’s based in Millerton, NY and they have a charming little café.

13 Main Street, Millerton, NY 12546

T: 1.518.789.2121 |

Drink | Cocktails

Stagecoach Tavern in Sheffield

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Stagecoach Tavern

It’s a cool, funky bar with great cocktails.

864 S Undermountain Road, Sheffield, MA 01257

T: 1.413.229.8585 |

Drink | Wine

Manna Dew Cafe in Millerton

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Manna Dew Café

It’s great for a glass of wine and burger before/after the movies – happens to be right by the only movie theater in the area.

54 Main Street, Millerton, NY 12546

T: 1.518.789.3570 |

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Gotham Bar & Grill - New York, NY

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Gotham Bar & Grill

Greenwich Village

New American

12 East 12th Street

New York, NY 10003

T: 1.212.620.4020 (make a reservation)





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