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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Cranberry Sauce! Ronnybrook Eggnog!

Windfall is here with beautiful greenhouse greens and turnips. S&SO has leeks, potatoes, shallots, and other root vegetables. New York Beef has good looking cuts of beef and Three Corner Field Farm has their excellent lamb and yogurt. Ronnybrook has various butters, milks, drinkable and edible yogurts, and ice creams. Flora Perfecta has beautiful tulips and roses. You can find apples, squashes, and other produce as well as cider and bread today. I bought Beth's wonderful cranberry sauce today for tonight's capon.

BULLETIN!!! The Greenmarket will be moving South for the winter, to 14th Street, while construction (and re-construction to fix things that were missed) goes on on the North end. The first market day down on 14th will be January 5, Monday, according to the word I got from one of the farmers.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

A Smaller Market But Rich in Choices!!

D'Attiloco is back! He has several salad and other greens and various sprouts. Windfall Farm is also here with root vegetables and greenhouse greens. Paffenroth has a big selection of root vegetables and some greens and S&SO has root vegetables. Paffenroth has some herbs and spinach.

Quattro's is here with poultry, sausages, soups, and chicken eggs. Ronnybrook has their usual great assortment of milks, drinkable yogurts, butters, eggnog, and cream. Cato has their delicious cheeses and Three Corner Field Farm is here with lamb, cheese, and yogurt.

It's a smallish market for a Saturday, but there are many orchards and other stands and it is well worth the visit.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Happy Holidays!

As damp and unpleasant as it is out there, you can still get your Christmas meats from Tamarack, DiPaolo, and Three Corner Field Farm, your eggnog and other dairy products from Ronnybrook, your vegetables from Stokes, S&SO, and others, and your roses and TULIPS from Flora Perfecta. If you're still looking for gifts, before you go to the Christmas market check out Beth's beautifully wrapped jams, chutneys, and pickled vegetables.


Saturday, December 20, 2008

A Chance to Say Goodbye for a While!

Say goodbye to Stokes Farm (cut herbs, herb wreaths, broccoli), Mountain Sweet Berry (wreaths, garland, tiny potatoes), and Norwich Farm (produce, eggs, pickled vegetables and sauces). Stokes and Mountain Sweet Berry will be gone for the winter and Norwich won't be back after today until late February. Today is the last full market Saturday for quite a while. Check here to find out who's still coming after the holidays.

Pick up your holiday orders at Quattro's, Flying Pig, and Violet Hill today. All of them are here with their usual delicious assortment of meats and poultry. Flying Pig has their excellent liverwurst today. Three Corner Field Farm has tasty lamb (and great natural soaps for gifts). All of these stands will be here through the winter, although Violet Hill is taking next Saturday off and others may do the same.

Cato has a wide variety of cheeses and will NOT be here on Wednesday. Ronnybrook WILL be here, but just until 1PM. Several stands normally here on Saturday and Wednesdays will only be here on Saturdays until the Spring.

River Garden is here with beautiful dried flower arrangements and wreaths and Oak Grove has boxes of their excellent dried peppers for cooking (looked like the hotter tiny varieties).

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The Recessional Continues

Stokes Farm will be here this Friday and Saturday and next Monday and Wednesday, weather permitting, and then will be gone until March or April. They are here today with broccoli, cut herbs, herb wreaths and herb vinegar. Saturday will be Mountain Sweet Berry's last market of the season, with beautiful wreaths and garland and some potatoes and crosnes. James Durr and others are here with trees, wreaths, and other Christmas greenery. S&SO is here with root vegetables and Paffenroth has great squashes, potatoes, and other tasty vegetables. Shushan is here with hydroponic tomatoes and cut herbs.

Talk to Tamarack about their Christmas geese and pork products and to Three Corner Field Farm about delicious lamb, yogurt, and cheeses. Beth's Jam is here with beautifully wrapped jams and chutneys for gifts.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Spring in a Jar! Savoy Cabbage!

Deep Mountain Maple Syrup has their full assortment of grades of syrup, sizes of containers, flavored syrups (blackberry, ginger, raspberry, hot pepper), and decorated tins of maple candy for gifts. They will be here next Wednesday and Saturday and then will be gone until the middle of January. Beth's Jam has beautifully wrapped jams, chutneys, and pickled vegetables for gifts as well. (They have Spring in a jar, with pickled ramps and fiddlehead ferns!)

Mountain Sweet Berry is still bringing in their delicious tiny potatoes and crosnes. They have beautiful decorated wreaths and garland as well. Gorzynsky has good looking root vegetables and Paffenroth has their amazingly wide variety of potatoes, onions and their relatives, carrots in many colors, and other produce. Northshire has gorgeous Savoy cabbages. S&SO has mostly root vegetables and Oak Grove has squashes and delicious pies.

Quattro's is here with poultry, soups, and sausages and is taking orders for holiday birds (you'll need to pick them up in the market on the Saturday before Christmas and New Years). Violet Hill has fresh pork, smoked pork (bacon, etc.) sausages, and poultry. Flying Pig also has pork roasts, sausages, pork chops, and poultry.

Cato's has delicious cow's milk cheeses. (I'm not sure I saw Three Corner Field Farm's stand today, but look for their sheep's milk yogurt and cheeses and their lamb and lamb sausage.) Ronnybrook is here with tasty butters, milks, creams, and a new "Camembert".

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Norwich is here today with some interesting vegetables, including fennel, various greens, and root vegetables. In addition, they have some unusual pickles and preserves, among them husk tomato jam! They will be here until December 22 and then will be back in February.

If you love winter squash and brussels sprouts, this is your lucky day! Ted Blew (Oak Grove Farm) has several kinds of squash and the stand across from his has plenty of sprouts. Paffenroth has great potatoes and other root vegetables and S&SO has squash and other produce. Gorzynski is here with organic vegetables and Stokes is on the Park Ave end with herb wreaths, cut fresh herbs, and tasty herb vinegar. Mountain Sweet Berry has crosnes and several delicious tiny potato varieties, as well as gorgeous Christmas wreaths and garland. If you want a taste of Spring in this cold day, try Beth's pickled ramps and fiddleheads!

There are several orchards with cider and apples. Oak Grove has many good looking pies and pastries and Breezy Hill has their delicious apple pastries as well.

Quattro's is here with ducks, BIG chickens, Cornish game hens, and sausage. Flying Pig has many pork products and Violet Hill has sausage, bacon, and other meats.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Christmas Greens, Crosnes, and Tulips!

Flora Perfecta has TULIPS!!! and beautiful roses. River Garden is here with dried flower arrangements and Silver Orchid has lovely orchids. There are many stands with Christmas greenery and Mountain Sweet Berry has decorated wreaths and gorgeous garland.

Mountain Sweet Berry has tiny potatoes and crosnes. Paffenroth is here with an array of tasty root vegetables and both they and S&SO have some greens. Stokes has greenhouse ZUCCHINI BLOSSOMS as well as various cut herbs and herb wreaths. Windfall Farm has several unusual kinds of turnip as well as various greenhouse greens. Keith is here with rocambole garlic, shallots, and winter greens.

I saw at least three chefs shopping for and finding interesting winter vegetables, so there still are some, although several farms will stop coming after the Christmas holiday

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Christmas Wreaths and Herb Vinegar!

The Greenmarket is almost a full market today, with plenty of produce, cheese, milk, bread, and other delicious items. Only Quattro's, Flying Pig, and Violet Hill are not here -- oh, and the cranberry farmer is gone, too. S&SO is here with great vegetables and herbs, Paffenroth has their excellent wide variety of potatoes, onions, and other root vegetables, and Miglorelli has good looking fennel, carrots, and spinach, as well as apples, cider, and other treats. Stokes Farm has tasty cut herbs, herb wreaths, and their very good herb vinegar (I've been giving the vinegar for Christmas presents).

Mountain Sweet Berry has beautiful Christmas wreaths and garland as well as the lovely little potatoes I used under my Quattro's capon for Thanksgiving. Keith's delicious shallots went under the bird as well, along with tiny turnips from D'Attolico. While I'm at it, I should mention that we served Beth's Jam's knockout cranberry sauce. She's here today with jams and chutneys, cranberry items, and prettily wrapped items for gifts.

Oak Grove has pork products, pastries, pumpkins, and peppers! Cato's here with Bridgid's Abbey, Farmstead, and other fine cheeses, and Ronnybrook has eggnog, various milks, yogurt, ice cream, and cheeses.

River Garden has beautiful dried flowers and other stands have potted flowering plants.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Fresh Cranberries! Egg Nog! Turkeys!

FRESH CRANBERRIES! The cranberry stand is right next to Cato's cheese stand on the north end of the market. Many farmers are in their usual spots, but you may have to hunt for the ones who are not normally here on Wednesdays. Quattro and DiPaolo are here with poultry orders and with many non-order birds and other items. Ted Blew of Oak Grove has many tasty pies in addition to pumpkins, great squashes, pork products, and popcorn. Ronnybrook has eggnog, plain and flavored butters, yogurt, ice cream, and various milks. (They will be here on Saturday as well.) Stokes Farm has herb wreaths and cut herbs and Mountain Sweet Berry has delicious tiny potatoes and crosnes. Paffenroth has all sorts of great produce and Berried Treasure is here with tasty potatoes.

Jim of Northshire has beautiful cabbages and other greens and Windfall has many root vegetables and greenhouse greens. Eckerton is here for their last day with assorted hot peppers and some tomatoes. Keith's Farm has a few heads of their French Crisp redleaf lettuce, so get there right away if you want some. They also have excellent shallots and Rocambole garlic.

There are actually more stands here today than I can list now, but take it from me, your Thanksgiving dinner will benefit from a visit to the Greenmarket ASAP! And if you want to take flowers, Flora Perfecta has beautiful lilies and roses, River Garden has lovely dried flower arrangements, and the orchid people have wonderful plants.Beth's Jam has excellent cranberry chutney and cranberry sauce.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Buzzard Krest's Last Day For The Season!!!

