Food from retail that can’t be repurpose in our kitchen, gets donated to the Salvation Army - Hudson Food Pantry.
compost & recycling
65% of Waste thrown in the garbage could be used as Compost.
Our goal is to compost as much of our waste as possible – from food scraps, napkins, coffee grinds, tea bags, newspapers, pizza boxes, to-go containers, utensils, straws, hot + cold coffee cups -- it’s all compostable! Countertop compost bins are also available + we encourage our community to drop off their compost at the market. Natural Upcycling processes our compost at Ulster County Resource Recovery Center.
All glass bottles, aluminum cans, cardboard, paper, and many plastic bottles / containers are recycled by Welsh Sanitation / Royal Carting.
We believe in supporting our local economy by sourcing a large selection of produce, meat, eggs, milk, cheese, bread, honey, maple syrup, and many other grocery products from local farms and vendors.
We pull all our electric from WIND power with the help of Green Mountain Energy that works in partnership with National Grid. Additionally, we upgraded most of our equipment to energy efficient products. LED lights are used wherever possible and our Nest Thermostat helps us regulate our heating + cooling to be as efficient as possible. We continue to look for other ways to be more green with our energy demands.
Customers who use their own grocery bags, refillable mugs, water bottles, and food containers -- receive a $0.25 discount at checkout. Additionally, anyone who joins our Coffee Club receives their own mug that lives at the market and a $0.25 discount with each cup of coffee. All proceeds from the Coffee Club membership supports local environmental groups: The Roe Jan Watershed Community + Germantown Envirothon Club.
We sell reusable mugs, water bottles, food containers, utensil kits, tote bags, produce bags, silicone storage bags, and wax food wraps. Additionally we have a free water refill station to encourage less single-use plastic bottle usage.
TRACY MARTIN, PARTNER
In addition to overseeing daily operations, Tracy leads initiatives surrounding food waste, sustainability, and community engagement. She believes in supporting local economies by partnering with farmers + vendors throughout Columbia County. With an MBA in entrepreneurship and management, Tracy brings previous manager experience from earlier roles in private events and hospital operations. She strives to bring sustainable awareness to everything she does, as well as a deeper connection to the community + planet.
DANA MARTIN, PARTNER
Growing up in Vermont, Dana understands the importance of community and supporting local farmers and small businesses. With a background in management and business development, he helps oversee daily financial operations. On top of his operational duties, he acts as the utility person handling everything from customer feedback to beer selection!
RAE COHEN BERNAMOFF, PARTNER
As a Creative Director Rae has traveled the world developing campaigns, designing graphic identity systems, and creating retail environments for global businesses, celebrity personalities, and startups alike. She has proudly planted roots in Germantown and can be found in the store taking pictures of new products and sharing the stories of our vendors.
NOAH BERNAMOFF, PARTNER
Born and raised in Montreal, Noah's love for food began at a young age, helping his nana make chicken soup every Friday afternoon after school. Since then, he's gone on to open the seminal revivalist Jewish deli, Mile End Delicatessen, with locations around the country; he's the founder and managing partner of Black Seed Bagels, the hybrid NY-Montreal wood-fired bagel shop with 7 locations throughout NYC; he's also the owner and managing partner of Grand Army, a cocktail and oyster bar, and Celestine, an eastern Mediterranean fine dining restaurant, both located in Brooklyn. Noah is a James Beard award nominee, a StarChefs Rising Star, a Zagat's 30 Under 30 recipient and co-author of the Mile End Cookbook. He spends his days in NYC and his nights and weekends in beautiful Germantown with his wife Rae and their sweet pea Ezra Kol.
BOBBY HELLEN, CHEF
Growing up in a large Italian family in New York City, Chef Bobby Hellen has always felt most at home in the kitchen. Influenced by his grandmother, a devout Mets fan from Brooklyn who used to take pride in her homemade pastas, sausages and cured meats, Hellen found cooking at a young age and learned to love the controlled chaos of a kitchen. After graduating from the CIA in Hyde Park, Hellen worked for Jean Georges Management at V in New York City, The Ritz-Carlton Naples in Florida, and L’Auberge Carmel in California before heading back to his back to his hometown to join the opening team of Resto.
Working his way up to the executive chef position, Hellen quickly became known for his nose-to-tail expertise and gained attention as one of the first chefs in New York City to cook whole-animal feasts. It was at Resto that Hellen was named StarChefs Rising Star Chef and called a “meat prodigy” by the James Beard Foundation. In 2011, Hellen went on to open the meat-centric The Cannibal Beer & Butcher and then went on to open GG’s in NYC where he returned to the roots of his culinary drive: local ingredients, comforting food, New York City pizza and a lifelong enthusiasm for the Mets. Now at Otto’s Market in Germantown, Bobby is working on building their community though a sustainable food program which uses as much local produce and meats as possible.
ERIN WRIGHT, STORE MANAGER
Before happily landing in the Hudson Valley in 2017, Erin spent years working in food service and agriculture while studying nutrition and herbalism in Boston. As general manager, she works with the staff to create a welcoming environment where appetites for good food and meaningful connection can be satisfied. Erin seeks to make Otto’s Market a space where customers can share in the bounty of our region while supporting local farmers, makers, and artisans. She is grateful to be part of the rich history of Otto’s Market and strives to foster its growth for generations to come.
When you visit, be sure to check out all the other amazing local businesses + farms in the area. There is plenty to do and see in Germantown!
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