An artisanal beef stand with a political back story has shaken up New York farming circles since it opened last month at a Manhattan greenmarket.
Unlike its competitors, South Farm is quietly operated by a former New York governor: George Pataki, who is now running for president.
Since June, the stand has been selling skirt steaks, stew meat and burger beef every Saturday at Abingdon Square Greenmarket, a farmers’ market at a small park in Manhattan’s West Village.
South Farm has quickly become the subject of chatter at the greenmarket. Mr. Pataki’s entry into the food scene has ruffled feathers among longtime farmers. His meat, though, has developed a word-of-mouth fan-base.