Free Eats: 1 and a half crispy hand-rolled "Salted Special" pretzels
Normal Price: $3 for 1
Method: Samples given to those who ask, but for sanitary reasons not left out in a basket.
Food Groups: Bread - 1 pretzel 75 calories
Free Thoughts: These pretzels pack major crunch. Bags of broken pretzel crumbs are sold for $5. Erik, your friendly neighborhood pretzel guy, offered to connect me with his friend's Freegan roommate to get more info. I read that there's a N.Y.C. trash tour for people and tourists who want an inside look at the Freegan lifestyle.
Breezy Hill Orchard and Cider Mill Union Square West
Free Eats: Fuji and Mutsu apple slices
Normal Price: $1.50/lb
Method: Free Samples...Everyone's doin' it!
Food Groups: Blessed fruit...the food group most lacking this week
Free Thoughts: Felt great to get some healthy, locally grown eats!
Free Thoughts: Friendly fruit farmers
IS WINE 8th Street & MacDougal
Free Eats: pre-Oscar tasting flight of three wines
(Sparklng Blanc de BlancsPaul de Coste Brut,Viognier Pennautier, Tempranillo Cotoval)
Normal Price: approx $14 for tasted wines
Method: Free Tasting every Saturday from 4-7pm
Free Thoughts: My old neighborhood wine shop is a welcoming Greenwich Village retreat. Exposed brick and beams make for cozy browsing and tasting. Ask for Lauryn, a fellow Italophile, with lots of wine knowledge and no pretense. Go for the Tempranillo Cotoval - excellent value at $14, and nicely complemented by my Garden of Eden pita chips.
All unsold goods from the greenmarket are donated to City Harvest or other organizations!!