This is Buzzard Krest's last day for their grapes and grape juices. The fresh cranberry farmer isn't here today, but will be here on Wednesday on the 17th Street side of the Greenmarket. Almost all farmers here today will also be here on Wednesday.

Quattro's has some turkeys today for those who haven't ordered already, but their order book is closed. They often have some poultry available on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, though. Violet Hill and Flying Pig are also here today. Cherry Lane, Paffenroth, Keith, S&SO, D'Attolico, Stokes, Norwich, Blew,Windfall, Gorzynsky, and other produce farmers are here, as well as Locust Grove, Terhune, Breezy Hill, and other orchards. Norwich is now bringing in pickled vegetables and tomato sauce. (They won't be here on Wednesday and will be back two weeks from today.)

Paffenroth has a colorful variety of potatoes today and Mountain Sweet Berry has lovely small fingerlings, "golden nuggets", and other excellent mini-style potatoes. There are several farmers with orange, white, and purple cauliflower, and brussels sprouts.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Northern Exposure!

The Greenmarket is back on the North end of Union Square, and has been pushed North on the West side as well (by the Christmas market).

Despite the cold, most farmers are here. For many, including Berried Treasure, next Wednesday will be their last for the season. Di Paolo will be here next Wednesday with turkey orders and a showcase of other meats and poultry, as will Quattro. Paffenroth is here with great root vegetables and greens, as is Miglorelli.

Stokes has great mixed bunches of fresh herbs for seasoning your holiday bird and will be here next week as well. Several farmers have gorgeous purple, white, and orange cauliflower, and have brought in brussels sprouts and cabbages, squashes, pumpkins, and root vegetables. Eckerton has cherry tomatoes! If you leave them out for a week, they'll be ready for Thanksgiving dinner. Eckerton also has tasty hot peppers and Berried Treasure has great dried beans. Mountain Sweet Berry has lovely little potatoes this week and will be here with them again next Wednesday. (I'm planning to roast them and shallots under my holiday capon.)

Terhune and Locust Grove apple orchards are back in their positions on the North end of the market, along with Stokes, Ronnybrook, Three Corner Field Farm (lamb, cheese, yogurt), and others.

Flora Perfecta is at the 15th Street end of the Greenmarket with mums and roses and will be there next Wednesday. The wonderful orchid stand is there also. River Garden is further up north with beautiful dried flowers, near Beth's Jam.

Monday, November 17, 2008

New Farmer in Town!! As Local As You Can Get!

Check out a newcomer to the Monday Greenmarket, Queens County Farm Museum. Their stand has winter vegetables, eggs, honey, and cotton. Yes, cotton! They grow their own!

Norwich and Yuno still have lots of good produce, including many greens and root vegetables. Race is here with apples, potatoes, and other Fall fare, as well as pastries. You can find good bread, cheese, and other goodies in the Monday USG!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Greenmarket Moves Back North to 17th Street Tomorrow!!!

BULLETIN! The Saturday market will be back on the North side of Union Square tomorrow!!!!

Berried Treasure has gorgeous cabbages, sunchokes, and several kinds of potato. They'll be here the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, as will Oak Grove, Paffenroth, Quattro's, all the usual Wednesday stands and several of the Saturday farms. (Oak Grove will be here on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, but many stands will not.)

Yuno is here today with great cauliflower varieties, white and orange cauliflower, several kinds of greens, and tomatoes. Oak Grove and Stokes also have tomatoes and Oak Grove has various pumpkins and squashes as well as flours, popping corn, pancake mixes, and many delicious pies. Samascott has apples, cider donuts, apple cake, and ciders. The Vermont maple syrup people have some delicious new flavored syrups, including raspberry and ginger, as well as their excellent variety of plain maple syrups and candies.

Dancing Ewe's season will be ending in a couple of weeks, so get their tasty lamb and cheeses while you can. Flying Pig is here with pork and chicken products, including rendered leaf lard and chicken livers.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


BULLETIN! The Saturday market will be back on the North side of Union Square next Saturday!!!

Berried Treasure has various dried shelled beans and European style small potatoes. Paffenroth has a wide range of produce, including many greens, root vegetables, and herbs. Cherry Lane has gorgeous broccoli, cauliflower, broccoli rabe, and fresh dug sweet potatoes. Evolutionary has squashes, big turnips and other root vegetables. Windfall has various tasty looking turnips and greens. S&SO has all sorts of delicious produce and Eckerton is here with wonderful lettuces, arugula, and many kinds and sizes of hot peppers. Keith has gift bags of rocambole garlic. Stokes has beautiful herb wreaths, mixed bunches of cut herbs(sage,rosemary, and thyme), and tomatoes. Shushan has hydroponic tomatoes and herbs.

Andrew's Honey is here with honeys, honey products, and beautiful scented soaps for gifts. Beth's Jam is here with many tasty jams, chutneys, pickled vegetables (ramps! fiddleheads!), and gift wrapped items. Flora Perfecta has beautiful roses, and River Garden has wonderful dried flower arrangements.

Cato's Cheese is here, as is Valley Shepherd. Ronnybrook has their usual wonderful butters, ice creams, fresh cheeses, and EGGNOG!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Greenmarket Moves Back North Next Saturday!!

Order your Thanksgiving bird from Quattro's -- turkey, pheasant, or capon -- and pheasant sausage stuffing as well or talk to Violet Hill or Flying Pig about holiday poultry and meat.

Cherry Lane has sweet potatoes, Paffenroth has a wide variety of potatoes large and small, and Mountain Sweet Berry has delicious tiny European potatoes.

Norwich has a good looking cauliflower mix -- orange, white, and purple. Northshire has big, beautiful greens. Oak Grove, Cherry Lane, and Eckerton have tomatoes. Eckerton and Oak Grove have delicious hot peppers.Shushan is here with tomatoes and fresh cut herbs. Stokes has beautiful herb wreaths, squash, heirloom tomatoes, and other produce.

Mountain Sweet Berry has brought in frozen shelled flageolets and tarbais beans, which are great but need to be cooked this weekend.

This is the last Saturday market for Valley Shepherd cheeses this season, but they will be here on Wednesdays. A few stands will also lose their Saturday spots while the Christmas Market is here.

BULLETIN! The Saturday market will be back on the North side of Union Square next Saturday!!!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Beth's Jams!! Keith's Garlic! Great Gifts

Today is the last for Cherry Lane's excellent heirloom tomatoes, but they'll be continuing for another few weeks with tasty sweet potatoes and other delicious produce. Paffenroth is here with some really interesting potato and onion varieties and Keith has begun to bring in his gift bags of Rocambole garlic, a bargain at $10.

Speaking of gifts, Beth's Jam is here today and will be here on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays until Christmas, with their excellent jams, chutneys, and pickled vegetables, some in beautiful packages.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Flageolets, Cannelinis! Cauliflower! Pepper Bunches!

This is the last Saturday for Mountain Sweet Berries marvelous fresh vacuum packed canellinni, tarbais, borlotti, and flageolet beans. You can freeze them for the winter, and we have alot of competition for them from some great restaurants, so get there early!

Eckerton has outstanding hot peppers and has made beautiful bunches for drying or gifts.

Cherry Lane (great sweet potatoes, tomatoes, brussels sprouts), Miglorelli(a wide range of produce), Paffenroth (many varieties of potato, onion, carrot, and other produce), and others will be featured in the next New York Magazine, according to one of the farmers.

This is Sycamore's last market for the season. They're here with beautiful fresh brussels sprouts, tomatoes, and cauliflower. Stokes has the last of their tomatoes, big bunches of cut herbs, and their mixed bunches of herbs (rosemary, thyme, sage) with or without garlic.

Friday, October 31, 2008


HALLOWEEN! Get your pumpkins from Sycamore, Oak Grove, Stokes, or other stands if you haven't already! Beth's Jams has Halloween gift-wrapped jams and chutneys, and Berried Treasures has autumn leaves. River Garden has beautiful dried flowers.

Berried Treasures has great fresh dried beans and beautiful European and other small potatoes. Sycamore has gorgeous brussels sprouts and cauliflower and the last of their tasty tomatoes (tomorrow is their last market of the season, by the way).

Stokes Farm has beautiful big bunches of cut herbs and excellent garlic. Norwich has all sorts of peppers, potatoes, tomatoes, root vegetables and greens. Yuno has a wide variety of delicious greens, tomatoes, cauliflower both white and orange, herbs, and peppers.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Pumpkins, Potatoes, And Leeks!

Cherry Lane's delicious sweet potatoes may be featured in New York Magazine's next issue, deservedly so. Potato fans should be having a great time right now with Paffenroth's excellent wide variety as well. Berried Treasure and Mountain Sweet Berry, neither of whom I saw this morning, both have great small European-style potatoes. And what goes better with potatoes than onions? Paffenroth has many kinds as well as leeks.

Cherry Lane says that Saturday will be the last day for their excellent heirloom tomatoes, but they'll be here through Thanksgiving with winter vegetables. Sycamore is here with gorgeous pumpkins in many sizes, but will have their final market day this coming Saturday. Eckerton has their wonderful hot peppers and pepper bunches today and will be coming in as long as they are able.

The orchid people are not here today, but Flora Perfecta is, with beautiful roses and other flowers.

You can order your holiday turkey from DiPaolo today or from Quattro's on Saturday.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

The Recessional Continues

Today is Cheerful Cherry's last for the season. They have grapes, grape juice, and plants. Sycamore's last day will probably be next Saturday, although there's a chance that they will be here with pumpkins and other vegetables for another day or two after that. (By the way, if you like Newfield Farm's flowers, as I do, you should know that they ended their season yesterday.) Berried Treasure is hoping to keep coming on Wednesdays and Fridays until Thanksgiving. Dancing Ewe will be coming in on Fridays with lamb and cheese until the middle of December.

