Sunday, February 19, 2012

February Farmers Market


Union Square, Saturday. I knew there would be potatoes.


I knew there would be cheese. And did not know but was happy to find that my friend Ty was manning the Cato Corner Farm cheese stall. He has been a tall, friendly fixture at the market for all my New York years. Generous tastings followed and we left with several delicious wedges of Jersey cheese.


I bought salad for the humans.


And salad for the cat. His leaves cost more but will last longer.


And Jerusalem artichokes, which I like best raw, in a thinly-sliced crunchy slaw.


And red carrots, which will be grated and tossed with orange juice and mint, which persists on the terrace.


There were fall apples and pears, but I was not ready for them,  still clinging in memory to the fruit of summer, many days and a hemisphere behind me.


There were beautiful anemones, which I just looked at.


And a blooming truck.


And a false spring.


I resisted the urge to buy violas. I'll give myself two weeks.

15 comments:

  1. Marie! No anemone? But these are locally grown in NYS!!! If I lived in Brooklyn, I'd bring you some.
    Shelley

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    1. I knoooowww. Le Budget. Next time, I promise!

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  2. The taste and texture of those lychees haunt me still.

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  3. How anyone could resist the Winesap apples is beyond me...we do not get them in Kansas anymore. They are wonderful pie apples...

    Am so enjoying your blog found courtesy of Martha Stewart Living. Yesterday I chose to peruse your entire site instead of doing my chores...a good decision on my part...thank you!

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  4. Oh those anemones...and violas...and,and all of them! I am trying to resist the garden center for a while longer as well.

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  5. I fell for primroses a few weeks ago. Hook line and sinker, every February.

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  6. There are neither winesaps nor anemones in Central Virginia either. Jealousy is rearing her ugly head!

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  7. I visited NYC for the first time in January, and happened to stumble across the Union Square Farmer's Market whilst wondering around. I was thoroughly impressed that you have such a great farmer's market right in the middle of town, and it was so interesting to see that even though New York isn't that far away from Toronto, you have access to quite different varieties of veg than we do. I was even more impressed that people are able to sell their homebrew on the streets - in Ontario only the government can sell alcohol and the thought of homemade liquor being procured en plein air is quite unthinkable!

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    1. Hi Donald - yes, we have lots of markets. It's a wonderful feature of the city. Practically in each neighbourhood. I remember Canadian liquor laws as pretty Draconian, though the 'homebrew' being sold at markets in NYC is presumably permitted up the proverbial whazoo...

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  8. Found your blog today- itching to get out in the garden in pacific northwest. Love the violas!

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  9. Welcome back:-) Our farmers market had flowers yesterday but definitely no blooming trucks. Our produce is always abundant and I feel we must be a little spoiled. I bought so much, I have to be diligent about no waste.
    Our new Fuji apple trees are in the ground and we hope for fruit from last year's trees. We are going to put out some seeds for sunflowers, wildflowers, and California poppies in hopes of some fresh beauty on our property. Everything will have to be protected from our free ranging chickens as much as possible....not an easy task.

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  10. I didn't know Jerusalem artichoke could be eaten raw...I will try since I like them...if I can find some here.

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  11. Laurence - I slice them very thinly. They are nutty and sweet. I have heard that they disagree with some people. That has not happened to me :-)

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  12. Send me the cheese please.

    I love Jerusalem artichokes, they just don't like me. Funny reaction to them...

    Your carrot salad has a Moroccan twang.

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