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Coming Soon: Peasant Stock at the Essex Street Market

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The Essex Street Market has cheese, chocolate, tacos, sushi, spinach pie and ice cream.  This fall it’s getting soup.

Peasant Stock is taking over a small stall on the north end of the market.
Peasant Stock is taking over a small stall on the north end of the market.

On the north end of the market (just beyond the communal seating area), Christine Juritsch is taking over a tiny stall for a business she’s calling “Peasant Stock.”  She plans to offer four to five soups daily, featuring homemade stock and local ingredients as well as side orders such as cornbread and Irish soda bread. There will be gluten free and vegetarian options.  Juritsch has a background in restaurant management (she worked at the Jackson Hole restaurants), but had a strong desire to strike out on her own.

In a phone interview last week, she said the notion of focusing on “one thing and doing ti well” appealed to her and the Essex Street Market seemed ideal, since so many vendors have their own niche. Juritsch, a resident of Queens, started coming to Saxelby Cheesmongers several years ago, so she was pretty familiar with the market.  The proposal for the Lower East Side stall was hatched  a year ago;  Juritsch appeared before a selection committee at the NYC Economic Development Corp. offices (the EDC operates the market).  She’s well aware the market could be moving to the south side of Delancey Street in the next few years (as part of the Seward Park redevelopment project), and is intrigued by the prospect.

She’s aiming for an early October opening, assuming permit issues and construction timetables go according to plan.  See below for a sample menu and photos.

 

Peasant Stock Sample Menu by The Lo-Down

Classic chicken soup.
Classic chicken soup.
Lentil soup with chorizo.
Lentil soup with chorizo.
Fresh herb cornbread.
Fresh herb cornbread.

 

 

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