Mountain Sweet Berry has four kinds of fresh shelled beans vacuum-packed: canellinni, tarbais, borlotti, and flageolet. You can keep them in the refrigerator for about three weeks or freeze them in their packages for the winter. He also has crosnes.

Northshire has gorgeous vegetables, including genuine black Italian kale and huge cabbages. Three Corner Field Farm is here with tasty lamb and yogurt.

S&S0, Gorzynski, Norwich, D'Attiloco, and Paffenroth still have plenty of beautiful produce.

Cherry Lane has good-looking heirloom tomatoes and says next weekend will be the last for those. They also have lima beans and fresh dug sweet potatoes. Stokes has great pumpkins at $3.50 for any size.

BULLETIN: The Greenmarket is scheduled to move back to the North end of the square on November 13 to accommodate the arrival of the Christmas Market at the South end!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Fresh Shelled Beans! Pumpkin Pies!

Oak Grove has brought back their wide variety of fruit pies, pumpkin pies, and other desserts, in addition to heirloom tomatoes, hot and sweet peppers, and other produce. Berried Treasures has several kinds of shelled beans and European-style small potatoes. Cherry Lane, Sycamore, Cherry Lane, Eckerton, and Stokes still have good looking heirloom tomatoes, and many stands have cauliflower and broccoli. Evolutionary has several kinds of kale and squash.

Several stands are here with apples, pears, and cider.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Fresh Flageolets! Baby French Leeks!

Mountain Sweet Berry has flageolets and other beans in the shell AND shelled, baby French leeks, sucrene lettuce, wild baby arugula, and other delicious and unusual produce. Sycamore, Cherry Lane, and Oak Grove all still have heirloom tomatoes, but carpe diem -- the chill of this morning tells me we're just about done. Stock up on garlic at D'Attolico, Stokes, and Keith, and raspberries at D'Attolico's stand. Northshire has gorgeous escarole and other beautiful Italian greens and Violet Hill has marvelous wild mushrooms. Gorzynsky has lovely lettuces and other greens and root vegetables. Oak Grove, Stokes, S&SO, and other farmers have pumpkins in many sizes. Stokes has big bunches of cut herbs and cilantro berries. The Binders are here with herb plants and beautiful flowering plants.

Oak Grove has tasty Macoun, Asian pear, and other fruit. Breezy Hill and other stands also have great apples and pears as well as ciders.

Quattro's has great poultry and eggs, as well as sausages and smoked meats. Violet Hill has poultry and meats and wonderful bacon and eggs and Three Corner Field Farm has lamb, cheeses, and yogurts.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Black Valentine Beans! Strawberries!!

Shushan is here with herbs and hydroponic tomatoes and will be here on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Berried Treasure has black valentine shelling beans and STRAWBERRIES! Cherry Lane has lima beans, fairytale eggplants, and heirloom tomatoes. Stokes has heirloom tomatoes, cut herbs, and cilantro berries(fresh coriander seeds).

Several stands have good looking apples and pears and Paffenroth is here with a wide array of unusual produce, including baby fennel. Miglorelli has apples and several tasty vegetables. Ted Blew of Oak Grove has purple cauliflower, heirloom tomatoes, hot and sweet peppers, and squashes. Eckerton has hot peppers and attractive mixed boxes of small heirloom tomatoes.

Flora Perfecta has lovely roses and stock and River Garden has beautiful bunches of wildflowers.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Pumpkins! Hen Of The Woods!

Violet Hill has hen-of-the-woods wild mushrooms. Stokes has big bunches of fresh gone-to-seed coriander. Fantasy Fruit is here with grapes and blueberries and Buzzard Krest has grapes and grape juices. Cheerful Cherry has grapes, tomatoes, and plants. Several farmers still have heirloom and other tomatoes and Sycamore and others have corn. Norwich has tomatoes, peppers, and Chinese cabbage.

Mountain Sweet Berry has cranberry and other shelling beans as well as Tri-Star strawberries. Northshire has peppers and other Italian produce and Gorzynsky and Keith have gorgeous organic produce. Several farmers have orange and white cauliflower. and Sycamore and others have beautiful pumpkins.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Dancing Ewe is Back!

Dancing Ewe is back with their tasty cheeses. They'll have lamb starting next Friday and will be coming in on Fridays until December 12. Bufala di Vermont is here for the first time today, with cheeses, yogurts, fresh mozzarella, and meats. Beth's Jam is here with delicious raspberry and other jams, jellies, chutneys, and pickled vegetables.

I saw one of my favorite restaurant buyers picking up beautiful grapes from Cheerful Cherry, and there are strawberries still in the market as well. Several stands have heirloom tomatoes, including Berried Treasure, Sycamore, Oak Grove, Norwich, Stokes,and Yuno. All of those have other interesting produce as well. Sycamore has good looking pumpkins and hot and sweet pepper enthusiasts will find great ones at Oak Grove and Norwich. Muddy River has big bunches of herbs and Norwich and Samascott have string beans.

I bought the last lycianthus of the season from Newfield Farm. They and River Garden have beautiful wildflowers and the rose people have lovely flowers as well.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

What will we do for tomatoes?

I didn't get a chance to post yesterday, but I did stroll through the market in the afternoon and saw that Shushan, the hydroponic tomato farm, is back with tomatoes and herbs.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Heirloom Tomato Season is Almost Over!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Cherry Lane has a new crop of fresh lima beans and newly dug sweet potatoes. Paffenroth has baby fennel, various new potatoes and onions, good looking carrots in many colors, and big bunches of cut herbs. Mountain Sweet Berry has tasty wild arugula, sucrine lettuce, Tri-Star strawberries, and bags of cleaned cranberry beans. Sycamore has pumpkins and heirloom tomatoes and will have a second shipment of corn today. Stokes has garlic, heirloom tomatoes, big bunches of cut herbs (including their stellar tarragon, vietnamese cilantro, and other unique choices).

Oak Grove and Eckerton have wonderful hot and sweet peppers. S&SO and Cherry Lane have eggplants. If you really care about heirloom tomatoes, you should be buying them today and freezing some. From what I saw, we're pretty close to the end.

Buzzard Crest is here with beautiful grapes and grape juices. Cherry Lane also has excellent grapes and homemade jams and jellies. Locust Grove has more new season apples, plums, and cider. Fantasy Fruit has blueberries, grapes, and honey.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Lima Beans, Fantasy Fruit's Blueberries, Corn

Mountain Sweet Berry and Cherry Lane have tasty lima beans and Berried Treasure has many delicious varieties of beans, beautiful zucchini blossoms, and berries. Eckerton has great boxes of mixed heirloom tomatoes and Oak Grove, Sycamore, Keith, and Stokes have excellent tomatoes, both field and heirloom. Miglorelli and Sycamore have corn and Stokes has crisp kirbys and fresh garlic. Mountain Sweet Berry has strawberries and Fantasy Fruit has blueberries, raspberries, and honey. Andrew's honey is here as well. A couple of farmers have pumpkins and S&SO has a range of excellent produce. Honey Hollow has several varieties of mushroom and some unique produce.(Saturday will be Fantasy Fruit's last day, they say.) Mountain Sweet Berry has several types of baby beet.

River Garden, Flora Perfecta, the orchid people and others have beautiful flowers.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Beautiful Flowers! Heirloom Tomatoes!

Flora Perfecta is here with beautiful lilies, stock, roses, and other flowers, at the 14th street end of the market. The orchid people are here at the 17th street end, along with River Garden (gorgeous bouquets today). Newfield Farm is here with wonderful lycianthus, dahlias, gladiolas, and other beautiful options. Scarborough is here with potted herbs.

Yuno, Norwich, and others are here with a wide offering of tasty produce, including peppers, heirloom tomatoes, all sorts of beans, and eggplants. Fantasy Fruit has blueberries and will also be here on Wednesday and Saturday, so they've been able to continue past last Saturday's market, which is fortunate for us!

Saturday, September 27, 2008


Ted Blew of Oak Grove, Sycamore, Stokes, and Cheerful Cherry, among others, have still got good looking heirloom tomatoes. D'Attolico has an excellent variety of French and Italian style plum tomatoes for sauce. Blew and Eckerton have great selections of hot and sweet peppers. Sycamore, Miglorelli, Blew, and others have corn. Stokes and S&SO have big bunches of cut herbs and Silver Heights has a wide selection of potted herbs.

Several farms including Eckerton, Oak Grove, and D'Attolico, have various squashes, and Cherry Lane has many kinds of eggplant, including tiny fairytale eggplants and Cambodian and Italian varieties. Northshire has several Italian greens and CARDOONS!

Locust Grove, Terhune, Breezy Hill, and other stands have the new Fall crop of apples. Several stands have Tri-star strawberries and Fantasy Fruit has blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries. This is probably FF's last Saturday of the season, so if you freeze blueberries for the winter, now's the time to stock up.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Last Week for Blueberries?

Eckerton has a wonderful selection of hot and sweet peppers today, as does Oak Grove. Cherry Lane has fairytale, Italian, Cambodian, and other delicious eggplants, and Mountain Sweet Berry and Berried Treasure have a wide variety of shell and string beans. Mountain Sweet Berry has excellent Italian sauce tomatoes, as do Miglorelli, Stokes, and others. Evolutionary has great winter squash, and Oak Grove has squashes, heirloom tomatoes, and corn. Sycamore has corn, heirloom tomatoes, crunchy cucumbers, and good looking broccoli. Stokes has heirloom tomatoes, lemongrass, and cut herbs.

Locust Grove has plums and Fantasy Fruits has blueberries (catch 'em while you can -- FF's last day in the market may be this coming Monday). Andrew's honeys and honey products are here, as well as Rick's Picks pickles.

