During a summer meander through New York Mills I had come across Hapanowicz Bros. Meat Market, at the corner of Clinton and New Hartford streets. It was closed, but I vowed to return. On Saturday, I did.
Wife L and I spent some serious time perusing the incredible varieties of sausages, prime cuts of beef, pork loins, and double-cut pork chops, to name just a few. The butchers on hand were friendly and answered all our questions. This is way more than your typical deli meat counter, I guarantee you, though there were lots of options for luncheon meats and salads, too.
There also were enticing ready-to-eat homemade entrees available, including goulash, chicken pot pie, New England clam chowder, greens, and golabki, the Polish stuffed cabbage dish. Of course, the meat cases also were filled with Polish kielbasa.
We were disappointed that the bread section had a sign saying that Napoli’s breads and tomato pies were currently unavailable, but we bought some really nice rye bread made by Star Bakery in Utica. (My last post about the joys of Napoli’s bread resulted in some folks emailing me about really good bread available at Roma Sausage and Deli, on Bleecker Street, just down from Napoli’s, and Spano’s, a bakery over on Niagara Street. )
We will freeze a lot of what we bought at Hapanowicz as we hunker down for the winter that wasn’t (at least so far). We bought some breakfast sausage links, hot Italian sausage patties, a couple of bockwursts, hot Italian sausage links, two packages of homemade pierogies, some meatball mix, and some beautiful pork loins that we’ll put a nice rub on and try to grill.
It might not sound this way, but we do eat healthy in my home with lots of veggies mixed in with our meals and lighter fare some nights with soups and salads. But I am a committed carnivore, as the photo below can attest. So I’m hoping that the Hapanowicz meat market, which dates back to 1916, will continue to be around for a long, long time.