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WINTER seafood seller at Bklyn greenmarket

pitu Jan 30, 2010 06:07 AM

yippeee, there's some folks selling fish and clams and a whole lot of other shellfish up at Grand Army Plaza this morning. They said they'll be there til Blue Moon comes back in late March.

They had big clams, little clams, razor clams . . . small blue crab, fish, etc

Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket
Prospect Park W and Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

  1. chompchomp Feb 1, 2010 05:46 AM

    There is also one year-round at the McCarren Park greenmarket...

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    1. re: chompchomp
      efdee Feb 1, 2010 11:26 AM

      . . . and at the Cortelyou Road greenmarket. They usually have more fish than shellfish, and yesterday they had fish heads for $2 each. Not my thing, but fantastic if you're making stock.

    2. AppleSister Feb 2, 2010 12:13 PM

      The Pura Vida stall is still out at Fort Greene farmers' market.

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      1. re: AppleSister
        pitu Feb 2, 2010 01:39 PM

        Hi AppleSister!
        Here I thought my options for winter were Union Sq only . . . THX Y'ALL

        1. re: pitu
          JonL Feb 2, 2010 02:41 PM

          While we're at it, there's a fish seller at Borough Hall on Saturdays whose quality has always pleased me. Not a huge assortment but clams, sometimes scallops and a few different fillets.

          1. re: JonL
            Peter Feb 4, 2010 10:10 AM


            Glad to hear you've had good fish from that guy at Borough Hall. I bought scallops from him his first week ever and they were... very disappointing. I wrote him off.

            Then, just last week a local friend who's a food writer and culinary school graduate told me she thought his fish was *excellent*. That's 2 votes now -- I'll try him again. Thanks!


            1. re: Peter
              JonL Feb 4, 2010 12:36 PM

              Bummer for you, Peter. I had some sweet scallops a couple of months ago. Since then I've had good, huge cherrystones, good top necks, good bluefish, good tuna and good....some white fillet that I've forgotten...
              Either I'm very lucky with a hit or miss vendor, you are very unlucky with a good vendor or life's just a crapshoot.

              Best of luck.

              1. re: Peter
                EJC Feb 4, 2010 01:17 PM

                At Borough Hall, I primarily only buy whole fish from the vendor and have never been disappointed with the quality or the price. On a couple occasions, we've had some disappointing fillets - but nothing inedible. Other than some tasty blue crabs once, we've never bought shellfish.

                But yes, his whole porgy and fluke (when in season) are a personal favorite.

                1. re: EJC
                  JonL Feb 13, 2010 12:53 PM

                  Just to keep the record accurate---the vendor I found there today was different from the one I was talking about---or a least the people manning it were different people. I should have asked but I didn't. The clams were a mixed bag, size-wise---normally a dozen clams will be of the same sort....littleneck, topneck, cherrystone, whatever but this dozen included all sizes. A few had chipped lips (holes, not just scuffs). However they were all alive and perfectly fresh when I shucked them.
                  So my caution is simply that when we say 'vendor' we may be speaking of different people at different times and mixed experiences might be hit or miss vendors or might be different folks altogether.

            2. re: pitu
              AppleSister Feb 3, 2010 11:58 AM

              Hi Pitu! It's been awhile, eh?
              The Pura Vida stall last year seemed to take a big long winter break, but it was out there last weekend. Fewer stuff, but good. I made some egg-battered fritters with their porgy fillets recently, and I live off their squid and clams all year.

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