Flora Perfecta, River Garden, Duva, and the orchid people are here with lovely flowers.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Grapes, Grape Juice! Tomatoes For the Freezer!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Well, the signs are all here -- grapes, Fall squashes and melons, and there is a chill in the air, so this may be the last weekend for a generous offering of summer vegetables. Many farmers have gorgeous sauce tomatoes, including Mountain Sweet Berry, Cheerful Cherry, Eckerton, and D'Attolico, so I've planned an hour for cooking down these meaty and tasty varieties for the freezer. Oak Grove also has great tomatoes, and Norwich, Oak Grove, and Sycamore, in addition to several of the above, have delicious heirloom tomatoes and tasty peppers. Gorzynski and Paffenroth have wide selections of gorgeous lettuces, other greens, herbs, and other great produce. Northshire has big beautiful vegetables.

Mountain Sweet Berry has haricots both green and yellow, sucrine lettuce, baby leeks, and Tri-Star strawberries. Oak Grove and Sycamore have corn, and Eckerton and Oak Grove have unique and interesting pepper varieties.

Apples are moving in on peaches, although there are still peaches and plums in the market. You can find blueberries, and several farmstands including D'Attolico have raspberries. Buzzard Krest is here with their red and white grape juices and interesting grape varieties.BULLETIN: Next week will be the last for Fantasy Fruit's blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries.

Fall Season Sugar Snaps!!

Oak Grove has a Fall crop of sugar snap peas! Berried Treasure has several shell and string bean varieties as well as wild blueberries, strawberries, gold and red raspberries, and squashes. Norwich, Sycamore, Stokes, Oak Grove, Cheerful Cherry and others have heirloom tomatoes, and Oak Grove and Cheerful Cherry have peaches. Cheerful also has raspberries. Samascott and Sycamore have corn, and Samascott and Miglorelli have a wide selection of good looking produce.

Last night was cool and tonight is expected to be even cooler, so things like heirloom tomatoes and peaches are heading for disappearance soon. If you love them, you don't have much longer to enjoy them. The farmers say that they've had pumpkins for a month, although they haven't brought them in yet, and several farms are bringing in grapes and mums. Just saying ...

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The Market is Still Beautiful!!!

Missed the early morning market due to a vet visit, but I did walk through afterwards and saw that there are still plenty of great summer vegetables and flowers in the market, even though grapes and apples are starting to appear. There were good looking shell and string beans at Mountain Sweet Berry and Berried Treasure, heirloom tomatoes all through the market, corn at various stands, including Sycamore, and lots of greens and herbs. Norwich, Stokes, Oak Grove, and others have good looking fruit and vegetables and there are still peaches and plums. Fantasy Fruit is there with berries and grapes and Berried Treasure and others have Tri-Star strawberries.

Ronnybrook is here with various milks, butters, ice creams, and drinkable yoghurt. Three Corner Farm has delicious yogurt, cheeses, and lamb.

Monday, September 15, 2008

What I'd Be Looking For In The Monday Market

Well, I'm back in school on Mondays, so I'll be missing Monday markets. Judging by the Friday and Saturday markets, the offerings are still lush and plentiful, so I'd be looking for Yuno's delicious produce, Race's produce and pastry, Fantasy Fruit's berries, and Red Jacket's fruit juices, along with Newfield Farm's beautiful flowers.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Buzzard Krest Grapes and Grape Juices!!!

BUZZARD KREST IS BACK!! with their delicious grapes and grape juices. You'll find them on the Eastern end of the Greenmarket.

Stokes Farm has a wide variety of cut herbs, squashes, and heirloom tomatoes. Norwich also has beautiful heirloom tomatoes, as do Eckerton, Oak Grove, Sycamore, and Cheerful Cherry. Cherry Lane has okra, lima beans, and many kinds and colors of eggplant. Eckerton and Oak Grove have wonderful selections of hot and sweet peppers. D'Attolico has several kinds of sprouts, greens, and other vegetables. Mountain Sweet Berry has delicious beans, arugula, sucrine lettuce, and other unique vegetables.

Paffenroth has an extensive selection of root vegetables, greens, herbs, corn, and unique vegetables. Northshire has unusual Italian produce and Gorzynsky has brought in gorgeous organic salad greens. Keith's Farm stand has great Rocambole garlic, French Crisp and other varieties of salad greens, herbs, and heirloom tomatoes.

Cheerful Cherry, Terhune, Locust Grove, and Oak Grove have white and yellow peaches and Locust Grove has several kinds of plum. Fantasy Fruit is here with blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, and grapes, and says they will be coming in about three more Saturdays before their season ends. The recessional is almost upon us!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Last of the Lycianthus!

Yuno has long beans, lima beans, several kinds of string beans, beautiful heirloom tomatoes, salad greens, cut herbs, various peppers, and other delicious produce. Berried Treasure also has many kinds of beans, strawberries, heirloom tomatoes, and other vegetables. Oak Grove has corn, heirloom tomatoes, white and yellow peaches, melons, and great peppers. Cheerful Cherry has peaches, raspberries, heirloom tomatoes, and several kinds of seedless and seeded grapes.

Sycamore has the last of their cranberry beans and has brought in corn, heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers. Norwich has artichokes, heirloom tomatoes, peppers, and other tasty vegetables. Stokes Farm has big bunches of cut herbs, heirloom tomatoes, lemon grass, and garlic. Samascott has delicious corn, beans, berries, and other fruit and vegetables.

The lycianthus season is coming to an end, but Newfield Farm still has some pretty bunches, in addition to her unique cockscomb, gladiolas, and dahlias. River Garden has beautiful bouquets of brightly colored wildflowers and the rose people have lovely rosebuds. Oak Grove has unusual and beautiful sunflower varieties.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Get Your Summer Beans While You Can!!!

It's still a bean-lover's paradise in the Greenmarket today, with Berried Treasure's string and shell beans, Cherry Lane's limas, and Mountain Sweet Berry's haricots verts and jaunes, but time is marching on, so seize the moment!

Cherry Lane still has beautiful, if slightly larger, fairytale eggplants, okra, corn, and tomatoes, and Sycamore is here with cucumbers, peppers, corn, heirloom tomatoes, and cranberry beans. Eckerton has a wide variety of hot peppers, and has brought in their boxes of assorted hot peppers -- very interesting to experiment with. They also have all sorts of heirloom tomatoes and have great boxes of mixed small heirlooms.

Ted Blew of Oak Grove is here with heirloom tomatoes, peaches, melons, peppers, and other tasty produce. Paffenroth has puntarella, dandelion greens, and other unique vegetables. Stokes Farm has generous bunches of cut herbs, delicious squashes, and heirloom tomatoes.

Fantasy Fruit has blueberries and strawberries and Mountain Sweet Berry and Berried Treasure have delicious strawberries as well.

River Garden and Flora Perfecta are here with beautiful flowers and the orchid people have brought in lovely and unique flowering plants.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

A Good Day to Freeze Tomatoes!

Almost all of the farmers are here today, despite the sticky and soon to be stormy weather. Since I'll be stuck inside, I'm going to prepare tomatoes for the freezer, so I bought beauties from Cheerful Cherry, Oak Grove, Eckerton, Stokes, and Norwich. There are plenty of good looking tomatoes at other stands as well.

If you are planning to buy corn, there are several stands with various types. Sycamore, Cherry Lane, Paffenroth, Miglorelli, and several other stands have alot, but Sycamore will not have their second load today, due to the weather.

Northshire has interesting squash, as do Norwich, Stokes, and Oak Grove. There are several stands with peaches, both white and yellow, including Oak Grove, Terhune, and Locust Grove, who also has various plums. Fantasy Fruit is here with blueberries and strawberries. Beth has tasty jams, jellies, chutneys, and pickled vegetables, some in gift packages.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Showtime at the Greenmarket

I passed by Mario Batali, who was evidently getting made up for a filming at Samascott"s stand. They have great produce, so it isn't surprising. Beth's Jam's dilly beans are made from Samascott's beans and many of her jams are made from their fruit.

Another chef showed me D&J's fragrant Italian arugula, which looks delicious. Their organic produce is fresh and tasty. Berried Treasure has several string bean varieties and will have more shell beans next weekend. They still have wild blueberries, Tri-Star strawberries, and beautiful flowers. (They won't be in the market this Saturday.)

Sycamore, Cheerful Cherry, Berried Treasure, Norwich, and others have good looking heirloom tomatoes. Ted Blew of Oak Grove has tasty heirlooms, peppers, and white and yellow peaches. Cheerful Cherry has white and yellow peaches, apples and grapes, and delicious cherry juice.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Signs of Autumn, But Summer Vegetables are Still Here!

Signs of Autumn are appearing in the market in the forms of purple Italian plums, new apples, and grapes, but there are still plenty of beautiful tomatoes, beans, melons, squashes, corn, peaches, and greens. It is time to start picking up shelling beans from Berried Treasure, Cherry Lane, and Sycamore, to freeze for the winter. I also sometimes scrape corn into containers to keep for a midwinter Brunswick Stew. I'm also putting up heirloom tomatoes. If I were my grandmother, I'd be canning peaches as well.

Berried Treasures has flageolets, pink butter beans, and other shelling beans, as well as haricots verts, purple string beans, and heirloom tomatoes. Cherry Lane has good-looking lima beans, and Sycamore has cranberry beans and heirloom tomatoes. Oak Grove has peaches, heirloom tomatoes, peppers, and melons. Eckerton, Evolutionary, and others have heirloom tomatoes and Eckerton has unique hot peppers as well.

Windfall has beautiful zucchini blossoms, edible flowers, and a wide range of special greens and squashes. Paffenroth has their great array of delicious produce, with some interesting onion varieties, varicolored carrots, and many herbs, greens, and root vegetables.They also have bicolor corn, while Cherry Lane has white corn.

Fantasy Fruit is here with strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries, and Berried Treasure has strawberries, wild blueberries, and blackberries.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Purselane, Yellow Watermelon, Cranberry Beans!

