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If you think you'll go for a walk outside now, and the spring sun is in fact, calling your name - pick up some asparagus at the farmers market while you're at it.
For the last 25 years, Alfred Portale has been at the helm of the storied New York City restaurant Gotham Bar & Grill utilizing local purveyors for seasonal, of-the-moment dishes. Under his watch, the restaurant has won a James Beard Foundation Award for "Outstanding Restaurant" and earned one Michelin star. Chef Portale was also recognized as the James Beard Foundation's "Outstanding Chef" in 2006.
Five Reasons to Shop Local - Now: Alfred Portale
Greenmarket farmers grow over 100 types each of apples and tomatoes. Biodiversity not only produces a host of flavors and colors it also helps protect our food supply as greater genetic diversity means less vulnerability to disease and pests."
Buy your food from the person who grew it - knowing where your food was grown ensures accountability and traceability."
People from all backgrounds come together around food. Fresh air, locally grown foods, trying something new, the chance to meet your friends and neighbors - shopping at farmers markets is a great experience."
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