Giving Old World Market Another Chance, and Winning

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When Old World Market opened this fall in Nyack, and I was really excited. Finally! Good cheese! Good fish! Good meat! Hard-to-find specialty ingredients!

But the shop was new, and it was just figuring things out — and it was pretty frustrating. I found staff to be (uniformed oops! I meant) uninformed, shelves to be inconsistently stocked — and, for me, the worst: the lighting was yellow, and just awful. It was so bad, I couldn’t read labels.

Well. I’m happy to report they’ve turned things around. They changed the lightbulbs. They’re stocking more ingredients that aren’t as perishable, so they can keep things that don’t move as fast around longer. (They’ve started carrying one of my favorite brands: Schaller & Weber.)

I’ve called ahead to ask if they carry certain products. They’ve put me on hold, check, and set the product aside for me. And the last time I shopped there, I requested two things, and the person (I think a manager) immediately put them on the list.

I’m converted now. And very happy to have this shop in our neighborhood. They carry ingredients and products you just can’t find without going to Westchester or the city. There’s nothing like it in Rockland.

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A look down an aisle. See the white lights!

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My new favorite soap, Dr. Bronner’s:

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Local milk in glass bottles:

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Many hard-to-find grains, like barley and quinoa:

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Hudson Valley yogurt:

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Fancy black truffle butter:

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Many other fancy butters:

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Tons of other fancy dairy products:

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The butcher’s counter:

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They carry natural meat, like Allen’s Chicken.

White anchovies. A delicacay in Spain. Very hard to find here.

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Schaller & Weber products!

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D’Artagnan products!

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Natural chickens:

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Organic charcuterie:

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So yes. I’m very happy indeed.

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What about you? I know the buzz was bad at the start. Have you given them another chance? Will you?

Old World Market
40 Route 59
Nyack, NY 10960
(845) 512-8882

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Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and lohud.com, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.

3 Comments

  1. I had a similar experience. Not as impressed as I had hoped to be the first time I went in there, but I did go back because they carry this awesome butter made from goat milk that I had to have. Things had definitely improved after they had a few months to get in the groove.

  2. Hey Liz, I only recently ventured in to Old World Market. I LOVED it. They have a nice organic section. You can taste various foods as you walk around. The staff at the cheese counter have been very helpful (I love bluecheese and they recommended a Spanish blue, cow and goat, that is heavenly!) We have eaten the prepared foods as well which have been very good. They have a great gluten free section as well. It’s clean, well stocked, well staffed, well lit and well done. I’m very pleased and have been back a few times already. Super addition to Rockland. Makes me feel a little better about not having a Whole Foods here.

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