Race is here with Italian plums, cranberry beans, and other produce. Norwich has delicious yellow watermelon as well as peppers, eggplants, beans, and other vegetables. Wooli Farm, a newcomer to the Monday market, has purselane, interesting squashes and peppers. Fantasy Fruit has blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries, and is selling them at three boxes for $10. Red Jacket is here with fruit and juices. Newfield has lycianthus, dalias, gladiolas, and other beautiful flowers.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Shelling Beans, Lycianthus, Tomatoes

Saturday, August 30, 2008 and Monday, September 1

Rain or shine, holiday or ordinary day, the Greenmarket is here and the farmers have brought in great produce. Look for shelling beans, string beans, heirloom tomatoes, peaches, melons, hot and sweet peppers, salad greens, and other beautiful vegetables and fruit. Look for Yuno's beautiful vegetables and Newfield Farm's lovely flowers on Labor Day!

Stay dry, and enjoy your Labor Day holiday!

Friday, August 29, 2008

Shelling Beans, Hot Peppers, and Chutneys

Once again, Berried Treasure has brought in several kinds of shelling bean, including the first of their cannellini. They should also be here tomorrow, as will Sycamore, Mountain Sweet Berry, and Cherry Lane, all of whom will have tasty fresh beans. Yuno and Berried Treasure have haricots verts and other string bean types as well. Yuno, Sycamore, Cheerful Cherry, Oak Grove, and Norwich have great looking heirloom tomatoes today, and all of them except Yuno will be here tomorrow. They all also have tasty hot peppers.

Speaking of heat, Beth's Jams has some delicious chutneys as well as hot habanero jelly, garlic jelly, and many fruit jams and jellies. They'll be here tomorrow, too.

Today is Dancing Ewe's last day until October, when they'll be back with lamb.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Beans, Corn, Peppers, Mushrooms!

Berried Treasure has a great selection of shelling beans, including flageolets, as well as haricots verts and other beans. Sycamore has good looking cranberry beans, Mountain Sweet Berry has an Italian shelling bean, and Cherry Lane has beautiful lima beans. Get them to eat now or to freeze for later. There's really nothing like a fresh bean!

Fantasy Fruit has a good bargain in berries today -- blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries at three boxes for $10. Berried Treasure and Mountain Sweet Berry also have great strawberries and Honey Hollow Farm has elderberries.

Honey Hollow has several varieties of mushroom and unique greens. Oak Grove has great peppers, peaches, tomatoes, corn, and other vegetables. Sycamore has bicolor corn, peppers, heirloom tomatoes, and Windfall Farm and Evolutionary have a wide variety of tasty greens. Oak Grove has beautiful peppers, heirloom tomatoes, peaches, and corn. Honey Hollow Farm has unique mushrooms and other interesting produce.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Bean Salad, Eggplants, Corn, Heirloom Tomatoes

This weekend I bought several kinds of shelling beans and made a simple warm bean salad -- delicious! I'm taking advantage of the season to enjoy eggplants, corn, heirloom tomatoes, peppers, lima and other beans, squashes, and all sorts of greens. There's so much good produce around that it's possible to slip into taking it for granted, but the first grapes that appeared in the market this weekend reminded me that time is passing and that the slide away from peak season is coming fast. September will be arriving next week! It's really time to start preparing heirloom and other tomatoes for the freezer, not to mention basil and other herbs in olive oil.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Lima Beans, Fryable Green Tomatoes, Stone Fruit

The traffic on the East Side is going to be a horrorshow today, with the 3rd Ave. TAMA fair from 14th to 23rd and the Park Avenue bicycle fest closing several streets to cars. If you do brave the craziness, remember that Sycamore is bringing in a second load of corn around noon and that Norwich, Cheerful, Sycamore, Stokes, Oak Grove, and Berried Treasure will all be here with the same produce they brought yesterday. See below. Mountain Sweet Berry has already run out of their luscious Italian sauce tomatoes but should have plenty on Wednesday. Windfall has big bags of mixed squash. Cherry Lane has lima beans and Cheerful Cherry has beautiful heirloom tomatoes, as do Eckerton and Sycamore.

Berried Treasures has beautiful Romano and other beans as well as the sweetest sungold cherry tomatoes. D'Attolico has big green tomatoes for frying. Locust Grove, Terhune, and Oak Grove have peaches and other stone fruit and Durr has large blackberries. Fantasy Fruit is selling their blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries at $10 for three boxes, your choice.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Charentais Melons, Heirloom Tomatoes, Big Bunches of Basil

Norwich says this is probably the last weekend for their excellent Charentais melons. They have several other kinds of melon as well as their gorgeous heirloom tomatoes. Cheerful Cherry has tasty heirloom tomatoes, good-looking cucumbers, and, sadly, their tasty grapes, signalling the slope down towards Fall. Muddy River has big bunches of Genovese basil, great for making pesto for the freezer. Sycamore says they'll have second delivery fresh picked corn tomorrow, and they're here today with corn, tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, and other great produce.

Berried Treasure has several unique types of bean, including many shelling varieties as well as haricots verts, Romanos, purple string beans, and yellow and green string beans. They also have delicious wild blueberries and Tri-Star strawberries. Oak Grove has peaches, watermelons, a wide variety of hot and sweet peppers, and some of the most succulent ready to eat heirloom tomatoes in the Greenmarket.

Dancing Ewe has the last of their sheep's milk ricotta today as well as one of the best hard cheeses in the market. Next week will be their last week in the market until October, when they will be back with lamb.

Newfield Farm has beautiful gladiolas, lycianthus, sunflowers, and other summer beauties, and River Garden has gorgeous wildflowers in bunches and bouquets.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Heirloom Tomatoes, All Kinds of Beans, Mixed Mushrooms

Stokes Farm has many varieties of basil as well as other cut herbs. Honey Hollow has baskets of beautiful mixed mushrooms, including chanterelles, black trumpets, and many others. Cherry Lane has many kinds of eggplant, including Fairytale and Asian varieties. There are several stands with excellent looking heirloom tomatoes, including Sycamore, Eckerton, Evolutionary, Oak Grove, and Stokes. Windfall has lovely edible flowers and bags of mixed squash as well as their excellent greens. Berried Treasures has wild blueberries, Tri-Star strawberries, and blackberries, as well as tasty green Romano beans, purple string beans, and others. Mountain Sweet Berry has the first of their unique Italian heirloom sauce tomatoes as well as interesting Italian beans, and haricots verts.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Lycianthus, Long Beans, Eggplants, Fresh Cut Herbs!

Yuno has beautiful heirloom tomatoes, beets, squashes, hot and sweet peppers, long beans, bunches of cut herbs, various eggplants, and greens. Norwich has many varieties of eggplant, squash, root vegetables, onions, and heirloom tomatoes. Maxwell has cut herbs and good looking produce. Red Jacket has many kinds of stone fruit and juices and Fantasy Fruit has blueberries and strawberries.

Newfield Farm has gorgeous lycianthus and gladiolas and River Garden has beautiful bouquets of colorful wildflowers.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Cardoons! Artichokes! Lima Beans! Wild Blueberries!

Norwich has beautiful heirloom tomatoes, tomatillos, eggplants, and tasty ready to eat melons. Northshire Farm has cardoons and other interesting produce. S&SO has artichokes, peppers, salad greens, and herbs. Paffenroth has many kinds of onion, herbs, fennel, celeriac, and other delicious vegetables. Gorzynski has lovely organic salad greens. Check out Eckerton, Sycamore, Cheerful Cherry, Stokes, Oak Grove, and Norwich for height-of-the-season excellent heirloom tomatoes. Eckerton and Oak Grove both have a wide variety of large and small hot and sweet peppers. Windfall has edible flowers, many varieties of salad vegetables, and other goodies. Cherry Lane has fairytale eggplants, heirloom tomatoes and other excellent produce, including lima beans.

Oak Grove, Cheerful Cherry, Locust Grove, Terhune, and others have delicious peaches and other stone fruit. Berried Treasures has terrific Tri-Stars and outstanding wild blueberries.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Charentais Melon, Lemongrass, Artichokes!

Berried Treasures has many kinds of tasty beans, including flageolet, green and yellow romano, haricots verts, and a shelling bean called something like perignon (which looks like the "violette" bean in my Larousse). They also have blackberries and other berries. Yuno and Oak Grove both have a wide variety of hot and sweet peppers and squashes and Oak Grove has peaches. Cheerful Cherry has sour cherries, luscious peaches, and heirloom tomatoes. You can't go wrong with heirloom tomatoes from Cheerful, Norwich Farm, Sycamore, and Oak Grove. Stokes has fresh lemongrass, lemon verbena and other generous bunches of cut herbs, tomatoes, and other produce. Norwich and Muddy River have baby artichokes and Norwich has Charentais melons in addition to many other varieties. By the way, there were no lima beans in the market today, but check Cherry Lane on Saturday or Yuno on Monday.

I just tried 2% milk from Milk Thistle Farm --it tastes fine and is organic. They're in Union Square on Fridays and at Grand Army Plaza on Saturdays, as well as other Greenmarkets.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Wildflowers, Heirloom Tomatoes, Squashes! Melons!

River Garden and Newfield Farm both have gorgeous flowers today. Yuno and Norwich have beautiful squashes and heirloom tomatoes, as well as melons and all sorts of hot and sweet peppers. Fantasy Fruit has blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries.

Martin's Pretzels, one of the favorites in the Greenmarket, has small bags of breakup as well as various sizes of pretzels with and without salt.

Red Jacket has stone fruit and blueberries as well as various flavored apple juices and cherry stomp.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Heirloom Tomatoes! Tomatillos!

