Berried Treasures

Berried Treasures Consistently the Best Produce in the Market

See the long row of potatoes (below) in the back by the guy wearing the black t-shirt?
Best selection of heirloom potatoes in the city and by far the most delicious!

Last year Franca Tantillo, the ex nurse from Staten Island who started Berried Treasures over 25 years ago, was selling Trout in addition to her amazing strawberries, potatoes, beans, peas and herbs.

Yesterday, when I went by she had some wild watercress for $3 a bunch.  I came home and tossed it up with a simple mustard vinaigrette and gobbled it down. Her trout was also out of this world, but then everything she sells is (I have to ask her why she stoped selling it this year?).

She doesn’t have a vast variety of produce; instead she focuses on a few items and does them really well.  I always thought that she named her farm in Cooks Falls, NY (Western Catskills) for her famous strawberries, sweet little gems that have the most intense strawberry taste of any sold at the market.  Then yesterday as I was looking at her produce and realized that maybe it’s a play on the word berried/buried because in the spring she sells a lot of berries but in the late Summer/Fall she sells a lot of buried treasures: potatoes.  Her tomatoes are damn good too.

About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note: urbanfoodguy@gmail.com
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