Sonny Orza Bread Factory: Baguettes, boules, foccacia, ciabattas…if it rises and can be baked in an oven, chances are that Sonny Orza Bread Factory will have it for sale at the Grand Market. This family-run and New Rochelle-based bakery with over 100 years of Italian, French and Artisan baking, is sure to be a crowd pleasure with their delightful baked goods and smiling staff.
This is the stop for cheese connoisseurs, offering an array of mouthwatering, all-natural, artisanal varieties. They’re brought to you by Brent the Cheese Guy, who wants to be your personal cheese monger. They’re all kosher, vegetarian and gluten free (except for the Craft Beer Cheddar). Most of the varieties are made from the milk of livestock on small farms in upstate NY and southern Vermont, where the animals graze in local pastures. Some of these include artisan raw milk cheddars and a locally made, melt in your mouth brie.
A notable exception is his Pecorino Romano, crafted on a small dairy farm in Italy and then aged more than 18 months in Brent’s cheese cave in Yonkers. Brent calls it “the best of the best cheeses.” Stop by the table and sample a sliver. Then try a few of the other cheeses to determine which are your favorites.
The handmade soaps, lotions and creams from Naturally Naz pamper your skin and hair with all-natural ingredients. Company founder Angella R. Clarke uses raw, organic and non-GMO shea butter from Ghana, coconut oil, essential oils and other pure, fresh elements to create products that are both luxurious and affordable. Her lotions and soaps – animal-free, cruelty-free and vegan-friendly – are perfect for people who are returning to natural, rather than mass-produced, skin- and hair-care treatments. Clark is a member of the Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic Guild and is completing a diploma in organic skincare formulations from Formula Botanica, an accredited online school based in London.
A family-run business, Asian Farmer whips up a variety of dumplings (vegetable-vegan; pork with vegetable and chicken with vegetable) for your savory enjoyment. The dumplings are pre-cooked and sold frozen, along with a selection of dumpling and chili sauces. A popular draw at other markets, we’re lucky to now have them grace Library Green! Grab a dozen for dinner!
Bambino offers a modern, hipster approach to classic Italian foods, with more than 35 varieties of ravioli (and counting!), plus fresh-made mozzarella, sopressata and more. Their array of ravioli includes classics made with recipes handed down through generations, plus new and innovative varieties, so there are sure to be choices for every taste. Selections include pesto, prosciutto & fontina and walnut & gorgonzola. They’re made with all-natural ingredients and no preservatives or food dyes. All Bambino’s foods are made in-house or imported from Italy. And they’re easy to prepare for a hearty, satisfying meal. Says Bambino co-owner Pasquale DeGregorio; “It’s your classic grandma’s Sunday dinner.”
Fresh ingredients give the pickles here a bold, briny taste and crisp snap. Kosher dill pickles, half-sour pickles and other favorite varieties are available, plus pickled mushrooms, green tomatoes, peppers and more. They all find their way into the brines created by the third-generation family that owns Dr. Pickle. The curing began in a basement in the Catskills a half-century ago; now its specialty foods are available at the Grand Market. Like your vinegar-cured veggies with a bit of a bite? Try the horseradish pickles, which start off sweet “and come back with a kick.” For a unique condiment, sample their Mmmelish, a surprisingly flavorful blend of spicy brown mustard, sweet relish, sauerkraut, pickle brine and…oh, just stop by and try it for yourself. https://docpickle.com/