It's all heirloom tomatoes all the time now! You can find delicious ones at Sycamore, Eckerton, Cheerful Cherry, Norwich Farm, and Cherry Lane. Cherry Lane also has tomatillos. Mountain Sweet Berry has green and yellow haricots and flat beans as well as sucrine lettuce. Paffenroth has a full display of all sorts of produce, including baby fennel, celeriac, celery, all sorts of carrots, onions, and radishes. Gorzynsky has beautiful organic greens, as does D'Attolico. Mountain Sweet Berry has excellent cranberry beans.

D'Attolico also has lovely golden cherry tomatoes.Berried Treasures is here with all kinds of beans and Tri-Star strawberries. Stokes has great looking eggplants, squashes, tomatoes, and big bunches of herbs, including several varieties of basil, parsley, and tasty lemon verbena. Ask Eckerton about their interesting new cucumber variety. They also have hot peppers, as does Oak Grove (along with their watermelon, peaches, tomatillos, and heirloom tomatoes).

Sycamore will definately have a second shipment of corn today.

Quattro's has 4 pound chickens, all kinds of other poultry, chicken cutlets and other chicken parts, sausages, and soup meat.

Locust Grove has several varieties of plum, peaches, and berries. Fantasy Fruit has blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries. Mountain Sweet Berry has Tri-Star strawberries.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Artichokes! Peaches! Sour Cherries!

Muddy River has good looking baby artichokes. Norwich, Sycamore, Yuno, Stokes and Oak Grove all have delicious heirloom tomatoes.Esopus, Yuno, Muddy River, and others have salad and other greens and Stokes has great bunches of herbs.Yuno has delicious beans and peppers. Oak Grove has watermelon, hot and sweet peppers,and peaches.

Cheerful Cherry has a new variety of peach, tasty heirloom tomatoes, and sour cherries. They'll have their luscious cherry juice next week. Sycamore has delicious corn and will have an early and a second load of corn tomorrow.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Sheep's Milk Ricotta, Cherry Juice!

I'm having Dancing Ewe's sheep's milk ricotta with one of Sycamore's delicious heirloom tomatoes as I write, and am going to finish my brunch with Sycamore's bicolor corn and Yuno's long green beans. Dessert will be a peach from Cheerful Cherry. Ted Blew of Oak Grove Farm has watermelon today as well as peaches, hot and sweet peppers, heirloom tomatoes, and other produce. Yuno also has watermelons and hot and sweet pepprs as well as herbs and squashes. Muddy River has gorgeous produce as usual. Cheerful Cherry has their delicious sour cherry juice.

I bought more lycianthus (Prairie Rose) from Newfield Farm and was glad to see that River Garden has beautiful wildflowers.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Fairytale eggplant! Corn! Okra!

Cherry Lane has tiny Fairytale purple and white eggplants. Evolutionary, Oak Grove, and Cherry Lane have various types of okra. Eckerton, Oak Grove, Cherry Lane, and Sycamore have heirloom tomatoes. The big hit of the day is beans -- all kinds of beans, from Berried Treasures purple and green stringbeans, delicious Romano flat beans, and favas to Cherry Lane's string beans and Mountain Sweet Berry's haricots verts, there are many farmstands with tasty varieties.

Many stands also have corn, including Eckerton, Sycamore, and Cherry Lane. Stokes Farm has great looking onions and garlic as well as big bunches of cut herbs, and Berried Treasures has chamomile. Miglorelli has a wide variety of good-looking produce.

Peaches are coming in and Terhune, Oak Grove, and others have them as well as apricots and other stone fruit. Berried Treasures has big succulent strawberries and blackberries, and Fantasy Fruit has blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries.

Ronnybrook has drinkable yogurt, both plain and fruit flavored, and some of the best butter to be had in the city, both flavored (garlic) and salt or sweet.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Cardoons!!!! Last of Cheerful's great black cherries!!

BULLETIN!!!! ,Saturday, July 26, 2008

Sycamore won't be bringing in their usual second loads of fresh picked corn on Saturdays this year due to the high cost of gasoline for the second trip ($100!). They weren't selling enough to make up for the gas prices. Northshire has CARDOONS!!!!

Stokes Farm has big beautiful bunches of herbs and delicious pale green squash. Mountain Sweet Berry has excellent flat and string beans, both green and yellow.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

It's a beautiful day for the Greenmarket and the produce is hitting its summer stride. Check Cheerful Cherry for their last sweet dark cherries, Oak Grove for watermelons, peaches, and tomatoes, Sycamore for bicolor corn, Eckerton for tomatoes, peppers, herbs, and other delicious vegetables, and Cherry Lane and others for heirloom tomatoes, okra, and corn.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Artichokes, Fava Beans, Cherry Juice

Muddy River Farm has young ARTICHOKES, beautiful onions, and big bunches of herbs. Norwich has heirloom tomatoes, many varieties of eggplant, flat beans, fava beans, fresh young garlic, and various squashes. Sycamore has white and bicolor corn, big bunches of basil, field tomatoes, and other produce. Check out Yuno's stand for heirloom tomatoes, many squash varieties, peppers, and other great vegetables.

This is the last weekend for Cheerful Cherry's outstanding black cherries. They have their delicious cherry juice today, as well as the first of their peaches. Samascott has blueberries and Red Jacket has apricots. Oak Grove has cut and whole watermelon, peaches, and peppers.

River Garden is here today with beautiful bouquets and Newfield Farm has gorgeous bunches of "Prairie Rose" (Lycianthus).

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Okra, Fava Beans, Heirloom Tomatoes, Chanterelles!

Sycamore, Oak Grove, and Eckerton all have the beginnings of their heirloom tomato crop today. Oack Grove also has red and yellow watermelons, yellow and white peaches, corn, and other produce. Eckerton has Walla Walla onions, hot peppers, fresh cut herbs, and wineberries. Sycamore has corn, peppers, cut basil, and cucumbers. Evolutionary has leafy greens, various squashes, and other vegetables.

Cherry Lane has new red and yukon gold potatoes, corn, and heirloom tomatoes. Evolutionary has good looking okra. Honey Hollow has chanterelles, dried mushrooms, and other goodies. Fantasy Fruit is here with raspberries and blueberries. Berried Treasures has black raspberries and strawberries. Stokes has squashes, fresh garlic, tomatoes, and generous bunches of cut herbs.

River Garden has beautiful wildflowers and Flora Perfecta has lovely lilies.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Okra, Long Beans, Fava Beans, Black Currants!

I picked up the first of Yuno's excellent long beans, zucchini blossoms and some summer squash,Madura's good looking new red potatoes, Fantasy Fruit's raspberries and blueberries, and beautiful lycianthus from Newfield Farm. Norwich and Yuno both had okra and Norwich has alot of fava beans today, as well as young fennel and many other greens, beans, and tasty onion varieties. Maxwell's Farm has generous bunches of cut herbs as well as other good looking produce. Red Jacket has apricots which look ready and Race is here with produce, plants, and baked goods.

I'm happy to say that the Monday market has several great shopping options!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Look for tomatoes at Eckerton , Cherry Lane, Oak Grove

I'm taking today off to stay with my new kitten while he adjusts to the new place, but I can tell you the following: This will be the next to last week for Cheerful Cherry's amazing dark sweet cherries, so I'd definately stop there for a big box. Sycamore's corn was delicious yesterday, and they're in the market today. Paffenroth's array of interesting produce is growing with the season, especially their decorative and unusual root vegetables and green vegetables such as baby fennel. Fantasy Fruit's blueberries and raspberries made for an outstanding cobbler last week (in which I also mixed some of Cheerful Cherry's sour cherries, which they have this week as well). Norwich has great produce, including many mini-squashes and fava beans. Oak Grove has excellent hot and sweet peppers and delicious red and yellow watermelons as well as tasty peaches.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Okra, Peppers, Top Notch Cherries!

I'm going to have Dancing Ewe's delicious ricotta with Oak Grove's peaches and Samascott's blueberries for breakfast, after a couple of ears of Sycamore's corn. I'll finish off with Cheerful Cherry's outstanding dark sweet cherries.

Oak Grove also has their great hot and sweet peppers, okra, and succulent yellow and red watermelons. Yuno has excellent peppers, tomatoes, several types of bean, and various root vegetables and greens. Muddy River has big tasty red and white onions.

River Garden is here with beautiful wildflowers and Newfield Farm has exquisite lycianthus and gladioli.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

A New Greenmarket Author

It's going to be hellishly hot later today, but right now the Greenmarket is cool and beautiful. Summer fruit is in all over the market, with Fantasy Fruit, Locust Grove, Berried Treasures, Oak Grove, and others offering all sorts of berries, peaches, apricots, and watermelon.

S&SO has a wide variety of gorgeous and reasonably priced produce. Paffenroth also is here with delicious produce, and Windfall Farm has tasty greens, edible flowers, and other vegetables. Eckerton has beautiful Cherokee Purple tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, fresh cut herbs, and other greens. I picked up a copy of Tim Stark's new book, HEIRLOOM:NOTES FROM AN ACCIDENTAL TOMATO FARMER, and will be reading it later. (I'm developing quite a shelf of Greenmarket authors, including Keith's IT'S A LONG WAY TO A TOMATO.)

Flora Perfecta has wonderful lilies today and the rose people have beautiful roses, sweet peas, and other flowers.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Apricots, Black Currants, Fennel!

Got a late start this morning because I was watching the Bastille Day parade on TV5 -- very impressive! I especially enjoyed the Foreign Legion and the guards on horseback. The parachutists at the end were pretty exciting, too.

Summer fruit is finally in full supply. Red Jacket has several kinds of cherries, apricots, and berries. Fantasy Fruit has blueberries, raspberries, and plump black currants. Other stands have berries, apricots, and peaches. Red Jacket also has juices.

I bought beautiful zucchini blossoms and field tomatoes from Yuno. They also have several kinds of hot and sweet peppers, beans, salad greens, and purslane. Norwich has beautiful produce as well, including several kinds of onion, fava beans, lettuces, and good-looking fennel. Maxwell has cut herbs, berries, and beans. Madura's varieties of produce are increasing and there are meat and bread stands as well.

