Foodshed in Boerum Hill

Winter doldrums got you down? Try something new! Think: Union-Square-caliber farmers’ market with four walls and a roof.

You’re imagining Foodshed, a small, satisfying newbie to the scene.

Located at the Commons (388 Atlantic Avenue) in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, Foodshed offers the best of local farms and artisans. There’s fresh, dried, and frozen pasta and ravioli; Ronnybrook Farm yogurt; Red Jacket Orchards juice; organic vegetables, including an array of exotic mushrooms; amazing bread; and more.

My partner-in-crime and I sampled delicious garlic dip, organic biscotti, and a variety of other treats. We came across the Amazing Real Life Food Co’s table of cheese and couldn’t resist the Stella Vallis Tomme.

I was informed that it was the most “unadulterated” cheese on the table, which made me feel warm and fuzzy inside.



This particular tomme features an edible rind–tough, but good–and a soft mid-section. A hint of saltiness grazes the palate.┬áIts natural tanginess invigorated my taste buds.

This 4 oz. chunk of cheese only cost $6 and will provide endless joy for its long, long shelf-life.

Next, we ambled over to a mysterious table situated in the rear of the second floor. What were they selling? Toffee.

While all of the toffee looked, smelled, and tasted delicious, the one that knocked our socks off was the Maple Bacon Espresso toffee.

Sweet, chewy caramelized sugar paired with maple-infused bacon and a kick of espresso. There’s no way to go wrong with that combination.

The vendor was Pure Goodies. A quarter lb. for $6.50. Good deal.

The day was good until this point when it suddenly became amazing. Luke’s Lobster set up a stand at Foodshed a few weeks ago. The promise of a delectable lobster roll pulled me up out of my chair, onto the G train, and into Brooklyn. And it was everything I wanted it to be.

Partner-in-crime and I split a lobster roll ($15). As you can see, they were kind enough to halve it for us. We each drank the Maine Root sodas ($2/per) Luke’s loyally purveys: Ginger Brew and Blueberry soda. We devoured the tender lobster salad in minutes and contemplated ordering a second for share.

We vowed to return to Foodshed (or to at least go to Luke’s downtown).


Turkish Pide Bread

Have you had this stuff?

I won’t blame you if you haven’t. I’m lucky enough to live two blocks away from a fantastic Turkish restaurant, where pide is generously doled out. (With hummus! To die for!)

Otherwise known as Turkish flat bread (or pita, to some), pide’s best feature is its soft, rippled texture. It possesses the versatility of a well-crafted tortilla. Mop up extra virgin olive oil, babaganoush, and any edible semi-liquid substance you can get your hands on.

So, where’d I get this from? On a nearby corner, there’s a little store called Old Castle Farm. I typically refer to this establishment as Vegetable, as it is a purveyor of, you guessed it, vegetables. Don’t be mistaken — they sell fruit, too, but I dislike Fruit and loathe Produce, so Vegetable it is. In addition to produce, Vegetable sells a handsome array of cheeses, Greek sweets, and breads, including pide.

Check out the scrumptious air pockets!

If your neighborhood lacks Vegetable and Fruits, you can make your own pide. Here’s an easy-to-follow recipe from I might try it out … or I’ll stick to my trusted pide supplier.