Bklyn Larder and the Brooklyneer might be one-stop shops for all edibles hailing from Brooklyn, but now non-New Yorkers can get their hands on the best of the borough. A new website called With Love, From Brooklyn sells all the twee foods the borough has become known for. “I just launched the site in mid-December,” explains founder Dara Furlow. “I am completely food-obsessed and love visiting the Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg as well as local gourmet shops like Choice Greene, the Greene Grape, and Bedford Cheese Shop. I realized that there was an emerging movement of artisan producers who really care about what they’re making and are totally pushing the envelope with unique flavors.” Since many of these products were only available in New York, she decided to start a company to ship these foods nationwide.
Similar to the website Foodzie, which ships monthly packages of items from artisanal producers, Furlow’s site specializes in bundled products. “The Pig Island gift selection is a huge seller. How can you go wrong with Bacon Marmalade and Spicy Bacon Caramel Popcorn?” she says.
Furlow adds that she’s always on the lookout for new products and shops around Brooklyn and visits the shared communal kitchens that many of the artisans use to prepare their goods. Now that the site is in business, though, she’s beginning to get direct inquiries from vendors themselves. Of course, given the name, it’s a BK-only business for now, but Furlow says she’s open to expansion. “I would love to take my show on the road to other vibrant artisan food communities like Seattle; Portland, Oregon; Portland, Maine; and even Detroit,” she says. “To keep the experience authentic, I would assemble a tasting panel in each city to scout the newest and best offerings from local artisans. The ultimate goal is to create a viable online marketplace that represents artisans and tells their stories in addition to selling their products.” Sounds very Brooklyn, indeed.