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Streetscapes: Union Square Greenmarket

In 1976, the Council on the Environment of New York City established the Greenmarket program, which provided regional small family farmers with opportunities to sell their fruits, vegetables and other farm products at open-air markets in the city. The most famous is the Union Square Greenmarket, held Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays between 8 AM and 6 PM year round. Over a quarter million customers a week purchase hundreds of varieties of fruits and vegetables at the market. The variety of produce available is broader by perhaps a factor of ten than what is found in a conventional supermarket.

Heirloom cherry tomatoes.

Vermont maple syrup.

It was a glorious autumn afternoon. I should shop here more often.

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  1. I ordered a bunch of beans from Rancho Gordo, since I wanted to make some minestrone col soffritto this weekend. That’s the perfect excuse for going to USGM.

    It didn’t come this weekend, which is just as well. I’ll make a visit on Saturday, for sure.

    Weekly or even bi-monthly pix of the greenmarket could be enough material for a year’s worth of blogging.


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