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Greenmarket cranberries?

LNG212 Nov 15, 2010 07:07 AM

Does anyone know if there is a vendor at the greenmarket that sells fresh local cranberries? No one at the W. 97th St. greenmarket does. I thought perhaps someone at Union Square might but I've been checking out Lucy's Report and I don't see any mention of cranberries.

Am I stuck buying the same old plastic bag, usually Ocean Spray, at the store?

Thanks for any info.

Union Square Greenmarket
Broadway and E 17th St, New York, NY 10003

  1. bobjbkln Nov 15, 2010 06:53 PM

    FWIW, Ocean Spray is a cooperative --see: www.oceanspray.com/about/our_history.aspx and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ocean_Sp... --so it is very likely that bagged Ocean Spray cranberries actually come from a bog in southern NJ. At worst, they come from Cape Cod MA. They are not highly processed products.

    ETA: Chowhound does not not seem to keep the closing parenthesis in the wikipedia link. You'll have to click on the link on the error page that comes up.

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    1. re: bobjbkln
      LNG212 Nov 16, 2010 09:18 AM

      Well now that's interesting to know. Thanks. I suppose if I can't get to USQ on Saturday for the ones direct from the farmer, I won't have to beat myself up too badly if I buy the bagged kind! ;)

    2. Motosport Nov 15, 2010 11:48 AM

      I have seen them at the Union Sq Farmers market. Sorry, I could not tell you which vendor. They are probably from Cranberry, NJ.

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      1. re: Motosport
        LNG212 Nov 15, 2010 12:01 PM

        Good to know. Do you remember on which day you went? I will swing by if I can narrow it down to the right day.

        1. re: LNG212
          Motosport Nov 15, 2010 12:06 PM

          I go on Saturdays.

          1. re: LNG212
            KayMae Nov 15, 2010 02:14 PM

            They are there on Saturdays, near the pretzel guys, and have tons of cranberries.
            Can't remember the vendor name either.

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          pbjluver Nov 15, 2010 08:16 AM

          Trader Joe's has fresh in a bag

          Trader Joe's
          142 E 14th St, New York, NY 10003

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          1. re: pbjluver
            LNG212 Nov 15, 2010 08:22 AM

            A lot of regular stores have fresh in the bag this time of year. Do you know what brand TJ carries? Or if they are local?

          2. BluPlateSpec Nov 15, 2010 08:14 AM

            I remember in past years there was a truck at the Union Square Greenmarket that sold only cranberries by the pound. Does anyone else remember this vendor?

            Union Square Greenmarket
            Broadway and E 17th St, New York, NY 10003

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            1. re: BluPlateSpec
              penthouse pup Nov 15, 2010 11:32 AM

              Yes, I do and they were quite good. Haven't seen them this year--we might ask at the manager's table...possible they may be there on a less trafficked (and as a result, less expensive day--Monday or Friday.)

              1. re: BluPlateSpec
                manilov Nov 16, 2010 09:23 AM

                Pretty sure you mean Breezy Hill Orchard. Union Square Greenmarket on Wed and Sat. They should have them!

                Union Square Greenmarket
                Broadway and E 17th St, New York, NY 10003

                1. re: manilov
                  LNG212 Nov 16, 2010 09:37 AM

                  Oooh are you sure? Wednesday is a much better day for me than Saturday.

                  1. re: LNG212
                    KayMae Nov 16, 2010 10:10 AM

                    I was thinking it might be Breezy Hill. I live so close and am going there tomorrow
                    anyway, I can probably check and post by afternoon.

                    1. re: KayMae
                      LNG212 Nov 16, 2010 10:13 AM

                      Thanks! I will probably try to get down there tomorrow as well since I would like the cranberries for the weekend. But please do post back (in case I don't make it there) and I'll do the same.

                      1. re: LNG212
                        KayMae Nov 17, 2010 07:32 AM

                        It's Breezy Hill, and they are there today (W) as well as Sat. "Heirloom"
                        cranberries, $4.50/pound.

                        1. re: KayMae
                          LNG212 Nov 17, 2010 08:13 AM

                          KayMae, maybe I saw you there today??? I too went and purchased the cranberries. They are smaller than the ones you buy in the bag but they smell good.

                          The man said the berries do come from MA. So I guess no one from NJ is bringing them in. Interesting. A few days ago, I did leave an email message with the NJ Cranberry Growers group (linked to elsewhere in this thread) but have not heard anything back. But now I'm really curious as to why no NJ cranberries coming into the city (esp. since that's certainly closer than MA).

                          Thanks to all of you for your help here!

                          ps - and I'm excited about my purple carrot purchase too. :)

                          1. re: LNG212
                            KayMae Nov 17, 2010 09:33 AM

                            maybe you did! I was the one in a rush ;-)..... interestingly, when I stopped
                            at Paffenroth (where you no doubt bought your purple carrots.... love that
                            place), there was a man asking if anybody in the market sold cranberries.
                            thanks for the info ....

              2. Servorg Nov 15, 2010 08:03 AM

                This site may give you some leads: http://njcranberries.org/ (and it looks like they are growing cranberries less than a hundred miles from NYC...so I have to figure that you all are getting "local" cranberries up there someplace).

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                1. re: Servorg
                  LNG212 Nov 15, 2010 08:07 AM

                  Thanks for that. Looks like I missed all the cranberry festivals! I'll have to make a note for next October. Too bad the site doesn't list any vending or retail locations. Oh well. I'll have to keep looking or just buy the usual bagged stuff. Thanks again.

                  1. re: LNG212
                    Servorg Nov 15, 2010 08:10 AM

                    Perhaps if you contact Mr. Lee http://njcranberries.org/contact.html he can point you in the direction of some greenmarkets in NY that have locally grown NJ cranberries.

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                  small h Nov 15, 2010 07:52 AM

                  I don't think anyone grows cranberries within 100 miles of NYC, which would mean there's no such thing as local cranberries.

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                  1. re: small h
                    LNG212 Nov 15, 2010 08:01 AM

                    Cranberries grow all over NJ. I just thought some farmer from there would bring them in.

                    1. re: small h
                      JeremyEG Nov 17, 2010 08:02 AM

                      That's not true. There were tons of cranberries at both USQ as well as at the small market in front of St. Marks Church last year. Should be arriving soon. The Greenmarket manager should know more specifically.

                      1. re: JeremyEG
                        small h Nov 17, 2010 08:07 AM

                        Yes, so I have learned from keeping up with this thread.

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