Newfield Farm has beautiful flowers, including lycianthus, gladiolas, lilies, and others. River Garden has lovely wildflowers.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Zucchini Blossoms, Cherries, Baby Fennel

The Greenmarket is absolutely gorgeous today, with lush greens, cherries in many colors, and greenhouse heirloom tomatoes in reds, greens, yellows, and orange. Cheerful Cherry has delicious sour, dark, and Queen Anne cherries. Locust Grove's cherries and berries are also tasty. Stokes Farm has summer squashes, generous bunches of cut herbs, juicy red greenhouse tomatoes, and salad and other greens. Mountain Sweet Berry has baby rainbow chard, chervil, chives, and tiny potatoes. Northshire has cardoons.

Paffenroth has big bunches of many varieties of carrots, beets, radishes, and baby fennel. Check Norwich for squashes, eggplants, and a wide variety of unique produce. Sycamore has bicolor corn, tomatoes, shell peas, and cucumbers. Cherry Lane has heirloom tomatoes and basil plants. Gorzynski has beautiful organic greens and D'Attolico has lovely zucchini blossoms. Eckerton has great greens, spray-free yellow corn, and heirloom tomatoes.

Quattro's has young heritage chickens, other young chickens, great eggs, and sausages. They've moved from the rise to the Park Avenue end of the market. Look on the rise for Keith's rocambole garlic and other organic vegetables, and for Norwich Farm.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Lycianthus, Watermelon, Sweet Peas!

It's an absolutely beautiful day and the Friday Greenmarket is colorful and getting bigger! There are new produce stands and some delicious new vegetables. Yuno has a wide array of flavorful peppers and squashes, Norwich has all sorts of squashes, beans, savory greens, and other vegetables. Muddy River has excellent garlic.

I bought a couple of ears of bicolor corn from Sycamore. The ones I bought on Wednesday were very good, so I was encouraged to try them today for breakfast! Eckerton also had delicious corn on Wednesday. Both of them will be here tomorrow.

Samascott has wonderful fresh blueberries and other berries and cherries as well as good looking strawberries. Cheerful Cherry has even more delicious cherries than last week's stunners and Ted Blew (Oak Grove has delicious peaches and big slices of cut red and yellow watermelon.

Newfield Farm has the first LYCIANTHUS and beautiful gladiolas.River Garden has lovely bouquets of wildflowers and the rose people have purple sweet peas.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Sugar Snaps, Sweet Peas, Black Raspberries!

Breezy Hill has apple cider sorbet. Berried Treasures has fresh chamomile, big tasty Tri-Star strawberries, and black raspberries. Eckerton has sweet yellow corn, tomatoes, and other excellent produce. Cherry Lane has beautiful vegetables and gladiolas. Stokes has sweet cherry tomatoes, summer squash, and generous bunches of cut herbs. Honey Hollow Farm has good looking mushrooms. Mountain Sweet Berry has baby kale, wild baby arugula, chervil, chives, and fava beans.

The orchid stand next to Flora Perfecta has beautiful and unusual orchids. Flora Perfecta has lovely lilies, roses, and other flowers. The rose people have gorgeous roses and sweet peas. Sycamore has bicolor corn, bunches of basil, and delicious sugar snap peas and shelling peas.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Purslane, Favas, and Gladiolas!

We're lucky to have such a complete market on Mondays. Yuno and Norwich are here with beautiful produce, there is a stand with terrific seafood and fish, and you can find meat, fruit, and flowers as well as a couple of good bread options. Phillips has berries and peaches and Newfield Farm is bringing in the first of her lovely gladiolas. Yuno and Norwich have fava beans and Norwich has an unusual variety of purslane as well as other unique vegetables. Yuno has some interesting peppers and beans. Red Jacket has ciders.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Quail! Gooseberries! Fava Beans! Corn! Peaches!

Northshire has QUAIL, Violet Hill has several different kinds of bacon, including delicious butt bacon, and Quattro's (in a slight change of location on the Park Ave side of the market) has plump young chickens, great eggs, and pheasant sausage.

Mountain Sweet Berry and Norwich Farm have fava beans. D'Attolico has shelling peas. Several farms have beautiful lettuces and other greens and S&SO and Norwich have mini squashes. Stokes has big bunches of herbs, greenhouse tomatoes, and delicious summer squash. Sycamore has corn and fresh basil. Cheerful Cherry has wonderful cherries and Fantasy Fruit has GOOSEBERRIES! Oak Grove (Ted Blew) has PEACHES!

The rose people have beautiful sweet peas in addition to two types of lovely roses.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Corn! Cherries! Beautiful Greens!

Sycamore has CORN today! Cheerful Cherry has sweet and delicious deep red and Queen Anne cherries today, as well as their excellent sour cherries. I'm planning a cobbler! Red Jacket has their first apricots today, but a bit early. They also have this year's sour cherry Stomp. Esopus has beautiful greens and Yuno has green and yellow string beans (the slim haricots variety), the beginning of their tasty peppers, and greens. Samascott has asparagus, raspberries, blueberries, and several cherry varieties. Muddy River Farm has excellent new garlic, huge bunches of fresh cilantro and other herbs, and other vegetables and Norwich has mini squashes,large squashes, several kinds of beans, and greens.

Newfield Farm has the first of her gladiolas.

There are 16 farmers who didn't come in this Friday.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Corn, Scapes, and Cherry Tomatoes

Several farmers have scapes, young garlic, various spring onions, and chives. Keith has young shallots and Mountain Sweet Berry has red and white baby onions. Mountain Sweet Berry also has fava beans, chervil, chives, and wild baby arugula. Eckerton has CORN and will have heirloom tomatoes in a couple of weeks. They have excellent cherry tomatoes and pear tomatoes now. The Greenmarket is lush and green with many farmers bringing in cherries, tasty greens, and sugar snap peas.Sycamore will have CORN on Saturday!!! Stokes Farm has many kinds of squashes and their sweet cherry tomatoes.

Berried Treasures has good looking Tri-Star strawberries and there are a couple of stands with blueberries. Eckerton has black raspberries. Sycamore has strawberries ad well.

River Garden has beautiful wildflower bouquets and Flora Perfecta has lovely lilies and potted begonias.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Greenmarket Photos Sunday in Stuyvesant Town

Cardoons! Black Raspberries!

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Mountain Sweet Berry has two types of young onions, young garlic, chervil, wild baby arugula, and sucrine lettuce. Northshire has CARDOONS! Terhune has beautiful wild asparagus, strawberries, and tasty raspberries. Sycamore has the last of their excellent sweet strawberries, greenhouse tomatoes, cauliflower, cucumbers, and basil. Cherry Lane has fresh dug red and yukon gold baby potatoes, greehnouse heirloom tomatoes, and basil. Norwich has several varieties of baby squashes, zucchini, fava beans, and other greens. Eckerton has CHERRY TOMATOES, red and BLACK RASPBERRIES, rainbow kale, Tuscan kale, haricots jaunes, fava beans, and their first CORN!

The rose people have two types of roses, sweetpeas, and other flowers and River Garden has beautiful wildflowers.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Cheerful Cherry's Cherries!!!!!

Check out Cheerful Cherry today and Saturday for their delicious dark cherries and great sour cherries for baking. Sycamore has delicious big fragrant tasty strawberries today, and thinks that tomorrow may be the last day for them. Samascott has asparagus, cherries, strawberries, and cider. Stokes has the last of their tasty strawberries and the start of their delicious squashes, generous bunches of cut herbs, and greenhouse tomatoes. There are farmers with shell peas, sugar snaps, and leafy greens.

River Garden has wonderful lavender and are bringing in more and more of their lovely wildflowers. Newfield Farm has pretty lilies and snapdragons.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Raspberries, Basil, and Scapes

Several farmers have RASPBERRIES today. Sycamore has strawberries, as does Cherry Lane, and there are stands with tiny Tri-Star strawberries, including Berried Treasures. Sycamore and Shushan have basil, as does Stokes (who also has raspberries). Mountain Sweet Berry has wild baby arugula, delicious tiny red beets, irresistable petit pois, sugar snaps, and sucrine lettuce. Several farmers have garlic scapes and Keith's stand has young Rocambole garlic.

I'm going to have Cato's cheese with Our Daily Bread's whole wheat pain levain and Ronnybrook's sweet butter for breakfast, followed by Ronnybrook's Blueberry-Pomegranate drinkable yogurt.

Flora Perfecta has fragrant lilies and pretty roses and River Garden has beautiful wildflowers.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Fava Beans, Baby Leeks, Raspberries, Scapes

Norwich Farm has garlic scapes and other greens. Eckerton has fava beans, young carrots, and new potatoes. Mountain Sweet Berry has baby French leeks, young garlic, young shallots, baby wild arugula, and Sucrine lettuce. Gorzynsky has beautiful lettuces, herbs, and root vegetables. Locust Grove has RASPBERRIES, strawberries, and cherries. Terhune has dark cherries and wild asparagus. Paffenroth has several kinds of radish and baby fennel. D'Attolico has delicious shelling peas, and Mountain Sweet Berry has tasty petit pois.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Cheeses and Strawberries

Had some errands this morning, so this is a late posting, but I wanted to drop in at the Greenmarket anyway. I found out that Samascott lost half of what was going to be a bumper crop of their outstanding blueberries -- they had a huge hailstorm and apples were also damaged. Fortunately, their fragrant strawberries survived and were here today. Dancing Ewe has their excellent cheeses and a new cheesemaker, Millport Dairy, is here with Coolby, baby swiss, and cheddar cheeses.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Blueberries! Baby French Leeks! Tri-Stars!

