Andaz Wall Street is a beautiful hotel in Fi-Di and a haven for tourists, but they also strive to service the local community. They have recently launched a weekly farmer’s market which features some of the most unique artisanal produce from extremely passionate farms and vendors. Every Thursday, now through November you can head to 75 Wall Street and relax in Andaz’s cozy biergarten. Sip Pimm’s garnished with organic produce from the market and let the vendors give you a true lesson in the beauty of their unique production processes.
At first glance, the market is surprisingly small, but this intimate environment makes this market a special and unique experience. We chatted with the charismatic “Farmer Dave” Zaback about the unique vision behind his produce stand and accompanying farm. Z Food Farm is Dave’s true labor of love. Started in 2010, this organic New Jersey farm’s mission is to create beautiful and unique varieties of vegetables. With six types of cucumbers, seven types of onions, and a variety of squash, green beans, a lettuce (among other yummy veggies and herbs) Z Food Farm hopes to inspire people to experiment with cooking more varieties of vegetables. Unlike most other market stands, Z Food Farm brings tried and true recipe cards to help get you inspired to cook. When asked about advice for the intimidated chef, Dave said the most important thing is just to talk to the growers. Z Food Farm really wants you to enjoy their products, and their passion truly comes through in their products. We tried samples of a variety of new cukes and greens, and the freshness and deliciousness was obvious in comparison to supermarket brands. To learn more about the farm you can check out their website!
The other major vendor at the Andaz Market was Shibumi Farm, run by a father, son and dog team based out of New Jersey. Shibumi Farm grows the widest variety of mushrooms you have ever seen at a farmer’s market. Mushroom farmer Ben Kaufman explained that Shibumi approaches mushrooms similarly to how a cheesemaker would produce their finest products. Using a mostly indoor growing process, Shibumi makes everything from shiitakes to unique varieties like Loin’s Mane and Lemon Oyster mushrooms. They also cook mushrooms in the most innovative way possible making everything from mushroom cacciatore to mushroom ice-cream! With recipe cards and expert advice, there’s never been a better place to learn about the versatility of these yummy fungi! Shibumi also curates wine and dinner pairings around the tri-state area! Follow them on Facebook to stay up-to-date on their latest happenings!
For a truly unique market experience head to Andaz Wall Street every Thursday from 11am- 7:30 pm, and learn how to make delicious, fresh and healthy recipes from the people who grew the food.