Post-Thanksgiving torpor did not escape those at the Ft. Greene Greenmarket on Saturday. The few who ventured out could be seen walking around in a L-Tryptophan and carbohydrate induced haze. Many farmers also took the day to sleep it off but there was still a good showing in Red Jacket Orchards, Pura Vida Fisheries, Meredith's Bread and Ronnybrook Farm Dairy, among others.
Bare trees and gray skies make me think of curling up with some warm, amply spiked eggnog. The folks at the ubiquitous Ronnybrook make an excellent version of it, available now till January 1. Their 80 cows produce the milk and cream that goes into every bottle. I like to keep it around to add to my morning coffee. But if you need something stronger, talk to Dave, a Ronnybrook family friend who has been helping out on the farm for years. Here are two Ronnybrook recipes he offered to help us get through the holidays.
1 oz Jamaican Run
1 oz Brandy
1 oz Madeira
3/4 to 1 cup Ronnybrook Eggnog
2 oz light rum
1 cup Ronnybrook Eggnog
• At Ronnybrook Farm Dairy: all varieties of ice cream, including pumpkin, eggnog, strawberry and butter pecan, $4/pint; unsalted, salted, garlic and cinnamon toast butter, $3.50/8 oz; drinkable yogurts in peach, strawberry, blackberry and plain, $2 ea; milk, $1.25/12 oz and $3/quart; eggnog, $2.50/12 oz and $5/quart (includes $1 deposit).
You can find Ronnybrook Farm Dairy on Wednesdays at Union Square and Dag Hammarskjold Plaza in Manhattan; Fridays at 97th Street in Manhattan; Saturdays at Greenpoint-McCarren Park, Ft. Greene and Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn and Union Square, Tucker Square and Tribeca in Manhattan.
The Fort Greene Greenmarket is located in Brooklyn in Fort Greene Park along Washington Park between DeKalb and Willoughby. (Click here for directions.) It runs on Saturdays from 8am - 5pm year round.