By Seth Fera-Schanes
Every Saturday at the Union Square Farmer’s market, there is a stand for Nordic Breads Company of Long Island City. In general, you will see a large group of people gathering in front. Most are there to try the free samples which include a small piece of the rye bread topped with some butter, cheese and thin slice of cucumber. I have always felt this company should make a larger sandwich size version of the sample and charge for it (because people go wild over this tasty morsel; myself included.)
Once you have had your fill of samples, it is time to get down to business. The business being Finnish Ruis Bread. This 100% whole grain rye bread is dark brown, crusty on the outside with a slightly chewy inside and is all around delicious. This stand alone is worth a trip to the farmer’s market.
I typically buy one small round (sans the bag because that is getting eaten immediately) and then walk around munching away as I sip my coffee.
You can find more information about Nordic Breads on their website. Or pick up some bread at the Union Square Farmer’s Market on a Saturday morning.