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Normally, a snail award goes to something like the long lines at the DMV. In this instance, food advocacy group Slow Food NYC has awarded it to the Bensonhurst Greenmarket.

So what do snails have to do with produce at the market, the obvious pest reference aside? 

Here’s what Slow Foods has to say about the snail award:

The Slow Food New York City Snail of Approval… [is] a directory of the restaurants, bars, food and beverage artisans, and stores and markets that, because of their contributions to the quality, authenticity and sustainability of the food supply of the City of New York, have been awarded the SFNYC Snail of Approval.

The market was awarded the snail about two weeks ago. Not bad Bensonhurst, we win again. 

 FYI, if you’re curious about Slow Foods, here is their mission statement:

Slow Food NYC works to create a food system based on the principles of high quality and taste, environmental sustainability, and social justice—in essence, a food system that is good, clean and fair. We seek to move our culture away from the destructive effects of an industrial food system and towards the cultural, social and economic benefits of a sustainable food system, regional food traditions, and the pleasures of the table.

The market is located in Milestone Park on 18th Avenue between 81st and 82nd Streets. It is open every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through November 18.

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