Mountain Sweet Berry has young shallots, baby French leeks, wild baby arugula, and delicious petit pois, along with chervil and their excellent roasting mix of tiny potatoes. Cherry Lane has greenhouse heirloom tomatoes. Berried Treasures has Tri-Star strawberries, black mint, and other herbal treats. Stokes had raspberries! Paffenroth and S&SO are here with gorgeous produce and Windfall has green eggs and beautiful edible flowers as well as all sorts of greens. Kernan and Phillips have BLUEBERRIES! Evolutionary Organic Farm (only here on Wednesdays) has young garlic, a wide variety of unique greens, and flowering plants. Hoeffner has tomato and pepper plants, rhubarb, and other produce.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Favas, Peas, Squash

Look for sugar snap peas, strawberries, mini squashes, asparagus, pea shoots, and delicious leafy greens, young garlic, young onions (red and white), and fava beans. (Yuno has great favas today.)

The Monday market has become a great source of fresh produce, both organic and otherwise, with outstanding farmers such as Yuno (with a great assortment of beets, salad greens, greenhouse tomatoes, asparagus, and squash blossoms), Norwich (with mini squash, beautiful salad greens, and other tasty produce), and Maxwell (new potatoes, herbs, asparagus, strawberries). Race Farm is here with fragrant strawberries. Norwich should have fava beans in a couple of weeks and may even have tomatoes then!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Stuyvesant Town Greenmarket

I just checked out the Stuyvesant Town Greenmarket and I'm happy to say that it is small, but excellent! In addition to familiar stands, like Miglorelli, Beth's Jam, Bread Alone, and Samascott, there are new (to me) farmstands, meats, and fish. Seatucket Fish has a great stand, with excellent fresh fish. I tried their smoked bluefish and it was really delicious -- just the right (light) saltiness and subtle smoke. Glebocki Farms has good looking produce. Other farmers will be coming into the market soon. It is located in the middle of Stuyvesant Town, near the fountain, in a beautiful setting. Well worth checking out.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Interesting Yogurts!!!

Sycamore Farm's Delicious Strawberries

Three Corner Field Farm is back with lamb, yogurt, and cheeses. Ronnybrook has brought in their delicious drinkable blueberry/pomegranate yogurt.

Norwich Farm is here with their excellent produce, including Japanese turnips and all sorts of greens and should have their fresh fava beans soon. You'll find them on the second level of the 14th Street side of the Greenmarket.Mountain Sweet Berry has delicious sweet petit pois, chervil, chives, sucrine lettuce, and little potatoes. Paffenroth has gorgeous produce and S&SO has lovely lettuces and other produce. Gorzynsky has delicious organic lettuces, herbs, and root vegetables. Sycamore has delicious sugar snap peas and greenhouse tomatoes. Cherry Lane has tasty greenhouse heirloom tomatoes. Eckerton has mini zucchini, various radishes, and beautiful lettuces. Vinnie D'Attolico has beautiful greens and young garlic.

It's still the height of the strawberry season. If you can smell their perfume, they're fresh. They all look good to me, so I bought some from Stokes and some from Sycamore. Locust Grove has strawberries this week, as do Phillips and other farmers.

Vinnie D'Attolico

Friday, June 13, 2008


If you want strawberries from Sycamore, you will find them in the Market today in the usual spot. They are delicious, as are Stokes's and Samascott's. Berried Treasures has tasty Tri-Stars. Sycamore also has sweet sugar snaps and greenhouse tomatoes. Muddy River, a comparatively new farm stand on the East end of the Market, has beautiful produce, and a farm new today, Esopus Creek Farm, had good looking salad.Tello is here with aracuna eggs.

Cheerful Cherry has great succulent plants and Oak Grove has excellent windowsill herb gardens. Newfield Farm has lovely wildflowers.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008


It's strawberry heaven today in the Greenmarket! Sycamore has fabulous berries, with many other farmers having good looking strawberries as well. Stokes has their delicious variety and Berried Treasures has the first of their Tri-Stars. Sugar snap peas are available at many stands as well. I tried one of Ted Blew's ample supply and it was sweet and flavorful. Evolution, Paffenroth, and other farmers have lovely produce. Mountain Sweet Berry has tasty wild baby arugula, young garlic, sucrine lettuce, and CHERVIL! Sycamore has crisp "burpless" cucumbers and greenhouse tomatoes. Cherry Lane has asparagus, spinach, and greenhouse heirloom tomatoes.

Tim Faoro of Flora Perfecta has exquisite peach-colored lilies, purple lilies, and other flowers. River Garden has beautiful wildflowers and grasses. Berried Treasures has lupins!

Albany, N.Y. -- New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker on Tuesday told consumers that New York grown tomatoes are safe to consume, and they have not been linked to the recent salmonella outbreak in raw red plum, raw red Roma, or raw round red tomatoes.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration confirmed this information and expanded its list of production areas not associated with the outbreak to include New York.

Monday, June 9, 2008

It's Too Darned Hot, But Farmers Are Here!!!!

It may be horribly hot, but the farmers are here with beautiful produce. Madura's variety of produce is widening, Yuno has beautiful greens, herbs, asparagus, and strawberries, and Race is here with baked goods, vegetables, and plants. Scarborough has potted herbs and Newfield has lovely wildflowers and lilies.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Norwich Farm and Sycamore are back!!!

Get to the Greenmarket as early as you can today! The weather will be hard on the produce and today's offerings are so good it's a shame to let that happen! Sycamore is back! They have lovely strawberries and greenhouse tomatoes. Norwich Farm is back! Their greens are as terrific as ever. Stokes Farm has wonderful strawberries as well as tasty cherry tomatoes and Mountain Sweet Berry has CHERVIL!!! D'Attolico has gorgeous cilantro and oregano as well as tasty greens and sprouts. Cherry Lane has beautiful asparagus and strawberries.

Durr has beautiful wildflowers and other farmers have some peonies. The season is definitely changing.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Delicious new cheese stand!

I'm eating delicious cheese from Dancing Ewe on whole wheat levain from Our Daily Bread. I saw a new bakery, Wild Hive, on the 17th Street end of the West side of the Greenmarket, with a selection of what looks like tasty multigrain breads and pastries, but I haven't tried them yet. I missed some good looking strawberries at Stokes Farm, but got some at Yuno's stand. Dancing Ewe also has cow and sheep ricottas, both of which are delicious. The cow version is mild and the sheep has a richer flavor.

I was happy to see that there are still peonies in the market! Blew, Newfield, Cheerful Cherry, and others have them and other flowers as well. Berried Treasures said that they will have peonies later on, too!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Black Peppermint!!! Big Strawberry Day!!! Angelica!

Evolution is here with a wide variety of delicious greens and plants. Cherry Lane has strawberries, sugar snap peas, and shell peas, along with spinach and asparagus. Stokes Farm has BLACK PEPPERMINT, other cut herbs,strawberries, cherry tomatoes, and plants. Windfall Farm has great greenhouse greens and several varieties of edible flower. Keith is here with young rocambole garlic and herbs. Honey Hollow Farm has fresh ANGELICA!

River Garden has wildflowers and Berried Treasures has lupins as well as stinging nettles, wild watercress, and other goodies.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Lobsters and Scallops!!

The fish people are offering a lobster special -- one steamed lobster for $12 or two for $22. They also have tasty looking scallops and other seafood. Yuno's strawberries are delicious today. They also have good looking young garlic, thin and beautiful asparagus, and purselane. Tello is here with great eggs and Maxwell has strawberries, herbs, rhubarb, and other produce.
Newfield Farm has the last of her lovely peonies, as well as bachelor buttons and sweet william in many colors.

June 2, 2008

Excavation at the Site to Be Short-Lived

This Week's Construction Update

Padilla Construction Services (PCS), the general contractor, began excavating rock from beneath the former east playground in order both to expand the play area and to create space for public restroom facilities in that location. The rock excavation is slated to last only through the end of this week, when the site should be fully excavated. Future work that may require some jack hammering or other loud activity includes utility trenching, and demolition of the Pavilion's concrete floor. The latter is necessary in order to stabilize and restore the structural foundation of the building. This work should also be completed within the next 1 - 2 weeks.

In addition to excavation and demolition work, PCS has salvaged much of the existing building materials for reuse once the Pavilion has been refurbished and playground expanded. The clay roof tiles, original to the building, are being saved for reuse, as are the granite stones from the retaining wall. When the work is complete, the stone will once again encircle and protect the playground, as well as form part of the fa├žade material for the new public restroom building. Other site work completed this week includes pouring the concrete tree insulation wall, backfilling the tree pit trench with soil, and beginning installation of the site's storm drainage system.

New Feature: Question of the Week

"I heard that the [North End] project includes adding two new lanes of traffic along
17th Street, is this true?" - 15th Street Resident

Answer: No. In fact, prior to the finalization of the North End construction plans, the Parks Department and the Union Square Partnership asked the Department of Transportation (DOT) to conduct a study to determine if we could eliminate roadway to give back to the park. The DOT study found that we could transfer 5 feet from the roadway to the plaza along the entire stretch of
17th Street, which will increase plaza space. Additionally, plans include the removal of all Muni-meter parking along the west side of the park, which will create even more park land space for pedestrian and Greenmarket use. When work on the north plaza is complete, there will be no reduction of plaza space for the Greenmarket and they will return to the north end.

Please submit project-related questions to info@unionsquarenyc.org and we will seek to answer them in future email updates. For more information about the project, visit unionsquarenyc.org/northend.


(Above) Excavation of the rock bed under the former east playground should be over by the end of this week. (Below) Sections of the granite retaining wall are being salvaged for future reuse at the site.


To report a problem in the park, call 311.
To report a construction or any other kind of emergency, call 911.
To download a PDF copy of the North End Project brochure, click here.


The Union Square Greenmarket is fully operational and accommodated on site throughout construction so stop during their regularly scheduled hours of operation Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM to pick up some of this season’s bounty.

Union Square Partnership
4 Irving Place Room 1148-S
New York, NY 10003 - US